That's where the rubber hits the road. It's very much trial and error between HDTVs when you are throwing that much light into the viewing space, and not implementing proper light blocking/control/shades. The ST60 is still the pony to beat all around, with none of the worries of 'microdimming' since it's not necessary to produce stellar PQ w/ plasma.
What I would do? (I have recommended this before to clients/friends.) Cost is no longer and issue per se. Buy both and set them up side by side. Toggle to see which one you prefer in the actual viewing space (not the store, or review summaries online). Return the one you do not like. IME the controls are more than adequate for most on the ST60, again, because you are starting with a machine that is capable of some amazing PQ- nearly out of the box for most if not all non-videophiles.
I still encounter some issues with static images on plasmas (especially on ones with less hours on them), so be careful in that arena.
I would like some opinions on which 46-50" tv I should get, for $1000 or less.
I have short-listed these two as they seem to have very good reviews.
I'm not keen on Vizios, dont care much about smart tv features or 3D. I will be gaming moderately, watching movies and using the tv as a computer screen.
I have a small/medium sized wide rectangular living room with windows on the entire smaller side-wall.
This made me lean towards the Samsung F6400 (with microdimming) as it should be brighter than ST60.
I would also like to know if "microdimming" really does help on an Edge-lit tv, or if its just marketing bs. Because, the F6300 is the same as the F6400, but doesnt have microdimming (and a fancy remote). Its also around $150 cheaper.
I considered full array LEDs but they're expensive. The cheaper ones seem to have some blooming.
I looked into plasmas because LEDs dont have deep blacks. Hence the Panasonic ST60.
But reviews indicate that it is not as bright and has sluggish controls.
If you own or have had experience with these or equivalent tvs, I would appreciate your input!