"This One Sets a New Standard"5.0 starson by Spoogemonkey
Pros: - The price is awesome.
- Better picture than any other 50" currently available.
Cons: I'd prefer a matte frame.
Summary: Like many, I researched ad nauseam before purchasing this set. LCD?s aren?t as natural, giving off a fake brightness which causes viewer fatigue after prolonged viewing, so the latest plasma offering is the best viewing experience available in my opinion.I've had this on my wall for a couple of weeks now and am blown away every time I see it. My buddy owns a slightly older 50" Panasonic is he's also loving my G10.
I had a budget of up to $2500, and toyed with the Samsung A550 58? panel for $2100, the Pioneer 5020 50? for $2000, or this one for $1700 street ($1999 retail). Best Buy had just received two of the G10s, and was kind enough to set up one while I waited. They had it set up next to the Pioneer 5020 and I was stunned. Heck, even the sales rep was surprised. After all, the Pioneer is IT when it comes to plasmas.
Not this time. The G10 was even more natural, showing that the Pioneer 5020 was over saturated, almost giving the impression that the picture was computer generated.
At first, the Pioneer appeared brighter and the colors more rich, but upon further examination, it was not natural at all, but an exaggerated representation of the real scene. As a result, the Panasonic appeared more soft, but without any hint of a cloud layer over the top. It was a truer representation of the actual scene, which also gave it a greater 3D look. Objects appeared where they should in space, making the experience more involving.
Panasonic has done a great job with this new lineup, and for the money it?s just sick. I?d have preferred the 54? of this model, but it?s not going to be out for another 3 months (June) and I couldn?t wait.
Updated on Apr 10, 2009
It does indeed set a new standard, given the price/performance. If you have a preference for Pioneer, then go for it! But a safe bet would be to make sure and view them both side by side before spending your money.
And regarding the frame, I'm considering painting it with a matte black, as it's far too shiny and reflective.