"Criticisms are blown WAY out of proportion!"4.5 starson by androo2300
Pros: Picture, features, ease-of-use, everything. A ridiculous value.
Cons: - Limited picture controls won't appeal to hardcore AV nerds/control freaks.
- no picture-in-picture
Summary: Allow me to address the following first:
"And as with last year's sets, selecting 48Hz on the G10 causes flicker--more intense in brighter areas, but visible pretty much constantly--that basically renders the image unwatchable."
This is outrageous! I watched the Blade Runner Blu-Ray last night with a PS3 at 48Hz on this set and I could NOT find this flicker even when I tried hard to see it. The only flicker I could see was on the still images of the menu elements but that's is perfectly normal because it's not film. The film itself looks amazing. Pans didn't stutter at all and overall it beautifully recreated the feel of film as opposed to the electronic, clinical look of high frame rates. It's just absurd to me that CNET is encouraging users to ignore one of the best features of this set. OF COURSE 48Hz has a noticeable "flicker" - it's a lower frame rate dummy. But you're still getting double the frame rate of when you go to a theater. Did you get that? You get the benefit of reproducing accurate film cadence while getting twice the frame rate resolution of a film you'd see in the theater.
I just can't express how stupid this criticism is. Perhaps if CNET doesn't like the look of low frame rates they shouldn't go to the movies anymore. The way they describe it you would think the picture is freaking out or something. It's pretty much the opposite of "unwatchable" - it's the best I've ever seen film look on a TV.
Next up, we have the "THX is too dim and green" stuff.
Again this is not a deal-breaker like some paint it to be. First of all THX, mode looks fantastic. The colors make films look perfect. Don't use this setting for anything else besides film content. It's not meant for TV, video or games. It's meant to be used for 24p film sources. And let me make it clear that THX is as adjustable as the other modes. It can be brightened and the color can be modified. I recommend using the "Warm 1" setting instead of the one CNET says. Warm2 is too green. Lastly THX is not meant to be used in lit rooms. It's intended for movie watching in the dark room.
If you want a a picture comparable to THX mode but with more light output, I recommend using the Custom mode and applying the settings CNET uses for that mode: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-19410_102-0.html?threadID=337556
I noticed some on youTube are posting videos of so-called "phosphorous lag" with this set. I noticed this too but it's extremely subtle and is difficult to recreate unless you make a point to try to. The only time I can see it is when I quickly look away from the TV - but who the hell watches TV like that??
In every way this is the ultimate TV for this price range. Ignore the noise and go for it.