"I am very pleased with this TV - it is a head-turner!"4.5 starson by Hutchoo
Pros: An excellent viewing experience! The remote is intuitive and the setting options are easily understood. THX is certainly a justifiable criteria for my choice. Viera Cast and internet connectivity are welcome features. HD graphics are stunning!!!
Cons: The sound is very disappointing. The bezel casts odd reflections under some lighting conditions.
Summary: I am thoroughly convinced that extensive research led me to the correct selection of this product. I viewed it in several different stores and settings and most displays were awful. After reading reviews for several products, the G15 kept coming up as the one to buy. One of the main indicators was THX certification. This TV is technically ahead of the competition. The blacks are deep, but you can still see a black button on a black shirt! Colors pop. The separation of individuals in a crowd at a stadium is amazing. I had to wait a few weeks for the delivery of my Onkyo 9100 THX sound but once that was in place - oh my.... A few salesmen knew what they were talking about, but it took many hours of surfing and lots of legwork to convince me this system combination was worth it. The one mistake I made was judging the viewing distance. In my room the main couch would have been 12 feet away whereas the optimal spot is closer to 9 feet for me. Buying a bigger set was beyond my budget, so I simply had to move closer to appreciate the detail.
The packaging was very good so it was easy to transport with two people, Surprisingly the date of manufacture revealed it was only three weeks old. Don't use the provided cleaning cloth on the screen - it's for the case and stand only. I lived with it for a few weeks on the pedestal before wall mounting it. Definitely better on the wall.
The manual is well written, however the details are a bit overwhelming in one reading; best to digest it in smaller doses. Calibration was easy right out of the box. I was expecting YouTube quality to be blah but some things are surprisingly OK, which bodes well for it's inclusion on Viera Cast. Toggling between HD telecast and the SD of the same show reveals how superior the technology is. Having seen a few things in 3D (like the Grammy sequence tribute to M.J.), I'm not sure the leap to 3DTV will be as big a difference. Yes the red/blue glasses work just as well as they do on the computer. Anyways I think it will be at least a couple of years before that technology becomes affordable and content-worthy. I was convinced that connectivity was key to my purchase of the G15 and ten weeks later the experience has blossomed with the availability of peripherals. I'm glad I did not postpone purchasing this TV until something better comes along. The emotional intensity of the participation in viewing has been raised to a whole new level.
Sports are more enjoyable when you can see the play developing down the field or the ice surface. The surround sound puts you at the event, but you don't have to stay in your seat - you can fly along and over the play! Blue Ray
recordings are the "icing-on-the-cake." One can not appreciate how good they are without an HDTV.
Occasionally I will be doing something else in the room when the G15 is on (no longer "theTV") and it will intercept my vision. I'm compelled to look into it; not merely distracted to look at it. Only a few possessions have the ability to absolutely consume my attention when interacting with them - my piano, my car, my iPod... Panasonic has undoubtably planned on attaining that between their products and their customers. Nothing succeeds like success. Watch for sales on these. I saved 37% at a one-day-only store-opening event.