Pros Excellent picture clarity, Brightest Plasma display, Thin bezel,
Cons Manufacturing quality of bezel, lackluster remote
Summary I have lusted after Pioneer's plasmas for some time but my wallet would not open wide enough to afford the TV of my 65" dreams. Enter the 54" Panasonic G10!!!
Both more affordable and better sized for my room (50 Pio was too small / 65" too big) it does not dissappoint. Based on the strength of the online reviews I ordered my TC-P54G10 sight unseen direct from Panasonic. The promised delivery was the "Late May" but I was surprised when I received a note on May 7th that it had shipped and was already in a local distribution center.
It was delivered, unpacked, and the stand was assembled by Panasonic's white glove delivery team. They stayed to verify that it was functioning and cosmetically perfect before they left. They also left me with the reassurance that they deliver TVs for many manufacturers and have the fewest return calls on Panasonic. Good to note.
After spending 3 days with this TV I am floored by its outstanding performance. Our room challeneges the brights TVs with plenty of ambient light. The Panasonic's picture brightness is very comparable with LCDs and easily tackles the challenge (THX modes does compromise this). It really shines with deep, detailed blacks that are beyond what I have ever seen on an LCD. Noise is extremely minimal with little to no color banding noted. Color accuracy appears very true, but I have yet to run a calibration disk yet. I'll update when I do.
The physical package of the TV is smaller than previous years and pleasing. To me the design of the housing should fade into the background. I always wonder why flat panel TV manufacturers do not take a cue from movie screens and make them a flat finish. I did not buy the TV to watch the bezel and it accomplished this with one exception. The bezel shows some manufacturing quality problems with waviness at the top of the frame. Hopefully they will improve this to bring it inline with the quality of the rest of the TV. The silver to black fade at the bottom of the frame is tasteful and the included piano black stand is nicely finished as well.
Features: Judging by the lack of heat coming from the TV, I would say the new neoPDP panel definitely reduces power consumption. I have yet to hook up a network connection so I could not truly evaluate VieraCast, but the menu looks easy to navigate once I have the network drop. I did play some photos through the SD card slot which it accessed and played some ~4meg jpg files with ease.
My only other issue was that there was some digital blocking occuring on some chaneels but I believe that it is my (old std def) cable box. I'll see if it resoves itself once I change out the box for a hi-def one this week.
I would highly recommend this set.
Move over Pioneer - Excellent job Panasonic!!!
"Just right."on by ravaughn
Pros breathtaking picture
ease of use
Cons sound is a little tinny
could have used a usb port
Summary I bought this TV from the local Video Only for $1850 in late May, but didn't pick it up until the Friday before Father's Day (since I got it for my father), or install it until a week later. I've had it all hooked up (to 3 400 disc Sony DVD changers, Sony receiver, Psyclone source selector, Samsung DVD recorder, PS3, Linksys powerline adapter, Linksys router, CyberPower surge protector) for a week now. Sound can be a bit tinny, but if you want to watch a movie or concert on TV you can just use the optical audio out to your surround system. Standard definition TV looks ok. All the new channels we get thanks to the internal HDTV tuner are great. Standard definition movies look excellent, but Blu-ray movies from the PS3 are breathtaking. We tested it with The Fifth Element (remastered) and... WOW. The detail is astounding. For a perfectionist like me bass and blacks add the depth necessary for a true entertainment system. The black/color/detail this TV is capable of will meet all your needs, wants and then some. We have it set up in a room with a large window wall casting bright sunlight directly on the screen almost all day and there are no problems with glare/reflections obstructing or negatively impacting the view. One thing I would say, if you have to watch standard definition, you should be no less than 10 or so feet from the monitor. The lower the resolution, the harder it is to watch on a 54" screen. However, with quality Blu-ray and high definition video games you can be nose-to-glass and still enjoy the view.I've been using this TV for months now and thought I should add something to my initial review...
I definitely recommend this product.
Updated on Sep 19, 2009
First off, the best full system 'show-off' piece I've come across so far is the lobby/helicopter scene from the Matrix on Blu-ray. Also, Watchmen on Blu-ray is absolutely gorgeous.
The Viera Cast weather has turned out to be quite useful, and my father has apparently become addicted to Youtube. I would like to see some sort of sports ticker replace Bloomberg (or just be added in general) and Netflix replace Amazon. As far as Amazon is concerned, the streaming quality seems to be related to connection speed, rendering it useless to me with my slow country connection.
I would like to point out that while glare is not a major issue, I have noticed that sitting in certain positions relative to the screen and windows in bright daylight or with other sources of light, can result in mild reflections during 'black' scenes. It's not that distracting, but if you look for it, you can see it.
"Spectacular HDTV"on by Colorado6
Pros Stunning Picture Quality
None of the "old" issues with Plasmas
Handles the full nuances of the entire color palette unlike LCDs
Handles fast action with no blurriness.
Handles cinema 24p very well.
Deep blacks are phenomenal.
Cons No wireless internet connection (but I'm reaching on this).
Black bezel is outstanding, but does attract little finger prints.
Summary I just got the TCP54G10. STUNNING! A little history. I have been looking at HDTVs for about 3 years, and looking at DLPs originally, then went into this year thinking LCD is the way to go. I'm glad I waited, the inverse relationship between the technology and the prices is right this year.
Before you go buy an HDTV, do yourself a favor, look at this TV, and do some research. Read other reviews. It turned me around to plasma and to this 2009 model plasma from Panasonic in particular. I knew plasmas simply have a superior picture, but I thought the price and issues with plasmas were a detriment.
On the picture, another reviewer referred to perhaps a slight "green tint", I've not seen that at all, and frankly I've not seen that referred to in other reviews. My thinking is it could be the TV needed to be calibrated.
I came into this dead set on an LCD, most likely from Samsung, that was before I started doing research on the latest Plasmas. Picture quality compared to an LCD, it's simply stunning, LCD has nothing on the plasmas. The Panasonic G10 is nothing short of amazing. The upconvert DVDs on this are amazing, and our Pioneer Blu-Ray is jaw dropping.
While I knew the picture quality on plasmas can't be beat, I thought the issues outweighed the plusses. No they don't. A) No Buzzing, (we live in Colorado), B) wattage, very comperable to LCDs, negligable difference between LCDs, C) price, better than LCDs. D) This has a very sturdy, scratch resistant plastic screen. No Glass. E) Burn in or retention of picture. No problem there with this series. F) Price- lower than an LCD.
G) Heat, not noticeably hotter than an LCD (this is BIG).
(Oh the dirty little secret. The other manufacturers are getting out of plasma, why? Because Panasonic apparently owns the manufacturing plants, and they would have to pay Panasonic). Thus they can't compete on price.
This handles the true 24p nicely. It handles fast action with no blurriness no flicker (LCDs have just started to get around this with 120 hz). You'll read about the 600 HZ subfield drive on this latest model, and some threads that say "well it still doesn't handle true cinema completely... Yes, it does. Don't get too involved in the weeds with that. Suffice to say, it handles blu-ray action stunningly, and 24p just fine. No flickers, no blurriness. Stunning clarity. This is nice and bright (plus you can adjust this), and the deep blacks are stunning. An LCD looks, well, manufactured, and can only handle so many colors. Plasma can handle nearly infinite color palate so the pictures come out very natural, and you can see all the nuances of colors (like the Planet Earth series).
Bottom line, from someone who was dead set on an LCD: it's a stunning TV, you can't go wrong. We LOVE it. Panasonic has great reliability history.
Pros Simply brilliant in most HD scenes.
Cons Greenish hue when the TV's off which must be due to the anti-reflective glass. It's only bothersome in dimlit Blu Ray scenes with neutral colors--(ie. inside the U.S. Embassy in The Borne Identity).
Summary My comparison is a 7-year-old Sony KV-36XBR800, one of the best (and last) CRTs ever made, an HD-Ready unit before there was HD content. It remains an amazing TV though in letterbox the 36 becomes 31. For a long while, knowing the picture was better than nearly everything else available, I simply moved the seat closer to the screen. But after a speaker upgrade forced me to sit back 9 feet (and the flat panel quality/cost improved) I figured it was time to go larger (though it's not an upgrade in every way.) Having paid $3500 for the old Sony believing that relationship would last a lifetime, I didn't want to pay for the very best of current technology and figured the G10 was a good entry point. I might have chosen the V10 but found a 54 inch customer return for $1350. I've not compared the two but understand the anti-reflective glass is the same on both models (as well as on the Z10) so the limitations should be similar. The speakers (which I will never use) are also better on the V10.I've watched several more Blu Ray discs and some TV. The color bias is well described in the CNET review on the 46 inch model and is not from the anti-reflective glass. The V10 might be better.
I settled on the THX mode at default settings fairly quickly. The subtle green tint is (I think) from the reflective glass and can't be eliminated. As I mentioned above it's only bothersome in dim scenes with pale neutral colors. It probably adds to the picture quality in bright scenes and outdoor shots as the ocean and city shots in The Borne Identity (Blue Ray) were some of the best images I've ever seen. The effect is a little like wearing sunglasses indoors/outdoors.
I'll learn to ignore it, but that would probably be easier if it were a small defect present in all scenes.
My understanding from other reviews (and from brief looks in the showrooms) is that the Pioneer plasma anti-reflective glass has a grey tint leaving the colors darker and slightly more true, possibly with a little less detail in some scenes.
Would I pay the price difference or consider an LCD which have their own drawbacks? If a 50 inch CRT (weighing 300 pounds no doubt) were available would I buy that instead?
No, it's a short-term relationship after all.
Updated on Jul 14, 2009
In THX mode the bias is most apparent (and bothersome) with dim scenes with predominantly neutral colors (tan becomes yellow) or with skin tones in those scenes. Watching "Planet Earth" is like watching visual perfection. Also, I was surprised at how enjoyable I found the rebroadcast of "The Civil War" (originally shot in 480i.) It's been digitally enhanced, but the details on the old photos including the imperfections of the original images are marvoulous.
I do like this TV and would make the same choice again. The trick will be to watch the content instead of the screen, though that is a bit harder since the problem isn't consistent.
I may have it professionally calibrated to see if that fixes things. I wouldn't have expected a THX certified set to need that, however.
Updated on Aug 16, 2009A month with this TV and I can recommend it without reservation. The thing I found distracting was the inconsistency in THX default mode. Scenes went from brilliant perfection to cloying green yellow--bright outdoor scenes being brilliant, dimmer indoor scenes (already made to look a bit yellow for effect) were over-the-top, distracting me from whatever I was watching. Blonde hair had a definite green tint.
I've settled on THX mode defaults turning the brightness up to 95. Then, depending on the source material, I switch color temperature between Cool 1 (Blu Ray, Sitcoms) and Warm 1 (Broadcast Sports).
To my eye I loose a little bit from the previously perfect scenes, but the defects are very, very small and more-or-less even across the different scenes.
Pros I was very impressed with this television in the first four months. Everything was sharp. The screen is large.
Cons After four months of use the black level in the picture became muted and not as sharp as when it was new.
Summary I will never buy a Panasonic product in the future. The customer support person had to have a "manager" call me back about the problem. The manager would not help or acknowledge there was a problem. The manager said this was expected in the performance of the televison. Wow! I feel the product was misrepresented.