"Best HDTV I have seen so far"4.0 starson by KPMorgan
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!!!