"Everything's a Compromise"4.0 starson by SColeman41
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.