Pros Picture quality is great, tons of color adjustment options, and THX model looks amazing. All at a great price
Cons Online apps/features are lacking (where is netflix?) compared to other brands and 4 HDMI inputs would be nice (as opposed to the 3 currently).
Summary Let me start off by stating that I do not write reviews for products. This is in fact my very first review but I do purchase techie and CE products regularly and I do appreciate the reviews posted by fellow CE enthusiast. The main reason I am writing this review is due to the half star review currently for this TV. I do not see how poor customer service through whatever vendor the reviewer purchased the TV correlates back to a horrible product. There is always going to be a few broken or lemon TVs from every manufacture. Every review I have read about Panasonic is that they are very responsive and timely with either fixing or replacing defective units.
With all that said, I purchased my TV online through Amazon. I tried to get Best Buy to match the price on their G20 series to the online G25 price (the same TV, G20 is carried at your local CE stores but the G25 is only carried online) but to no avail. I finally took the plunge and bought the TV online with the hopes that if anything occurred, Amazon would step in and fix it. I also bought the SquareTrade 4 year warranty, just for added peace of mind. If the stores do not price match, do not waist your time. I saved over $300 by going online. I have to say, I couldn?t be happier with my choice. I spent weeks tracking down the best and biggest TV for under $2k to go in my man cave. Multiple reviews led me to plasmas because they are the best for dark, low light rooms (the room that holds my TV is very dark). Next I went with Panasonic as my manufacture for two reasons. One they bought out arguably the best plasma TV manufacture?s technology (pioneer) and two they just flat out look the best. I compared them to a variety Samsung and LG models (under the $2k budget) and hands down this TV just looked better. The black levels are amazing. To put it in perspective, when a scene in a movie goes dark, the TV almost looks like it is off as compared to other brands where there is a faint gray?ish tint to the black. I saw this gray?ish tint on the comparable Samsung and LG models. Even look at the step down series of Panasonic (the S series) and you will see what I am talking about. This doesn?t sound like a lot, but this level of color depth and clarity pretty much sums up how good the TV is going to perform across a variety of color schemes. Once you notice the difference the first time, it is all you can see. It is even more apparent in dark rooms; there is no hiding color imperfections in a ?theater room? like setting. LG and Samsung may have a comparable TV, but if it was over $2k it didn?t get my consideration. Why would I pay $2200 for a Samsung TV when a $1600 Panasonic TV looks equally as good? I do not have any brand loyalty. I currently own a Samsung LCD TV for the brighter family room and couldn?t be happier. I?ve had no issues with the TV and it looks good. But for the reasons above I went with this TV.
I spent about a week calibrating the TV based on advice from AVS forums. I haven?t noticed a tremendous difference after running a slid show on the TV for 100 hours but the picture settings were very helpful. They improved the clarity and sharpness greatly. I won?t bore you with the details of this, but if you do purchase this TV go to AVS forum and search on the model number. It will save you from paying some guy to come to your house to move your brightness level around. I have watched bluray movies, regular HD programming, and played Xbox 360 on this TV and I have yet to be disappointed. I feel like I have captured the theater-like experience in my personal home and it didn?t cost me an arm and a leg. There might be a better picture out there but that will cost you 3D TV money, and in my opinion the extra $800 to $1000 isn?t worth it right now. I can only watch Monster vs. Aliens so many times. Also, they have a lot of kinks to figure out first before it becomes main stream, in my opinion. In any event, if you have read this far down in my review, you probably are not considering 3D TVs anyway. I hope this helps any future buyers, and does not let one bad experience deter you from a great product.
Pros Great picture when it works.
Cons Sub-quality parts.
Summary TV broke after a month with a power board failure. Panasonic had local repair company come to pick it up to fix it under warranty, but it's been over 2 months and I still don't have my TV back. Panasonic doesn't have the parts and doesn't know when they'll be available. What a joke. I paid good money for this TV and have hardly been able to watch it. I'll never make the mistake of buying Panasonic again.
"Viera TC-P54G25"on by Russ1418
Pros Worked fine for 14 months
Cons Panasonic customer service, response time, product planned obsolescence (seems like many users have problems with this product within 15 months of purchase)
Summary Recommend filing a complaint with your State Attorneys General on this. This product may be a "Lemon" under State Lemon Laws.
I purchased this Panasonic HDTV TC-P54G25 in 03/2011. Been working fine for past 13 months...then today (06/15) while watching heard "pop" and picture went out. Light blinking 10 times, unplugged power cord and HDMI for about an hour and plugged back in...power light blinking 4 times, & back to 10 times now. Called Panasonic & they said probably indicates power supply board needs to be replaced (which of course they won't pay for). I read some forums online and several owners of this same HDTV have had same issue. I recommend anyone with this same issue (that Panasonic does not cover) to file a Consumer complaint with their Attorneys General of their state....sounds like defective parts to me (Lemon Law).
Pros I find it interesting that jimaallison has 4 reviews, all on the same date of Nov. 30, 2010 (his join date to Cnet), and all identical to one another. They are all for the Panasonic G25 series plasma TVs. One for each size offered! (42",46",50",54")
Cons I find it interesting that jimaallison has 4 reviews, all on the same date of Nov. 30, 2010 (his join date to Cnet), and all identical to one another. They are all for the Panasonic G25 series plasma TVs. One for each size offered! (42",46",50",54")
Summary I find it interesting that jimaallison has 4 reviews, all on the same date of Nov. 30, 2010 (his join date to Cnet), and all identical to one another. They are all for the Panasonic G25 series plasma TVs---one for each size offered! (42", 46", 50", 54")
Did you really buy 1 of these TVs in each size and experience the same breakdown with each?
CNET Readers, I would suggest you look elsewhere for a TV review unless you are ready for a series of troll posts and no actual working review.
Pros The picture is unbeatable! The features such as the Applications like: Skype, Pandora, and Netflix are all great and I'm getting a lot of use out of them. Got the Skype camera made by Panasonic and it works great!
Cons None so far.
Summary I finally made the jump from the '94 Panasonic 27" to HD. I couldn't be happier. I saw some reviews from people that their TVs broke shortly after purchase. That happened to me in '94 after the purchase of my TV and the replacement lasted me 17years. I figure the same for the new one (if it were to die).