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Good value; great picture quality,
This review is from: Panasonic VIERA G10 Series TC-P50G10 50-Inch 1080p Plasma HDTV (Electronics)I've been researching flat panel TV's for about a year now, and thru showroom viewing, friends' recommendations, online reviews (purchasers and experts), and Consumer Reports, I had narrowed my field down to Sony LCD Z- and XBR Series, Samsung LCD and plasma(550, 650, 750), and Panasonic plasma (PZ-800, PZ-850). The Sonys had great picture quality but were pricey. Samsung also had some good values but I just cannot get past the "Touch of Color" red accents on their mid and upper level TVs. [Call me traditional, but I think TV's look best in black or gray.] The Panasonic sets from last year didn't look quite as bright in the showrooms (Best Buy, ABC Warehouse, others) as the LCD's but I just liked the picture quality better--more vivid colors and deeper blacks, better motion handling. The power consumption issue was a bit of a concern, but Panasonic claims that their 2009 sets are more energy efficient. The new 2009 Panasonic G10 Series TVs struck just the right value balance for me--great bang for the buck. I've had mine for about two weeks now and I'm thrilled so far except for native sound quality; it's good, just not as exceptional as the vivid picture. Setup was easy, adjustments straightforward, and the manual is helpful. The remote could be better, as the VieraCast buttons have a needlessly prominent location on the relatively large remote. There are backlit buttons for Volume and Channel, but unfortunately the button to activate the backlighting is small and unlit. Small matter. Anyway, standard Cable, HD and DVD picture quality is really good and BluRay is nothing short of amazing. The SD Card viewer is cool, too. I'm not noticing any significant trouble with screen glare, even though my set's in a bright room; I was waayy overworried about that pre-purchase. Overall, I've been very happy with my Panasonic TC-P50G10 with no regrets.
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Initial post: Feb 9, 2010 12:51:36 AM PST
I want to get this the G10. I have done all the research and the only thing holding me back is the much offered advice that I should stay away from Plasmas if the set will be in a bright room. Our family room is very bright. When I say bright I mean bright - 15' of easterly facing windows, 10' of southern facing windows and two glass interior doors (opening to the living room and dining room).
I currently have an old tube TV and there are significant reflections during the day. I don't want to make this big purchase and find out after getting it home that the glare is a problem or that the set is not bright enough to watch during the day. Most of my tv watching takes place at night (movies, shows and sports), but I would like to enjoy a quality picture for daytime viewing as well - particularly sporting events. Any advice you can give would be appreciated.
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