Panasonic TC-P46G10 Review Washington DC
Panasonic TC-P46G10 Review
October 5, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison
The King is dead. Long live the King!
No one at Panasonic seemed to care that Pioneer left the plasma TV market . Then again, maybe they did. It would have been easy, perhaps expected, for Panasonic to put out a gussied-up version of their last generation plasma now that the direct picture quality competition has fled the market. But that's not how it played out.
The G10 is a significant step forward in picture quality for the company best known for value and consistency more than outright picture quality.
Then again, the G10 is based on the NeoPDP glass that has been in development for years, so maybe it’s just the pea-sized part of my brain that pretends to be a journalist struggling to come up with a clever intro. Whatever. The G10 is a big step forward in picture quality. Crap, I said that already.
Repetition is good, right? Ask Philip Glass. Ask Philip Glass. Ask Philip Glass.
(I'm going to guess about three people got that joke, and if you didn't, just smile and nod. I get that a lot.)
The G10 doesn’t look that different from the previous generations, with a glossy black bezel and a little chrome strip along the bottom. It’s also not one of the über-thin models that many companies are coming out with (that’s coming in the Z1 series).
That’s not to say the G10 isn’t thin, it’s only 4-inches deep. The remote is a touched up version of the one they've been using for a while. It's got huge, friendly buttons that are oddly endearing, and while there is no direct input access, the input menu pulls up a list where you can select the input you want.
Like the 800-series I reviewed last year, the G10 is THX-certified, and has a mode so named in the menu. Selecting this gets you most of the way toward the accurate-looking display I always recommend. The color points shift, as does the color temperature and a few other settings. It’s not perfect and still needs some adjusting with a setup DVD/BD.
Once you dial in that last little bit, though, you get a fantastically accurate display. I don’t think I’ve measured a plasma this accurate before (Samsung LCDs are usually the only other flat panels that measure this accurate). Red and green are just a touch oversaturated, but so close you’d never notice.
This has a dramatic effect on the image. I’m a sucker for accurate colors. I find the image to be immensely more watchable and realistic. The sky, grass, food, skin tones—everything that you have a real-world reference for looks more realistic. There is less of a “watching a TV” feeling and more of an, “I am so absorbed in this movie” feeling.
If you want to go back to the oversaturated, there are other picture modes that blow out the red and green. Do yourself a favor and put the G10 in THX mode as soon as you get it, and leave it that way for a few days. Then check the other modes. I’m positive you won’t be able to get back to the accurate image fast enough. That’s not to say the...