A nighttime scene has a black car moving down a darkened street, and the G10 rendered virtually perfect deep blacks and clearly delineated very dark grays – here is an example (yet again) of where plasma clearly excels, and the G10 comes oh-so-close to what I’m used to seeing on my reference Pioneer Kuro Elite plasma flat panel.
Another nighttime scene has two actors in a car wearing black leather coats and the G10 has no problem delineating various dark gray shadow details with the clothing as well as the car’s interior.
Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: PGA Golf (NBC)
A slow-motion close-up view of a shot off the fairway shows the blades of grass blades gracefully sheared off as the ball launches towards the green and the iron follows closely behind. A similar slow-motion close-up shot of a ball launched from a trap by a sand wedge has the individual grains of sand clearly discernible.
With the color saturation trimmed back a bit (40-45 seems to work best), the G10 puts forth natural and believable flesh tones.
Many players sport all black outfits, including shirts, caps and slacks. The G10’s superiority in delivering superb deep blacks (compared to the typical LCD flat panel) is clearly evident.
Late in the game, a number of shots showing players with the late afternoon sun at their backs reveal very good shadow detail, as the foreground picture detail remains solid and discernible.
I never cease to be amazed at the short-term memory that some pundits exhibit when they talk about HDTV flat panel pricing (“still too expensive!”), especially when it comes to larger plasma sets. Here we have a THX-certified set that includes just about (but not all) of the bells and whistles, and that carries a retail price that’s about a third of what a similar-sized set sold for just a few years ago.
There’s no question that the THX certification contributes to picture quality (the THX mode puts the set into near-calibrated overall performance), and the internet connectivity is icing on the cake. Yes, the remote could be better (Samsung has set the bar extremely high in that department), and one might quibble that perhaps the Netflix streaming service might have been the better choice for instant access to movies and shows, but overall Panasonic has delivered another winner with their G10 series, especially when you factor in the price/performance ratio.
Panasonic TC-P46G10 THX-Certified Plasma TV
Screen size: 46” diagonal
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 3 HDMI, 2 component, 1 S-video, 2 composite (1 shared with S-video), 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 4 stereo audio inputs, 1 3.5mm PC analog stereo input, 1 stereo analog output, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 SD Card slot, 1 RJ-45 LAN port, 1 ATSC/NTSC/ClearQAM RF input
Dimensions (W x H x D): 44.6” x 30.2” x 15.8” (w/stand)
Weight: 68.4 lb.
Warranty: 1 year parts & labor