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We can’t resist at this point telling you just how good the 103PF9 is with our resident Xbox 360 running into it. Seriously, if you thought Call of Duty 3 was intense before, you haven’t played it at all until you’ve had it running on a quality screen the size of this one. Stunning!
You don’t have to be Einstein, though, to figure out that for all its terrific qualities, the 103PF9 is always to some extent dependent on the quality of the sources you feed it. So while it looks nothing short of sensational with a good HD source, it is rather merciless in revealing the weaknesses inherent to standard definition sources.
Still, this speaks more of those sources than it does of a genuine ‘problem’ with the 103PF9. The only actual performance weakness that can be laid solely at the 103PF9’s door is that its pictures aren’t especially bright compared to what we’ve come to expect from ‘regular’ screen sizes – a problem which can additionally make one or two colours look a touch muted.
We stressed ‘performance’ weakness in the previous paragraph because there is, of course, one other rather important downpoint of the 103PF9: its price. There’s just no getting round the fact that the best part of 50 grand is a hell of a lot of cash to splash on a telly, no matter how big it is. Especially when you think that you could get a really excellent AV projector to give you even bigger pictures for as little as £3,500.
But hey. The 103PF9 scores over a projector in that you can watch its images in a bright room, and don’t need to accommodate a projector somewhere distant from your screen (usually in the middle of the room).
And anyway, if you’re the sort of person who can even think about blowing £50k on a home cinema screen, justifying that sort of expenditure is probably not something you need trouble yourself with!
The 103PF9 is a truly grandstanding showcase for Panasonic’s plasma and technological prowess, and proves that you really can push back screen size boundaries without picture quality having to suffer.
So dip into your Swiss bank account, do whatever it takes to get one installed, sit back, enjoy your glorious king-sized show and revel in the fact that we all hate you for being so much richer than us!