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Panasonic Viera TX-P42G10 42in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P42G10
More good news about the P42G10's pictures finds it reproducing high definition from Blu-ray or the Freesat tuner with good clarity and detailing - especially since this clarity remains relatively unspoiled when things in the picture start to move.
I should probably add here that the P42G10's attention to fine detail and sharpness isn't as aggressive as that of some rival TVs - especially LCD ones. But I'd argue that the Panasonic's less forced approach is ultimately more natural, if slightly less impactful.
More great news about the P42G10 is that in typical plasma style, its pictures don't lose black level response and colour saturation if watched from a wide angle - a potentially crucial issue for family households, where some poor soul is always left having to sit off to the TV's side.
The P42G10's pictures aren't perfect by any means. As noted with some earlier reviews of Full HD Panasonic plasmas, this 42-incher doesn't do a particularly great job of rescaling standard definition pictures, leaving them looking rather soft and short of detail. However, while I'd like to see Panasonic improve this for future generations, the soft standard def tone does actually have a fringe benefit, which is that Freeview and Freesat standard def sources don't seem as afflicted by MPEG blocking/twitching noise as they do on most ‘sharper' screens.
My other concern is that pictures sometimes look a touch orange in tone, especially when watching standard definition. But this issue is sufficiently slight that it becomes something you quickly become accustomed to, rather than a continual distraction.
The P42G10's audio, meanwhile, performs in line with most other Panasonic flat TVs we've seen lately. Which is no bad thing, for that means the soundstage has sufficient power and range to go really loud without sounding too harsh or distorted. What's more, it does a decent job of picking out treble details, and voices sound clear and credible. A touch more bass extension would have been the icing on the cake, but overall this TV is good enough to make buying a separate sound system a step-up option rather than an absolute necessity.
The P42G10 continues to prove that Panasonic's NeoPDP panels have moved the brand's plasma technology up a gear, and so are well worth saving up for over Panasonic's latest non-NeoPDP models.
I should say that even the introduction of NeoPDP doesn't raise Panasonic's game right up to the level exhibited by the last of Pioneer's 9 series plasmas. But once you've taken the P42G10's aggressive price and Freesat tuner into account, it still stands out as another seriously fine addition to Panasonic's impressive plasma tradition.