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Panasonic Viera TX-P50X10 50in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P50X10
The last point I want to make in favour of the P50X10's pictures is to reinforce something I obliquely hinted at earlier; namely that the colour issues that cause trouble with standard definition pictures really are drastically reduced when watching HD. They don't completely go; there still occasionally seems a vaguely orange pall over certain scenes. But the situation is so much improved that once you've also added into the equation the exceptional black level response, crisp motion and good detailing, HD pictures are frequently capable of looking ridiculously good for a 50in TV which costs, lest you haven't noticed, only around £800.
Dragging myself away from those lovable HD images to focus on the P50X10's audio, the news is again pretty good. The soundstage is cast unusually wide for such an affordable TV, and there's also just about enough breathing space in the set's dynamic range to accommodate an action sequence without sounding too flat or muddy.
Just occasionally male voices can sound a little thick and soupy, and of course we'd always recommend that you use a separate audio system with a screen as large as this. But for the most part I really don't think you've got much to complain about given how cheap the TV is.
The colour issues noted with the P50X10's standard definition pictures stop me being able to give the P50X10 any higher than eight for picture quality, as was the case with the P37X10. But the P50X10's marginally superior HD efforts and, in particular, its amazing value give me enough ammunition to nudge the set's overall mark up to a thoroughly deserved nine.