Panasonic Viera TX-P50S10 50in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P50S10

John Archer

By John Archer

Reviewed:

Summary

Our Score:

8

As with the P42S10, though, there are one or two problems to report. Colours, for instance, look a touch orangey at times, especially with standard definition skin tones or rich red graphics. The screen also occasionally presents colour blends with a slightly striped appearance, suggesting either that its colour processing isn't quite powerful enough, or that it's not as accomplished as it could be at processing away the colour striping apparent in some low-quality standard definition sources.

I also felt that while the IFC system certainly reduces the amount of judder apparent in pictures - especially 1080p/24 Blu-rays - it doesn't remove judder to the same extent as Philips' HD Natural Motion processing, the latest 200Hz engines from Samsung and LG, or Panasonic's own new 600Hz plasmas.

Finally, in the negative column, I didn't feel that the P50S10's high definition pictures looked quite as crisp as I've seen on numerous other big, Full HD TVs. I wouldn't go so far as to say they look soft; you can certainly easily tell that they're HD, and they always look impressively cinematic. But I just didn't quite get the same 'wow' factor from the amount of detail and sharpness on show that I often get with HD viewed on Full HD screens.

The P50S10's audio, meanwhile, is pretty good. I have to say after being spoiled by the startlingly potent audio of Philips' 'little' 32PFL9604 last week, the Panasonic's attempts at rendering deep bass lines are a little boxy and forced. But mid-range soundtrack information and vocals are both presented cleanly and clearly, and you also get plenty of treble information without things sounding harsh except at really extreme volumes.

Verdict

The P50S10B ultimately manages to deliver enough AV quality to make it look like a bona fide bargain. But it doesn't change my opinion expressed in other recent Panasonic plasma TV reviews that if you can manage to scrape a bit more money together, you'll find your AV needs appreciably better serviced by one of Panasonic's NeoPDP screens.

DavidDB

June 2, 2009, 5:59 pm

Fantastic another 50in Plasma with built in FREEVIEW





A lot of hoo hahh about the vast costs involved in R & D and costs of software and freedoms and needs to show a profit. I could not agree more with many of those points and would encourage far more action than words





Times have changed for the consumer, when money is tight, they are bewildered by format wars of one kind or another and at the end of the day being offered a lousy deal in the High Street.





And almost every TV salesman I have talked to on a recent shopping expedition was being downright dishonest to get a sale. (Pointing to a supermarket 720p set with "Freeview", - That TV there sir has the same screen as that £3,000 model over there, but its our own brand. ( Bargain then! ).





Putting FREEVIEW on a High Definition TV, even on entry level models is like a Windows 3 user putting "Go Faster" lights on his PC,


In the brocure it looks great to add FREEVIEW as a plus - its free - and is true plug and play.





FREESAT however which carrys and controlls fantastic HD content we have allready paid for with our TV licences is nowhere to be seen, Or only at a hefty premium above an equivalent model without the tuner.





Sure some TV manufacturers are coughing up for a Freesat Licence but at what coist to us the consumer?


I simply dont understand why any 1080 set is sold with "built in" FREEVIEW" when the world has moved on.





Whatever the excuses from Freesat, The BBC, The Regulators, retailers, Manufacturers or some Euro Quango - Sort It Out!





TV BUYERS If you can hold out on going "HIGH DEFINITION" wait, let these shelves full of "Almost High Definition Televisions" gather dust and choke the supply lines, In a short time ALL but the very low end bargain bucket TVs in the high street will have FREESAT built in.

ffrankmccaffery

June 3, 2009, 2:49 am

Forget skys efforts to undermime this service as the numptys running this seem to be doing a good job themselves. When you have the logistical problems that plenty will still have in installing this aswell youd think theyd relent.


Or you could instead hold out for freeview hd set which is likely to be coming soon, perhaps even as early as this autumn as some say.

davidcrofter

June 3, 2009, 6:01 am

Not sure what the hell you are on about DavidDB with inbuilt FreeSat ... not everybody wants or can even get FreeSat and if you do decide to go down that route (if you actually want to record HD Shows) add a Freesat PVR you just plug it in. Why not go the whole hog and demand that Panasonic add a Blu Ray Player into the side of the TV??





But it looks like you want FreeSat built in so every manufacture should be adding that feature and factoring in the premium pric of that service simply for you now??





Will Trusted Reviews be featuring any of the new LG Plasmas that seem to be getting very good reviews at the moment as it would be nice to hear how you reckon they stack up against the Panasonics. Be nice to see a LG 42PQ6000 review and say

Aero 1

June 4, 2009, 7:35 pm

@davidcrofter


I was wanting to see the LG's Plasmas but they are not Full HD! :(





Still waiting on the Panny 42" V10 review though ;-)

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