Panasonic Viera TX-P58V10 58in Plasma TV - Panasonic Viera TX-P58V10

John Archer

By John Archer

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Panasonic Viera TX-P58V10 58in Plasma TV

Summary

Our Score:

9

The more observant of you may have noticed that I mentioned Freesat a couple of paragraphs ago. For the P58V10 is, as we'd expect given its near-top position on Panasonic's TV 'ladder', equipped with a built-in Freesat HD tuner.

This sits alongside Freeview and - shudder - analogue tuners, covering the gamut of free-to-air TV options currently available in the UK. And all the brave new digital channels the TV brings you are tucked away within reasonably tidy electronic programme guides.

While the P58V10's raw size, Freesat tuner and multimedia capabilities go some way towards explaining its slightly hefty-looking price tag, though, I still feel as if it needs to go a bit further still before I'll be truly satisfied on the value front.

Cue the set's video processing engine, which uses Panasonic's Intelligent Frame Creation interpolation technology to produce a claimed 600Hz picture. In other words, the interpolation technology adds enough sub-frames to the original image to create 600 different images a second. It's important to stress that the P58V10's panel does not actually refresh itself 600 times a second, as we'd usually expect to be the case when we're talking about a 'Hz' figure on a TV.

Panasonic's V-Real Pro 4 video processing engine is on hand to deal with other aspects of the picture, such as noise reduction, scaling and colour, and the set also enjoys Panasonic's Digital Cinema Colour system, designed to recreate a colour range close to that seen in commercial digital cinemas.

One final noteworthy feature is the P58V10's THX certification, showing that George Lucas' 'quality control' outfit reckon the screen has got what it takes to deliver home cinema perfection. In fact, the set even boasts a THX preset, featuring image settings reckoned to produce the most movie-like experience. And if there's one thing the P58V10 certainly can do, it's produce a movie-like experience.

As we've noted before, stepping as high up Panasonic's range as you can really does reap considerable performance dividends this year, and the P58V10 reaffirms this belief in emphatic fashion. For while the images from the G series, which rests one rung further down the Panasonic plasma ladder, are good, those from the P58V10 are in a different class.

The main reason for this is the P58V10's much better colour response. Some of Panasonic's lower-level TVs haven't blown me away with their colour tones this year, with green or orange undertones creeping into pictures. But, possibly thanks to the Digital Cinema Colour engine, the P58V10's colours during HD viewing are really terrific; natural, subtly blended, yet also vibrant in a way we don't often see with plasma technology. With such a terrific colour palette on display, it's really no surprise that THX decided to get involved with the P58V10.

It has to be said that the colour palette can look a touch forced sometimes when you switch to standard definition, but it doesn't take much effort to tweak the TV's settings to calm this problem down to an acceptable level.

Orinj

November 4, 2009, 9:01 pm

Good review. It's nice to see that we are finally starting to see panels that can rival the Pioneer KURO 9Gs, a more than a year after their launch.





The paragraph on the first page about the Ethernet port, iPlayer and Freesat is probably no longer an issue since TR reported this News article today,





http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

gadgetmania

November 4, 2009, 10:01 pm

I enjoy TR reviews and while I also liked this one in particular, it's missing a few pictures of the back of the TV, close-ups showing the controls, etc. The images are too general and seem to be provided by the manufacturer.

Vivid

November 4, 2009, 11:00 pm

"any less impactful on your room"





Stop making words up, this isn't America.

Chocoa

November 5, 2009, 12:43 am

Out of interest how far back do you have to sit so you don't see the pixels? I ask as 'standard' size TV I guess is no issue at the normal 6-8-10ft or so away....





I have a projector/screen and naturally that is a factor in seating.

betelgeus

November 5, 2009, 1:05 pm

TR always seem to use stock photos for some reason,recommended viewing distance by thx is 6.5 feet.value seems a bit high at 3k plus don't you think?

timple

November 5, 2009, 7:08 pm

How do we know TR are really reviewing these items and not processing PR handouts from the manufacturers?

Geoff Richards

November 5, 2009, 7:51 pm

@timple - a surprising comment from someone who has been reading TR for over a year such as yourself.





To pick up on betelgeus' comment, we don't always use stock photography. In fact, our studio work is of such high quality that many people cannot distinguish the two. However, sometimes for certain products it is necessary to use stock photos and we have always admitted as much. It's no secret.





The reason is simple logistics. John has published over 400 television reviews in this channel, and if we use this 58-inch Panasonic as an example, 53KG is a bit of a beast to lug around for testing, nevermind photography.





@gadgetmania - yes, this is an area we would like to improve on.

John Archer

November 22, 2009, 6:23 pm

@timple - only just noticed your utterly absurd comment. Having sat there for two days watching, listening to and putting test signals into the P58V10, I can tell you that I most certainly do review TVs, and don't just rewrite press releases. Presumably you think that the reviews of TVs I don't like came out like that because they had bad press releases or something? Honestly. Glad to see my efforts are being appreciated!!





John Archer

Abul-Walid Mohammed ibn-Ahmad

November 27, 2009, 3:27 am

@John Archer - your reviews (and the whole site in fact) is >really< appreciated - Thank you! I bought my last TV with your review as an input and have been very pleased.





I have a question about this unit - and maybe a suggestion for further TV reviews..





regarding power consumption - can you add to the Feature Table, the amount of power used in Watts, in off(standby), and maybe 2 or 3 in-use(on) values (assume movie/cinema mode; white screen, black screen, and some standard image - a BBC test card? or just the top menu from a popular dvd)





Do you still have this unit to report the power figures? I know that with research


manufacture numbers can be found somewhere - but real world numbers would be nice to know. And just using one of those inexpensive 10GBP power meter/monitors should do.





Thanks again

simonm

March 13, 2010, 3:27 pm

Panasonic seems to have pulled a fast one with the G10/V10/Z1 NeoPDP panels.





Reviews universally praise them for their excellent black levels, but it has now emerged that - in a TV with a design life of 100,000 hours - the black levels have collapsed by 1,000 hours or so due to a programmed change in the driving voltages.





CNET's measurements suggest black levels are 3 times as bad after this point, which drops them down into mediocre LCD territory. This leaves the "Infinite Black" branding from Panasonic's literature sounding very hollow:





http://news.cnet.com/8301-1793...





Hopefully TR will be going back and amending all the reviews to note that the excellent black levels - one of the major selling points - are only good for 1% of the product's design life?





CNET has already done so:





http://reviews.cnet.com/flat-p...

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