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.
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.
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