March 9, 2010 The Panasonic TX-P 50 GW 10 was tested by the expert team at Televisions.com by efficiently combining objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis. The TX-P 50 GW 10 scored an impressive 8.1 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category owing to some state-of-the-art features like a universal tuner (analogue TV, DVB-T, DVB-C, DVB-S), accurate 24p reproduction, high contrast and outstanding motion clarity. The negatives that the test team found about the Televisions are loud fans, poor sound, high power consumption, limited brightness and weak de-interlacing of movies (576i/1080i). Florian Friedrich, Televisions.coms Editor-In-Chief said: The Panasonic TX-P 50 GW 10 is a total value for money package and is an awesome buy if the weak de-interlacing can be ignored.
The review later describes the features of the Panasonic TX-P 50 GW 10 in detail. The multimedia capabilities of the TV the playback of AVCHD camcorder videos and JPEG photos from a side mounted SD card. The test team was essentially impressed with the universal tuner that provides support for analogue as well as digital signals. The TX-P 50 GW 10 lacks support for the forthcoming CI+ encryption standards. The menu of the Panasonic TX-P 50 GW 10 is a breeze and is extremely easy to use and quick in response with only the absence of an Electronic Program Guide (EPG) for DVB-C channels being a let down.
The review extols the multi-tuner that renders accurate picture with high detail for analogue as well as digital TV signals for standard and HD resolutions. Convincing colours are conveyed through the Cinema preset. The test team rates the facility to switch off the overscan very highly as it allows no detail in the picture to be lost. The team was impressed with the Intelligent Frame Creation which reduced the double edges for PAL signals and attributes high motion clarity to the picture. It also retains the original film judder which in other television sets is smoothed out. Films arriving via the HDMI interface suffer from occasional flicker.
The reviewers were impressed with the high contrast ratios that attributed deep blacks to make the picture rich and natural. Also the colours were found to be largely convincing with natural colour tones and neutral grey scales. The TX-P 50 GW 10 fails to impress in the sound aspect as the music is bland with flat bass. Also the electronics and machinery produce a hum thats noticeable in silent rooms. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the LCD TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments. Florian Friedrich said: The Panasonic TX-P 50 GW 10 Full HD Plasma TV is a real highlight and is ideal for buyers who want great picture and high contrast and who are willing to ignore the de-interlacing issues.