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5.0 out of 5 stars
Exceptional TV, 13 May 2011
I replaced a Sony Trinitron CRT TV with this after many years of reviewing LCD TV's and realising they were a very poor "upgrade" from the Sony CRT. In particular the ghosting of movement and poor colour rendering of LCD meant that a Plasma TV was the only alternative. The problem is that plasma TV's only come in big or very big.
I purchased this because it was the smallest plasma TV available even though it is not full HD. It will only display 720p, but will work with higher quality input. It also only has an SD digital tuner.
I use this TV in conjunction with a Panasonic DMR-BW780EK PVR+blue-ray recorder, so used with source that consists of HD tuners + DVD + BD + upscaling on all these and via an HDMI connection - I rarely watch TV directly using the built in SD tuner of the TV.
Using the TV tuner with SD freeview the quality of the picture is very good, though not perfect. You can still see some pixelation from a sitting position of about 2 meters. Using the TV connected to the DMR with any source is outstanding as the DMR upscales everything to 1080p (except, of course BD which is already 1080p). So the picture sharpness can be defined as:
SD (from TV tuner) : good - a little pixelated and as good as a smaller Sony Trinitron CRT.
SD (upsampled by DMR) : very good - not pixelated
HD freeview + standard DVD from DMR : outstanding sharpenss and picture quality. A very good HD program from freeview is quite amazing.
BD : Good as the best HD freeview - remember this is only an HD-ready TV - but is still quite stunning.
The colour quality is also outstanding from any source with excellant and accurate colouring without being cartoon like as with a LCD. Of course, like a CRT, black is really black too, but it is the high quality of colour contrast and representation of outdoor scenes that is really brillant.
There is no motion ghosting with plasam, so image remain sharp and high quality with movement. There is an artifact occasionally with background motion of vertical shapes which sometimes appear to jump - but it is not clear if this is the TV or the source. I read an expert review that this the TV has an artifact with the 100Hz refresh, but it is rare and does not detract from an outstanding picture quality and rendering fast moving pictures.
The TV tuner is sensitive and finds all the channels I expect. The guide for the freeview suffers from adverts - shame on you Panasonic - and uses the same system as the DMR. Bad marketing decision by panasonic I think - there are many comments about these adverts and the freeview guide on all panasonic equipment.
The remote is good and easy to use, while the options for source and picture quality are easy to change. Input from HDMI I use on auto-detect, and the TV works with 1080p and all other standard signal types.
The screen is glossy so suffers from reflection as noted in other reviews, not a problem where I use the TV, but consider this if used in a room with direct sunlight from a window.
Finally - it uses about 100Watts of power in use, and about 1W in standby. This is about the same as an equivalent sized LCD and CRT - so ignore the salesmen in shops who say plasma is expensive to run.
In summary, this was a excellant replacement to a high quality CRT. It does not have a HD tuner, but when used in conjunction with high quality input from the panasonic DMR the picture quality is quite outstanding. I am sure the latest offerings from Panasonic which are true HD - but only start at 42" size - are better but I am think this TV is exceptional.