Originally Posted by drfreeman60
I am a V10 owner and I will not try to convince anyone that the V10 is worth the price differential over the same S1 or in smaller sizes the G10.
However, as I planned on keeping my TV a minimum of three years (the wife thinks longer, LOL), I wanted the best picture available for what I had to spend. The tech that sits on the other side of the cubicle from me just purchased an S1 and I have helped him with setup and am quite familiar with both units.
The OP noted the four additional features on the V10 series. Here is my opinion on what they may or may not be worth.
24p Cinematic Playback
This one meant quite a lot to me as this preserved the original feel of film based materials. If you do not have an extensive film based Blu-Ray collection, or if it's not in your plans to begin to accumulate an extensive film based Blu-Ray collection, then this feature means little or nothing. 24p playback is available only on Blu-Ray, not DVD. If you have been watching DVD's on a standard TV (which look extremely good) and are happy with them, then don't add any weight to this feature. My wife and I love it, but we love movies. Actually, my wife can not always see the difference between 60hz playback with 3:2 pulldown or 96hz/24p playback. It probably depends on how well the material was transferred.
Digital Cinema Color
This is the expanded color format. Currently there is no content available using this format, so it is not worth very much. Turned off on my V10.
This makes the device compatible with content recorded with x.v. color. To my knowledge, there is no commercial content or broadcast content using this. I know Sony marketed this as a feature on some of their camcorders a few years ago. Do not know if it is still around or not. Again, little or no value to most people.
This is really a plus and one of the reasons I purchased the V10 or the other models. THX mode gives very accurate color and gray scale right out of the box. Better than almost anyone can do by eye. Initial sets with this had an antique look (leaned towards yellow). This was corrected by a firmware update and I believe all of the new Panasonic TV's since July with this feature have the corrected firmware.
Saying all of that, I don't use THX as some of the settings for Custom mode in the V10 settings forum look just a little bit brighter while maintaining the color balance of the THX mode.
If you plan on having your set professionally calibrated or you enjoy playing with the settings yourself and have a decent reference, like Digital Video Essentials, THX may not mean very much to you. If you want to take it out of the box, set it and forget it, THX has a great deal of value.
Flicker is not an issue with either set. Some people notice flicker on the 96hz/24p mode which, unless there is something wrong with their set, is actually the cadence of 24 frame per second film. Some folks don't like this as they are more used to the smoother playback from 60hz 3:2 pulldown for film based material.
There is absolutely no problem watching Blu-Ray or Sports. Both units handle these incredibly well.
My friends S1 looks as good in his home as my V10 looks in mine. We have adjusted the user settings to get as good a picture as possible using Digital Video Essentials and our own eyes, no test equipment. When at his house his S1 looks terrific. When at my house, the V10 looks terrific. How would they look side by side, I really don't know. I think they would be very close. Some people might see some differences, some people wouldn't.
The two features that steered me to the V10 were 24p cinematic playback and the extra user level picture adjustments not available in the other models. If these are important to you, then the V10 is a better choice. If not, take the extra money and get a top notch Blu-Ray player, a good sound system, take your wife out to dinner and a movie and a night in a fancy hotel, buy the S1 and pocket the difference.