I currently have time usage of 24693.20 on my Panasonic TC-P50G10 and it looks as good as it did the day i bought it brand new in 2009. I have friends come over that just recently bought new big screens..one a LG LED, another friend bought a higher model VISIO and my cousin bought at nice Samsung Slim 55' LED which he paid around 1500 dollar for and all of them...i swear all have complemented on the picture quality of my 2009 TC-P50G10 all stating it looked better than their new 2012 and 2013 HDTV's and two of them asked how could they get their HDTV's to look as good as mine including my cousin that just bought his new Samsung LED. ...i snickered and stated you should of went Plasma lol..but kidding aside i told them LED HDTV's are right up there with Plasma's for the most part now days all depending on which brand and model you buy...you get what you pay for. I still greatly favor Plasma HDTV's over LED's to this day.
The picture quality on my G10 is just remarkable still, for being close to 4 years old now...i have absolutely no issues with the blacks others have had with their G10's. Maybe i just happen to get lucky but let me put it this way...i have a crazy crazy knack in finding the most littlest of flaws with Picture Quality..im super finicky about it. The first thing i mentioned to all three of these guys that wanted their new HDTV's to have the picture quality of my set is that i told them to either get it professional calibrated or do some research here at avs and a few other home theater forums i recommended them to look at..in fact i emailed each of them links pertaining to their specific HDTV.
Later on as time weeks went on..each of them had made their way back to my house periodically and after calibrating their HDTV's..they still said my picture was better than theirs...each of them. Not to sound like i am bragging or anything..i aim simply stating that these G10 sets were and still are one of the better plasma hdtv products Panasonic put out in recent years and they hold their own with even the new Panasonic HDTV's..... Fortunately for me...i do not see no black issues with my set and ive' put in some serious hours into this set for the simple fact that i use it as a monitor for my home theater PC and to be honest..while it may sound stupid and a waste of money for the electricity bill...i usually leave my tv on 24/7 because i have my pc connected to it and most of my time with my HDTV is not watching our Comcast paid HDTV channels but rather i am online surfing the net, doing a bit of pc gaming, watching blu-ray movies via my blu-ray drive in my pc and im a huge research buff with all sorts of things so its like 90% of my HDTV usage is with my computer....so my computer goes to sleep after 1 hour of no usage and puts my HDTV to sleep as well..
I am not sure if because of my PC going into sleep mode which puts my HDTV into all black screen mode actually helps with the longevity of my plasma or if completely shutting the HDTV off is the only way to extend longevity of my HDTV....but regardless..it still produces the exact same picture quality now as it did the day i took it out of the box when i bought it brand new. I couldn't be happier with this set and i have no need to upgrade to a newer set at any time for the foreseeable feature. All these new so called "smart HDTV's" with apps, wifi,etc are completely meaningless to me because i have the ultimate media center of them all... a home theater PC so all those extra's that these new tv's have today are garbage to me..
I believe i will upgrade around 2-3 years from now when newer technology displays come down in price or my current set starts to degrade in any ways...as it stands now..my G10 is rock solid and people that come over always compliment how nice looking my picture quality is on this set.
By the way.... i went with the 50inch (TC-P50G10) because in my honest opinion...a 50inch display is the so called sweet spot in terms of picture quality and pixel clarity goes and im not the only one that has stated this..i've heard this come directly from other home theater enthusiasts but more importantly from actual representatives of a few manufactures of HDTVs stating that 50 inches is the sweet spot for spot on excellent pixel per pixel rendering with a 50 inch display and supreme clarity with 50 inch displays because of it being not too small to take away from the home theater experience when watching movies or playing video games and not too large to begin to see moments of distortion and pixel distortion..although he was not suggesting their larger models weren't a good buy..obviously he wasn't going to hinder their larger displays they offer..he was just basically trying to say at 50 inches you get the best PQ performance and clarity and many others agree as i stated.
My dad has a Panasonic Plasma hdtv like mine but his is one year older than mine.. a 2008 model and his is the highest end model from Panasonic in 2008 and my dad's is a 58inch display..and i noticed quite easily how things are a bit more distorted because of his larger screen. Not only that but a friend of mine that is a hardcore home theater enthusiast that has equipment that he updates almost yearly...he has a Panasonic TC-P65VT50 which is a 65inch panel and i clearly see things getting a bit distorted because of the screen blowing text and images to fit the large 65inch screen..while its not ugly by any means..it looks awesome..but you can see after going above 50' - 54' ...any screen larger you begin to really see distortion with certain things and a bit of clarity loss. Again..not staying these larger displays suck in PQ...not at all..but if you got an eagle eye like i do..you really can pick out these visual flaws in larger displays.
So my next purchase will be 50' or 54' ...nothing higher. I only sit 6 feet away from my display anyways... so it works out lovely by all means. As i stated..my G10 will hold me just fine until maybe these newer technologies in large screen displays lower in price or when i see a nice jump in overall Picture quality at current 1080p displays but with 4k and OLEDS now out..hopefully in a few years they will be at the 2000-3000 dollar range which is around what i am willing to spend on a HDTV. I paid 1700.00 for this G10 display on a black Friday sale (i bought extra warrnty too) even though i had around 3 grand to spend..i used the left over money for a high end Yamaha Receiver...i already had just bought some high end Polk and Boston surround sound speakers and two 12' Infinity powered subs so i was good to go after getting my G10 and the Yamaha receiver.
Currently just built a new home theater pc for my G10 that replaced my old Q6600, HD 5850 1GB videocard, 4GB DDR2 ram,etc..it was too dated to keep up with today's games.
below is the new home theater pc i just built last month. Crysis 3 running my my 50 Inch G10 looks breath taking..the visuals are out of this world..blows away anything on the current consoles.
Cant wait for the PS4 and next xbox....but Crysis 3 on the PC at Very High Graphic settings is technically a next gen game..believe me..its beyond any other game out there visually, easily..
i5 3570k @ 4.6ghz - CM Hyper 212+ (two) 120mm Push/Pull
Asrock z77 Extreme4 Motherboard
Gigabyte Windforce3 7870@1240core/1400memory
8GB G.Skill Sniper DDR3 1600 - 500GB SataII HDD
XFX Core Edition 550watt PSU 80 Plus Bronze
Thermaltake Versa II Case - (six) 120mm fans
50" Panasonic Viera THX Plasma HDTV
Yamaha RX-V671 Home Theater Receiver (recently upgraded, needed more hdmi ports)
Polk Fronts, Boston Rears, Klipsch center, (two) 12" Infinity Powered Subs
Logitech MX 5500 Revolution wireless key/mouse
Edited by Moegames - 2/25/13 at 10:02am