Panasonic Viera TC-P46G25 1080p THX Certified Plasma TV

Model: Panasonic Viera TC-P46G25
Description: 46" Full 1080P HD Plasma TV
Reviewer: Robert Wiley
Date: Fall 2010

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
This shot from the Fifth Element shows the unusually high brightness and color saturation of the Panasonic G25 series.

The TC-P46G25 is Panasonic's next to highest end offering for 2010. The only features lacking in this model from the highest end VT25 series is 3D capability. It does contain the new Skype enabled feature, has all the current Internet connectivity options and has THX certifications for picture calibrations and settings. Panasonic is the only manufacturer of 46" plasma TVs in the market, and the only competition is from LCD.

Strengths

Weaknesses

  • Extra Brightness, light throughput
  • Rich Color
  • Perfect Side Angle Viewing
  • TV Good for Bright Rooms
  • Price/Value
  • Difficult Calibration, unstable color
  • Background noise and graininess (Processing)
  • Over saturated Colors
  • Boring yesteryear appearance with 3.5" depth
  • Remote Control and Menu Functionality sub par

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
This shot from Perfume shows good contrast with and detail in the face from a standard definition source.

Aesthetic Considerations: Panasonic answered "not present" in the looks and aesthetics contest for 2010. This years TV aesthetics and almost all other the 2010 models look the same even with their top end entries. The G25's appearance hearkens back to yesteryear. The bezel framing is black gloss plastic at 2" on top and 2.25" on the sides giving the TV a large frame with no real design quality. The dark teal color of the screen (when off) contrasts with the black gloss frame in an unappealing manner. Panel depth at 3.5" also ignores the trend toward thin and sleek.

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
Left: We were not fans of the unattractive contrast between the wide 2.25" bezel and the dark teal green screen on the G25
Right: Side angle view of the Panasonic G25 inputs

Internet connectivity is a major feature of the G25 series. Options are limited in our opinion and currently they include to Pandora, Bloomberg, Amazon Video on Demand, Skype, and Picasa. Fox Sports and twitter are supposedly coming soon. Notably, there is no Netflix feature. Skype is a highlight.

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
The you tube Internet option on the Panasonic TC-P46G25.

Panasonic TC-P46G25 Review
The Bloomberg News Service Internet option on the Panasonic TC-P46G25.

As we go to press with this review the TC-P46G25 sells for around $1067 from an online authorized dealer. Though it doesnt compare well with Panasonic's own TC-P50G25 which is about the same price, it's about the best price you can find in a 46" TV with Internet options. One exception is the LCD Samsung LN46C650 and a few that are more expensive like the LG 47LE5500 or Sharp LC-46LE810 . Panasonic has the only 46" plasma TV models on the market.

Rating scale from 70 (denoting poorest quality) to 100 (signifying the very best quality). Picture quality is double-weighted in the Overall Rating Score calculation.



 



Review Equipment Used: Sony Blu Ray BDP-S1 High Definition DVD player, Sony DVP-S50 DVD player, Sencore Color Pro 5000, Sencore Auto Cal Pro, Sencore signal generator, SpectreCal X-rite Pro Meter Reader, Cal Man Software.

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