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Old 11-02-2009, 07:47 PM   #1  
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I'm looking at a 50" Panasonic plasma. Can't see a trememdous amount of difference between the S1, G10, and G15. The only thing I can see focusing on the TV side of things (ignoring PC connections) is 'Sub Pixel Control' and THX certification. Can get into the S1 for just over 800; the G15 is 1025, and the G10 is 1152 (an excellent employee discount program).

Can anyone enlighten me as to the additional benefits? Went to Best Buy and educated them on the differences between S1 and G10, didn't see much difference between the S1 and G10 but they weren't side by side.

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Old 11-02-2009, 10:27 PM   #2  
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The S1 doesn't have the THX mode and no 48Hz processing for Blu-ray movies recorded at 24 (fps), I would save up a little more for a 54" S1 on Black Friday! How far are you viewing from your TV?
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Old 11-02-2009, 10:55 PM   #3  
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I'm looking at a 50" Panasonic plasma. Can't see a trememdous amount of difference between the S1, G10, and G15. The only thing I can see focusing on the TV side of things (ignoring PC connections) is 'Sub Pixel Control' and THX certification. Can get into the S1 for just over 800; the G15 is 1025, and the G10 is 1152 (an excellent employee discount program).

Can anyone enlighten me as to the additional benefits? Went to Best Buy and educated them on the differences between S1 and G10, didn't see much difference between the S1 and G10 but they weren't side by side. Thanks for your help!
There are existing threads here with discussion about the differences between the S1/G10/G15 if you read the first several pages of topics.

But basically the G15 is identical to a G10 except for two minor cosmetic differences, and the G10/G15 has about a dozen additional features over the S1. To some people the extra couple hundred bucks is worth it, and to others those extra features aren't worth the extra money. If you're willing to spend the extra money to get a better set, then get either the G10 or G15 and be done with it.

Or get a V10 and be even more done with it
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Or get a V10 and be even more done with it
Now you're talkin'...
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Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Some challenges I have include: (1) Viewing distance is typically 12-16 feet. However, the back of the house is a 'great room' and the TV will be watched from distances up to 40 feet. C'est la vie. (2) My wife has not liked our current TV due to size (a 60" Sony SD rear projection) and won't go past 50". I'm confident this will be too small, and the TV we buy will end up going in the basement as a TV to watch while playing pool. (3) I'm fiscally conservative (not cheap - at least that is my story) and 800 for a 50" Panny plasma seems too good a deal to pass up.

Based upon posts to this forum I have gone from an LCD to a plasma (Techlord's byline had some undue influence) but fully expect to buy a larger HD next year after my beloved bride realizes that 50" isn't big enough.

My thanks to everyone for their posts on this thread along with posts on the other threads.
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Or get a V10 and be even more done with it
I would but they aren't available in USA at 42".
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Your assistance is greatly appreciated. Some challenges I have include: (1) Viewing distance is typically 12-16 feet. However, the back of the house is a 'great room' and the TV will be watched from distances up to 40 feet. C'est la vie. (2) My wife has not liked our current TV due to size (a 60" Sony SD rear projection) and won't go past 50". I'm confident this will be too small, and the TV we buy will end up going in the basement as a TV to watch while playing pool. (3) I'm fiscally conservative (not cheap - at least that is my story) and 800 for a 50" Panny plasma seems too good a deal to pass up.

Based upon posts to this forum I have gone from an LCD to a plasma (Techlord's byline had some undue influence) but fully expect to buy a larger HD next year after my beloved bride realizes that 50" isn't big enough.

My thanks to everyone for their posts on this thread along with posts on the other threads.
No matter what size display you end up getting, they always look smaller in big rooms! I went to Ken Cranes the other day and saw my LCD hanging on the wall a thought it was the 40" version, to my surprise it was the 52" model I own! I couldn't believe it!
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No matter what size display you end up getting, they always look smaller in big rooms! I went to Ken Cranes the other day and saw my LCD hanging on the wall a thought it was the 40" version, to my surprise it was the 52" model I own! I couldn't believe it!
Isn't that the truth! I started looking at 54 inch V10, then moved to 58 inch and now my wife is saying let us get 65 inch...
I guess it is only money... which I don't have to buy it yet...

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Isn't that the truth! I started looking at 54 inch V10, then moved to 58 inch and now my wife is saying let us get 65 inch...
I guess it is only money... which I don't have to buy it yet...
Well you only live once, that means you have one chance to get it right!
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Considering that the S1 is available at both Best Buy and Sears (and for $799 through Saturday), I'm considering this as an alternative to the harder to find G10 (and closer to $1000). Is the THX certification something that could be reproduced by creating a profile of certain settings? Or is it even necessary/that great anyway?

The only other big differences seem to be no

Viera Cast
LAN pot
x.v.Color
3D Color Management
Subpixel Control
PC Input

To be honest, I don't know what most of these things are anyway! Are any of them useful enough to hold off for the G10? I don't want to feel like I'm "settling" for the lesser model...

Edit: I guess the most important question is this: is the PQ the same on the S1 and G10, or does the lack of the above features mean it won't be as good on the S1? I know it's the same panel type, but...

Thanks.

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All depends how picky you are.
IMHO a S1 and pro calibration will give you a better picture than a G10/15 without and probably cost the same or less for the S1 (including the calibration).
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