Panasonic TX-P46S10 review

If you like your big screen plasmas and are working to a budget, then you could do worse than this Panasonic Tested at £840.00

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Our Verdict

Plasma fans on a tight budget will love the TX-P46S10, but if you’re prepared to go LCD you can get a better performance for similar money

For

  • Natural, controlled colours
  • clean and stable standard-def pictures
  • good black depth
  • solidly built

Against

  • Lacks the white punch and colour vibrancy of the best
  • weak motion processing
  • others dig up greater detail

The Panasonic TX-P46S10 may do without some of the bells and whistles fitted to its TX-P46G15 sibling (£1080) – like 600Hz motion processing, DLNA and internet connections, a fourth HDMI and Freesat – but it is much cheaper, too.

So if you're not bothered with those particular features, you should buy competively-priced plasma right?

Well, yes and no. Although far more affordable than the TX-P46G15, it's a slightly weaker performer, making the choice between the two a tough one to make.

More importantly, though, for £50 more you can buy the LG 47LF7700, which is undoubtedly better.

Natural, subtle colours
That's not to say this Panasonic is bad, however. Play The Duchess on Blu-ray and although detail and bright tones are weaker than some rivals, the actual colour palette is natural and subtle, resulting in skin tones with realistic hues and gradients.

Black depth is very impressive for the money, too, and despite that relative lack of punch, insight into the dark scene at the theatre remains decent.

The 'S10 may not have the 'G15's 600Hz sub-field drive, but it does have a 400Hz version, which is actually only marginally weaker.

Unfortunately neither is particularly impressive, so although there's no unnaturalness to motion that some people are especially sensitive to, it's not very smooth or stable, either.

Stable pictures in standard-def
Panasonics tend to produce stable standard-definition pictures, and the TX-P46S10 is no exception. Asked to upscale the Twilight DVD, it responds with a clean, noise-free picture.

Again, overall punch isn't the strongest, but the colour palette is controlled and natural, realistically conveying both the paleness of the vampires and the more colourful clothes of the students.

The Freeview tuner fares similarly, so although some comparable TVs offer greater detail recovery and vibrancy, the stability and control of the image means it's eminently enjoyable.

Perhaps surprisingly, the TX-P46S10's audio is better than that from the TX-P46G15. In fact, it's more controlled than most TVs at this price even offering a degree of envelopment in the delivery.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Brand NamePanasonic
Product SeriesS10
Product TypePlasma TV
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product LineViera
Manufacturer Part NumberTXP46S10B
Product NamePanasonic TX-P46S10
Product ModelTX-P46S10

Physical Characteristics

Height with Stand76.7 cm
Depth with Stand40.1 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate31 kg
Weight Approximate29 kg
Width with Stand113.2 cm

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Teletext
Aspect Ratio16:9
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemSurround Sound, Dolby

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T
Scan Format1080p
Analog TunerNTSC, SECAM, PAL