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£1500 - what to buy ?

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  1. geewhizz

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    £1500 - what to buy ?
    so what i am looking for is a plasma to watch tv, cable, play dvds, and xbox.
    so what can i buy for that sort of money.
    all i ask for is a half decent picture.

    p.s. please dont say " for another £ 100 you can get a ''''''''''''''''' "
    £ 1500 max. :smashin:
     
  2. hornydragon

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    keep it in your pocket (or buy an LG)
     
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    If we are being that strict on the price, I would say there are 3 possibilities:

    32" - Hitachi 32PD5200
    37" - Panasonic TH-37PW7
    42" - LG RZ-42PX11

    The Hitachi and LG both come with tuners and speakers, the Panasonic doesn't (if that matters).
     
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    ... but if you go for the Panny you can actually get it for around £1250 including one SCART terminal, and a decent home cinema DVD kit for the rest of your budget... :thumbsup:
     
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    need to add a mount tho... wall bracket or table stand which will push a panny PW6/7 right to budget without speakers................ but if you are prepared to spend £1500 on a panel and buy the extra bits you can have so much more
     
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    Yes, the 42" is out of budget with the accessories. But the 37" isn't - Digital point do it with SCART at £1312 (you can add a stand at <£200), with SCART and wall mount £1449. And other dealers do have deals that work out low enough to clear the budget.

    It just depends on what you want - all three listed could be worthwhile options, depending on the circumstances.
     
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    Hornydragon, I've got the £1500 to spend on a panel, the question is, what other bits will I need, a plasma enhancer/scaler and surround sound ????
     
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    Hornydragon, I've got £2000- £2500 in all to spend, I'm lookins seriously at the th42pe30 from JL,(I'll need the stand aswell) the price seems to be tumbling downward at the moment.

    As I used to be into hi fi I was wondering at buying a panel only and adding on the tuner, surround sound etc to get a better package.

    I currently have a middle of the road toshiba DVD, a digibox and thats it! as we only Watch TV and DVD's
    Looking to get a whole system really but don't want to get a tV with all sorts of gubbins in which I'll be bypassing to get a good picture/soound.
    Cheers,
    Vilaubas
     
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    PE30 is great but for you a panel and bits may work better add to Hifi for sound......£2.5k gets you into HD territory
     
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    It would be a PW6 for me
     
  12. geewhizz

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    well my minds made up, so going for the pw7 including 5 yr warranty £1629.
    a little over my bugdet but worth it,
    so need to stay in a couple of weekends to make up the difference.
    www.robertwhyteltd.co.uk/sites/itemview.asp?productx=TH42PW7B.
    and the fact he's just round the corner from me. :smashin:
    thanks everybody for there help.
     
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    Right, I have purchased the LG MZ42PZ45V at RS at £1399.99 and its fantastic. (thats the web price). :thumbsup:

    I have compared this to the panny and its far better overall.

    I recommend you get this screen and shop around for the desktop stand and cables on ebay and alike.

    GOOD LUCK :lesson:

    H
     
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    If I was to go for the PW7 what would I need to go with it?

    I need a full system so how will the screen, surround sound and DVD & digibox all go together?

    From what I can see I'll need to buy some sort of card for the screen to make it a TV....(which some seem to have bundled with the PW7) is this just a basic operating card?
    can you clue me up on what exactly you need with a screen only, and what scalers rgb etc have to do with it.

    I take it from the threads that scart is'nt the best way to connect up a system??

    Not that bothered about the price as I started off looking to spend £1500 and am now up to £2500, but to be honest as long as I get something that I'm still happy with in 2 years I'll be more than happy.
     
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    NEC VR5

    but it's ONLY £85 more ;-)

    (dives for cover....)

    Seriously, prolly the best rival for the PW7. Has HDCP DVI, can (allegedly) do 50hz 720p/1080i (for SkyHD). Silver. Lots of connectivity built in. I *know* it's over-budget but it's worth a look. Bit of buzz about it on other forum threads atm, worth following the developments.

    Or get an LG/PW6.
     
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    Food for thought but I'm trying to narrow it down to the PW7 and TH42.

    I can see I get a single scart with most of the PW7 deals, but what is a JS RGB>VGA ? what does it do, and how much are they.

    As far as the tuner goes will this be the digibox, if so the one I have is an Asda special, is there any merit in getting a good one??

    The pioneer VSX-C402-S AV reciever and canton speakers are exactly what I'm after.
    wilL the Floor Stand from the TH42 fit the PW7?

    So the way I see it I get the screen, pop in the single scart socket, that then connects to the rgb.vga converter which then goes to the back (output) of the AV reciever (is this just another name for a surround sound amp?.)
    The Digibox and DVD players are then plugged into the input of the surround sound amp.......which I use to select either Digibox (TV) or DVD.......clear as mud.
     
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    it takes RGB scart and coverts it VGA (panny scart ius the week point of the PW6/7 range picture can be soft via scart
    YES PQ is only as good as source but not knowing the Asda Special it might do the job........
    not certain the PE30 stand would look silly but the PA20 floor stand will and looks good
    ouput of 402 to RGB>VGA box into RGB input on screen (all sources need to be RGB so no VCRs) scart board not needed if all sources are RGB JS boxes deals with them
    YES
    very clear mate ;)
     
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    I did a couple of searches for the stands, the one i like has the glass shelves but seems a bit expensive at £500, is this the one you said will fit?
    The rest of the things look like this If Ive got it right....

    Panasonic TH-42PW7B - digital direct £1493

    Premium VDC VGA lead 2m. £ 35. (JS)

    Lead from convertor to surround sound amp- (I'm assuming this is a normal scart so say £30 aswell)

    RGB to Plasma VGA Converter (JS) £120

    pioneer VSX-C402 Hi-fi bitz £209

    Canton speakers - not sure where to get these from but the floor standers look like they suit me better than the ones an stalks.

    total- £1893, (not counting the stand which I'm not sure of )

    Vilaubas.
     
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    As a matter of interest, geewhizz, I was looking at that deal at Robert Whyte as well - does it come with any board or stand or is it just the bog standard panel?

    And is the five year warranty pretty comprehensive? it's certainly tempting...
     
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    Does the NEC not have a scart option then? How would one watch Freeview on this then (apart from shelling out on a VGA convertor).
     
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    gordy

    Not to sure, me thinks its a just a panel, spoke to them yesterday and told him i have sky ( ntl cable ) dvd and xbox, he said it will all work but i would need an amplifier and speakers, going down on saturday for a demo of it and will ask him hunnas a questions. and if its good i will buy it.
    so will let you know how i got on.
     
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    The warranty they offer does not cover transport costs, its a return to base warranty so it basically costs you to send it back if it develops a problem, i doubt its cheap to transport.

    There was a thread not long ago about it here

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=174426&page=2&pp=15&highlight=Robert+Whyte
     
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    I am in a similar position. Here's my personal take on the situation:-

    After spending weeks reading these forums and looking at screens in various stores I have decided that Plasma screens below the 3 grand mark are simply not good enough when compared to the new DLP rear projection screens on offer. As such I am taking the plunge and plan on buying the Toshiba WM46WP - a 46 inch true high definition screen, for 1500 quid. Yes, it is 30 cm deep rather than 11cm and yes the bulb will need replacing in 5 years time at 200 quid but its 46 inches, has an amazing picture quality and has an HDMI interface for hi-def TV.
    If a plasma existed with the same specifications for under 2 grand I would buy it but I'm pretty sure there isn't such a screen.
     
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    There are pros and cons to both screens, this has been debated much on this site.

    I have seen the Sagem HD DLP and was very impressed with the picture when fed HD.
    I have also seen SD plasmas that have impressed me, both Panny and Pioneer.
     
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    thanks for the reply - I'm most interested to hear how you get on with your demo. I work in Glasgow, live in Falkirk, so I'd be happier dealing with someone that close to home.

    And 406lx, thanks for the link. Doesn't sound so attractive when you read that - especially having to keep a bloody four foot wide cardboard box lying around, just in case!
     
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    Thanks for the link Hornydragon, the cantons are a definite as is the amp, still not sure about the PW7 fitting onto the curved stand the PW 42 has though, I'll have to do a bit of measuring up when I get back from work (offshore at the mo)
     
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    I've been on technikdirects website to find out about ordering the Canton CD1's and have noticed they do the Pioneer VSX-C 402-K which is the black version for 245 Euros (£161), is this the same model as the UK version or might they be different in some way?

    I thought I might get them both together.

    Still trying to find out if the TH42 PW7 will fit onto the stand for the Thpw30 (TYS 42PX20)
    do these two have the same fixings??, ie what looks like two holes in the base for two pins on the stand to slot into.

    Has anybody heard of black CD1's?

    thanks for all the good info by the way, I'm well on my way to spending (and saving) a fortune.

    Vilaubas
     
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    CD range are avialble in black (not sure if they are tenikdirects site but you can get them in black) BLack is such a nicer finish than Silver IMO and the germans get a lot more black KIT... Black DVD recorders from PAnny and SOny UK only get silver........ :( :(
     

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