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32PW9308 or 32PW9618

Discussion in 'TVs' started by billybob, Oct 21, 2003.

  1. billybob

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    Hi,

    Trying to decide which 32 widescreen to buy is proving much tougher than I thought! I've narrowed it down to the above 2 philips models which I think is quite an achievement! Was very tempted by the Tosh picture frame especially with the DVD/VCR bundle but when it came down to picture quality I reckon the Philips gets it.

    I've read all the pixel plus issues from previous threads and just wondered if any owners would care to share their experiences with either of the above 2 models?

    I think the 9618 is a stunning set but I'd prefer to keep the audio side of things to separates which then leads me to the 9308. As far as I can see the 9308 is the same set but without all the dolby digital gubbins? If so, that should be the one for me however a salesman recently told me that if i go for a philips set then go for the high end model as they do not suffer from hardly any reliability issues compared to the mid range stuff. I didn't have any reason to doubt him as they were a repair centre so have seen a few come back!

    I'd really appreciate some views from people who own these sets.
     
  2. blindlemon

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    Yeah Right! :devil:

    I had a 32pw9527 which, apart from the rear surround speakers was top of the original p+ range - "Matchline styling" etc. etc.

    Nice picture while it worked, but it had black bars from day one and died with a blown tube after 11 months. :thumbsdow
     
  3. bazzae123

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    blindlemon M8,

    Can you check your PM;)
     
  4. billybob

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    sorry to hear that blindlemon. Reading through this forum it seems like most makes and models have issues. A tube going after just 11 months does seem unlucky to me - especially when all my TV's have had at least 4 yrs service without probs.

    Had another audition of the 9618 today and to my eyes it does seem in a different league to any other model that was on display. I might just have to take a chance and hope that reliability has improved!
     
  5. blindlemon

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    Are you happy with the fact that it has a cheap old-style Panasonic tube and cheap anciliary components in it?

    The dot-pitch, internal flatness etc. of the Philips Cybertube is far superior (measurably, not just IMO) to the Panasonic tubes they are currently fitting to their p+ sets.

    However, the Panasonic tubes are (according to my local Philips/Panasonic specialist dealer) more reliable in Philips sets - and my own experience would seem to bear this out :(

    Confusingly though, Philips tubes when used in Loewe sets seem to be very reliable. So maybe it's just a matter of Philips cutting costs with anciliary components?

    Either way, it doesn't give me a lot of faith in Philips sets.

    YMMV of course, and whatever set you end up with, I hope for your sake it's a good one.... :)
     
  6. billybob

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    To be honest I was really just commenting on what I saw in the shop i.e that the Philips set (no idea what tube!) had a better quality of picture than any of the other major brands on display.

    I'm not an electronics expert so I really wouldn't like to debate the quality of the ancillary components....I'll take your word for it!

    Take your point about the Leowe sets. However I also looked at these and while they undeniably do look very stylish they also didn't have quite as good a picture IMO.

    Out of interest blindlemon, which set would you go for at the moment?
     
  7. blindlemon

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    I bought a Panasonic 36PD30 as I have lost faith in Philips. I'm not an electronics expert either, but if Philips tubes work OK in Loewe sets and not in Philips sets that kind of implies that something else about the Philips sets must be inferior - which, I would guess, has to be anciliary component quality.

    IMO the picture on my PD30 is potentially as good as the 32" (Philips tube) 32pw9527 I previously had - except for naturalness of colour, which is marginally inferior. The tube is way better than the older style 36" Panasonic tubes fitted to the current Philips sets for dot-pitch and internal flatness.

    Unfortunately the set I got has the all-too-common colour purity and "dirty mark" problems so I'm awaiting a replacement.
     
  8. bazzae123

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    Is the 9308 the same as the 9618 but without the Dolby? I think not. Dosn't the 9308 only have one RGB scart and no PIP in PIP?

    Bazza
     
  9. blindlemon

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    I've just realised! What we need is for Loewe to produce a TV with a 32" or 36" Philips tube and digital enhancement similar to p+ or Acuity.

    Ahhha - I can but dream.... :)
     
  10. bazzae123

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    Come on M8, this is planet earth:D :D
     

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