4 Year old Samsung Plasma

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  1. leedsit

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    Hi,

    Have a couple of questions that have been rolling over in my mind.

    I have a Samsung 42" Plasma which I have had for around 4 years now. Im not sure of the model number, but I`ll post it tonight when I get home.

    The plasma has a media box with VGA, DVI and Composite connectors and obviously being 4 years old its no where near HD Compatable or HD Ready. However..... the manual states it supports 720p @ 60hz and 1080i at 50/60Hz!!!!. I have also plugged my XBOX into the screen via Composites and told the xbox its a HD TV and tried the XBOX at 720 and 1080, in which both modes display the Best quality picture Ive ever seen on my TV.

    Id like to know if my screen is actually displaying a picture using 720/1080 lines or is it downscaling..... I cannot find anyway including the manual to check what the true resolution is ( bar counting the pixels, but I do have a life! ).
    If this screen is in fact displaying 720 lines.... why should I Upgrade to a HD Ready TV????

    Thanks in advance guys,

    lee
     
  2. stevelup

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    We can't really answer that without knowing the model number.

    I'm not sure that Samsung did a 42" WXGA panel four years ago so I suspect it's a WVGA (852x480) panel - thus it's downscaling.

    I had much the same experience as you a couple of weeks ago when I repaired an old Fujitsu panel belonging to one of my wifes colleagues.

    It looked OK when displaying a TV signal via S-Video - not exactly disappointing given that it was six years old, but noticibly inferior to my Panasonic PWD6. I then hooked the 360 up to it via component at 720P and it was nothing short of a revelation. I was stunned just how good this old panel was.

    I reckon that if you're getting an image your happy with, don't bother changing!

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  3. leedsit

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    Thanks Steve,

    the model is PS42P2SB
     
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    Hi

    That's a WVGA panel (852x480) so it will be downscaling.

    Steve
     
  5. leedsit

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    Thanks again Steve,

    now Im a little worried here... Im really pleased with the quality of my plasma..... thats why I cannot justify replacing it yet with a HD model. now all the demos I have seen in the shop sdont strike me to be much better.
    In a propper setup is HD and also the Xbox HD that much better?
     
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    I agree with you entirely.

    I have absolutely no intention of replacing my SD Panasonic Plasma for the forseeable future.

    A decent SD panel fed with a good HD feed will often shine.

    Steve
     
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    do you mean component and not composite?
     
  9. leedsit

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    Thanks for your input guys... much appreciated.... gonna stick with my trusty samsung till it dies.....
     
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    Sorry. I meant component ( 5 leads ), Green Blue, red, white and urm one other.....
     
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    Yes a decent 42" SD plasma with a good feed looks nothing short of stunning imo.

    You will have to sit pretty dam near the tv to notice the difference between 480p and 720p on a 42" imo.

    No 42" is fully 720p iirc.

    Koing
     

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