42"-45" panel for under £1000?

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  1. Damo808

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    Hi All! First time poster, long term lurker!

    My Dear Mother's trusty Hitachi plasma from 2003 finally gave up the ghost today.

    Plugged it in: nothing.

    Changed fuse: nothing.

    I thought 9 years was a good innings for a 42PD5000 series so I've encouraged her to buy a new one rather than spend the price of a good LCD or LED panel on an expensive repair of the psu/mobo/flux capacitor/whatever-internal-component-it-was-that-died. It was a dinosaur anyway that lacked HDMI ports.


    What Mum Likes:
    • wall mounts
    • good, large screen (42" min - 45" max due to space constraints)
    • clear, bright picture (not neccessarily HD)
    • good sound
    • Her dusty old Virgin Cable box



    What Mum Isn't Fussed About:

    • 3D
    • Sport
    • IP/Smart (I've wired her up with an Acer Revo HTPC for that)
    • Built-in Freeview (she's a longtime Virgin subscriber)


    What I Think Mum Needs:

    • 3 HDMI ports minimum (for Acer + BluRay + poss Virgin upgrade)
    • 720 HD at the very least
    • ???

    Our spending limit is £1000.

    Basically we'll pay money for good sound and picture, but not gimmicks or insanely pointless connectivity. Regardless, the choice is bewildering, so I'll be grateful for any recommendations from the AVForums Televisual Hivemind!

    Thanks in advance!
     
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    Any current Panasonic plasma would be a good choice and you could potentially spend way less than your budgeted amount if you wanted to.
     
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    Good sounds a hard one, just remember the thinner a set the smaller the speakers. Panasonic plasma would be my choice too PQ wise.
     
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  5. Damo808

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    Thanks for the replies guys!

    Your advice re Panasonic panels mirrors my own research, so that's good to know. I see my local independent retailer is doing the much vaunted TX-P42VT30 for only £799. It does have a lot of unneeded features but the reviews of the picture quality are just too good!

    I had not considered a soundbar, but that's definitely an interesting angle. The Hitachi had some nice wall-mounted speakers that came with it; they wired directly into the TV's internal amp (via standard hi fi speaker connectors on the back of the TV), but I'm guessing most new TV's don't have speaker connectors like that! I'll probably have to obtain an amp if I want to use those old speakers, or a soundbar.
     
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    I am not sure you need as high a specced TV as the VT30, perhaps you can find a G30 - no 3D but most of the other features of the VT30
     
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    Id go ST50 or GT50 over a VT30 myself after seeing them.
     
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    Thanks again for your advice everyone!

    Looks like we've decided on the panel recommended by vickster, the PANASONIC TX-L42E5B. It does appear to be excellent value. We visited a local retailer and asked to see them in the shop. Nice, naturalistic picture. A little dark but nothing some tweaked settings won't fix!

    Now we are just wondering where to buy it from. I'd like to avoid having to mount it on the wall myself, but everwhere seems so expensive...
     
  9. vickster

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    Handyman, electrician - might be better value than a specific TV fitting service?
     
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    I'd considered that, but they are quite hard to come by in our area for some reason.

    I had also worried that a handyman might balk at the idea of potentially being held liable for dropping our expensive new TV! Are they known for being willing to carry out this kind of work?

    I'm seriously considering buying a 30 quid bracket and borrowing a neighbour's drill to be honest!
     
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    My brother's sparky happily fitted his TV during house renovations
     

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