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50" Pioneer or Panasonic or neither?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by johnnyhonk, Oct 20, 2004.

  1. johnnyhonk

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    Hi Guys,

    I am new to this forum and have been reading a lot of posts over the last few days, but thought I'd get any recommendations I can.

    Problem is I am working interstate (in Australia) and wanted to buy a decent telly to keep in my apartment, mainly for DVD and Xbox. So I started looking at the el'cheapo 42" plasmas. Eg, the Teac and Samsung. Trouble is, all of them looked quite bad, when up against the Fujitsu and Panasonic etc.

    So now, I find myself looking past the $3000-$4000 (au) plasmas at the $6-8k plasmas. But I figure if I am going to pay up to $8k for 852 res, then why not spend $10k and get one of the 50" models, that support higher resolutions.

    So should I decide to get the 50" models, I have narrowed it down to either the Panasonic or the Pioneer (unless someone has a better idea)

    50" PDP-504HDG
    http://www.pioneeraus.com.au/home_entertainment/plasmadisplaypanel/pdp504hdg/index.html

    50" Viera TH-50PV30A
    http://panasonic.com.au/products/details.cfm?objectID=2294

    The use for this Plasma, is to watch DVD's and play xbox games (I have a HD connector coming today), so I'd like to play these games in HD. Now reading these forums, I understand that the Viera won't do 720p which I believe is one of the popular xbox game modes. But the Viera does do a higher res than the Pioneer (sorry, not entirely up on all these display modes quite yet, so I am unsure what I need).

    Finally, I'd probably expect to plug a Shuttle PC into this TV so I can have internet access via the TV (saves getting up).

    Sorry for this post being so long, but I figure I should let you all know exactly what I want, so I don't waste peoples time in responding. I really don't want to spend $10k and find out I bought the wrong thing.

    Many thanks for any responses, I appreciate it.
     

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