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a question of size - 37 or 42"

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Tim_UK, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. Tim_UK

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    I'm planning to get a philips plasma 9965 in a few days but can't decide whether it's worth spending the extra £800 on the 42" version.

    At the moment I'm using a 32" widescreen, room is quite big (30' by 15') and the screen is about 12' away from the main viewing chairs.

    Has anyone any views on this ?


    Many thanks,
    Tim.
     
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    If you currently have a CRT, then remember you're only seeing a 30" screen, not a 32" screen - they quote the tube size rather than the viewable area. Whereas a 37" plasma really is 37". Don't know if this helps.

    The 37" 9965 is on my shortlist, just because it's a bit cheaper than the 42" Hitachi. Have you seen Unbeatable's price for it, by the way? At £2541.96 they're selling the 37" for 3 pence LESS than they're selling the 32" for! Must be some mistake which sadly I'm sure they'll rectify by the time I want to buy.

    Peter
     
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    I have a 12 x 18ft room and used to have a 32" CRT.

    With a plasma I am about 9ft from the display.

    I was thinking of getting a 37" plasma, but went for a 42" one in the end. Boy, was that the right decision!

    I mocked up a cardboard cutout to check the size beforehand mind you!

    The picture is so good, I only wish I could fit a 50" one in!

    Bigger = more immersive. If you have the space, and appropriate viewing distance, get the bigger display! You *will* not regret it.
     
  4. Andrew_B

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    I agree, just get the largest display you can stand to pay for. I know there is a calculation for 'perfect' viewing distance, but so long as you are more than 6ft from the screen there shouldn't be too much of a problem. Flat panel displays take up far less room and have so much less 'presence' than CRTs or RPJ's that you don't need to worry about the screen 'imposing' on the room. In fact, the 42" display will probably end up making the room look bigger.

    I also wish I had gone for the 50" instead of 42", too late now, until the 42" goes up to the bedroom;)
     
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    42"... No question at that distance..!
     
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    Screens shrink in size after installation. Well, not really, but you do get accustomed to them. So, when you first install your screen, 7 inches bigger than your current one, it will seem great. But after a few weeks, it will seem no larger than its predecessor.

    Go for the largest you can fit or afford.
     
  7. NeilMcRae

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    well said Nigel I fully agree.
     
  8. Tim_UK

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    thanks for your suggestions - Nigel's point about screen sizes shrinking is very true - when I bought my current crt about 5 years it seemed huge but now it seems just a normal telly.

    So 42" it is - just got to find the extra 800 notes...
     
  9. rob@rar.org.uk

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    Get a 37 inch, save the 800 notes and put it towards a projector. You'll have a terrific plasma screen for general viewing and when you want that "big screen" effect fire up the projector. When you've tried a projector in your living room 42" just won't cut the mustard.

    Regards

    Rob
     
  10. NeilMcRae

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    Thats what I wanted to do Rob, but SWMBO wouldn't go for it :(

    Neil.
     
  11. rob@rar.org.uk

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    SWMBO or a projector?
    SWMBO or a projector?
    SWMBO or a projector?

    Hmmm... a tough one that!

    Regards

    Rob
     
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    thank god i am not the only one to make a cardboard cutout of the 42" screen to play with.....only problem is when i spayed the edges silver and the centre back my girlfriend decided i must be mad!!!!!!!!

    looks good though, shame it has been the nearest i have been to a plasma in the house 12 months due to indecision.....not for long mind now.

    I must say though my cardboard DDPW6MFI suffers from nearly no colour banding, no digital artifacts whatsoever and all motoin on it is so smooth!!!!!! lol!!.
    Only problem is its connectivity lets it down a bit, but for the price you can't complain. I might sell it................any offers?????? rofl.
     
  13. NeilMcRae

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    hows the buzz ? :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
     
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    the GF said she thought she could hear a little humming noise at first, but i think i trapped i fly behind the nets........since then.....SILENT!!!!!
     
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    Anybody interested in a full review by the way and possibly some pics can just ask!!
     
  16. rob@rar.org.uk

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    Pics would be nice. In fact you can post them in the "Get your Plasmas out for the lads" thread.

    Regards

    Rob

    :)
     
  17. Andrew_B

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    I would also be interested in pictures. How did you mount the screen? Was Blu-Tack okay, or did you need to drill the wall and use Rawlbolts instead? Did the cables lay flat behing the screen or did you need to cut a channel into the plaster. If it looks good I might consider one for the bedroom. When you have finished with it would you roll it up and post it to me?

    I've actually been collecting large pieces of cardboard together to make a 'dummy spa-pool' for the garden, just to see what it would look like, so I know exactly how you feel. And no, I won't be attempting to fill it.

    It wouldn't take much to print out a dummy plasma onto vinyl (like they do for the sides of vans). Perhaps the Forums could club togther and get a 42" and 50" made up for loaning out to members!
     
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    Glad I've seen this thread. Been on a plasma project for about 9 months now. Presently have a 36 in wide screen CRT and hadn't considered going for larger than a 42 in plasma. Due to the configuration of the room viewing position will be about 9 ft from the screen, will this really be OK for 50 in plasma? Won't picture quality seem significantly poorer than the CRT at this distance?
     
  19. Dutch

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    Hi,

    A 50" plasma at 9' viewing distance should be great - well produced DVDs will look superb as all signals are shown in progressive. Digital TV is quite variable with vastly differing bit-rates from different channels - artifacts on the poor channels will be more obvious than on your 36" CRT.

    Steve
     
  20. Fairzo

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    OK thanks. This may seem like a stupid question but which are the 'poor' digital channels? I watch all TV through Sky, particularly the 'terrestrial' ones and Sky Sports and Movie channels. How will these look on 50 inch?
     
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    Hi,

    I find ITV to be by far the worst - very low bit-rate with loads of artifacts. BBC 1, BBC 2 and Channel 4 aren't too bad, with Channel 5 being the best of the "terrestrial" channels on Sky Digital IMHO. Sorry, I don't have Sky Movies or sports - £18.50 a month is enough for me! ;)

    Steve
     
  22. Andrew_B

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    Channel 5 does seem to have a fantastic picture most of the time, as do the anamorphic movie channel transmissions. Stoomonster seems to have been away from these forums for a bit, he's put a lot of thought and effort into his Sky Digital connection and is very pleased with the results - he has a 50" display. Perhaps if he's lurking he could offer some advice, or you may wish to search through some of his threads for reassurance.
     

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