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Advice on PDP-504HDE or TH-50PW6

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Gixer750, Apr 28, 2004.

  1. Gixer750

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    Having read the various post on this forum I am about to take the plunge into the world of Plasma TV.

    I do however have a couple of quick questions that I hope someone can help with.

    I, like so many others, am trying to decide between Pioneer PDP-504HDE or Panasonic TH-50PW6)

    I like the idea of having the separate Media/Tuner Box mainly due to only having to hide a few cables to the Plasma into a wall. Although I am open to other suggestions regarding connectivity.

    Therefore I have a choice
    Pioneer - media box as standard.
    Panny - Purchase the media box separately.

    :lease:
    please could anyone answer the following questions.

    1) Would you recommend buying the Media Box for the Panny? Are there any complications/pitfalls in doing this?

    2) Do either of these do Widescreen switching via connections other than scart, (for both PAL and NTSC).
    My main concern here is with SKY+, since changing aspect ratios when channel hopping is a real pain.

    I have to connect the following equipment.
    Yamaha DSP-AZ2 (Component, SVIDEO, composite (yuk!))
    Pioneer 656 DVD (component, or RGB Scart)
    SKY+ (RGB Scart)
    Xbox (RGB Scart)
    PS2 (SVideo)
    Sony VCR (Scart)

    Any help or advice is greatly appreciated
     
  2. buns

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    I personally wouldnt recommend any media box at all! I have read so many bad things about them. If you ask me, the way to go is to get an external video processor instead of the media box. It will give enhanced picture and will also give you just the single connection you are looking for.

    As far as which screen..... the pio is lovely but i personally wouldnt want the thought that the black level is average playing in the back of my mind.... I wouldnt even blink in chosing the panny.

    all the best

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  3. BKATZ

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    As I think has been said many times, try & see both side by side.
    I did (thanks again Liam) & went for the 504.
    However....we all have differing needs/designs /aspirations for our displays, so I will not get into the Pio/Pana/Fuji bashing...
    Pio was best for me with the 868/AX5

    Regards,

    B.
     
  4. Gixer750

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    Thanks for the replys.
    I don't want to get in another Pio/Pana/Fuji bashing argument either.

    I was more interested in the conection side of things rather than the picture quality argument.

    I will go and see them for a comparison of picture quality.

    I would just like to get opinions on the best way to connect the equipment up.

    So if anyone has any recomendations they are greatly received.

    Cheers.

    K.
     
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    I went the all Pio way to "aid ease of set up" (ho ho)
    Into the media box;

    868 via HDMI (input 3)
    AV5 I-link to 868
    DVDR 70 scart to input 1(digital audio to AV5)
    Netgem scart to DVDR70 to input 1

    B.
     
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    For god's sake ditch the VCR, it'll be horrid on a 50". Then you can use an RGB to YUV converter for sky, get hi-def kit for x-box, component kit for PS2, and switch all your main devices with a Zektor switch. 4 inputs, 1 or 2 outputs. Joe at TMF imports Zektor, this setup will enable the single cable connection you want with the Panasonic, or the Fuji XHA. The media box with the HDE needs some serious thought about the kind of setup you want to end up with. When demoing, have the remote in your own hand, it has various control issues which drive me round the bend, and along with the analogue TV tuner, spoil the screen for me. I can handle the black levels, but not the remote. On the subject of analogue tuners in £5k TV's read this. If you live in the opulent southeast, you will be 1st. The panasonic media box is so utterly horrid it's out of the question. Sold by lazy retailers who can't be bothered to come up with a better connection solution.
     
  7. Gixer750

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    Thanks for the replys.

    OK if I have this right (using the Panny)

    (Current Equipment)
    DSP-AZ2 (2 component inputs + 1 output, SVIDEO in/out)
    Scart switcher.
    SKY+
    Pioneer DVD 656
    PS2

    (Purchase)
    Scart Board, and Component Boards for Panny.

    Connections)
    Sky+ --> RGB to YUV converter --> DSP-AZ2 --> Plasma.
    DVD (component) --> DSP-AZ2 --> Plasma
    XBox -- > Scart Switch
    VCR --> SKY+ (or VCR --> Scart Switch)

    Will I still get automatic Widescreen Switching from SKY+? (this is a must as we do alot of channel hopping).

    Will I get Widescreen Switching from DVD (PAL & NTSC)?
     
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    No autoswitch on the Sky+ if you're coming in via Component ... that is only available on Scart so for DVD you're screwed also.

    Look at the Plasma Aspect controller on offer for £100 here in the special offers forum, it will give you want you want
     

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