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Advice: plasma for mum - approx £2k, HD Ready, not SD or ALiS

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by StooMonster, Jun 28, 2005.

  1. StooMonster

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    My mum wants a plasma, has done for ages; but has £2k burning a hole in her pocket and wants one "before the winter".

    She knows about HD-DVD / BluRay and that her kids will have this kit in the next few years, and she still wants to be able to borrow movies; and she may even have Sky HD in the next few years too. So she wants to protect her investment and knows she needs HDMI.

    She wants wall hanging 42" or 43" and not SD resolution (nor ALiS), and doesn't need speakers either.

    However, for today's needs there's DVD player and Sky both with RGB scart.

    What's the options?

    StooMonster

    PS: and she may even pay someone to fit it, so no wires are on show.
     
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    Well StooMonster's mum suggested Hitachi 42PD7200, but I've pointed her towards Panasonic TH-42PV500 which she's pleased with because that's what one of her friends has just bought.

    Of the three models:
    Panasonic TH-42PV500CAB
    Panasonic TH-42PV500PED
    Panasonic TH-42PV500WAL

    Where CAB means cabinet, PED means pedestal, WAL means wall hanging. he wants the WAL version.

    Does anyone know what connectors these screens have? Obviously one can see HDMI (which is nice and future proof) on all websites, but I am wondering about scart leads (from her Sky and DVD player).

    Also looking for John Lewis to "price match" so that she gets an extra five years warranty; however, their TH-42PV500's seem to cost £300 more than say http://www.ivojo.co.uk (where I bought my 50" plasma nearly three years ago :eek: ) but you get a "free DVD Recorder worth £299" with them.

    Anyone have any experience of Panasonic TH-42PV500 from John Lewis?

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    conectors there are 3 scart sockets,1x vga,1x component,1 rf,1 composite and obviously hdmi as you said.there is also s video on the front and 2 of the scart sockets are s video cabable and at least 2 are rgb as well
     
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    Thanks Foz.

    My mum wants WAL version, where the scart sockets are located; do you think this will be an easy fit? Or is WAL version better for less / thinner cables?

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    All three versions are the same TV, the version refers to the type of stand/bracket it comes with.

    There are literally hundreds of PV500 threads in this forum showing you all the ins and outs of the screen - why not have a look through?
     
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    Yes, just like I mention in the first post. :) Point was that some sockets may be easier to access than others if the thing is hung on a wall.

    Have also noticed that all threads these days seem to be about these screens,

    Popular, they are.

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    Yeh, problem is that PV500 looks crap without the CAB IMO.

    If she doesn't want the speakers the Pioneer 435 is by far the best looking one out there and up with the best performers as well.

    Otherwise I would say the Hitachi 7200.
     
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    Pioneer PDP-435XDE is nearly £1000 more expensive, blows her £2000 budget.

    Hitachi? They're ALiS screens aren't they? <Checks Google> Oh yes, Hitachi 42PD7200 is ALiS; and also an end-of-life product I guess from it's availability.

    My goodness, that Samsung PS42S5H does look great value for money. Wonder if it can accept 50Hz signal over HDMI? However, only one scart accepts RGB which means either poorer PQ on Sky or DVD, or she has to buy RGB2YUV converter. :(

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