Am I Mad? Bravia to Viera!

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  1. djjuk

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    Hi there,

    Some advice from the Plasma experts please :)

    Currently have the Sony Bravia 32V2000 LCD, had it for a couple of months & for the main part I really like it...However it is too small :rolleyes: The larger LCD's are full of problems with banding & backlight bleed & cost upwards of £1500 to get a decent 40", so have ruled them out.

    So I am considering moving to Plasma, more specifically the Panasonic TH42PX60, currently at £899 which seems a real steal.

    My main viewing is:

    1. SD Freeview
    2. XBOX 360
    3. Upscaling HDMI DVD player

    Although I may well add a HD-DVD player at some point soon.

    My main concerns:

    1. Moving to 42" from 32" will not seem that 'much' of a change. I currently sit about 8ft from the screen. However going to a 50" at this distance concerns me for SD freeview.

    2. Dropping from 1368 x 768 to 1024 x 768 :( Is this really a problem for my viewing habits? & will this mean the 360 will not be as good?

    3. LCD is very very crisp & clear & I like that, will I lose all of that?

    So if anyone can help or advise on these questions it will be much appreciated! Or if anyone has done something similar then any input will be great.

    Many thanks to all :)
     
  2. nora2004

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    I sit 7 feet away from my Px60, I previously had 32" Lg Lcd and the difference is, well alot to be honest, it looks massive!! lol

    What you view I view, Sd through the built in freeview is fantastic, same said for Ntl using my Ixos scart cable!

    Xbox 360 again looks fantastic, infact Id say better than my Lcd, much much better!

    Through Hdmi upscaler dvd, again looks brilliant, I watched all 6 Rockys today, something Ive done many a time now on all types of Tv, but this was by far the best, excellent black levels, amazing detail, just spot on, and Im still on running in settings!

    All in all Im very very very happy my Lcd blew up and I had the chnace to get this, apart from a buzzing problem I have (hopefully get this sorted next week) Im a very happy person!!!
     
  3. SNICK

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    the only madness I can see is buying an LCD in the first place :suicide: Viera is good, but a 9 series is sooooooooooooo much better still
     
  4. bluesteel

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    the px60 is a ninth series panel
    explain pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeease
     
  5. choddo2006

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    He means the PH9
     
  6. RenaultSport

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    Still the same panel though isnt it?
     
  7. bluesteel

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    exactly
     
  8. fico99

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    Have a look at the Pioneer PDP-427XD too.

    It's black levels are maybe not so deep as those from a TH-42PX60, but is able to show more detail and better grey scales.

    The design is also so much better. And it does not have an extra glass in front of the plasma panel. Instead, it uses a Direct Colour Filter, which is much better to prevent reflections.

    Another advantage is the 100Hz drive mode, which you won't find on the Panasonic. This mode delivers 100% perfect still images like you find on an LCD.

    Anyway, Panasonic was my second best choice when I bought mine. Really a fantastic telly too, but IMHO, the Pioneer is a bit better.

    Just my two cents of course ;)

    Cheers,
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    PX60/PX600/PH9 contain the 9th generation plasma panel.
     
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    The pioneer not having the extra front glass is also meant to make the PQ went viewing from an angle much better..
     
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    Oh yes, something that I forgot to mention.

    The PDP-427XD isn't using any fans, so you don't have to worry that they possibly could start making noise over the years :smashin:

    Cheers,
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    The panny is conisderably cheaper than the Pio with images as good as any Pio can muster, stick with panny and spend your exrta on something nice:thumbsup:
     
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    Do it you wont regret it!
     
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    Sssssssssssss.
     
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    If you are budget savvy go for the Panny.
    If you demand the best picture with least artificats go for the Pio.
    Panny picture will be more film-like when compared to the Pio which looks a bit soft at times. But background details in the Pio blows away any HDTV I have seen.
     
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    Not the same picture though
     
  17. djjuk

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    Well I went out & picked one up today :) 42PX60 with the cab, getting home was a mission as it would not fit in my car..So called a taxi & got him to take it home upright :smashin:

    Anyway, very impressed so far with my initial play! Seems huge compared to the 32" Sony, surprised how much bigger it seems, although no doubt it will shrink in the coming weeks! Piece of cake to set up with my cinema system, a cursory look at the hdmi upscaled dvd's also looks very good & the toppy connects with no probs.

    No purple snakes to report as of yet, & wow I thought the Sony was good with SD, but this is a huge level above it, especially with the colours..Seems a heck of a lot more vibrant.

    Well off to play now! Love new toys :D
     
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    Whats your set like for buzzing when on mute?

    Good choice btw!!
     
  19. djjuk

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    Oh & the 360...Well what can I say..WOW :clap:
     
  20. djjuk

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    Just tried to check, can't hear any from where I sit which is about 7/8 ft away, the only thing I can hear is the Toppy which always slightly hums. Turned that off & no noise at all.

    Can hear the fans whirring quietly if I put my head right behind the tv when on mute, but the picture is crap from that side ;)

    So no more noise than before I am glad to find :smashin:
     
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    Congratulations Djjuk :thumbsup:

    What was the price difference with a Pioneer PDP-427XD?

    Cheers,
    Fico99
     
  22. djjuk

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    About £500 more for the Pioneer, which I could not really justify. The Panny really is a bargain at the current prices.
     

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