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Anyone happy with their Samsung PS42S5S ?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by dbone, Sep 19, 2005.

  1. dbone

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    Hi guys,

    I've noticed some time has passed since certain people on this forum bought a Samsung plasma (either the PS42S5S or the HD version PS42S5H). I've been trying to follow these threads but they tended to get hijacked and become Panasonic appreciation threads ;-)

    So, the bottom line, are owners of either of these panels happy with the picture quality (since there *have* been some negative comments about them on these forums) ?

    HD isn't such a big issue to me for now. The low-res PS42S5S is always compared to the Panny 50 which I appreciate is probably a better picture but I really need to be able to hook up my pc/laptop occasionally to watch downloaded shows. The Panny has virtually nothing in the way of digital inputs :-(

    How good is the PS42S5S at showing normal analogue tv? Presumably it displays it better than its HD counterpart?

    And how susceptible are Samsungs to burn-in/image-retention? I gather the latest Pannys are very resistant to this.

    I'm going round and round in circles between plasma and large LCD (anyone got anything good to say about the Samsung LCD LE 40R51B ???) . I just want to buy and be done with it!
     
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    Hi there,

    I've had the HD version for a few months now and to be honest apart from lots of bad PQ on sky (Thomson 160 box over RGB), everything else has been pretty good with the panel. I'll say that on particular DVD's I can see some solarisation and motion blur, but these are few and far between with the majority of DVD's looking pretty good through my Panny player.

    The HD performance of the panel is excellent, I have it fed from a Buffalo Link Theater over component and the PQ is pretty amazing.

    With regards to burn-in, it's not something I've had a problem with yet even after lots of PS2 and Xbox play on the panel. One thing is does appear prone to is temporary after images which do fade after a minute or so.

    All in all, yes I have a few gripes but I think the majority of them come down to the fact that the panel is not very forgiving of poor feeds.

    C.
     
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    if you're worried about didgital inputs on the Panasonix PE50, there is always the PWD8 which you can configure however you like. It has VGA, s-video and composite built in, but you can add HDMI or DVI for your PC. It's also cheaper than the PE50.

    I don't think the SD model of the Samsung would offer any major benefits over SD material displayed on the HD model. Personally I wouldn't reccoment the Samsung, but I'd suggest you go see a demo to judge for yourself. Your own opinion is more important than those of the people on these forums. See if you can get them to play the Fight Club DVD; that's got plenty of dark scenes and motion right from the start and is a good test for a plasma.
     
  4. RHCP

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    Consider yourself hijacked dbone!

    If everyone is saying how good the panasonics are why resist?
     
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    I just thought I should add that no plasma dispays normal analogue TV with any level of decency. You need a freview box if you want to watch normal TV on a plasma
     
  6. dbone

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    Ha ha :)
    Thanks for the replies. I *WANT* a panasonic. I just wish the PE50 (standard-res version) had a digital input of some kind. I think it's disgraceful that Panasonic left off pc/dvi/hdmi input from this model when so many (inferior?) competitors include these.

    All I want to do is hook up the laptop now and again to watch something. I can do that with many bog-standard "cheapo" brands of plasma. To do this with a panny i'd need to go for the pv500 and I can't justify the extra 1000euros for HD...

    The customisable pioneer panel is not really an option - I'm based in Italy and it's a fair bit harder to get hold of this kind of kit here than in the UK.

    The Samsungs seemed like a decent alternative. I can get all the connectivity I want at a slightly lower price than the Panny. However, I saw the Samsung's in a few shops here and they look a little odd. Granted they were connected up VERY poorly, but the colours looked strange to me, especially the reds which seemed way too saturated.

    There is talk of a Panny PE55 in Germany - an update of the PE50 with HDMI and pc input. According to Panasonic this model will not be sold here in Italy though :-(
     
  7. Peabo

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    the PWD8 is Panasonic, not Pioneer though :] It's just a panel, so it's much cheaper. If you can manage to get hold of it, it'd cost around the same as the Samsung you're looking at.

    Anyways, what other plasmas can you get ahold of in Italy? I hear LG do quite a good budget model.
     
  8. dbone

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    We can get most of the standard plasma tvs here including the LGs however I don't like the side speakers that LG use. Prefer them under the set. Often we have european versions which don't include digital tuners - it's not as widespread here (yet).

    There's just not as many web or high-street shops to be able to buy specialist kit from like that panasonic panel you suggest. I'm sure it's available - but I've googled for it in italy and can't find anything.

    Last night I almost gave in and almost bought the Panny 42" PE50 from a supermarket (for around £1200 - best price i've seen here), writing off any chance of ever hooking up my pc to the set.... Then I realised that on my own there was no way i'd ever get the box into the car or up to my 3rd floor apartment...
     
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    The Sammy comes with colour controls which enable you to do something about the saturated reds. I have the pink turned down to about 5 and the colour to 28. Others of course may prefer different settings. I usually watch mine on standard and cool2, except when watching DVDs, when I opt for movie and cool2.
     
  10. craigae

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    Cool2 for me to. Anything else just makes it look like watching it on an old telly to me for some reason!
     

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