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Best 42 inch Plasma on market right now?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by elvisjnr, Jun 9, 2003.

  1. elvisjnr

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    Anyone want to step up and hit this one? Last time I looked it was between a pioneer and a panny. What are the main contenders right now? And how much am I looking at for them?
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    Absolute best, or best value for money?

    I think the Hitachi 42PD3000 would be a contender in the best value for money stakes at around £3k now.
     
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    Probably still the same - Pioneer & Panasonic.

    I've seen the Pioneer for £3,495.62 and the Panasonic for £3,113.75 (inc VAT & video board) from a knowledgable dealer that gave me a good demo.

    Cheers,
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    Remember to add cost of stand plus connection boxes to either the Panasonic or Pioneers say another £250.
     
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    did you get a demo of both the pioneer and the panasonic? Which did you prefer?

    taimur
     
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    I did. Before buying something like this, I think it's vital to be able to sit down and try it out. I spent over an hour looking at PAL & NTSC DVDs as well as Sky programmes, swapping between each display, and viewing both simultaneously at times.

    I preferred the Panasonic's blacks, though the Pioneer still looked good. I was actually very impressed by the scaler/deinterlacer in both models - they did a good job with the start of Star Trek: Insurrection. I didn't notice the lower resolution of the Panasonic particularly, but the black level stood out a mile for me.

    Once I've got the details about the Panasonic 6 series, I'll make my decision whether to buy the 5 or 6 from the dealer I got the demo from (who I know is very knowledgable, experienced, and not once made me feel like I was being pressured to buy).

    Cheers,
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    Did you travel to TMF to see them both in action?

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    Yes, I did.

    I was going to be in Edinburgh for that weekend anyway, so I arranged a demo with Joe with about a months notice.

    Even if I hadn't already been going up to Edinburgh, I would have made the trip. I think the knowledge, expertise and experience of guys like Joe & Gordon is well worth the price of a 2 or 3 hour car journey.

    Cheers,
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  9. taimur

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    I think you're right - I think I'll do the same once I've saved up.

    Taimur
     
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    I have the Panasonic 5 and I have no complaints at all. The DVD picture is amazing and the lower resolution really doesn't show at all.

    One word of advise from me is don't buy the panasonic tuner for it, the degredation to the component picture was nasty. I am instead getting a component splitter box to handle DVD/PS2/GC/XBox. The lack of an RGB scart socket means I am running the Sky+ in through S-video which isn't ideal but then even the best TV signal is a bit pap after seeing component DVD.

    I bought mine from Techtronics.
     

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