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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Strideristhebes, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. Strideristhebes

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    I'm replacing my 40" RPT and want something that's HDTV ready. I'm not too sure what my best option would be though. I have a PAL Xbox and US Gamecube and would like to be able to play games in progressive scan, I also have a lot of region 1 DVDs.

    I'm loath to get a 32" set as I feel it will be to big a downgrade in terms of size. Whilst I've been leaning toward a LCD Samsung LE40R51BX I'm concerned about the picture quality (I read somewhere that Plasma are better at bigger sizes).

    I have around £2,000 to spend so if anyone could give me some recomendations I'd greatly appreciate it.
     
  2. NWhiteley

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    the current flavour of the month around here is the Panasonic PHD8, a bit above your budget at £2200, but it seems to be worth the extra.

    neil

    ... its also the screen that will be hung on my wall in the near furure (i hope)
     
  3. Strideristhebes

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    What size is that and is it LCD or plasma?
     
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    42" Panel Plasma
     
  5. Strideristhebes

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    Edit - Oops, that seems to be the wrong one :( anyone have a linky?
     
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    its a 42" HD Plasma panel
     
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    only 1 problem though... you will ideally need an component switching amp, a tuner ie sky, ntl etc and seperate speakers, becuase the PHD8 is a panel not a tv
     
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    hmmm, I'll do a search. Good or bad talk. and is it hd compatible? to be honest I've got two kids and a nagging wife ;) so if I can save cash, then I don't mind. I'm sure it will look ten times better then what I currently have...
     
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    if you dont have a reasonable knowledge of av, and how to build your own HC, buying a "TV", ie a 5200h or a PV500, maybe an easier option. buying a panel takes more time , effort and ultimately more money, but will yield much better results. as i say, im no expert, but im going down the panel route as it will give me more long term options and better PQ.

    neil
     
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    there are currently plenty of options available and new models being released all the time. most people on these forums will tell you to avoid the budget brands and go for a panansonic, but there are others that will recommend something like the samsung 42"s5h, which is a relatively cheap HD tv
     
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    Yes it is an old model. AV-sales price on the PHD8 is stunning - and mine currently isn't coming from them.

    Sky won't just plug into the PHD8, you will need a RGB to VGA cable, then it will plug in.

    Games consoles need more thought. They will connect but you need the right outputs / cables.

    Lots of region 1 DVDs. DVD player??
     
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    Crikey, all of this is very complicated...

    I have a chipped Sony Dav-s500 player but it's very old now (bought it the same time as my rpt) and I would like something with progressive scan as it's supposed to look much better.

    Richer sounds also has this model which is more expensive but my boss swears by it...

    http://ws4.richersounds.com/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=HITA-42PD4200

    All I want is to be able to take advantage of progressive scan for both games and DVDs and have a TV that's definately going to be able to use Sky HD. I'm not a major tech head and as long as the pic looks better then my current RPT then I'll be quite happy.
     
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    They'll look better but not as good as they could be, you could get a panasonic th37pv500 as I would say they are considered the best starter for getting into nice large HD ready screens. Take a look at some stores though, you might find something nicer to suit your budget and at least then you get a demonstration and you can have a fiddle.

    If you DO want a high definition panel then make sure its has the HD Ready logo on it, dont be confused by HD Compatible, thats a marketting ploy more than anything :D
     
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    good advice :thumbsup:
     
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    So will this HD TV ready logo be on the actual TV like a logo? Sorry about all the stupid questions, but I really don't want to be wasting my cash on something that's gonna be out of date in a years time.
     
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    itll either be on the webpage as a little picture, or itll probably be a sticker/little sign in a shop. the main ones are pv500s, hitachi pd7200 or 5200h (H is important), samsung s5h and pioneers.
     
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    it looks like this:
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    Right I've spent all day looking around at various TVs and I really like the look of the samsung PS42s5H, they have it at http://www.webelectricals.co.uk/eStore/Product.asp?ProdUID={17704342-54EF-44F2-86BD-C97D75DA087C}&AUID={A85AEAD1-7355-446E-9FE9-8644269F87CB} which appears to be the cheapest price I can find it at.

    I have a few questions though and was hoping someone could answer them.

    Does this TV suffer from any smearing problems (i read someone that it depends on the age of the model), are there any decent reviews of it online anywhere, are webelectricals a trustworthy site (i've never spent this sort of money online before). Does it come with a RGB scarT? It says it has two scart sockets, but doesn't actually say what type they are.
     

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