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Best place to view plasmas in central London?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Sulis, Nov 22, 2004.

  1. Sulis

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    I'm up to Congestion Charge City tomorrow, and have engineered some spare time. Where's the best place for me to view the latest plasmas where they'll have been properly set up? I'm assuming that the big stores (Selfridges, John Lewis, etc.) will be a bit clueless. Anyone any good experiences anywhere?

    PS: I'm mainly interested in seeing the difference between the normal and HD Pannys (42") with or without scalers, for Sky+ mostly. Pioneer MXE1 as well, I s'pose.
     
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    Convenient Department Stores.....Selfridges and Harrods
     
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    You could try Tottenham Court Road. The south end of it near Oxford Street is all electrical shops. There is definately haggling to be done there. I haven't shopped for Plasma screens there so apologies if it's not much good.
     
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    Certainly not Tottenham Ct Road ! :)
     
  5. Sulis

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    Anyone know of any good specialist shops? Has the internet (and congestion charge) killed them all in London?
     
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    You could try Musical Images Covent Garden
    18 Monmouth Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HB
    Tel: 020 7497 1346

    No I don't work for them, but have been a customer for a long time.
     
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    Try ASK in Tottenham Court Road - you have to go upstairs. They have most of the popular plasmas on display, but I doubt you'll see any at their best.
     
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    Yes you can view them all there, but dont buy from any TCR shops, they will rip you off. I went in there 2 weeks ago and the guy tried to convince me that his special deal, just for me, of £2800 for a 42" Viera, was by far the best deal around. And just for me, he would throw in a free stand and DVD recorder. Back at the ranch I knew the free stuff was a panny promotion and the £2800 price was rip off since JL Watford sold at £2500 and some websites sell at £2300.
    TCR only good to look, but dont buy. :suicide:
     
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    If you know how to barter you can usually walk away with stuff at near internet prices when shopping on Tottenham Ct Road ! With the benefit of the latest and greatest being in stock as well !

    The Viera pricing at £2800 all in is certainly not bad considering you are comparing with dodgy pricing policies from JL. This has been much talked about already.
     
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    I suggest you don't visit any of the big stores - Selfridges, Harrods, John Lewis - unless you're trying to convince yourself not to buy a plasma. TCR is no good either. And Currys and Comet are also out, of course. The only non-specialist outlet where I've ever seen well set-up displays is - don't laugh - the Sony Centre in High Wycombe. One word of advice if I may - if you do go to Harrods you may see a high-def demo (I know they've been running one), but don't let it mislead you as to the respective merits of plasma makes. HD looks fabulous on ANY screen capable of displaying it.
     
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    Thanks, Bernard and all - this is what I suspected. How ridiculous that there is no place dedicated to decent av in the whole of London. I'll just have to go the the Apple Store instead... :)
     
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    I have to say that it my experiences viewing plasma panels (or any tv's for that matter) have always been frustrated by the inability of the store (whether JL, Richer Sounds etc) to have 1) a decent terrerstrial signal that can be pumped through to several screens and 2) a dvd player that can be quickly switched between screens. So, all in all you end up wondering whether it's a good idea at all to get one.

    If you want the proper experience try a real hi-fi store such as Graham's hi-fi in Islington area, or go out to av-sales in Kent. If you book ahead, they'll give you a good experience.

    However, I will also point out that against my better judgement I went into Kamla on Tottenham Court road last week. Kamla are part of the ASK group, but it's a bit more run-down. First of all, WITHOUT any bargaining I was offered a price on a Hitachi 42PD5100 £100 less than ANY internet price I had seen. But what DID surprise me was the willingness to let me connect up my laptop to the display in the next door ASK store (they even provided a cable and a dvd), and this allowed me to satisfy myself of the quality (which otherwise looked as bad as any other panel in any other store!). I was actually impressed by this, and indeed ended up placing an order. Promised delivery in 5 days, I got a call within one day asking to deliver it the very next day. I accepted, and am delighted with the result and the price. They won't even try to sell you an extended warranty - though do watch out for the extras.

    So, although I wouldn't have advised this 2 weeks ago, I think a visit up Tottehnham Court Road is not a bad idea at all. If you can take your own source (portable dvd player or laptop) for instance even better. A shop that doesn't let you try it out is not worth bothering with. Also make sure you are fully aware of the best prices out there on the models you're interested in.

    Enjoy the hustle and bustle!
    Ian
     
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    Thanks, Ian - I might just do that. I presume you used a Mac laptop. I'll have my PowerBook with me - what DVD did you use as a test? It would make sense for me to take a couple of DVDs to use as a constant comparison, I suppose... Not sure I've got anything really testing - Pirates of the Carribean is the latest.
     
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    Hi Sulis

    Yes, I used my older G4 Powerbook which just has a vga (they found me a vga cable, but if you can, take your own). I ended up using their own test dvd's, but again, if you can take your own (esp one that you know) then you'll see just how good they can be. I'm sure Pirates would be fine.

    If you intend to use a Powerbook with your Plasma, I can certainly recommend the Hitachi (at least based on my 4 days experience)! The resolution works well (though you may want to adapt the mac's settings so that it understands that 1024 x 768 for instance is a widescreen aspect ratio). You may also want to consider other HD models - Panasonic (though hard to find here yet I think), and the Pioneer (esp the monitor MXE1 series).

    Enjoy
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    Yes cannot knock TCR at all.

    Not many places will let you see, feel, touch and test the product you are actually buying before you purchase like TCR. Actually I can't think of any.

    So much is made on these forums about pixel checks etc etc. These guys will let you open the box there and then and go about your merry way testing it (within reason of course) until you are 100% happy. Good old fashioned service !

    Thing is if you try to be clever and act dumb down there, they will try to exploit you, but it doesn't last long. It's such a highly competitive market that they can't afford for you to step out the door cos they know a sale has just walked into another shop. I've always found, go in there, act smart, bargain hard and you'll no doubt end up with a bargain and have a good time to boot. Shops there tend to like bartering, so it's down to you. If you are there just to look and not buy they won't entertain serious bargaining at all, you'll just get cold shouldered.

    Thing is if you don't like buying electronics like that then you'll never get on in places like Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. It's the only way to really buy electronic gadgets and have fun doing it :D
     
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    Piccadilly Circus next to the Samsung advert. Just look up.....they do adverts for Coca Cola as well.....big screeeeeeeeeens. :D

    Seriously though if you Tot Ct Road know your prices. Personally I wouln't want to know. As mentioned before places like Musical Images in Monmouth Street Covent Garden are a better bet. :)
     

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