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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by acollins, Jul 5, 2004.

  1. acollins

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    I have been looking at getting either Hitachi 37PD5200, Panasonic 37PE30 or the sony 37xs1 Plasma, firstly is there any major problems with any of these
    I would prefer to buy from John Lewis because of their 5 year G. anyone found the cheapest price for these , that JL will Price match.

    I the sony worth the extra grand?

    secondly, I have sky+, sony725DVD which has component, video, gamecube, ps2 and laptop pc, what is the best way to conenct these?

    I dont know what conections are on these plasmas

    can sky+ be connected to component?
    Can you get a cable to plug gamecube and ps2 into component at same time?

    viewing is mostly through Sky, or DVD least used is video.

    Thanks
     
  2. acollins

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    I am thinking the Hitachi is the best option for me, if any one has connection info for this screen in particular

    Cheers
     
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    pd5200 has 2xcomponent +audio, 1xscart, composite and s-video + audio. It also has dv-in for computers
    1 of the components accepts rgb input, or you could get a converter to upgrade your signal from rgb to component (js tech).
    John Lewis don't stock this model though, they only do the pd5300 with external box (more scarts, less component) and only in 32" or 42"
     
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    I don't think so - I think that cable requires a component signal to be output from the sky box whereas in fact it's RGB. The cable that you probably need if you are going with the pd5200 is a scart to phono (RGB) cable. The AV2 socket on the pd5200 can accept component or RGB so you'll set it to RGB. QED do a cable (AV19__) which would suit but is fairly expensive (hificables sell it). TVcables.co.uk do a similar one without audio that will work if you have a seperate sound system.
    Alternatively you could get an RGB to component converter from JS technology and run a component cable into the screen.
    Hopefully someone else can input here as my username is entirely appropriate and I'm just repeating what I've picked up on these forums and may well be wide of the mark!
     
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    What you've picked up is entirely sound. You have to remember though, that component is of similar quality to RGB, the only reason it's praises get sung is that you can get a progressive scan signal out of a DVD player, which is generally a good idea. Just converting RGB to component does not magically improve the signal in any way. But just to complicate things, different displays have different ways of dealing with RGB or component, and some are better with one than the other. Hitachi are usually firmly in RGB land.
     
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    Which would be best, prog scan out of a DVD or RGB to a Lumagen HDP and DVI to the screen? i.e. Does the DVD have any advantages deinterlacing over the external processor.
     
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    Ah well, if you are getting all serious.... If you took, say, a Denon 3800 DVD and an iscan ultra, then theoretically there is no difference, as they use the same deinterlacing chipset. But in general, youd find a merely average DVD to be way outperformed by a specialist scaler/deinterlacer. Then it comes down to whether the player does better with RGB or component, which you'd use. As to DVI to the screen, amazingly not all screens are DVI friendly. I use a scaler to send 1280/720 to my projector, which works well, and as I have a cheap=ish DVD, I use interlaced component from the DVD to the scaler, and RGB and sync from my Pace twin freeview. This works for me, and it doesn't matter if it's a flat panel or a PJ, from a processing point of view. If your panel has problems with DVI (try a search for 'panasonic and DVI if you want a laugh) Then VGA is a perfectly viable and decent alternative. You might be very hard pushed to see a difference, even if DVI works well.
     
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    in order of pref i would go for:

    hitachi
    panny
    but never sony

    i saw the hitachi and panny side by side and the hitachi imo was a nicer looking picture but i think the panny has the looks. both have ample connections for all your needs but, and this is why I have just ordered the 42" hitachi and not the 37", hitachi only supply the 37" to currys and dixons. they have struck some deal with them and this worries me. the 42" btw was £2334 from crampton and moore inc £35 next day delivery and they don't charge any admin fees if you send it back within 14 days.

    if you are stuck on going 37" then i personally would now go for the panny, looks great, great reviews and plenty of connections. Sony! why bother! you pay over the odds for the four character name on the front bezel and get an inferior unit compared to pannys/hitachis juding by the mag reviews.

    now to go and explain to the wife why a 42" is gonna turn up instead of the expected 37" !!
     
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    I'm talking to Joe about a 43MXE1 and I'm trying to justify a Lumagen HDP. Since the media board is still needed I thought using my Pioneer 5100H with RGB out might save me buying a prog scan or DVI player. Hence I wondered if the 5100H with RGB via Lumagen would be as good as a mid priced prog scan (Pioneer 575) or DVI player.

    Cheers,

    Geoff
     
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    the 37pd5200 is listed on the leconcepts website
     
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    Whats the problem with buying from Currys? going to by over Web anyway.
     
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    Try a search for 'Currys', you'll find out.
     
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    I cant see anyone saying dont buy from currys, have you had any problems from currys or is it just based on what other people have said?

    Regards
     
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    Personally as I sell the stuff I don't need to shop at Currys. I hasten to add I'm not pushing my own services in your direction, merely trying to be friendly here. If you can't see anything relevant there is something wrong with the search function, there is a very recent thread on the subject, and countless others, concerning delivery, fitting service, advice given, every aspect of retailing really. Sorry to be deliberately evasive, it would no doubt be libel to put anything here myself, and would be promptly moderated by this responsible forum
     
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    Thanks for you reply, and I appreciate your comments. I have been sold on the 37pd5200 and as Currys are the only seller of this screen I have to decide whether to buy from currys or decide on different screen. possible the 37pe30

    I have considered going for the 42pd5200 which is available in other places but girlfriend thinks it will be too big.

    thanks
     
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    In my experience it's mainly the 'bulk' of the TV that's the major issue. having just got a 42 incher replacing a 32 one, the size is MUCh less obtrusive and my wife actually said we could have got a bigger one! (I may have to get this in writing). :smashin:
     
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    I bought a Daewoo plasma from Currys (yeh yeh I know) ... mainly for convenience .... anyway, I was jerked around no end, my first unit failed, the second one wasn't as good as the first one (dead pixels).......

    In the meantime, I learned a lot about plasmas, and formed my own (impartial) opinions.

    To cut a long story short, because I had been messed around so much, they gave me my choice of plasma (within reason) for no extra cost. I opted for the Sony KE42TS2.

    It seems trendy to cuss Sony plasmas, but I did a side-by-side comparison with a few more geek-trendy models and I'd say it's a damn good option (especially for the price of a Daewoo!)

    It was hard to get what I wanted, but they came good in the end. I wouldn't ask them for technical advice, but they would do anything for me at the end.

    I have no axe to grind. I'm not in this business, so can be truly impartial. I don't mean to offend anyone here, but how can a plasma seller be impartial?
    I'd buy from them again.
     

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