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Currys Techwood 42inch is this a good deal?

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    Hi Currys are doing a Techwood 42inch for £1799 with pay nothing for 12 months. Its an offer for 5 days from today 29/05 Two things.

    Is this Techwood Plasma any good?

    Is the price good or has someone seen it cheaper?

    thanks
     
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    Techwood is a currys own brand. It's fairly crap, but then it's cheap. If this fits your budget, you have no options, but a panasonic is £3-400 more. Hitachi might be another option in that price bracket. Try the forum sponsors for a deal, I'm certain you'll be happier with one of those than the techwood.
     
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    thanks m8 the advice will be heeded. ta
     
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    Notice this is now down to £1499 at Dixons. Having read all the reviews is it nowa good buy? People seem to say its an ok Plasma. Any views anyone?
     
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    Who says it's OK? It's still 'fairly crap' and as all the others have fallen in price too, it's no better value now than before, and all the kit they chuck in will all be 'fairly crap' too. I noticed the ad in today's super soaraway sun, not my usual paper.
     
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    Actually, you can get it for £1615....

    *BUT*

    I do have a problem with these cheap Panasonic prices being quoted in response to people with (possibly) limited budgets, when they are not entirely realistic.

    For one thing, you will almost certainly need to add about £100 to the cost of the Panny for mounts of some kind. Secondly, you have very limited connections at that price, and will need to add about £100 per terminal board for more, or £60-100 for a switchbox.

    Secondly, the panel mentioned from Curry's includes speakers and a tuner. If (either of) these are necessary, then that would be more expense.

    Now, with that in mind, if the PW6 still fits the requirements and budget, then there is good reason to consider it.

    As a more direct comparison though, the LG 42PX11 offers much the same features as the Techwood, for much the same price - and out of those two, I don't really see why you would go for the Techwood.
     
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    i started the thread mentioned above and ended up with panny pw6.
    started off looking at daewoo at £1300 and then other at around £1500-£1600. all in you could get the pw6 up and running for about £1800 which when u compare the quality u get to what u get with the techwood it more than deserves a few £200 quid.
    and dont tell me anyone who is buying or thinking of buying a plasma doesnt have an extra £100 or so within their budget.
    after looking at all the cheap options i ended up with the pw6 and it's one of the best purchases ive ever made.

    :clap:
     
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    To save £150?????While the LG does offer an alternative there is a lot of choice and buying a plasma requires alot more planning and thought than anybody would expect see posts by cmorrison, thiery and about a hundred more people............. You can go to a dealer and pay more....but they take all the hassle out our try yourluck with a few thousand quid and some advice but what we need to know to do that is What you are going to watch, connect, pay for it and get out of it....Also who is going to watch it
     
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    "who is going to watch it"
    That is the line I thinbk that sums it all up/ I read a lot of stuff on here and most of it is great advice.......but you see I'm just a telly watcher. At the moment I'm watching a 28 inch from Sainsburys cost 150 quid and its fine as far as I can see. I'm not short of a few bob....but not rich so I thought "why not get a Plasma it will look nice in that corner". So what I'm saying is as long as the Plasma I get isn't worse to look at(picture) than the 150 quid one then I'm happy.
    So am I going to be happy? Is the Techwood likely to make an old telly viewer happy .?
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    "who is going to watch it"
    That is the line I think that sums it all up/ I read a lot of stuff on here and most of it is great advice.......but you see I'm just a telly watcher. At the moment I'm watching a 28 inch from Sainsburys cost 150 quid and its fine as far as I can see. I'm not short of a few bob....but not rich so I thought "why not get a Plasma it will look nice in that corner". So what I'm saying is, as long as the Plasma I get isn't worse to look at(picture) than the 150 quid one then I'm happy.
    So am I going to be happy? Is the Techwood likely to make an old telly viewer happy .?
    Sorry to all you guys who find this a serious issue. My Hobbies would seem just as useless to you guys ;-)

    So with all the [inappropriate word removed-lynx] out heres what I want to know. If I pay £1369 for a Techwwod with the trimmings. Is it going to look nice in the corner of the room for the wife....and is i going to be fine to watch *no worse but hopefully better than my 150 quid one.! and will I get 3 or 4 years out o the bugger.
    Thanks all.
     
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    probably wont look as good as £150 Sainsburys 28" Bigger but not better as aTV replacement that looks good in the corner you cant beat
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    as easy to use as any normal TV available for £2300 and very nice indeed in fact the best TV replacement plasma on the market.......Has freeview built loads of scarts and great PQ......£1000 more but much better than Techwood which is RUBBISH answer the rest of the questions and I'll help some more
     
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    ah but a grands a grand m8.
    All I want is a nice lookin telly for me the wife and kids to watch. The neighbours come in and say " hay man (theyre hippys) crackin telly" Will be watching SKY (only cos I cant get Cable here) DVDs I have a E75 DVD recorder so will be recording also. Hope to listen to Music through it also.
    Be honest unless you are really into this would you really notice much difference in picture quality....and if you did is it worth a grand????/


    Meant to add thats a nice one above whats that?
     
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    The one above is the panny mate TH-42PE30B the floor stand you see is free at the moment.. and anyone with eyesight good enough to drive will see the differnce straight away....... A grand is a grand but would you rather turn it on and think urgh i spent over a grand on that and its pants OR I spent 2k on that and its chuffing marvelous??????
    Its your money and your eyes mate.......... But i nknow what i would buy in your position..... (PS they are all gonna be useless for MUSIC but panny will do a good job with MTV etc for a telly)
     
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    let me put it this way:
    Techwood £1500 V Panasonic £2000
    Difference=£500

    Is the picture quality between the two worth an extra £500 ?
    Answer = YES

    Buy the Panny and you get your money's worth.
    Buy the techwood and live to regret spending £1500 on it.

    Have a look at how many people bough Hitachi's, Samsung's, LG's and Philips (all better plasma's than the Techwood) and then swapped them for Panasonic sets.

    I agree with Horny, in your case (not short of a few bob's) go and get a Panny TH42PE30 and BE HAPPY!
     
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    Why is it no-one on recommending Panasonic sets can be consistent / realistic with their pricing?

    We constantly have the PW6 being trumpeted at around £1650, when almost certainly people will be spending £200 or so more to have a usable setup.

    And now talk of Panasonic's at £2000, immediately followed by a comment to go and get a TH42PE30. Tell me where you can get TH42PE30 for £2000? The cheapest I can see from a quick search is about £2370 including delivery.

    So based on your recommendation, the difference is more like £900. You may still say that the Panasonic is worth that much more. I haven't seen the Techwood - but you may well be right on that. But *I* don't think that the Panny is worth £900 more than the 42PX11 (which can be had for the same price as the Techwood) - although that is a personal opinion that you may disagree with.

    I could probably find quite a few other panels that are cheaper than the TH42PE30 for which the PE wouldn't justify the additional cost - the PW6/7 for a start (but then I'm firmly committed to satellite and DVD sources, as well as providing for full surround sound).
     
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    Here we go again Graham! The original reccomendation of the PW6 is where the value is. You need surround sound, ideally separates, but something like the Jamo all in one is a sensible budget choice if you currently have no sound. You can route 1 video cable to the screen with a bit of care, and with the panny you don't necessarily need video boards at all, I sell a video board to about 1 in 3 customers, the others do things differently. Panasonic plus mount then is £1750, and that's it unless you have no other kit.
     
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    Actually my comparison was with a PW6 + the accessories you would need to make it a TV. (Panel £1700, scart board £120, freeview adaptor £70 & stand £100) = around £2000

    However, if you can stretch to the extra £300 to £400 then go for the integrated Viera.

    The Techwood looks ok on first analysis but if you play with the set up menu you'll soon discover it's limitations.
     
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    Hearts, Don't do it!
    I spent £1995 on a Samsung ps42vx, (which is now around £1500 so a fair comparison) to replace my Sony 32" tv.The Sony picture was good and I hoped the Samsung would be somewhere close.
    But.........it was terrible. I even wished I could get the Sony back, but I had given it away.And particularly worrying for you is that the worst picture of all was from Sky, particularly the lesser channels which seem to be broadcast at lower rate or something. And Football was unwatchable due to the blockiness and blurring.
    I managed to send the Samsung back and bought a Pany, which is almost perfect!
    If the budget is fixed, look at 32" or 36" crt tv's from Sony, Toshiba or Panasonic. For less than a grand you will get a beaut. If you must get a plasma then at the moment £2000 is about the bottom line to be up and running. My guess is that early next year this will be down to £1600 ish.
     
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    I have no complaints about saying that the PW6 is the best value of the Panasonic plasmas. And at least you have quoted a price that includes a minimum of accessories to 'get you going'.

    Yes, you certainly can route 1 video cable to the screen, but as people are likely to have more than one device that needs connecting, and so the addition of a switchbox and/or VGA convertor may need to be looked at.

    In my case, I would *need* the addition of video board(s) and/or the switchboxes/convertors, so I would have been looking at spending around £500 more to get the Panasonic. I do not see £500 worth of extra value in the PW6 over the LG, but that's my opinion, and you don't have to agree with it.

    I won't deny that if you can 'get away' with spending £1750 on the PW6 then it is a serious option. But if you go back to the original post, the question was asked of a plasma with a very different feature set, that would cost a *lot* more to replicate with Panasonic. I simply stated that you can get a better plasma with similar features for the same money. Why should you have a problem with that?
     
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    Please go back and read your post that I replied to. At no point did you state that you were comparing the PW6 (although I quite agree with your sums for the PW6 and parts), and then just simply recommended buying a Viera. That is misleading.

    If you really hate having the boxes, and really want a designer integrated telly, than fine. Otherwise as you have amply demonstrated, the cost of the Viera over getting the plain panel and a few extra bits is not good value. Nothing wrong with pointing out the options, but it's hardly something to recommend.
     
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    does graham triggs like own lg or something.

    i like loads of others on these here forums was looking for a plasma tv researched it for 3months looked at hitachi/lg/samsung/techwood/daewoo/reileys/etc etc

    i have been to places like dixxons richer sounds john lewis and specialist shops
    making every1 plug things in and out of the plasma tv sets of all the time to get diif picture qualities etc of all the lg/techwood clones i could see picture grain bluring noise orig i was going with the 42pa20 that was the best looking plasma (tv) last year i could find .i then stumbled upon avforums found out about the realese of the 42pe30 viera and 5 year warrnty from john lewis
    that was that preordered one from them.

    as said in a previous thread one of my friends bought a techwood from dixxons it was bad to put it bluntly you could see pixels moving banding solarisation etc he spoke to dixons dixons said they would not do anything
    as the set was within tolerance. 1500 pounds looking at u every day of rubbish if only he had listen to the general oppions of experts members
    and people who have these sets

    and now i dont work for panasonic :hiya:
     
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    The latest (Dec) Home Cinema Choice has a review of the Goodmans GTV42P2 - which looks like it is exactly the same panel.

    No progressive inputs, no HD inputs, forget it this thing is poor. As I said before, if all you want to spend is £1500, and you want the tuner / speakers / connections, get the LG 42PX11 - it is a *much* better screen.

    How you compare it to the Pannys, et al. is an exercise left to the reader ;-)
     
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    If you must get a plasma then at the moment £2000 is about the bottom line to be up and runningMy guess is that early next year this will be down to £1600 ish.
    True, very true!
    Current plasma's selling below £2000 should be assessed carefully.

    Unfortunately, if you are contemplating spending around £1500 (serious money), you better make sure you can live with your purchase.

    Televisions image quality can be very subjective, but it is a device you will be staring at for prolonged periods ,so it needs to be easy on the eye.

    True, Panasonics are not perfect, but in the current state of play they do offer the best PQ.

    If you can't stretch to £2000 just yet, I would suggest you delay your purchase a few months.
     
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    I own an LG panel. Other than that I have no interest in LG or equipment sales in general.

    Again, all I said was that it is a better plasma with the same features, at the same price. What's wrong with that? Go and take a look at the 42PX11 (given your post, I doubt that you have seen it already as it is only a month or so old), and tell me that it isn't better than the Techwood.

    Nobody said it had to replace your personal choice of favourite plasma - but it is a perfectly reasonable suggestion to the original post.
     
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    The issue peeps have with you now, Graham, is that you're a 1 trick pony. And my PW6 solutions do not need extra cards etc, this is cos I read the specs for a living, and know my way around the kit. As I said, 3/4 of my installs need no boards, and I have only once used a scart switch, that was cos he had 4 games consoles!
     
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    No more so than anyone else that simply states 'PW6' or 'Viera' in response to any question or comment. And there are *plenty* of those on this forum.

    And if people insist on quoting the lowest possible prices for Panasonic, why shouldn't they be bought up on it? You know full well that it is unlikely that someone can spend *just* £1650 on PW6 and have a satisfactory/working installation.
     
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    Absolutely mate, and if they buy it from me they pay for my knowlege too, I charge more than £1650. But they'll spend less on poxy video boards they don't want, and improve the rest of their functionality too.
     
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    Depends what your going to watch, general opionion is sky is still crap no matter what plasma you get!

    No one has much knowledge of owning a range of models, Panasonic does look good but you are pyaing a premium. like for like :-
    The Samsung Ps42 is near £1000 cheap than a panasonic vierra! A few people have made negative comments about the samung but also there is people saying they have a perfect picture! people also own panasonics complain of buzzing and crap sky picture. (skys fault of course)
    Now people will say buy a panny board around £1800 but dont forget to add on your stand + speakers and tuner (although dont need if you have sky!) Then add on a scart switcher as you can only plug one scart into the panasonic board!
    All of a sudden your purchase has increased from £1800 to over 2k! £700 more than the samsung. And still people who own the panasonic say there picture can be poor at times on sky!
    So the way sky could improve the pic would be high defination which the panasonic doesnt even support!

    Put it this way you are paying 50% more for a pansonic if you have the money then of course buy it, its like buying a ford focus and a Bmw they both do the same job equally aswell but one has a touch of class!
     

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