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Expert advice of a Panasonic Main Dealer

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by lisag, Mar 2, 2005.

  1. lisag

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    So, I was in Colchester today and happened past a Panasonic main dealer with lots of plasma's in the window, thought I'd pop in and have a look....

    I asked whether they were able to get hold of any DVI terminal boards, to which I got a blank look - I then looked behind the PW7 they had on display, saw the DVI input in use and said it was one of them.

    The salesman said, Scart? No, DVI, I corrected - 'all foreign to me he said, these panels are cheap and not very good picture, really you should go for a proper telly like this (pointing to Viera) much better picture'!

    I left my name and details he said he would ask the workshop about getting me a board....

    Funny! :rotfl:
     
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    those guys are awsome! ;-)
     
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    I went in to my local panny shop for a ram disk. I asked what they could do the pw7 for and they said.......... £2300 wow what a good price. and guess what he said next.... your better off going for the vieira cos its a better picture compared to the pw7. I asked the manager how the vieira was connected and he looked at me very blank so i gave him a clue vga component etc he said scart at aparently thats the best way to do it he says........... :thumbsup:
     
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    I've had very similar experiences. One day I'd like to walk into a high street store and find a salesman who: a) Knows at least as much as I do, and b) Actually cares! :thumbsup:
     
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    I had a VERY good experience at a well known dealer in Kent.
    Went in to compare a 37 inch Panny and the new Tosh 32 in lcd.This has an hdmi connection.The dealer warned me about the hdmi problems with the Panny and suggested i wait a while rather than make a purchase now to see if the problems could be sorted out.To be honest the image on the Panny via rgb scart from a denon dvd player was so good i nearly bought one there and then! But the dealer dissuaded me.
     
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    A certain Panasonic Centre in West Sussex is well versed in the niceties (or at least the manager is). Sadly, the majority of the clientele are not... Or maybe fortunately for them because the prices their head office obliges them to charge are causing them a lot of grief, even against Comet/Currys.
     
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    It wasn't shop@ was it. I went in there the other day enquiring about hd compatability and they tried to tell me that i wouldn't be able to afford HD sky so i may as well buy a crt.

    this didn't come out as i though. how do you add text from a previous post?

    I've ammended it.
     
  8. lisag

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    Bloody cheek!
    Not sure what it was called, found it by accident whilst I was looking for the NCP where I left the car... I think the man was in shock a bit that a girl was using 'technical language' like DVI that he didn't understand, poor chap...
     
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    That kind of thing can serverely damage a certain type of man's sexual energy. shop@panasonic are all franchises, they have no real commercial conection with Panasonic, nor any particular qualification. Just like a Sony centre.
     
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    I think i know what one you mean. was it opposite games workshop. if so then that is colchesters best and poss where i'm getting my 435hde from. that is if i can make up my mind if that is the one for me
     
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    well you know a lot more than i do ........ I might ask for a job in the shop !

    :hiya:
     
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    there was once such a shop unfortunately i dont work there anymore!!!!! :hiya:
     
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    You're kidding, I just quote things I have read on this forum - know idea what half of it means!

    :confused:
     
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    you lot should hit the north!

    my local Panasonic 'centre' has all the plasmas nicely laid out, all 3 Vieras and the 42PWD have their own dedicated Sky boxes, the aerial feed is excellent, and of course the obligatory DVD players are at hand.

    plus, my Sony Centre also has an impeccable aerial feed to all sets, and a DVD hooked up to each screen.

    I can't say the prices are very attractive or most of the staff very knowledgable though...but at least you can walk around and spend ages experimenting with settings and testing and flicking channels...and you can see the full ranges rather than just one or two sets in isolation....plus some more upmarket dealers would have stuck their nose in, grabbed the remote back off you and forced their opinions down before the bumbling idiots in the Panasonic/Sony centres even notice you are there :rotfl:
     
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    I wouldn't let you play with my settings. They are that way for good reasons.
     
  16. lisag

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    Latest update,
    Got a phone call - they never made DVI or HDMI boards for the plasma and in fact Panasonic have stated that they are discontinuing the PW panels and will be concentrating only on Viera's from now on.

    You heard it here first!

    To be fair - he was very friendly and we had a nice chat about media center PC's.

    :cool:
     
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    Well surprisingly, he's right. The series 8 may not have a PW panel in the range, but there will of course be a PWD in black or silver. He will have no access to the commercial division of panasonic, they are clear about their channels.
     
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    :eek: Didn't know that..... I take it all back!

    lisa
     
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    Don't take it all back. Is that my imagination or is that a DVI board in my screen?
     
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    HE was correct from the point of PAnasonic Consumer UK stock only not Panasonic Business system, Panasonic Broadcast, or Panasonic global (ie Masush!ta Electronic Corp)
     
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    :suicide: There was a DVI board in the PW7 screen in their shop!
    I forgot...
     
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    I have some Panasonic bumf that says TY-FB7HD board supports HDTV and TY-FB7HM is for HDMI. But no mention of a DVI board.

    Question 1 - will the HDTV board support Sky ?

    Question 2 - are any of the boards available on the "open" market, not just through dealers like AV Sales, who won't sell them separately ?

    Question 3 - are they going to become scarce/more scarce, or will they be produced for the forseeable future ?

    Question 4 - are they any good ?

    Question 5 - my PW7 was delivered today (only ordered yesterday!!!). Why does it mention Viera on the box if it "isn't a Viera". What's the difference between a PW7 "Viera" and a Viera, if you see what I mean ?

    :smashin:
     
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    Viera, who knows. I take it that this is a PW7 panel, not a viera TV? If so, the HDMI board is the subject of one of life's more spectacular cock ups. The DVI board has far more functionality and is cheaper. Still does not directly support sky HD, but can do with the aid of a scaler, which is a nice extra to own in any case. Start saving now.
     
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    lisag was this from the same place you was talking about yesterday?
    maw, would you say go for the pio 435xde or hang on for the new hd panasonics
     
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    LOL you asking me about XDE's!! They are fine with HD material on digital input, but IMHO poxy on scart from a sky box or internal TV tuners. Depends how desperate you are for an HD compliant plasma. My current thinking is I'd buy a PW7, and relegate it to the kids room and trash it with PS3 in about 3 yrs time, whe there might, just might, be enough HD content to make it worthwhile, and HD-DVD might have become affordable.
     
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    thank you. i think you may have just made mrs.jtf very happy by saving us £1500 lol
     
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    they had the wonderful idea of putting "VIERA" in daft font on all Consumer plasma boxes PW7 is a Panel PE30 range (commonly reffered to as Viera) are Plasma TV with internal Tuner and speakers etc
     
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    Going back to the Shop@Panasonic discussion... I spoke to someone in the Watford branch and he was totally unaware there was a series 8. They are still selling the series 7 models at premium price... What is going on?
     

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