Have I made the right choices on my first home system

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  1. Sonofabeesting

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    Hi after months of lurking and research I think I have come to a decision about how to spend my money.

    My room is about 4m long by 3m wide. I like the look of Samsung 42 Q97 with a Onkyo 674e and then a speaker system (got about £400-£500) to spend on that. Any receommendations?

    Would these go together. I was going to go for the px70 but the samsung seem to have a better overall deal.

    Would you suggest this is a good way to spend about £1500?

    Thanks people
     
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    Have you considered the idea of a panel only model, specifically the TH42PH9 panasonic, if you are going the surround route? It's far, far more install friendly, is decidedly svelte and small after the Viera monster and the sammy, with their fixed on speakers you might never use. With sky or freeview box as a tuner, and a harmony remote, you'd have a super slick, efficient, minimalist home cinema install, wife friendly too. You'll never get the same level of integration with a viera or sammy, the remote codes just don't work with universals in the same way. Just the other week I watched an experienced programmer almost break down trying to get a viera to work right with a harmony.
     
  3. Sonofabeesting

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    Hi

    Thanks for the response. I did look at the panel only option, but it costs a lot more money (£200 at least) just to get the screen.
     
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    a set of speakers like the canton CD101 will go well with your amp but i agree with MAW the panel only option would have been money well spent
     
  5. giggsy13

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    i would not get a samsung over px70, there is little diff in price but panny has better picture it deals with dark detail far better than samsung :)
     
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    PH9? No it doesn't! You are looking in the wrong places. Also, the panel is measurably better than the TV. Your bigggest problem is finding somewhere with stock, it should be hardly different to the PX70 cost wise.
     
  7. Sonofabeesting

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    Ok maybe I am, the price I have seen is around £950, then a HDMI board (about £135). Would I need another board on top of that?

    I hear the ph10 is out next month so there is no stock of the ph9 left as well.

    If I can get a panel only display I can see why that would be a better option.

    Thanks for the responses guys
     
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    £950 is a lot, I'd expect an HDMI board as well for that. That'll be the the olny board, with the 674 it's all you need. The upconversion works very well with the PH9. The 10 series is on it's way, true. There are some 9's about still.
     
  9. Sonofabeesting

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    What do you think is about the right price for one then? Is the ph10 going to be a massive step forward (would it be worth the extra money?)

    Thanks for your advice by the way.

    Are these panel only displays very difficult to set up?
     
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    Panels are easy peasy to set up, they don't need any bar taking it out of dynamic mode. The 10 series, well, the marketing dept tell us every year is a huge step forward! Must be true then! The spec is little changed from the 9 series, seriously.
     
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    i wouldnt wait for the 10 get a bargain on a 9 now and let others worry about the 10. The panels are far easier to set up than the TV's the procedure is the same with the 9 as it was withe 6/7/8
     
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    HDMI.co.uk are doing the Panasonic TH-42PH9BK Plasma Display for £889 and a HDMI Terminal Board for £62.80....and £10 delivery.

    Cheapest i've found at the moment
     
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    Found this

    TH-42PH9BS £899 inc VAT
    www.progressive-av.co.uk Panasonic TH-42PH9BS inc HDMI £899 inc VAT and UK Delivery

    Says incl HDMI but no mention on the web site - might be worth a phone call though.
     
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    Giggsy are you sitting down watching a Panasonic 42px70 & a Samsung PS-42Q97HDX side by side? :)

    afaik theres only been one review of the ps42q97hdx

    http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/plasma/samsung_ps42q97hdx.htm

    they have it edging the panny on black levels and overrall slightly ahead. Ok reviews are subjective but the samsung has the extra options that the px70 doesnt have.

    3 hdmi connections
    1 headphone socket
    1 anti-glare screen
    1 Anti screen-burn program

    looks better ;) :cool:

    but still its only 1 - 0 in the reviews stakes so maybe other reviews will show the panny ahead.
     
  15. Sonofabeesting

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    Thanks for the responses. The reasons stated above were the reasons I was going to go for a samsung.

    I am looking into the ph9 at the moment though as well!
     
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    Your room is too small for a 42 inch tv, I would suggest a 37 or even 32 for a room that size
     
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    Sorry, But I would have to disagree with you on that comment.
     
  18. Sonofabeesting

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    Yeah I thought a 42 would be about right? Am I wrong?
     
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    42" is fine. My seating is 12-15 feet from Tv and I am looking at 50". Which is about spot on for that distance.
     
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    50 inch is way too big. If your room is 4 by 3 meters I am guessing that you're going to be sitting on the longer side? You are therefore going to be approx 9-12 ft away at the most? 42 inch is really too big, you're going to be better off with a 37 inch.

    Cheers
     
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    i would suggest you actually measure from the main seat to where the screen will be.

    If 9-12 feet then definately 42" fine. Anything 13 feet and above, IMHO 50" is just fine.
     
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    I am sat 10 or 11 foot away from my 50" and am thinking of selling and going back to 42" which was fine :thumbsup:
     
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    in your opinion 2m is fine from a 42" 3m is plenty for a 50" i am 3m from a 42" and cant wait for a 50"
     
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    Thanks for the advice guys, I just brought a 42" PH9 in black.

    So in 24 hours I have gone from nothing to a Onkyo 674e and a PH9.

    Speakers next!
     
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    glad you grabbed your balls and made the jump, i am still waiting for the new panny and pio lol
     
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    Where did you buy this from?.... i'm thinking about following the PH9 route now
     
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    I sit 10 feet away from my 50" and think it's absolutely fine.
     
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    This is pretty much the setup I wish I had gone for 6 months ago. And I will go for something like this in the future, when the time comes of course. I did do a LOT of reading up on here about all aspects of plasma TV's/screens, but at that time didn't really know exactly what sources I would be plugging in, and I knew next to nothing about amps/receivers. So I went for the jack of all trades PX60, which has proved a great success and I am very pleased with it.

    Now I have a greater understanding and now that I know what exact sources I need to use, I am in a much better position to make an informed decision... so my advice, even if you think you have read up and researched enough... keep reading... there will always be something new to learn. Of course, I realise that a decision has to be made at some stage, I made one and I am happy, as my setup serves my current needs very well.

    I am sure you have made a very good decision. Let us know your thoughts once you have it all set up.
     
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    You've bought the forum's most recommended setup, all parts known to work well together. Have fun with it!
     

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