HD8 demo

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  1. elmbeck

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    I was about to order a 50" PHD8, but then started to worry about the noise...... The internet retailers are saying that if I return it because it's too noisy (not faulty - just too loud for my delicate ears), I would lose anything from 15-30% of the £3000 price.

    Even for a Techy-junky like myself, £600 is a lot of money to risk - does anyone know where I am likely to get a demo of the PHD8 - preferably near Edinburgh/Glasgow ?
     
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    You could ask Joe at TMF in Peebles

    but I really don't think you'll be bothered by it - I only hear it on mine in a completely silent room, and even then only at switch on
     
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    I have the 42" version & the "buzzing" noise is very noticeable, I plan to take it off the wall bracket over the weekend in order to evaluate if it's vibration off the wall.
     
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    Hello elmbeck

    The fan noise on the PHD8 is pretty minimal and relatively low pitched so once you have any sound going on it pretty much disappears.

    I wonder if 7up4it has the 'fanless' PWD8 as they tend to buzz - which I find is more intrusive.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    you will only hear the fan for a few seconds when you switch the unit on.
     
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    Had mine about 7 weeks and the fan has got quieter - or I have got used to it.
     
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    Hi Joe F, No I have the HD version & it's bl**dy loud, not pretty minimal i'm afraid! and no, it doesn't just make a noise when starting up the "buzzing" noise is permanently there :mad:
    I cant see how it will get quieter the more i use it either, unless as srollings says you just get used to it.
     
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    I find that remark surprising! as I believe HD plasmas of whatever brand are more prone to buzz than SD plasmas due to the higher power circuitry used in the HD units.

    Certainly there have been more reports of owners frustrated by their PV500 and PHD8 units than those with PE50 and PWD8 units.

    I have a borrowed (soon to be returned) Samsung PPM42S3 that has minimal buzzing that just cannot be heard at normal viewing distance - whatever level of whiteness is on the screen!

    I have to add that two HD Samsung panels I had for a while were truly nasty little buzzers!

    Also a brief flirtation with a PWD7 was acompanied by some noticeable buzzing at times! I'm hoping the PWD8 will be better.

    If only Panasonic could solve this issue?

    Gus :)
     
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    I do not hear a peep out of my PWD8..

    Matt
     
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    you can get it for under £2600 anyway if you shop around, so you would have saved £400 anyway !!!!
     
  11. elmbeck

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    Thanks for the speedy responses......

    From other threads (and above) I conclude that it may be dependant on ones ears and ones room setup. I was trying to reduce the risk a bit by testing my ears on a demo.

    I live with the high pitch buzzing of the PWD4 I have had for 3.5 years, and I guess the fan noise is a lower pitch - may not be as "fingernails down the blackboard".
     
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    where can I get for £2600?

    AV Sales or CVS Media were coming in at around £3000 - but that includes 2 Component boards and a HDMI Board (and pedestal stand).
     

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