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hitachi 7200 vs pv500

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by tim k, Jun 2, 2005.

  1. tim k

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    ok so as we all know these 2 plasmas are both at the same budget offering pretty much the same spec. so without causing a hitachi vs panasonic owners war could someone outline pros and cons of these 2 as i really cant make my mind up. One of my quarms will be future hd ready spec, i have (with intent of getting the sp50) got a dvi - hdmi 5m cable which will run from my htpc. do these plasmas have hdmi in? or just dvi? and if so why because when sky hd releases the hdmi in would cover the audio and video in one cable wouldnt it?
     
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    The 7200 has DVI and HDMI as standard. And yes, not 100% sure but I think the HDMI carries both audio and video streams.

    My pros and cons so far:

    Pros
    - Looks great
    - Built-in (detachable speakers) sound awesome
    - Great compatibility for PC input; loads of resolutions and refresh rates
    - HD sources looks amazing
    - Loads of inputs
    - Remote controlled motorized swivel stand (actually quite useful too!)

    Cons
    - Blacks are not as deep as I'd like
    - some PC scaled resolutions are cropped quite a bit

    Can't comment on the PV500 as I've not seen it ;)
     
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    I have an earlier generation Hitachi, and they do not lend themselves well to HTPC use. While acceptable results can be seen, HTPC is supposed to give superior results in many cases. The peculiarities of the technology Hitachi uses robs its screens of that advantage. If HTPC is going to be your main source then Hitachi may not be for you. The Panny is sight unseen so I cannot comment.
     
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    You're joking aren't you? What do you think the problems are? I am very pleased with my HTPC useage on the screen.
     
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    i have read the link, thanks for that but not all that much info in there. So can i confrim that the 7200 has hdmi in and also dvi in?? I definately like the aesthetics of the 7200, way more than the viera, but i really need more info from someone who has seen both running hd feeds etc.
     
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    I am talking primarily about the inability to bypass scaling. Consequently HTPC usage does not give the improvement you might expect over a lot of dedicated sources. I am not saying the results are bad but I think they could be better. My primary sources are a reasonably expensive dedicated DVD source and a cable set top box converting RGB to component.
     

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