Hitachi plasma 42PD8600 - what's known about it?

Neo319

Standard Member
The 8700 has the same panel as the 9700 but with different technology. I'm curious to see if it's better than the 7200... It seems to have the same features as the 6600, only 2 scarts instead of the previous 3.

The offcial brochure can be downloaded in PDF right here:
http://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/brochures/en_GB/plasma_brochure_2006.pdf

Official information:

42PD8700
106cm Visible PLASMA
The 42PD8700 uses Hitachi’s ground breaking ALiS 1080 plasma panel to give you an amazing viewing experience. This revolutionary technology fits an unsurpassed number of pixels on the screen, providing your home with high quality, fast moving images, whether you’re watching an epic movie, or playing action-packed computer game.
Available July 2006

* 106cm Visible Plasma Widescreen Television
* HD Ready
* Digital Terrestrial & Analogue Tuner
* New ALiS 1080 Panel (1024 x 1080)
* 2 x SCART Sockets
* HDMI and Component Sockets
* 15-pin D-sub PC Socket
* Panel Luminance of 1400 cd/m2
* Contrast Ratio 4000:1
* 2 x 10W RMS Output
* Headphone Socket for Personal Viewing

pdp_42pd8700_2.jpg
 

CFC1

Distinguished Member
As far as I know, the replacement for the 6600 is the 6700, which is sold in Currys for £1299 currently. ;)
 

Neo319

Standard Member
CFC1 said:
As far as I know, the replacement for the 6600 is the 6700, which is sold in Currys for £1299 currently. ;)

You're right, but the 6700 is really 'just' a 6600 with upgraded stability. ;)
They have the same panel too.

What I'm looking for is the new model which is going to be positioned under the 9700.
 

Neo319

Standard Member
More news:

The 8700 is only for the UK and has an integrated digital tuner, the 8600 has an analog tuner and will be for sale in Holland in about 3 to 4 weeks for a low internetprice somewhere between 1700 euro (without wallmount) and 1800 (with wallmount).

That means in most stores it will have some heavy competition with the 7200.

Which will be better..?
 

jonspurs

Active Member
7200/7500 have PictureMaster - the 8600 has I3.
Looking back from 6600 vs 7200/7500, people have said the PictureMaster makes all the difference. I personally never saw a properly set up or trouble-free 6600 so couldn't compare.

Things may be much different with this new version.

Jon
 

RonZelver

Standard Member
I am in the position to trade in my 42PD6600 :thumbsdow and I have the opportunity to exchange it for a 7200 or 8600 (when it is available).
From the 7200 reviews I have read I conclude that the 7200 has a much better picture quality because of it's PictureMaster technology, which isn't present in the 8600/8700 (still I3 picture processor, same as in 6600).
Next to that the 7200 has more connections (HDMI, DVI, component,..) which is more suitable for my setup (HDTV receiver, HTPC, future XBOX).
So, I am wondering if it is sensible to wait for the 8600, while I can still have the 7200 for an additional 260 Euro :cool: ?!
 

Neo319

Standard Member
I'm (sort of) in the same position as you.

But I've seen the 7200 next to a 9700 and the difference was pretty big. Just not 700 euro's big! (IMO.)

But since the 8600 wil have the 9700's panel it could be better than the 7200. Or it won't be and the difference is just due to the advanced software on the 9700.

Anyway, I need to see it for myself before I make my decision. Although I'm still very interested to know if somebody has seen the 8600 yet and what they think. ;)
 

Woziak

Active Member
The 8600 looks like a 6600 with a new h6 panel. This means that the picture processing is far less advanced then the Picture Master models. The 6600 had some serious quality issues and i sure hope they fixed them in the 8600 series.

The PQ of the 8600 will be about the same as the 6600 (just a few extra lines).

The PQ of a 7200, 9700 will be in a different league...
 

Neo319

Standard Member
Woziak said:
The 8600 looks like a 6600 with a new h6 panel. This means that the picture processing is far less advanced then the Picture Master models. The 6600 had some serious quality issues and i sure hope they fixed them in the 8600 series.

The PQ of the 8600 will be about the same as the 6600 (just a few extra lines).

The PQ of a 7200, 9700 will be in a different league...

Contrast and brightness are a lot higher though. Could be the software doesn't need to work as hard to create a picture quality like the 7200 has.
 

RonZelver

Standard Member
Then there is still the connectivity issue. I prefer connecting my HTPC through a digital (DVI-D) connection above the analog (RGB Sub-D), and the 8600 has the same connections as my 6600.
Any ideas when the 8600 will be launched in the Netherlands?
 

Woziak

Active Member
Neo319 said:
Contrast and brightness are a lot higher though. Could be the software doesn't need to work as hard to create a picture quality like the 7200 has.
The contrast and brightness are not that much different in real life application. The software has to work harder (more lines to feed).

Don't get me wrong: the 6600 was certainly capable of producing a stunning 1080i image when fed with a HQ source. It's just everything that's not top quality looks much better on the Picture Master series.
 

Neo319

Standard Member
Woziak said:
The contrast and brightness are not that much different in real life application. The software has to work harder (more lines to feed).

Don't get me wrong: the 6600 was certainly capable of producing a stunning 1080i image when fed with a HQ source. It's just everything that's not top quality looks much better on the Picture Master series.

I've heard that before. I currently have the 6600 and since I saw it side by side with a 7200 and 9700, I'm starting to see in what areas my TV is lacking. Besides the fact that it's faulty and a mechanic is coming by next week! :thumbsdow

I've paid 1500 euro for it in january and can turn it in (at a different store) for 1200 euro and pick another one. (I bought it online.) I'm currently considering the 7200 (1800 euro), the 8600 (1700 euro), the 9700 (2500 euro), the Panny PV60 (1750 euro) and the Pio 436 XDE (2950 euro).

The 436 and 9700 are too expensive in my opinion, especially since the 7200 has dropped to 1800 euro, but they are quite a lot better. But is the Panny better? That's the only TV I haven't seen in real life...
 

RonZelver

Standard Member
It's going to be the 7200, mainly for it's PictureMaster technology and extended connectivity. I'll skip the 56 extra lines of the 8600 panel ;)
Hopefully it will be delivered next week :clap: :clap: :clap:
 

Woziak

Active Member
RonZelver said:
It's going to be the 7200, mainly for it's PictureMaster technology and extended connectivity. I'll skip the 56 extra lines of the 8600 panel ;)
Hopefully it will be delivered next week :clap: :clap: :clap:
Wise decision... I'm thinking of going for the 9700...
 

RonZelver

Standard Member
RonZelver said:
It's going to be the 7200, mainly for it's PictureMaster technology and extended connectivity. I'll skip the 56 extra lines of the 8600 panel ;)
Hopefully it will be delivered next week :clap: :clap: :clap:

...and today my 42PD7200 arrived :thumbsup:
First impressions are very good, excellent styling & finishing (compared to the 6600 even mindblowing), excellent PQ and very good sound!
I am now going to play with the screen settings (especially for 200 hrs burn in period) and I need to drill new holes to mount it on the wall (pitty for the nice swivel function :rolleyes:).
All that nice stuff for only 260 euro on top of my old 6600 (thanks to the excellent service of ACN Services :smashin: ).
 

Neo319

Standard Member
RonZelver said:
...and today my 42PD7200 arrived :thumbsup:
First impressions are very good, excellent styling & finishing (compared to the 6600 even mindblowing), excellent PQ and very good sound!
I am now going to play with the screen settings (especially for 200 hrs burn in period) and I need to drill new holes to mount it on the wall (pitty for the nice swivel function :rolleyes:).
All that nice stuff for only 260 euro on top of my old 6600 (thanks to the excellent service of ACN Services :smashin: ).

:rotfl: I'm going there this saturday! :D
Fellow Dutchman huh?

If you won't mind me asking, how much did you pay for it? ACN is a good store, but I've noticed they tend to switch prices depending on which employer you speak... :thumbsdow
You can tell me in a private message if you want. (Kan je lekker Nederlands praten. ;) Gefeliciteerd met je 7200!)
 

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