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How practicle is a Plasma screen for everday use?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Glenn Keen, Aug 25, 2002.

  1. Glenn Keen

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    How practicle is it to use a Plasma screen for every day use, i.e. watching TV on it?

    I was very impressed with the Fujitsu PDS4233 and was thinking about going for it insted of a 36inch TV. My ownly concern is how practicle it will be as I watch a lot of TV as well as a lot of DVD's.

    I guess I would need to invest in an external tuner (one with teletext if such things exist!).

    Any views of recommendations,

    THanks,
    Glenn.
     
  2. big.hal

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    If you've got sky you don't really need a tuner, they usually expensive for what they are. You could use you VCR tuner if you realy need to as well. But you if you want to record one program and watch another you might as well geet Sky+.
     
  3. jmack

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    i think they are practical i use mine the same as i did my crt tv.
    as for a tuner and teletext there are a few vcr`s with teletext about.
     
  4. Glenn Keen

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    Thanks for the info.

    The problem is that :-

    1. I do have Sky Digital, but not in the room the plasma is going to be in (just piped feed of what is on downstairs!).

    2. I watch a LOT of TV and oftern need to video what is on one side whilst watching an other, therefore I can't really use my video as the tuner.

    3. I find teletext very useful (sport scores, news and TV listings).


    Any suggestions on a tuner or other solution?

    Thanks Glenn.
     
  5. NeilH

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    Jmack,

    but what is the picture quality like whem viewing TV?

    I have had several demos of various plasmas and none of them had anything like watchable TV quality.

    Neil.
     
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    Jmack, do you know any model numbers because I posted a question about this in the VCR section and didn't get much response?
     
  7. jmack

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    the vcr is a aiwa i think cant be sure but defo they do one.
    with a rgb to vga tv is very watchable, a good picture infact.
     
  8. avnut

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    Glenn,

    You may want to look at the Pioneer 43".

    It comes with a seperate tuner pack which provides teletext (with PIP).

    It's a bit more than the Fujitsu, but solves your teletext/vcr problem.

    Arif
     
  9. Reiner

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    As for plasma I rekon the Panasonic 42" (or at least the 37") PW4 models but note the 5th generation will come out soon.
    I found that no other make can compete with those in terms of picture quality (viewed with a HDTV source).

    IMHO you can buy external tuners for plasma, else get a 2nd VCR or e.g. Tivo.
     
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    Hi

    First up, I would get the Panasonic 4 series plasma. Getting cheaper now as the 5 is coming, and the picture is superior to anything else I have seen yet. Obviously, the Toshiba might be the better option depending on what colour you want.

    As far as your tuner dilemma goes, here is what I would do... Get yourself a twin LNB on your Sky mini dish and connect one output to the box you already have. Then, get yourself a second hand Sky digibox and connect this to the other output of the LNB. Then, depending on what you watch, either get a FTA card for the Sky box or a duplicate subscription for £12 a month. If you want to record one thing while watching another, pick up a cheap ex-ITV digital box from Dixons or Argos or whoever for about £50 and use this as another input. Finally, to do all the recording and switching, use a Tivo. Nothing is better and it outputs lovely RGB which your plasma will love dearly. Then, get the output thru a RGB->VGA convertor and connect to the screen. Hey presto, a perfect CRT alternative.

    As for teletext, I'd personally put up without it, but remember that the BBCi service is pretty good these days, especially on Sky digital.

    Hope this helps- if not ask again!
    Andrew
     
  11. Glenn Keen

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    Thanks for all the info!


    The Panny sounds interesting, plus I can get a TV Tuner with that that has teletext!

    Guess I need to do some thinking!


    Cheers,
    Glenn.
     

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