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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by AV Geeza, Nov 29, 2003.

  1. AV Geeza

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    ....would you still buy the same plasma?

    Im particularly interested to hear what people who have had their plasmas between 3-6 months think.

    Those who have bought the Pannys or Hitachis are you still perfectly happy or would you now buy a Panny HD or Pioneer 434 or for Hitachi 3000 owners would you now buy the Panny TH42PA20?

    Lets us know.

    Cheers
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    interesting post, I have no regrets regarding my plasma, yes there are two new hd versions just released Pio and Panny, but I can not justify the extra costs involved, hey I could nearly buy my dvd and amp for the extra cost.

    The 2900 i am very pleased with, my only gripe having moved over from Arcam is that it is a touch weak as a cd player, But the benfits truly outweigh this, the amp can be slightly soft at times. overall I think I made the right choice at the time.
     
  3. AV Geeza

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    Glad your still happy with your Panny 6 gpa!
    How long have you had it?
     
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    Re-do this thread in 3 months and I'll tell you if I regret spending the extra money on the HD version !

    I did have to think long and hard about this extra outlay, especially with so many satisfied SD (PWD) owners.

    Steve
     
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    I'm well happy with my plasma :smashin:

    The Hitachi's are great value for money :D

    DVD
     
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    If I could do it again I'd buy a projector.

    Although the plasma looks flash sitting on the wall, nothing can compare to the 7ft image I now have.
     
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    AV Geezer

    Probably about two months now and over the moon with it, best £2500-£3000 i have spent in a long time. had it set up by Gordon and is awsome, best of the bunch I tested..

    [​IMG]


    In its full glory
     
  8. AV Geeza

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    Nice!! :smashin:

    Which others did you test?
     
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    The Pio and Hit and phil, no biggy just the panny was best for me.
     
  10. Paul D

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    Bought panny 42" five series over 12 months a go.
    Still very very happy!
    Still think it's the best thing ever bought!
    Thinking of going for the 50" sixth series!
    Wife agrees!

    42" will then go in bedroom!

    (can you use this many !'s)

    :smashin:
     
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    With the funds I had available I am well pleased with my Hitachi 400e :D (paid £2495). And though I think the pio 434 is a very nice plasma I personally couldn't justify spending 4K for a TV.

    ASH1:smashin:
     
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    Bought end of range Panny 5 in June. Absolutely delighted with it; like most of these things, I could have gone better/bigger - but like the Technics AV kit (end of range) and Wharfedale DVD (Tesco's) I got something that I wouldn't have bought otherwise that gives me loads of pleasure everyday.

    Non AV buffs are just gobsmacked by it; and I'm delighted. What more could I want?
     
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    Hi. Wot a good post.
    Very pls wiv my Panny37"wd4,gettin on 4 2 years old now.
    I might get a drop down screen & projector 2 have 4 film nights which wood pull down infront of plasma.But that is still in the plannin stage.Otherwise I wood buy the same again as it has bin the BEST thing bought.

    EVER EVER.
     
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    Boughjt my machine 12 months ago, and still happy...

    Yes i like the new 434 beast , just saw it in sevenoaks... but well i will wait for another 12 months.

    this wil allow newformats to become more steady on the market etc...

    But debating if to buy a 2900 palyer now or wait untill the spring?

    Comments welcome

    ADrian
     
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    if your in line for a new dvd player id say only go for one with a dvi/HDMI output at least u know its future proofed. well until end next year when HD-DVD is expected to launch and we have to buy another player etc

    2900 is nice though
     
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    I've got a Panny 42PWD4B, had it for over 2 years.

    Very happy with the screen. Use it for DVDs and PS2. No burn-in problems.

    The board suffered a malfunction back in June. Had to replace it.

    I still think the PWD4B is the best SD panel out there. Certainly better than the 5 and 6 models with their cost cutting spec changes, especially the 5.
     
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    Very happy with my Hitachi 42PD3000. If money was no object I would probably go for a larger Pioneer or Panasonic, 42" doesn't seem so big now :)
     
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    denon 2900 with SDI output, into H3DII card in HCPC, then DVI out of PC into Pioneer 433MXE - luvverly!
     
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    Thanks Philip for your replys to my posts on this and other threads... :clap:

    However, your TLA's and FLA's have stumped me in my tracks!

    What is as SDI outout?

    what is a H3DII card ??

    I take it that youhave a 433 MXE then.

    Cheers,

    Adrian

    P.s TLA = three letter abbreviation
    FLA = four (or five) letter abbreviation!
     
  20. philipb

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    Sorry mate - I'll explain.

    SDI is serial digital interface. Its a way of getting a digital signal out of a DVD player. Also DVI (digital video interface) and HDMI (high definition multimedia interface - now available in the latest 434 plasmas and Pioneer DVD players) are other ways. If you want to read it up, do a search on the forum. There's loads of good stuff by people who know a lot more than me.

    Having got a digital signal out of the player, you have to get it into the display the 433 has no SDI input but it does have DVI. The 433 DVI input will take a DVI dignal from a PC graphics card. The H3DII card is a PCI card which sits in a HCPC (home cinema PC) and does deinterlacing and scaling then outputs via the PC graphics card to the 433. The H3DII has component inputs, s-video and SDI.

    So the SDI goes from the DVD to the H3DII, then from the PC DVI output to the DVI on the 433 - in other words digital all the way. Great pictures.

    Somewhere on this forum I think it was Beekeeper posted a long but really clear description of all the digital interfaces and how they work, the pluses and minuses, etc. You can read it at
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?threadid=103717
     
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    Thanks Philip, I now am understanding where your coming from!

    Thanks again.:clap:

    However, my first thought would be why not just use the HTPC in stead of the Denon 2900? I am contemplating making/buying a HTPC, but buying the 2900 was a way, at least in delaying that move until I have more time.

    I presume you have the set up you describe?

    Adrian

    PS Im sure to edit this during the day!! :D
     
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    Yes i do have the set up.

    You're quite right about using the PC to play DVDs - but the 2900 is more convenient being set top, plays all discs inc SACD and DVD Audio, and it looks good. PQ is better than a software player but its a close thing.
     
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    Does the Denon 2900 have this output as standard? if not where did youget it fitted?

    Adrain
     
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    This thread is going in a completely different direction!! :nono:

    Does anyone have any doubts about their plasmas or are you all happy with your toys?

    Come on, let us know! :smashin:
     
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    Bought a "Sky 42" special"

    Sending it back, in favour of Hitachi 42PD3000. The sky one is not bad, but htats the point. I dont want "not bad" for £3500. I want something I can be v.happy about spending a second mortgage on.

    When the Hit is compared to the Panny6, I think it is better for me as it comes with media box, and speakers, which si more home-cinema friendly.

    The panny6 is more customisable, but too expensive in my eyes. With the Hit, you can simly buy a new media box when hdmi becomes standard. The PW6 seems just a cheaper version of the 42PA20 which I personally dont like, as the speakers dont seem like they are detachible..

    I would really prefer the Pio434, but cant justify the extra spend just yet.

    The Hitachi is going to save me £500 on the Sky one which is £3500.

    Anytried the 500e Hitachi, compared to the 42PD3000? Thats another possible candidate at the moment.
     
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    I'm also sending back my Sky 42" Plasma for the same reasons with PQ. After spending months & months persuasing the wife 2 get a plasma she has now been completelty put off 'cause she thinks the Sky PQ is v.poor.
    I am going to take her to a local specialist for some demos (Hitachi if poss) in the hope she will change her mind!!

    I must say I was gutted with the Sky 42", although it may be faulty with the PQ, I just don't know!!!
     
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    Hi Guys
    Got my LG last January and must admitt i probablly would now have been beeter of buying a good RP instead. Not disappointed by the picture quality or anything just the £3000 spent.
    No way could i now go down to a smaller screen though.

    General Panic
     
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    Had my Pioneer 434 delivered new years eve. I know I haven't exactly run it in yet but I am not over impressed with the picture (not that I have much experience in plasmas).

    DVDs look great but regarding my previous posts, panning on SKY plus etc is terrible. I have followed everyones advice and I will just wait a few more months until it has run in.

    I used to have a Sony HS1 projector setup in my hold house and I guess I just miss not being able to have it in my new house. :(
     
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    Ok so it seems that everyone with a panni is happy. People are thinking of the hitachi (like I) due to better cost - and everyone would love a pioneer if money grew on trees.

    I am looking for a plasma that can function as a tv as well as playign dvd movies - but my question is how do those with a panni hide all the wires? I want to connect 2 dvd players; vcr + free-to-air box to the tv - sound played through my denon 3802 and mission fs2s - and which are the better connections to connect to. The reason i ask this is that those with a media box seem easier to connect which outrules the panni.

    Also is the ALIS system, in the hitachi really geared up for HDTV - as i thought it just used processing to increase the pixel display and not truely displayed the no of lines like the pioneer.

    Just an added note - i played the same dvd on a loewe mimo, new panni, new philips 30" lcd and could not tell much difference from my seated postion - but then maybe i am just blind!
     
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    Hey guys, there are lots of relatively new plasma owners out there so what's the verdict on your screen?

    Are you happy or wishing you went for another screen, or maybe even stuck with the CRT or RP that it may have replaced?

    Share your thoughts!!!! :smashin: :smashin:
     

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