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Is 42" enough !!

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Mike-M, Apr 23, 2005.

  1. Mike-M

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    I'm thinking of replacing my PJ with a plasma. The thing is I'm not sure if I will be satisfied with the picture size for movies. I have a Tosh 36" crt at the moment and while the PQ is IMO fantastic with DVD it's just not big enough to "absorb" me when viewing like the PJ is.
    Does the actual picture size (no including the black bars) alter on different makes of plasma's or does the 16:9 ration mean they all display the same. Also I would be grateful if some kind sole could measure the height and width of the picture on a 42" at 16:9 (again not including the black bars) and post it here. I have added the extra 7" I would gain onto my current screen (measuring across the diagonal and carrying on a bit) and again am not sure it's enough to justify the change.
     
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    Mike,
    I hope I am not very out of topic, but can you tell me why you want to go from a PJ to a plasma? I am currently trying to decide whether my first home cinema should be based on a 42" plasma or on a projector.
     
  3. Mike-M

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    It's only something I'm thinking about it at this time and trying to get some third party input. The PJ is damn fine, unfortunately the wife is Susceptible to rainbow which means I have to swap back to LCD. I'm just taking this opportunity to explore possible different routes.
     
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    If watching movie it has to be PJ but just for normal tv watching I dont care just use plasma.
    no plasma can match a pj for movie watching.
     
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    Mike,

    My 42" Panasonic is 36" across, 20" height and 41" diagonal (lit pixels when displaying a 16:9 image.

    Whether a plasma of this size will give you the "movie experience" much depends on how close to the screen you are sitting. Having had a PJ, I suspect it won't for you, but the right plasma, properly set up, gives a great picture.
     
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    ..to be honest once u get used to 42 inches its smallish aftr you get used to it- so minimum of 50 inches should be OK for you? Or got hte whole way with 55" or 63" if you have the dosh!
     
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    no matter what size you get :D you will always want bigger :eek:
    i also have a Tosh 36zp , thats has moved to the bedroom :rotfl: i had a 17 inch tft in the bedroom before i got my 42/plasma
     
  8. Mike-M

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    Thank's for those sizes Piers, So far it seem to be the view that PJ's for movies give a whole different, beatter, experience.
     
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    42" is always too small and will always be, i would recommend 50" at least, if you can't afford that right now you better wait instead.

    42" is like tiny, tiny...trust me i've been in the same situation once!!
     
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    i think that is quite a snobbish answer....42" is hardly tiny...you get used to it but it's not tiny...a portable is tiny...32" is tiny..but 42" isn't.......
     
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    Mike-M
    If your budget can stretch that far, go for a 50" or above screen.
    I migrated from a 28" Sony CRT to a 32" Tosh LCD, 37" Philips LCD and finally 43" Pio XDE, all in the space of about 6 weeks.
    Whilst the XDE is fantastic, it seems too small now. There's a good chances that unless you go for a monster screen you'll be unhappy about the size. The carboard cut-out is recommended by some - might be worth giving it a go.
     
  12. Mike-M

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    I'll cut some cardboard to size and sit and look at it for a while. It seems the general opinion is 42" is to small to give the desired viewing pleasure. If I go to 50" + it would have to be rear projection (plasma costs to high) which, having looked at, seem ok if you sit directly infront but move to the side and you rapidly lose PQ.
    Will prob end up sticking with a PJ.
     
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    Mike,
    about your wife.
    Noone tells you that you can still see some "rainbow" effect on plazma screen. With some brands less, other more.
    No plasma screen can give yhe cinematic feeling of a PJ with screen. I use plasma to watch TV and a PJ with 100 inch screen for the movies only from DVD.
     
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    What happened to the other inch on the diagonal? I thought that PDP size was always given for the visible screen?!
     
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    Back to School:

    36^2 + 20^2 = 1,696

    Sqrt 1696 = 41.18"

    Regards

    Tet

    42" is the diagonal of a FULLSCREEN
     
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    Mike-M,

    As Piers says it depends on how far you sit from it. I sit at 3.5 meters away from my 43" Pioneer plasma... I thought it was big when I got it ...it is stil just about right but ... would not say no to 50" ..which perhaps could be best for you.

    However, and I know it is a metter of personal opinion and taste, I very much prefer watching a film and other material on a well set up plasma. My next door neighbour has PJ and he will also change to plasma. ... brings his DVDs now to watch on my screen.... ha. And... Piers can set it up perfectly for you!
     
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    Could you clarify that, please? Do you mean that the visible screen is always smaller than the "fullscreen"?
     
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    From the panasonic user manual...

    42" screen size 920mm x 518mm giving diagonal 1056mm or 41.58"
    50" screen size 1106mm x 622mm giving diagonal 1269mm or 49.96"

    ALL of this is visible (lit pixel) area.

    Mike-M, when you make your cardboard cut out (as I did) you will be amazed at the difference the extra 8" (or 8.38") makes.

    Is 42" enough? In my opinion - no it isn't. I'm was making a one-off investment in a plasma screen, so better make it a big one.
     

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