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Local Powerhouse to have 37" Panasonic Viera on display tomorrow

Messiah

Well-known Member
Realise the setup won't be great but will be good to see one. They also have the JVC 32" LCD and Hitachi 32PD5200 close to each other so will be good for a basic comparison. Hoping to go view tomorrow afternoon.

Powerhouse, Talbot Green (just outside Cardiff)
 

Noonzio

Standard Member
Let us know how they perform. I'm especially interested in the Hitachi 32PD5200 but here in the South of Ireland no retailers seem to stock it!!
 

Diapason

Novice Member
Noonzio,

Call Joe at ihouse in Dublin -- I believe he has done a few Hitachis. The number is 01 219-5500. I bought my Pio 434 there and the standard of service is second to none.

Si
 

Noonzio

Standard Member
Cheers man
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
Wasn't set up when I went yesterday so going back later this afternoon. Will keep the thread posted.
 

Messiah

Well-known Member
They've got a 37" on display but not connected up and a 42" on display and connected showing analogue terrestrial. Freeview digital (via the in built freeview tuner) and DVD via an all in one Panasonic home cinema system.

Have to say I was not impressed with the image from the inbuilt freeview tuner. Whilst more detailed than the analogue one and also more so than the Hitachi 32PD3000 plasma sitting next to it the picture looks way more digital with loads of artefacts, particularly on moving shots. I certainly could not live with it. The screen also seemed to exhibit a slight flickering effect which was also very annoying.

The image via terrestrial was very good and again slightly more detailed and vibrant than the Hitachi next to it. The DVD picture was good but did not blow me away. It was being fed by a quality RGB SCART.

Would I buy one? NO. Nice aesthetics and good blacks but the picture was not smooth on any of the feeds. Nice, but not impressed. Below are some images I took with a 4m pixel camera on auto settings. Only posting for comparison against the adajacent sets.

You'll notice the Hitachi setup left a bit to be desired due to it's very pink image. No remotes available (and lack of time) so unable to tweak.

A couple of pics of the 42" Viera against the 32" Hitachi 32PD3000 (NOT the latest 5xxx series)





and one of the 32" JVC LCD

 

Noonzio

Standard Member
Ah, so they didn't have the 32PD5200 at all? A bit expensive on the 32PD3000 considering its an 18 month old screen and is retaiing for under 1800 in Richard is Sound
 

Messiah

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Agreed, but then it is Powerhouse. The 32" JVC is £2999.99 there but can be got for under £2k online :eek:
 
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