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Looking for a plasma, pls help....

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Taz, Jan 27, 2004.

  1. Taz

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    Hi all, Looks like I have the nod from Mrs Taz to start looking at plasmas.

    Any advice, models and prices would be a great help as its something i'm new to.

    And the budget is not massive so no £8K screens;)

    Thanks in advance

    :smashin:
     
  2. ReTrO

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    Cool.

    Will the 100 be going as well as the telly then?


    Obvious 2 to look at:

    Panasonic and Pioneer.

    Other worth considering is NEC.

    Wonder if I can still get on from Ronnie...
     
  3. Taz

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    Anyone :confused:
     
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    hi taz

    are you looking for a plasma monitor or a plasma tv with tuner box.
    what size? 42 / 50 inch

    the best out there are

    panansonic
    pioneer
    fujitsu
    nec
    hitachi

    i have a toshiba/panny clone series 4 and the picture is stunning with the right source.

    i have seen the nec mp3 and mp2 which both give a very good picture/ but the bezel is a bit big . havent seen the new mp4 but proberly very good indeed

    seen a few older fujitsu my dad has a 4242 and its a stunning picture.

    not seen hitachi . apart from in curry`s

    did not like the older pioneer 433 even though it was higher rez it just did not have the same punchy picture as panny. only seen the new434 in currys/dixons.

    hope it helps
     
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    If you want a 42 on a tight budget, the nec is being knocked down by distibutors these days. Absolutely nothing wrong with them, far from it, but they have not set the world alight with sales. A bargain is possible, £2500 ought to be on the cards with a 2 yr warranty. You can of course get a PWD6 panny for that, but you then have to put up with panny's after sales, which is legendary....

    edit. The new NEC is the VP4, 852x480 like the panny, 3100:1 contrast, more inputs than a parisian w**** house!
     
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    I reckon you should go look at some screens properly set up and all.
    Shortlist would be Panny, Fujitsu, Pioneer, Hitachi (hmmm)
     
  7. Taz

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    It looks like the budget will be £3k including all the bits I need, wall bracket etc.

    Can anyone reccomend models / web shops I should be looking at?
     
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    Hi Taz,

    I have the 32" Hitachi pd3000 and to be honest it is the best tv i've ever had by a park length:smashin:

    But i hate watching it after i've had the pj on as it seems soooo small.

    I think even if i'd bought the 42" it would be too small.:(

    As to where to buy do the john lewis price match and get your 5 year warranty.:smashin:

    Adrenochrome.
     
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    I would definitely recommend looking at a couple for yourself with the same high quality source. I went to Joe Fernand's place and compared a Pioneer with a Panasonic. I can see how people prefer one over the other, and I think the differences just come down to personal opinion at the end. I chose the Pioneer because of its higher resolution (so I could hook it up to my computer with 1:1 pixel matching) compared to the Panasonic (1024x768 v 852x480) and greater detail within facial expressions with the Pioneer. However, I can see how many people will prefer the greater contrast of the Panasonic.

    Is nexnix close to you?
     
  10. Taz

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    I dont know, where are they? do they have a showroom then?
     
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    They're a belt round the M25, horsham.
     
  12. Taz

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    :suicide: Ah yeh! I bought my amp online from them.


    Thay look to have some good deals on at the mo.:smashin:
     
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    any update taz? did you join us on the bright side:D :D :D
     
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    Due to in car sat nav :)grin: ) and redecorating the lounge, Im now due to purchase my plasma this time next month...just got to decide on the Panny 6 or a 50" Samsung. We are pretty sure on the Panny but we can get the Samsung at a real good price
     
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    The Samsung is a real horrid plasma, and you don't really need a 50".
     
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    Juuuuuust hold on there a minute partner!!!!
    I am also in the market for a £3000 plaz and had my heart set on the Panny PW6.....until.......I saw the Fujitsu P42VHA30. It's only just come out, retails at £3500 but if you shop around, you'll find it for £2500. It uses Panasonics PW6 glass so the blacks are black and the contrast is excellent. In fact, it is said to match the Panny for performance in every respect.
    Now, when you buy the Panny, you have to decide what socketry you need and pay 'extra' for them, but on the Fujitsu, they are all included. Component, S-Vid, RGB SCART, composite, VGA etc....
    Also, it comes in silver at that price, but you have to pay extra for the Panny in silver.
    You should check it out!!
     
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    Have not yet seen the NEC. The VP4 is a bargain at the moment, both of these screens come with 2 yr warranty, nec extendable to 3.
     
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    MAW whats your opinion on the samsung PS-42P3S??????
     
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    or the nec vp4 for that matter.. i respect your jugdement;) ;) ;)
     
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    VP4 has one or two probs, but usually you have to look very hard. Solarization is not unknown, though I ave not seen this. Gordon of Convergent av has mentioned this, and as he doesn't sell plasma, you have to believe him. The samsung personally I wouldn't touch. It has many problems, poor contast, colour bleed, banding, lack of brightness, to name a few. Doubtless a samsung owner or 2 will now chime in to say how pleased they are, but the bottom line is, if you can afford better, do so.
     
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    cheers m8
     
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    Can anyone suggest I website who actually sells the fuju P42VHA30?

    I am seriously thinking about the panny pw6 for about 2.5k, anyone got any better advice???

    Cheesr
     
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    Hard to beat at that price. I have the VHA30 in stock and on demo, it's more expensive, but comes with VGA, scart and component vid. inputs, and a 2 year warranty.
     
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    MAW???? What is your honest to god opinion of the VHA30?? Especially pitted against the mighty PW6!
     
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    Dapex? I found a website that sold the Fujitsu for £2.5k inc. VAT, but they only sold to trade etc.... BUT, www.portables.co.uk still agreed to pricematch them!!!
    If you want the details, let me know!
     
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    The VHA has a better scart input, RGB is a close match for the PW6 with JS tech VGA box. My feeling is that it's internal electronics, scaling etc are better, it's part of what you are paying for. Yes, portables are exraordinary for price. They make about 2 1/2p a screen at that, I have absolutely no interest in that kind of business, I aim to be here for the long haul, which means offering service, like demos, after sales help, DIY installers help, all the parts and cables etc. I sell all I need to for more on the back of this, but few to AV forum members. Y'all contemplate on that when you get trouble.
     
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    My local Sevenoaks has the Fujitsu on display, showing a feed from a Nokia 221t box via a synchblaster scart cable and the PQ is excellent. The screen is not in a very good part of the store - loads of ambient light - but it performs superbly. Must be a leading contender.
     
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    Sevenoaks don't sell the VHA30 for some reason. At the Bristol show, the Fujitsu guy was telling me how they have tried their darndest to get Sevenoaks to sell the VHA, but they're just interested in the other models!
     
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    I'm sure your local Sevenoaks will get you one if you ask them to.
     

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