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Narrowed the Choice to 3 - please help!

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by theirishman, Jul 11, 2005.

  1. theirishman

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    Hi All!!!,

    OK so this evening I have to go to my local AV specialist and decide on a plasma for my home cinema setup.

    I have narrowed my choice to 3 and these are (including prices) :-

    • Panasonic TH-42PV500E @ 2,689 Euro
    • Hitachi 42PD7200 @ 2,839 Euro
    • Pioneer 435-XDE @ 3,548 Euro

    Now having read allot of good and bad (ALIS) points on the Hitachi it still is top of my list, however I know that there are allot of Panasonic owners here with PV500's and I have read on the german panasonic site that this version has the G8 screen so I am interested in your thoughts on which is best for me.

    I will primarily watch DVD, Sky (Football mostly) and XBOX on my plasma and mostly use my Marantz SR 5500 AV receiver for connection of these AV sources to the plasma screen and my speaker setup.

    As I am completely a newbee here and this will be my first plasma screen I would appreciate honest help in deciding. I understand that the best test is to see them all setup in front of me but in the AV shop I am going to ( small but only one in my town) this is not possible. :(

    Anyway there it is.... please help. :lease:

    Cheers,
    Des
     
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    Wall or stand mount? That might well infuence the choice. The PV500 will be a nightmare of dangling cables on a wall mount, and hugely difficult to bury the necessary in the wall. When going for a TV plasma, as opposed to a panel, the media box at least makes that bit easy, even if it's a pain in the ass the rest of the time. With a panel only model, you'd do the video switching elsewhere, in an amp or a scaler, so fewer cables to bury/hide.
     
  3. theirishman

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    Hi MAW,

    Thanks for the swift reply. Well really it does not matter wall or stand mounted. As I have a center speaker a wall mounted option would perhaps be best... however as none of these are light I am wondering if a wall mounted unit would be a good idea as I am only renting and do not want to have to rebuild the wall when I leave and take the bracket down :)

    Not really answered your question have I???? OK I would prefer a stand if I could perhaps use the speakers which come with the plasma as a centre speaker..... is this even possible????

    Cheers,
    Des
     
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    Hi Des,

    Glad to see someone else in the position Im in.

    I have narrowed my search to the Hitachi - but in seeing your prices there for the the Pany 500 - are you living in Northern Ireland or the Republic? Im living in the Republic (Nenagh, Co.Tipp) and they only website that I can get to deliver is richersounds.ie - but am prepared to drive up in a Van to collect instead to save the 100-200 sterling cost

    Any chance of letting me know where you are getting them prices for - Im getting the same for the Hitachi, but where did you get the price for the Panny 500?

    Cheers
     
  5. theirishman

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    Hi Max,

    I am living in Germany but am from (and still go home quite a bit to) Dromineer which is about 7 miles from you in Nenagh..... my god who would have thought 2 people from little old Nenagh on the same forum :clap:

    Anyway the prices I am quoted are from an online retailer in Germany. T-Online (like Eircom)

    Any idea if the Panny is because of the price therefore a better option???

    Des
     
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    Wow - small world eh?
    Got married in Dromineer Bay last year - lovely place.

    Well now I understand how you are getting the better prices (living in Germany - much cheaper than Ireland)

    Well, I was looking at the Hitachi because I didn't want to go over the €3,000 mark (even though I have already gone of my previous "limit" of €2,500) - but if I was in your shoes, I would really test them side by side as your eye is the key as you will be the one watching it! My own personal opinion is that I will go for the Hitachi because of the styling of the Panasonic doesn't appeal at all to me. But as you are seeing a big price difference - maybe the Panny will be the one for you!
     
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    Hi Max/irishman,

    I am living in Dublin,and will be getting the Hitachi 42PD7200. The only place that I think they are available is through Harvey Norman. They are asking €4500 for it. I nearly laughed in the salesmans face, before I ran out the door! :thumbsdow

    Max, TV and Video Direct in the UK (http://www.tvandvideodirect.com/) will deliver to the republic for £85, and are selling the 42PD7200 for £1925. That might be worth you looking at.

    I will be driving up to Belfast to pick mine up, but I do live in Swords, and it is only a 90 minute drive for me. A bit longer for you.

    Bazza.
     
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    If you already have a speaker setup, I'm curious why you're looking at TVs and not panels. Of course, you can remove the speakers on the Pioneer and the Hitachi, so that might make for a better looking option. You might also consider the new Samsung, which has been surprisingly well received recently.

    Personally I think the SKY picture from the PV500 is unbeatable, but then I'm biased... :)
     
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    I'm in County Clare and importing a 42PA50 from Germany for €1,900 including pedestal stand and DHL shipping. The company can be found at www.audiovision-shop.de . I've bought a Yamaha RXV-1500 receiver from them in the past and service/delivery was excellent. The 42PV500 would be about €3,000 including delivery and the 435-XDE €3,800. They don't sell Hitachi. I decided on the 42PA50 because of the great reviews, slim profile compared to PV500, and price. I'll upgrade to HD in a few years when the format wars are over and HD TV is more mainstream.
     
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    Thanks Killian!

    I actually work in Clare - this place is getting smaller and smaller!

    Great link thanks - 1900 for the PA50 is excellent considering the rubbish on sale in Dixons/currys for that price. Well done on researching it to save you some money! so its working out 300 for delivery then with DHL?
     
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    Hi Max,
    Shipping is €170, the stand is €130. The comparable price in Panasonic in Limerick is €2700, so a saving of €800. How bad !
     
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    Thats a great price on the shipping - just we really are being ripped off in Ireland now aren't we!
     

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