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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by rdj001, Dec 30, 2004.

  1. rdj001

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    New here, first post so please excuse the daft newbie questions.

    After retiring my first generation Panasonic 42" plasma in favour of a Bang & Olufsen Avant earlier this year, I have decided to jump back to plasma.

    As a lay-man, I have been impressed by the Pioneer 505 XDE although am fully aware that salesman has made every effort only to demo it using the HD channel or DVD. This set can be had in XDE guise for around £3,700 - given that I originally paid £6k for my old Panasonic when they first appeared, this seems like a bargain.

    Would appreciate an honest opinion on what it will be like with a Sky + signal (on more popular channels e.g. BBC1, Sky One etc) in a normal sized family lounge where the viewing distance would be approx 10 - 15 ft.

    Also, assuming I do commit to the Pionner set, I will have to start again as regards DVD player, Amp and speakers as I sold my last set when I moved to the integrated B&O equipment. Again, I would appreciate any advice on what marries well to the Pioneer 50" - my thoughts are that staying with Pioneer is probably favourite given the ease of integration, common remotes etc - but even with the Pioneer range, there seems to be upteen different models.

    Many thanks
    Rod
     
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    A Pio 505XDE for only £3700?? :eek: Who is this from??

    Most places are retailing the Pio 435XDE for about £3500, so this is a total bargain.

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    A few places on the web / high street e.g. HiwayHiFi in Edgeware will do them for £3.8k for the 50" XDE.

    Went to local store today for a more indepth demo - generally unimpressed, primarily due to the awful performance with a Sky signal. The balance of my viewing would be Sky firstly and DVD secondly.
     
  4. Oblomov

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    I saw the Pioneer demonstrated with a top quality HCPC feed. The quality of the football and other TV sports pictures was awful, with severe judder that was far more pronounced than on a Panasonic HD. I believe that this is because the Pioneer automatically converts to 75hz. I don't know whether this can be changed.

    Also, there is no way I could live with Pioneer blacks, or rather greys.
     
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    rdj001 I reconmedn you go and see/speak to a specialist installer who can offer a full service (costs a bit more but as a B&O owner i am sure you appreciate the extra levels of service) oh and have you considered the Beovision 4 50"???
     
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    Thanks for all the advice.

    Following the shoddy service offered by the Pioneer retailer, I called my local B&O. He came in from his day off to meet me at the shop and supply me a set of Beolab 6000s to act as my new rear speakers.

    Turns out they are releasing a new 'media box' in Feb which when paired with my Pana PW3 might be a nice combo - will also allow me to integrate the Pana into the Beolink array.

    Rod
     

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