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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by bigjimfin, Aug 27, 2003.

  1. bigjimfin

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    hi , im a new member and i am looking for some help on chosing the best plasma for my price range.
    i have got 3000 to play with give or take a few quid ,i have looked at loads but cant decide as i know as soon as i have got one i will find it cheaper elsewhere . the hitachi 42pd3000 is looking favorite at the min . i need on with tuner and speakers as im not up to date with home cinema ..YET !

    can any body help with prices / websites and personal reviews

    thanks in advance

    jim:D
     
  2. NeilMcRae

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    Do you have a sky/cable box?

    Neil.
     
  3. bigjimfin

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    i have an on digital box not sky
     
  4. Joe Fernand

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    bigjimfin

    Put the Panasonic TH-42PWD6BX Plasma Display at the top of your list - its going to top out your initial budget but give you the best value in the long run (even if RGB converters and good quality cables are outwith your budget for now its still the best bet to build a system around).

    Dont buy the side mount speakers - they are poor value for money.

    The Panasonic has a set of 'normal' spring clip type speaker outlets so you can pretty much use any pair of speakers to get sound out of the system.

    Have a look (and listen) for something you fancy from the world of 5:1 sub/sat systems and simply get a pair of the sats for now and you can then use these to build a full 5:1 system along with a decent Surround AV amp when funds allow - possibly the new KEF KHT-1005 is a good place to start looking (though I'm not sure if my KEF price list has them listed in pairs as per the more expensive KHT-2005).

    Best regards

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    Jim,

    I would go and do the rounds of a few dealers and take a look at the various screens in your price range you might find that one in your price range is preferred or you might find that you would prefer to wait a while and save to buy something slightly above your price range. Certainly the Panasonic TH-42PWD6BX is a great screen as is the Pioneer 433 and the hitachi 42PD3000 they all have pro's and cons and its probably best to make your own mind up. Although I would suggest going to a specialist rather than Comet or Currys to make your mind up since they usually have a poor system connected to the plasma to demonstrate it and generally poor pricing.

    Decide which one you prefer and go with that decision - Joe likes the panasonics but personally I didn't care for them that much I preferred both the Pioneer and the Hitachi - but thats the problem - its all down to personal preference - you might absolutely love the Panasonic and decide its the screen for you - you might not.

    Sorry its a vague answer but its like hifi - the only thing that is right for you is the one you prefer !!

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    As a newcomer to plasma and home cinema, plus the fact that I'm a non-technical person, I'll add my 2p! :)

    I agree with the comments/advice regarding choice coming down to personal preference. However, one thing I picked up on that I haven't seen mentioned is the importance of what you watch on the demo plasma.

    When I was looking I found most demos showing animations like Shrek or Toy Story. The problem with this is that I found ALL animations look good on ANY plasma. To a certain extent, the source doesn't matter. Even through an old VCR, Shrek looks good on my Panasonic 42" plasma.

    Make sure you watch 'normal' movies (Gladiator or The Mummy are good testers IMO) because they will give you a much better idea of the display's quality.

    I wouldn't buy a less well known/recognised brand just to save a couple of hundred pounds. Panasonic/Hitachi/Phillips, etc - you aren't likely to go far wrong, especially if you encounter probs later.

    Going very slightly off-topic, but because you mention budget, you might want to do what I've done. That is to buy a Harmon Kardon DVD25 (has PAL progressive, which most people agree is the way to exploit plasma potential) a set of quality cables and link everything with my existing hi-fi.

    This way I get a great picture - my main priority, very acceptable movie sound, top quality music (I've kept my hi-fi dedicated CD player) and the ability to extend and upgrade later.

    HTH

    :)
     

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