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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by carl310166, Nov 2, 2003.

  1. carl310166

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    Hi,I am a total novice,someone you would class as “joe puplic” so be gentle with me! My 29”sony tv is on it’s way out,so I am thinking of replacing it. Plasma screens seem to be very popular ,I would like to know.

    Do they have a tuner built in?

    Is bigger better?

    Do they have speakers built in?

    Are they reliable?

    Is there a life span?

    Are they always mounted to a wall?

    Are they very heavy?

    Is there anything wrong with buying from the major stores (you know the ones)?

    Can I just plug my sky+ and dvd player in? or do they have to be professionally installed?

    Can they screen be viewed at all angles?

    I have seen some units advertised sub 2k,anything wrong with these?

    Sorry about the amount of questions,but as you can see,I know nothing.

    Thanks in advance

    carl
     
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    Carl

    Try using the search function on the forums as all these questions have been asked before. Whilst there is loads of knowledge on the forums it's only fair that you spend a little time familiarising yourself.

    Once there I am sure we'd be only too happy to help further !!!

    P.s. plasma really is worth the effort.
     
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    Carl,

    As an "informed novice" (just played my order for a Panasonic PW6) I can give short answers to your questions. Searching this forum you can find more details, and experts who can answer specific questions.

    Do they have a tuner built in?

    Some do and some don't. As you have Sky you don't need an analog tuner. If you go for a screen without the tuner figuring out the connections you need is a bit more complex, but doable.

    Is bigger better?

    Size depends on your room layout. If you are too close to too big of a screen you will see the imperfections more. But if you are too far away for a smaller screen it won't' have such a "big" feel.

    Do they have speakers built in?

    Same answer as the tuner question... some do, some don't. Generally if they have a tuner built in they have speakers too.

    Are they reliable?

    I hope so - I can't really answer this.

    Is there a life span?

    Yes, as with a CRT the brightness fades over time. Lots of posts on this; depends on your use but generally expect 10+ years life in normal use.

    Are they always mounted to a wall?

    No. Mine will be on a stand.

    Are they very heavy?

    Nowhere near as heavy as a large CRT. Mine is 28.5 Kg.

    Is there anything wrong with buying from the major stores (you know the ones)?

    John Lewis does price matching (for the ones with a tuner) and thus is a good major store to consider. Cheapest prices I've seen are on the internet. A specialist dealer may be more expensive but can provode more help. As for the electronics chain stores, if you can get a good deal there that's fine, but don't expect a lot of expert help.

    Can I just plug my sky+ and dvd player in? or do they have to be professionally installed?

    You can plug it in, but may need some help in determining the best way to do this.

    Can they screen be viewed at all angles?

    They have a wide viewing angle; I've seen 170 degrees quoted.

    I have seen some units advertised sub 2k,anything wrong with these?

    Picture not nearly as good as with the better units.

    Mark
     

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