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Opinions on the Pioneer 502MXE?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by mattsimis, Sep 10, 2003.

  1. mattsimis

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    Hi,


    Ive basically already paid for this and should be getting it soon, but nonetheless Im curious on the forums opinion on this older model, 50" display? It cost me slightly more than the new price for a Panny PWD6 42" and is 15mths old, 500hrs use. It was supplied with the PDA-5001 card fitted (loads of inputs available now, inc 2x Scart) and feet for desktop standing.

    There were a number of things it had over the PWD6 (spec wise) that I really liked, but as I said, I wanna hear what you people think!



    Matt
     
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    Hi Matt,

    That seems like a reasonable price for a 50" HD plasma with only 500 hours on the clock. Unfortunately, the 502 is not upgradeable like the 503 with the 5002 card, although it sounds like it has all the inputs you need. Happy viewing!

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    The 502MXE is a reasonable panel let down by v poor video processing. Adding an external scaler to it is a vast improvement. It doesn't support 576P (the signal progressive R2 DVD players stick out) in either RGB or YPrPn form.

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    Hello Matt

    It must be a very late vintage 502MXE - the 503MXE has been around for a fair while now.

    I have to concur with Gordon - the video processing on the 502MXE is not the best; it suffers from much more banding than the 503MXE.

    I am rather confused with your reference to 2 x SCART inputs on a PDA-5001 - like the PDP-503MXE (PDA-5002 card) this model is a Plasma Display so you won't find any SCART sockets on it.

    Regards

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    above post is right, no scart sockets. also the pic is way behind whats out there now contrast is real bad. a second hand 503 hde can be had for £3800 if you look hard enough.
    should of posted before you paid your hard earned as many would not advise this model. get the upsclaler and that will help as mentioned earlier
     
  6. mattsimis

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    Really? Ill admit I may be quite wrong, but thats what I was lead to believe after researching:

    http://www.beamer.de/produkte/plasmabildschirme/pdf/Pioneer Plasma PDP-502MXE.pdf


    http://www.homecinemachoice.com/testbench/Plasmas/Pioneer/PioneerPDP-502MXE.shtml


    www.home-entertainment.co.uk/groupt...9&ArticleID=566+PDA-5001+scart&hl=en&ie=UTF-8


    http://www.hificomponents.de/dyndata/Versand/features/22279.html


    All of them state the PDA-5001 has 2x Scart, there are even pictures!?
    For example, the last page lists:

    Optionale Videobox (PDA-5001)
    - Signal Anschluß
    - Composite / RGB Scart 1
    - Composite / Y/C Scart 2
    - Composite BNC (Input/Output)
    - Y/C BNC
    - S-Video S-Video Jack
    - Audio Pin Jack (Input x 2)


    Also, £3800 is £800 more than I paid. £800 seems like quite a lot to me. The price I paid is €200 less than the Samsung 42" in Curry's and other local retailers! Seemed like money better spent.


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    Hello Matt

    Yes, Stand corrected - I forgot the PDA-5001 was the add on video box not the plug in video card; we didn't use the boxes that often with our hire stock.

    Keep in mind you have to stick the box on the back of the display if your looking at wall mounting - so dont order a Unicol 503MXE bracket or similar without confirming there's space for the 5002 box.

    Best regards

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    as above yeah your right, 2 scarts . see what do i know
    how can £800 be a lot off money when your already spending £3000 on a tv,
    persoaly i would of spent that money on a brand new 42 with warrenty.
    still if u never owned a plasma before your gonna think its amazing whatever. its all about what u compare with.
    any how hope you love it
     
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    Yeah, a lot of peope would have done that, but sometimes I perfer not to follow the crowd. £800 is a lot more as in the land of percentages thats nearly 30% on top again. Looking at that figure, its simply too large.



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    matt


    so lookin at a price of £3000 is ok for a tv thats @ home all day while you work to pay for it.

    thinkin about it we all must be bonkers mad or somthing.
    :D

    still your plasma will look nice and the build quality on pioneer is excellent.
     
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    Lol, yeah, its a weird thought alright!



    Matt
     

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