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Panansonic 4th Vs 5th Generation

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Wilbur, Feb 21, 2003.

  1. Wilbur

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    Quick question guys. Have seen a good deal on a Panasonic TH-42PW4 and am sorely tempted - is the 5th generation machine vastly superior? Would I be making a mistake to think about the cash before the quality?

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    Wilbur
     
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    i think the 5 series has 3.2 pulldown(dont ask i dont know either)
    but some people prefer the 4 series they say it has less flicker,
    i have a clone of the 4 series and is very happy with it
     
  3. Wilbur

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    Thanks for the info! Can I just trouble you for a couple of other things...

    1. What's the lifespan of one of these things?
    2. If pixels are going to drop, do they do so early on in the screen's life or can it happen at any time?
    3. Can dropped pixels be repaired?

    Thank you!!!!:)
     
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    the life span is any where between 30.000 hours on full brightness to double that on half , which is about right settings,

    dead or stuck pixels are usally there from the beginning i dont think they appear later on.

    i dont think they can be repaired,

    even if you did have a couple of dead or stuck pixels you would not see them from a 8ft sitting position unless u looking for them.

    are you talking about the panny in the classifieds, if so it has half the amount of hours that mine has clocked up in 6 months, 300 odd hours is barely run in,

    go on you know u want it
     
  5. Wilbur

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    Your right! I do want it!

    Only concern (in addition to the pixels!) is that I'm currently running a Loewe Articos and worry that I will really notice the drop in picture quality....


    Thank you for all the help!
     
  6. Wilbur

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    Sorry JMack, more stuff popping in my head....

    With the termination board that's supplied with that screen am I going to have to spend a fortune on new leads to hook up my kit:

    Arcam DV88
    Sky Digibox
    Xbox

    What's the best way to go about it to get the best results? I've heard that plasmas are only ever as good as the inputs and the cabling.

    Thanks...

    Wilbur
     
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    dv88 straight into component

    sky digital you will proberly need a converter
    rgb to vga js tech is the best(i think i seen one for sale on the classifieds,

    xbox into s-video or composite (you can only use one of these at a time)
     
  8. Wilbur

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    You twisted my arm! I'm joining the club!!!
     
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    4 series(256 shades of grey) vs 5 series (1024 shades of grey)

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    A LOT MORE DETAIL IN BLACKS!!
     
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    This doesn't only apply to blacks. The grey scale offers the tonal gradation for any colour, so the 10bit processing of the 5 series offers improved colour gradation over the 4 series. This results in less solarisation, or colour banding, in scenes with a smooth tonal shift in any colour.

    On my model 4 I occasionally see solarisation on sky scenes, where there are not enough shades of blue from my 8bit card to accurately reflect the absolute number of blues contained in the picture. It's very rare that I notice these issues, but I imagine it would be even more rare with the Model 5 (if you are not bothered by the flicker which some people notice).
     

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