Panasonic 42PV500 -v- Pioneer 436XDE

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  1. rpb

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    These two seem to be the main contenders for a £2,500 HD Plasma

    The main difference seems to be external tuner for the Pioneer.

    Does the Pioneer have any built in speakers ?

    Are there any other obvious differences ?

    Is there any significant difference in picture quality ?

    Cheers
     
  2. tscotsman

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    pioneer has no speakers. Noone has really seen the pioneer apart from a select few, first reports were that it was a better picture than the panasonic. But who knows at this point. It looks like it would be about £2,700 for me, given the setup I would like. Where as Im paying £2259 for the Panasonic, so unless the Pioneer is a massive leap, im sticking with the pv500.
     
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    I'm fairly sure the Pioneer does have speakers, they're just removable. I'd be very surprised if it wasn't a good set, but you can't really go wrong with either.
     
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    rpb

    I have um'd and ah'd over this ever since they released details of the 436. In summary I have gone for the 436 as
    a) it looks better wall mounted (imho) without that big silver chunk at the bottom
    b) the media box has two HMDI inputs (for DVD and Sky HD)
    c) the media box keeps all my cabling in the cupboard and not in the walls
    d) its 43" (minor point !)

    but,

    a) it does not come with speakers, the PDP-S37-LRs (side speakers) are £200
    b) dealers do not throw in a DVD recorder
    c) I have not seen the 436 compared to the 435 or the PV500 so I am taking the PQ leap of faith that it will be at least as good as the Panny and better than its predecessor....

    This is an awesome forum for gathering opinions (and there is a thread asking AV Land to comment on their 436 demo) so keep reading but as tscotsman says - compare like with like (i.e. tv and speakers) you will spend more on the Pioneer.

    In any case, I am very very excited...... 2 weeks and counting
     
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    hi,
    there is stock of the 436 floating around.
    one of my dealer friends had two del' to him yesterday.
    the next batch will be in four weeks time.
    the average internet will be under the £2500 barrier, more in the region of £2300.(screen only)
     
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    Anyone got this link to avland commenting on their 436, i couldnt find it?
     
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    It seems to me that after you have bought the speakers and a stand the pioneer is going to end up around £400 more than the panasonic.

    Even if the pioneer has the better picture (we don't know for sure yet) I can't really justify the extra cash so will probably go with the panasonic.

    The pioneer system would be about 20% more expensive.
     
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    From speaking with a couple of people who have had a good play with them, they are meant to be very, very impressive with the main issue of terrible black levels addressed when fed dvd and HD.

    However, when fed an RGB signal or freeview everyone has said that the Panasonic is still the better screen.

    Which has thrown me as I have the money sitting ready for a 506xde! :mad:

    I am going to have a drive and see one in action, I need to see it myself, running sky, as this is 80% of my viewing and at the moment I am blown away with the HD6 and Crsytalio combo.
     
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    im the same 80% of my viewing is sky, so the panasonic is the only choice
     

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