Panasonic 46PZ80 or 50PZ80 ?

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  1. jerryq7777

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    I want to upgrade from my 42" panny to either a 46" or 50" but im bit concerned going upto a 50" would be a step too far to retain good SD (freeview) quality from 10 feet viewing distance.What have others found from this kind of distance with their TVs ?
     
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    I have no problems at all at 3.0 mtrs I have TH50PZ80 SD picture is quite good
     
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    Seems nobody else has faced this dilemma so ive erred on the side of caution and went for the 46" PZ at £945 inc 5 yr warranty.My local Costco has no stock of the 46".I dont think the 50" version is selling well as my local panny shop is selling the 50" for £1099 and the 46" for £1275 :eek:
     
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    Costco would have reserved one for you
     
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    I asked but they couldn't even confirm if they would be getting anymore stock.
     
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    Jerry,

    If you want to know what a larger screen would look like with a freeview signal why don't you just move a few feet closer to your existing 42 inch screen so it 'looks like' a 46/50 inch screen ?

    Our SD comes via Sky, and a 46 inch 1080 screen looks absolutely fine (if not better) from 8 feet on the vast majority of SD channels. Before we got the 46 inch screen we read all the negative posts on here about SD quality on a 1080 panasonic screen and to be honest they are all wrong. At the prices you quoted I'd have bought the 50.
     
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    I've not bought it yet so the 50" is still an option I'm waiting to hear back from the shop how they will honour the 5 yr guarantee as they are down south not local.
     
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    Prices seem to vary much more wildly on the 46 than the other sizes, most places I tried didn't even carry the 46 only the 42 and the 50.
    £1275 seems to be the going rate at most Panny dealers, its the same price that Moss of Bath quoted me and they refused to budge on it even when I told them the Costco deals and that another panny shop had it at 400 quid less.
    I bought mine from Panasonic Exeter via the web for £840, been delivered Saturday and so far great service - they have been calling me to keep me updated on the delivery time and approximate hours of delivery on Saturday, certainly seem to be as good as JL from past experiences with them.
     
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    That's where I sourced the 46" but added the £85 for the 5 yr warranty.If you order instore the 5 yr warranty is free.
     
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    Buy the 50"...I view mine from less than 3 metres and the picture from both freeview and Sky (...not HD) are excellent! Before I bought it I was a little concerned at some reviews saying the SD picture was 'soft', I have to say that must have been severe nitpicking, I have no complaints whatsoever! :smashin:

    ...also, if you go for the 46", you will undoubtedly regret it slightly when you get used to the size and wish you'd gone for the 50"...no such problem if you stump for the 50"... ...the next size up is seriously more money! ;)
     
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    That is seriously good advice from Henry :thumbsup:
     
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    Thats one way of working it out LOL.
    For me I am coming from a 36" CRT so I thought 42" is not much of an upgrade. 50" would dominate the room so 46" it is ;)
    Besides, it 4-5 years when I get my next screen they will be like 200" or something with 1,080,000P resolution for this money LOL
     
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    Me too. My 46" was delivered last Thursday (next day after ordering on line). Same price for the TV and the warranty and I was very pleased with the delivery service. Got the TV installed and working on Sunday and really pleased with it :thumbsup:
     
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    How does the warranty work with it is it Panasonic warranty ?
     
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    Just collected the 50'' from JL. Managed to get it for £949.95.....Pricematched with Ask Direct. I think I got a decent enough deal! :thumbsup:
     
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    Hmm just been reading the Costco thread and I never realised you had to keep up your membership for 5 yrs to retain the warranty.Only works out slighty dearer if buying from Exeter with full 5 yr Panny warranty.
     
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    There are no free 'Panasonic' 5yr guarantees available at the moment, they finished at the end of January.
     
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    Well somebody had better tell the panny shops then as they advertise 5yr guarantee if bought instore :confused:
     
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    But as you probably know, the Panasonic shops are not actually part of Panasonic, they are independent retailers who pay to use their name. The free 5yr guarantees in-store are normally provided by Domestic & General or the like. You can get a 5yr manufacturers guarantee, but you will have to pay extra for this and you can buy these direct from Panasonic at a modest cost no matter where you buy the tv from.
     
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    Its advertised as a manufacturer warranty.

    "The extended warranty is covered by the Manufacturer, Panasonic UK Limited."
     
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    May I ask where it is advertised as such as this sounds like a good deal if correct?
     
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    Hmm having looked at the website again the free 5yr warranty if bought instore has dissapeared.It was definetly there yesterday when i looked.So it looks like you do now have to pay.My local one still offers free 5 yr guarantee but no info if its panny or d&g.

    Welcome to [email protected] Aberdeen
     
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    That's a shame. From what I can see, offers at [email protected] (Exeter as an example) with a 5yr Panasonic guarantee are coming in around the £950 mark which is a bit too much extra over the Costco £770 just to have the Panasonic guarantee over the Costco one.
     
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    Only problem is at Costco you need to add £145 in membership fees over 5 years to retain the warranty.
     
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    FYI. The 50PZ80 can be had from John Lewis for £949 delivered including 5 Year Warranty. Price match against Ask Direct. :)
     
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    JL only pricematch within an 8 mile radius of their store.Ask Direct are about 500 miles from me :rotfl:

    http://www.johnlewis.com/jl_assets/pdf/nku_oct08.pdf
     
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    I don't think that is true.
     
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    JL Bristol pricematched for me with Ask Direct for 949. The JL approach appears to vary from store to store. Try bristol undersales.
     
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    Look at the terms and conditions on Costcos site.
     
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    You will have to point the bit out to me that says this as I can't see it (but I have just come off nights so there is a good chance I missed it somewhere)

    http://www.costco.co.uk/Membership_home/Terms_conds/terms_condition.htm


    Edit....spotted the bit about returns and card holder but still not convinced.I will have to give them a ring as I bought the 46PZ80 for my father-in-law and do not plan to renew my membership.
     
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