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Panasonic or Hitachi Which one to buy?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by cwumbs, Jul 23, 2005.

  1. cwumbs

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    We are just about to purchase a plasma 42" panel but are still undecided between two makes;
    The Panasonic TH42PV500 or the Hitachi 42pd7200
    I thought we had decided on the panasonic, (silly of me really!!) but read somewhere that it is a 4:3 panel not a 16:9
    I know the physical difference i.e one is more of a square, but will it make a difference to our viewing? Will we have a big black border (letter box mode) around our picture? :confused: Any help would be gratefully received
    Thanks
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  2. Alan A

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    You will see that on anopther post I am also going through the same deleama (sp?)
    However, you would be better looking at the 7500 instead of the 7200 as the 7200 only has an analogue tuner, whilst the 7500 has both analogue and Freeview, the same as the PV500 (If you have a use for them of course!)
     
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    :) Thanks alan, I found your post seconds after posting my query!!
     
  4. ddlooping

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    Hello :)
    I don't know where you read this, but it is absolutely NOT true.
    The PV500 is a 16:9 panel. ;)
     
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    What Video & widescreen Tv issue 296, page 054
    Review of the TH-37PV500
    "There is one slight oddity about the tH-37PV500 though: its basic pixel resolution is 1,024 X 720 which actually works out to a 4:3 aspect ratio. So how come the screen is 16:9? because Panasonic has built it using a unique asymmetrical cell structure that makes it possible to lengthen the cells in the horizontal plane"

    What Home Cinema Aug 2005 Issue 34 page 46
    Review of the TH42PV500
    "Its native 1,024 X 768 (XGA) panel is 4:3 not widescreen. Panasonic says that due to the asymmetrical structure within plasma pixels, it's possible to lengthen the cells in the horizontal plane. therefore fewer pixels are required in that plane to acheive a panel size with 16:9 ration"
    they further go on to say
    "Just occasionally monotone backdrops can look a bit "meshed over" during HD viewing (the result of the native 4:3 panel maybe?)"
     
  6. ddlooping

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    What about Hitachi's ALIS panels, 1024x1024?
    Not 16:9, not 4:3, but 1:1. :D
     
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    its quite irrespnsible of the magazines to say that, its the second time ive seen it questioned on here already. to clarify it is a true widescreen panel, you shouldnt worry about the actual numbers, just how good the picture is.
     
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    I just got my pv500 and its great, cost me 2150 for ped version on tottenham court road in musical vision.
     
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    Doesn't the ALIS have rectangular pixels though????
     
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    Exactly - as does the Panasonic.
     
  11. ddlooping

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    My point exactly. The number of pixels does not indicate whether a panel is 16:9 or not. ;)
     
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    the alis has, effectively, two pixels per pixel in a simple way.

    check the attatchment, a standard screen would be 1280x720, i.e. 16:9. on the alis If you half the vertical resolution, effectively joining the two pixels together, you get 1024x512. A 2:1 display or 16:8 if you like. this is close to how it works, although the pixels are agin slightly mishapen to make 16:9 as opposed to 16:8.

    remember also that of the two pixels in the attatchment only one will be lit at any given moment, they are activated alternately, in an interlaced type way. hope this helps
     

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    :thumbsup: many thanks for all your replies :clap:
    I think we have decided on the panasonic, as you say we should just look at the picture quality and not worry too much about the figures.
    Thanks again
     

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