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Panasonic or Hitachi you decide!

Discussion in 'Panasonic TVs Forum' started by Ickle Yoda1, Aug 4, 2005.

  1. Ickle Yoda1

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    Hi everyone,

    I know very little about LCD tvs and need some advice.

    just thinking about buying my first LCD screen and torn between the Panasonic TX-32LXD500 and the Hitachi 32LD7200. The panasonic I can get for £1800 with a five year warranty and looks good but the hitachi seems to be getting good reviews too.

    Basically its going to be used as my main tv and will be used for sky, DVDs and video games. I currently have a 22 inch CRT television and wondered how games will look on these LCD's? I have heard they are noticeably poorer than CRT's?

    Also, the panasonic has one HDMI input, what happens when I have a few HD sources I want to use, i.e. skyHD Xbox 360? I know this is a while off but I plan on using this tv as my main one for at least 8 to 10 years. I have also heard about a copy portection HD on the hitachi, does the panasonic have this? Are they both pretty furutre proof for a good few years at least?

    Any info at all would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. nogimmix

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    Go for the Panasonic or the JVC LT32DS6, either of these will really futureproof you for quite a few years.
     
  3. Ickle Yoda1

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    One of my main concerns is what games look like on LCD's also anyone know anything about the HD copy protection on the panasonic?
     
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    Just out of interest where are you getting the Panasonic from with a 5 year warranty?
     
  5. Howard Pitfield

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    John Lewis bung them in with their tellies (was ogling the 26" in Oxford St lunchtime today).

    H
     
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    Have you seen the 32" 500 in John Lewis?
     
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    HDMI or DVI-HDCP is HDMI or DVI-HDCP, no matter who the telly manufacturer is.
    As for games - fine, but even better with a Xbox soft mod'ed to output progressive at 480 and 720 on games that have been designed to work that way. Some even do 1080i - you'll find details and answers on the Xbox forum.
    PS 2 - not sure if this is able to be mod'ed, so you might need a US import and US games (NTSC).
    Some Xbox PAL conversions of NTSC games when played on the mod'ed Xbox are a bit iffy - poor conversion, so you'd be better off with the US (NTSC) version to benefit from the 60 fps they give.
     
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    The 32LD7200 is a superb tv. Whether the Panny is worth the extra £600 is beyond me.

    Ben
     
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    £600!

    Places i've found you're talking approx £250 extra.... as you say not sure if a Digital Decoder is worth that... but i personally prefer the Panny picture anyway :)
     
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    What do you like about panny picture more than hitachi 32ld7200? or was it vs JVC LT-32DS6?
     
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    I got my Hitachi for £1280.. someone mentioned that the Panny can be had for £1800.. you do the math.. ;)

    Ben
     
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    I picked up the Panny for less than £1500 after a quick internet search. I am happy with it so far.
     
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    What do you think of the freeview on the lcd, how does it compare to a regular crt t.v? Have you recorded any t.v to the SD card?
     
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    The freeview is very clear - lots of different channels and decent programe guide etc. It is much better than my old CRT TV (it was old though!). Have not recorded anything to SD card as yet - not sure how much I would get on a card or why the tv has that as an option - seems a bit pointless to me!!
     
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    I'm looking into the Panny. How many RGB/Scart sockets does it have? Haven't yet found one to look at, and can't find the answer on their website (it looks like only one, but have trouble believing that!)
     
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    AV4 is a SCART looking at the specs on panasonic.co.uk.
    SCART can do RGB, S-Video, and Composite. That's maybe why you were thinking AV4 was another S-Video socket.
     
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    Robby - the TX32LXD500 has 3 scarts (2 of them RGB), 1xHDMI,1xPC input (15pin D-sub), 1xcomponent, 1xS-video, 1xComposite.

    HTH
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    empire have the panny for 1400, Hitachi for 1250. That's 150 difference
     
  20. Howard Pitfield

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    Bought the Panny at lunchtime today - that'll teach me to go out of the building! Collecting this afternoon and going home early to play.....

    H :clap:
     
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    Can the Panny or the hitachi be wall mounted????????
    Some one must have one on the wall :lease:
     
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    I think they both can be wall mouthed.
     
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    Played with the 32 Panny tonight when I got it home. It does, as suggested elsewhere on threads, need some fiddling. Turning the brightness down helps a lot. Once i get the DVE disk I will fiddle more. Good contrast!

    Like the picture a lot - no streaks at all even on Freeview. Plugged Sky+ box in and preferred the Freeview pics of BBC1 (London). Think I will need a better RGB SCART lead for sky than I was using with Sony CRT. Going back to CRT after an hour of watching LCD was strange - prefer the LCD picture. CRT looks sharp but grainy and somehow 2D rather than 3D....

    Haven't plugged in component DVD player yet - I need to get rid of Sony TV first.

    Sound great too - partner loves the set too.
     
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    Unbeatable currently have the Hitachi for £1199 plus £35 delivery. They are also doing buy now pay 12 months later for no extra charge. No stock though, but spoke to a retailer today who said most people were out of stock at the mo.
     
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    We purchased a Tosh 30WL46 a little while ago but were dissappointed with it. THe place we bought it from in Southampton were more than happy to swap it for something else and showed us the Hitachi 32LD7200, literally unpacked it in front of us (it arrived at the shop just after we did) - wow what a picture, hidef admittedly but jaw-droppingly good! "We'll have one" says us, "Righto" says the man - so we paid our readies and waited ....and waited .....etc. The order was placed at the back at the end of May and we are still waiting after 10 weeks. Went back again this Saturday just gone for our regular chat/any news session. Chap in shop, more than a tad embarassed at the delay, said we could have our money back or "how about the TX32LXD500? I can get you one of those for next weekend. Pic is just as good as the 7200 plus you get Freeview" - so that's what we're doing, forgetting the 7200 (apparently prices are about to go up anyway) and going for the Panny, it's all down to availability in the end
     
  26. jriihi

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    Yeah hitachi availability is not very good :) Hitachi vs panny is easier for me because i dont need any tuners of any kind in tv. Going to just connect my digital cable tuner that i maybe upgrade to dvr model.
     
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    £150 is a lot of money for the extra freeview tuner; You could probably get a PVR for around that amount..

    Hitachi; you get an extra DVI port, superb picture quality, (an admittedly gimmicky) motorised stand, a free Portable DVD Player and you save yourself £150..

    Just my opinion..

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    Have seen the Hitachi manual and it says a 10 cm (4") air gap is reqd at the back of the TV so wall mount looks a bit dodgy :thumbsdow
     
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    NOT True, in the Topic about the hitachi there are pics of one who used a wall mount, works perfectly...

    btw, EVERY LCD "needs" that gap at the back...
     

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