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Panasonic PD30, looks like no HD for this one.

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by fuzzywuzzy, May 17, 2004.

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  1. fuzzywuzzy

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    Hi folks, newbie here.

    I want a Panasonic PD30 and i want one now!

    HD would be nice but i don't want to go for the JVC because its too boxy for my sitting room corner. The PD30 or toshiba ZP38 have nicer styling and have space saving designs. I emailed John Archer (who did the review on What Video and Widescreen TV) using an email link I got through this forum and he replied promptly, looks like the PD30 has a HD screen, but not HD electronics!


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    Hi there

    Your email actually came at a good time, since after receiving loads of
    letters about this HD issue, I've been spending weeks trying to get a
    definitive answer from Panasonic. And I'm afraid that the final word is not
    good news for the UK. Apparently the comment made during a presentation on
    the Acuity TVs to the effect that they could be upgraded to handle HDTV was
    merely intended as an off the cuff remark, and meant to refer to how
    PANASONIC ITSELF could upgrade future UK TVs to handle HD via the Acuity
    processing.

    I stress UK here because this is where the real source of the confusion
    comes in, since it appears that the Japanese and Australian versions of the
    Acuity sets CAN take high definition. Basically, it looks like the Brits
    have been shortchanged once again...

    Below my words I've actually pasted the definitive response I finally
    received on this issue from one of Panasonic's technical people...

    Finally I can only apologise profusely for any confusion my review may have
    caused. I was only going on what I was told by Panasonic itself, but that
    original information seems to have been if not completely wrong, then at
    least confusing and misleading.

    John Archer
    Home Cinema Choice/What Video and Widescreen TV

    MESSAGE FROM PANASONIC UK

    "Hello John,

    Sorry to confuse you! Let me try to make my explanation a little clearer.

    Our Acuity TV uses the same display processing necessary for HD performance
    even though we are receiving normal PAL signals, hence the high detail
    available.

    We can't receive HD signals at all, since we don't have the circuitry
    included, this also applies to the YUV input source.

    We don't intend and never did intend to consider any up-grade. This is
    purely a PAL TV with HD display processing circuits.

    The CRT and chip set as I mentioned is the same as the HD Japan and
    Australian models.

    If a consumer wanted to use imported Home Theatre with HD output, then they
    would have to import say, our Australian version to meet this requirement."

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    That sucks! :thumbsdow
     
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    Tis correct it has the Quintrix SR tube which is Hidef but the Acuity PAL UK Chassis which is not, however it may handle the 720i or even 720p component formats which most HD equipment will output. So what HiDef source did you intend to watch on a 32/36" CRT anyway?
     
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    Was thinking HTPC with ATI graphics card with component adaptor. Outputs at all standard HD resolutions. Am quite keen on buying the WMVHD dvd's. The downloads on www.wmvhd.com are stunning when seen at their correct resolution so I would like a picture like that.

    Guess if i really want Hi-def i could go for the JVC 37 or the new 40's.
     

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