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Panasonic PWD 6 and Panasonic HDMI

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by rubberducker, Sep 24, 2004.

  1. rubberducker

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    okay i have just (yesterday) bought a Panasonic 6 and am a little worried about the HDMI connection difference between this and the 7 series.

    i have a panasonic dvd recorder that outputs RGB, but will upgrade when one comes out with an HDMI output (next gen isn't it?). will that be likely to work with the panasoinc six's DVI board? or should i just send the whole thing back and pay the extra for a 7 series?

    is this HDMI thing a real bonus? or is just a slight picture upgrade? i haven't actually seen a DVI connection up and running on anything, just componant.

    god, this buying a plasma thing is tough..
     
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    Your component output will be gorgeous, let it be! The panasonic DVI is HDCP compliant, so could take a HDMI signal from a player, there may be an issue about 576p signals, some players work, some don't. But the odds are that a Panasonic one will be compatible. They seem to work like that.
     
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    thanks maw. i guess i'll just enjoy it then.

    one thing. it looks like the power button is missing on my plasma. it looks as if it's been clipped off.

    is this normal? or am i missing the power button. noticed it as soon as it was out of packaging. its not in my flat or the packaging , so i guess it was never on.. most strange.

    beautiful plasma though. thakns for all your advice:)
     
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    WHen are the 7 series going to come out at that price? That's like £1500! Amazingly priced. Any ideas on a price and date?
     
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    i wouldn't do a straight currency conversion they will add around £500 onto U.K price they always do :)
     
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    Hello all

    Don't expect to see the 7 Series Display units until Nov 04.

    Price wise I expect them to be in line with the current models - pre sell off pricing!!!

    betamac - keep in mind our UK price is inclusive of a One Year On Site warranty - not all countries included that service.

    Best regards

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    My local panny shop is getting some PW7's the first week of October
     
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    They're sure about that are they?
     
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    What kind of price?
     
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    Aren't AV Sales claiming to have stock in 2 days time at the top of this thread?
     
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    No, though they have taken the somewhat bold step of putting a price up.
     
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    If theyre around 1600 by xmas, then im definately going to pick one up. What do you boys reckon? Maybe?
     
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    I think they are too cheap now, they'll be making a fiver per sale. This is fine for you guys, but personally I've got hungry mouths to feed, and warranties to honour, customers to service. It's not sustainable.
     
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    So why are they saying available 28/09/04?
     
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    I'll just have to eat humble pie if they can deliver then. I can't.
     
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    I've been waiting 2 months to order one of these and I'm just praying they will have them in on Tuesday as I don't think I can wait any longer :rolleyes:
     
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    What on earth did you wait for? there is little extra over the PW6 for domestic users. Well TBH nothing worth talking about in fact.
     
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    If I don't wait and buy the PW6 and save £250 it will always be in the back of my mind that the PW7 is better although as you say I probably wont be able to tell the difference anyway. I was also concerned about the HDTV thing as I plan on having this for a few years - nearly worth the £250 for that (although once again I may never use it). It's also nice to have one of the first of a new model. Anyway the 2 months have given me lots of time on this forum and hopefully it should be a smooth transaction with all the right connections first time - unlike some on the forum today! It might also mean I get the sack for spending too much time on the web when I should be working - but heh that would give me even more time to use it. :thumbsup:
     
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    The PW7 is no more HDTV compatible than the 6
     
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    Sure but connection wise wont it be more compatible even though it has to downscale the image?
     
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    No, just the same
     
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    So what's the difference between the HDMI board and the DVI-D input board. Still fairly new to this. Thanks, Tony
     
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    Hello all

    The TH-42PW7B (Silver bezel) will launch ahead of the TH-42PWD7E (Charcoal bezel) and TH-42PWD7ES (Silver bezel) - supply and demand at its finest.

    I don't have the full SP but I believe there may be differences between the Consumer (TH42PW7B) and Systems (TH-42PWD7E + TH-42PWD7ES) models.

    Best regards

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    HDMI/DVI differences:-
    1. HDMI will accept only video resolutions. DVI accepts panel native from PC's as well as HDCP video, albeit with a few problems. (As I'm resident cynic, I will add 'who's to say they've sorted that out with the HDMI card)
    2.HDMI carries sound as well, so when you connect an 868 or something to the screen, you get stereo sound at the panel. If you have the speakers of course.
    3. The plug is a different shape, you need an adapter or a cable with HDMI at one end, DVI at the other, to connect them. The HDMI plug is a lot smaller for threading in conduit etc, and the specification allows longer cable runs too, don't know why that is.
     
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    So they say, will either be the Tuesday or Thursday (delivery days for them) they even invited me along to demo one.

    Didnt as them the price though as i know it would be extortionate from them ;)

    EDIT :

    Digital-point are claiming they have PW7's in stock (42") for the price of £1949 inc. vat and del.

    Whether they have or not, who knows :rolleyes:
     
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    Maw, So apart from longer runs of cable and audio (which very few of us are going to use) DVI sounds better? So whats all the fuss about or is it more to do with the compatibility of HDMI compared to DVI?

    Leigh_1973, Wasn't sure of your point on line 2. Are you saying AV-Sales are too expensive or do you have issues with them? Isn't £1949 actually more expensive than AV Sales when you take into account the free board and even more so if you consider the price of their stands? Or are you saying that in general the PW7 is too expensive considering the price of the PW6. Thanks, Tony
     
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    No, not saying AV sales are too expensive, neither do i have issues with them, especially since they get a big thumbs up on here. As for the price well i was just highlighting that the price has dropped about £600 in the last week or so, even before its been released!

    Like you ive been waiting for the PW7 to decide where im going to put my money, and as you pointed out, id rather pay the extra £250 for a new model :thumbsup: , especially when your spending that sort of money
     
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    All the fuss is hollywood hype. HDMI is DVI for the less intelligent masses, ie for people too thick for internet forums. It's no 'worse' of course, except the limited support for plasma resolutions, this is a historical problem with plasma coming from a IT end, not an AV end. But it's 'scart' for the digital age, and there's a c**p system we'll be glad to see the back of, maybe HDMI has it's good points! I don't think they've thought it through though. What you need is an HDMI amplifier, with video switching on HDMI, which takes the digital sound out there, then connects with HDMI or DVI to the HDCP compliant display. Coming soon, I expect. Like everything else we want, it's not ready yet.
     
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    Leigh_1973. The price drop is great although as Joe commented yesterday if this drops by £500 shortly after christmas I will be quite dissapointed but I''ve had enough of waiting so will be placing my order this week - just waiting for AV-Sales to quote me interest free. It will be amazing though if the panasonic drops that much in price - image what it will be selling for this time next year. Maybe you'll be able to get a brand new decent Panasonic Plasma for £1200??? That I would like to see - could have one in every room!!! :thumbsup:

    Maw - As everyone says on here you are obviously extremely well versed and hopefully you will get to have some input into how this technology moves forward. I would put my trust in you :smashin:
     

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