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Panasonic PWD8 or PHD8 panel?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by AndoverRed, Sep 12, 2005.

  1. AndoverRed

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    Hi, I'm just looking for comments and views from people who either have one of these panels or those who have seem them in a demo.

    Jugding by the plasma forum and from what I have seen in AV shops, the best HD ready plasma's around at this time are the Panny PV500 and Pioneer 436XDE.

    However, the Panasonic panels are of interest to me as you can select the terminal boards and accessories that you require. A freeview tuner and speakers are not essential items.

    What is the sensible choice of panel given my current setup?

    Arcam AVR300 Receiver
    Arcam DV27a DVD player
    ntl PACE set-top box (2 x SCART)
    X-Box

    Obviously, I would like to see both sets in the flesh, but I'm not sure if and when I can get over to Kent (AV Sales).

    Regards

    Mark
     
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    I have not seen the PHD8 in action yet, but i have one on order. Thats how confident i am that the panny will deliver the best PQ.
     
  3. Rahmorak

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    What is your budget?

    If you are limiting yourself to the 42/43" size you should definitely consider the 42PHD8 unless you really NEED the TV solution (which I doubt as you have a sweet amp!).

    If considering a 50" (HIGHLY recommended if you have the room) then I would consider the Fuji P50XHA40US, Panny 50PHD8, Pio 506XDE.

    Either way, if you can afford it I would consider adding a Scaler to your panel, PHD8+Scaler will probably be an amazing combo.

    R
     
  4. AndoverRed

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    My budget is circa £2,500, therefore a 50" plasma is out of the equation.

    I may go DLP (Samsung SP50 or Sagem HD50) for the large screen size.

    Adding a scaler at a later date is certainly an option. Mindyou, from what I read they don't come cheap.
     
  5. LFCRules

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    Hi Mark,

    Wow, what a spooky coincidence. I have :

    Arcam AVR300 Receiver
    Arcam DV29 DVD player
    ntl Samsug set-top box (2 x SCART)
    X-Box (soft-modded)

    And I decided on the PWD8. It is sitting at home in a box waiting for the desktop stand to be delivered. My decision on the PWD8 was based on the lack of HD content available, and price. It is HD compatible, so I can use it for the next couple of years for HD, and when HD becomes more available, I can upgrade to a HD ready screen.

    The HD question is one you have to bear in mind if you do go full HD Ready, like the PHD8.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
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    Spooky that a Man U and Liverpool supporter have something in common! :D

    You make a valid point though. The HD issue is certainly worth considering. Is the extra £500 for the PHD8 worth paying at this stage? :confused:

    I'm trying to upgrade the ntl box, but even though I work for them, this is not an easy task.

    Let me know your thoughts on the PWD8 once up-and-running.

    I'm back off to watch the cricket. :rolleyes:
     
  7. Rahmorak

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    If you are thinking of buying an XBOX-360, PS3 or running your PC on the screen then I would say the HD is worthwhile.

    If you were only going to use it for Sky HD/HD-DVD then the decision is a bit harder as you could go for a PWD8 + Scaler now and upgrade the panel in a few years when there is more HD content.
     
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    Correct me if I am wrong, but the internal scaling of the PWD8 will be sufficient for any signal the 360 throw's at it. Fair enough it won't be of HD standard, but it should still be good. I'm undecided on getting one, coz I dont use the current XBOX on it to often, I play it on the projector I have. But then again, that ain't HD ready either, but still shows a great 480p picture :)

    Getting an external will be better, it should be at the price they sell for, but no essential for getting a picture from the 360.

    Cheers

    Andy
     
  9. Rahmorak

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    Which would you rather play a game on your PC at? 852x480 or 1280x720?

    Downsampling loses resolution, simple as that.
     
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    True, true, good point Rahmorak.

    Just something else to think about when deciding on which to get. Good luck Mark :rotfl:

    Cheers

    Andy
     

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