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Panasonic TH42PW4 - Can it accept a HDTV signal?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by DaveH, May 1, 2002.

  1. DaveH

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    Hi,

    Is the above mentioned plasma capable of receiving an HDTV signal?

    Just curious on the off chance that we will ever see it in the UK!

    Also I have seen this model around but with a B at the end of the model number.

    Can anyone shed any light on this?

    Finally I have read other posts about this panel and I understand that this model does not have a DVI, how big a problem is this?

    thanks,

    David.
     
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    B means Britain. It is a UK standard set. E means Europe not a UK standard set and not covered by the new Panasoic UK Warranty Scheme.

    High Definition? The chances are there as on digital platforms, such as DVB, Satellite and cable, the bitrate (and hence the definition) can be varied by the transmitting company. The max resolution on the 42 is currently 852 pixels and so any bit rate above that will be shown but with no percieved improvement.

    Generally High def is considered to be at about 1000 pixels and to dtae I don't think there have been any Hi Def transmissions.
     
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    DVI. Is available talk to Joe F at the Media Factory.
     
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    HDTV in US is 1080i isn't it ?
    So the display device would need that as vertical resolution.... or, to re-scale to fit it's native resolution, if it differs ?
    (not sure)

    Steve
     
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    The standards laid down for HiDef in US are many and plentifold.

    I've forgotten the number of possible resolutions that are allowed to be broadcast but it's over 20.....the two in general use are...

    1080interlaced or 720Progressive

    The number refers to the amount of horizontal lines in the signal. There are several Plasma's capable of resolving these resolutions...Panasonic is not one of them...at least not the 42"

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    Hello all

    DaveH - just to clarify the previous posts.

    Panasonic 42" plasma displays in the UK:
    TH-42PW4B - Consumer display with Silver bezel and Component video board only.

    TH-42PWD4BX - Commercial display with Charcoal bezel and optional Component video or DVI boards.

    Both panels have a max native resolution below any of the HDTV line rates Gordon outlines - they will show an image from an HDTV source by processing the signal down to 852 x 480 pixels.

    Pioneer PDP-433MXE is a new panel that will be available in the UK in very limited numbers this month with full availability next month.

    This new Pioneer panel has a native resolution of 1024 x 768 so may be worth a look - I've not seen it yet so cant comment on how it fairs against the Panasonic displays. Expect a price on or just above £5K though; so you will pay a premium for the higher pixel count. This price includes the PDA-5002 video card which has Component and DVI as standard.

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    Thanks for all your views.

    It seems like it cannot do the resolution I was hoping it could for HDTV.

    Joe with regard to :TH-42PW4B and TH-42PWD4BX, is the picture of the same quality on both versions ignoring the DVI input?

    Does the commercial display not come with component video as default?

    Thanks,

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    DaveH

    Even without native HDTV the Panasonic displays are rather good and can and do look far better than there low pixel count would suggest.

    The TH-42PW4B and the TH-42PWD4BX do look very similar though the different screen filters have had some customers/potential customers claiming a preference for the D4 model.

    Also worth noting that on the D4 model you get straight access to a better picture tweaking menu - so if you feel like (and you should) running something like the AVIA set-up disc on your DVD player and getting the panel properly calibrated in your system it is far easier and simpler on the D4.

    The D4 is supplied to all Panasonic Broadcast and Business Systems dealer as a raw VGA display and then we add in the BNC or DVI terminal boards if required - see our web site for the three options.

    When we order from Panasonic we order the panel + board and that is how the system is delivered - we get one big box (panel) and one little box (board) and its then a ten minute job to fit the board.

    This way if we have a customer wanting to go DVI from day one we do not need to sell/charge them for a BNC board they do not want.

    Dealers who only have the D4 with the BNC board are usually buying from trade distributors who only sell the panel + BNC board as that is how they 'bulk buy' from Panasonic.

    Best regards

    Joe
     

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