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Panasonic TH42PW7B VS. LG RZ42PX11

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by sn00p, Mar 30, 2005.

  1. sn00p

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    Here we go again :rolleyes: , you'll know why soon

    Sorry I cant help, but before long you will have thousands of replies no doubt.

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    Yep, he's right!

    I looked at the LG (Lucky Goldstar) and the PQ is actually v.good but I didn't like the
    build quality :thumbsdow

    However, opted for the Panny. :smashin:
     
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    :suicide: :D Well as a newish member let me get in with a few pannies (get it?) before the bashing on any side begins.

    As a genie once said you should be carefull what you ask for :devil:

    If both pannels gave the exact same PQ, same spec and both looked the same, then the obvious choice is the LG as it has a stand and lots more inputs.

    The truth is that this forum has a large panny ownership clan and if you ask for an opinonion then it needs to based on somthing.

    For me I would base my advice on the fact that I bought a TINY screen (sent it back for refund) then bought I bought the PW7.

    I find the PQ and everything awsome.

    Ask the normall questions like if you plan on wall mounting it then the LG coming with stand does not matter.
    Then the LG has desk stand speakers built in and dual tuner so will cost a lot more to get the panny to the same level. and so on
    This then makes the price point very differnet.

    I have seen the LG and to be frank the PQ was good, but the panny got the edge for me. but then i have a bose setup so do not listen to me :eek:
     
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    One is a Telly and the other is a Display. Once you add the cost of a stand, component input, dual tuner and speakers to the Panasonic you may well have gone over your intended budget.

    I've got the PW7, watched it for just about 200 hours. I don't have Sky, just freeview and watch DVDs mostly. I already have a sound system, so didn't want speakers, and have a decent freeview box, so didn't need a tuner. The PQ and reputation of the Panasonic won me over, as well as the simplicity (I like the fact there are no speakers or a big surround to the picture).

    I haven't seen the LG in action. Try to demo both, and a search of the forum will get you plenty of feedback. Do I smell troll?
     
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    The best thing to do is go and have a look for yourself at the shop, see which you think is best, and then buy the panny! :smashin:

    Im not biased, but i do have a panny.
     
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    Thought the new LG42PX11 had improved contrast ie 5000:1. They also have better firmware; the old models were prone to problems.

    Go and demo, but try and find someone who has got one of each (they're both probably the best selling budget screens). Retailers like Comet will prob have a poor set up and have a vested interest in pushing a particular model; they may not even have both sets to do a side by side comparison.

    Specialist retailers will have superior knowledge but I'm sure they're getting wary of punters coming in for a demo and then buying cheaper off the net.

    I saw the LG and thought it was ok, but because the PW6 was cheaper (didn't need speakers or a tuner) and the feedback of forum members, I took a flyer - without a demo. With hindsight, it paid off! I love it and the pic is as good (to my untrained eye) as a friend's Viera.
     
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    Thanks for the opinions, and no I'm not a troll - I've looked around the forums but wanted a direct comparison (being clueless about most of the jargon)

    The LG got a fantastic review in "What Home Cinema" and has all the necessary bits as mentioned, so perhaps that is the one for me.
     
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    Wouldn't have thought there would be much difference on either side of the pond. If I may echo echo3, but just once, decide if you want a TV or a monitor type panel, it will help your decision. My retailer label is a bit misleading, I have a custom install company. We install a lot of panels and very few TVs because we always sell an AV sound and video switching solution. So if you want top sound for TV and DVD, maybe music too, then you can use the surround and not bother with a TV. Analogue TV on a plasma is often pretty naff too, most folks use digital TV of some sort. So you don't actually need a tv tuner in your screen. So there you go, a simple plug and play TV, or an integrated home cinema, your call really.
     
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    I thought you weren't going to make another post on this forum Ross-P
    registering under a new name, doesn't hide you.
     
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    Thinking of the future, apparently there is a lot (TON) of confusion whether the PX11 supports HDCP so I am kinda stuck on this one..
     
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    123electricals4me have the exact same Panasonic model for an extra £150. However, this includes free delivery (the website you pointed out charges £99) and, as well as the scart terminal provided by both companies, 123electricals includes a free stand too. Not sure what they are like as a company - I still have that research to do before committing myself, but it does seem like a slightly better offer.
     
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    Can you afford sky HD? Not a rude question, you need to buy the STB, unlikely to be under £600, you need to pay the subscription, unknown, and then pay per view for HD content. If they were high end HD res plasmas this would be a valid argument against both. Otherwise, like many people here, most of whom we could describe as early adopters, you can wait 5 years or so, see what falls out of the HD situation, and buy a new HD screen, give this one to your children/grandchildren delete as appropriate, to use for gaming, kids films on normal dvd etc.
     
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    I'd guess that the HD box will be a lot less than that. If SKY are spending a fortune sending HD signals into the ether (and they'll be at highish bitrates at first to get everyone going 'Ooooh!' in the shops) then they need to pull in the punters as quickly as possible. Of course, if it's only Sports, then they'll milk it for all its worth (pubs, bars etc. first), but for movies they'll be losing money if people aren't subscribing.

    I'm not an economist, but given that satellite bandwith costs are pretty fixed, the more people they have receiving it the more profit they make. So making the box and subscription cheaper should give them more punters...
     
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    Sulis, here's my logic, not that I'm arguing. Sky+ is £199 for a box, without promotions, they are currently flogging them off of course, new premium product on the way. Euro1080 box is £499 discounted at pluggedin.tv. This has no HDD. Sky's hi def offering is going to be a PVR, with a stupendous disc or you will get 5 mins of recording. You have to ask, is Murdoch going to subsidise the early adopters? They will buy it anyway, I wouldn't sub them, I'd let them pay (sorry guys). So I add the price up to be not much change from £700. But then most of these guys have already spent that on a DVD player, they are not unused to paying for AV sources. What do you think?
     
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    :( £700 :( ..... maw, you are getting me down especially as youre probably right and depending on content i had intended to be one of the early adopters (aka idiot)

    if it is up around that price + probable high monthly subscription cost i may think about changing plans for my budget next year and upgrade the screen instead
     
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    Murdoch soon dropped sky+ to resonable prices within 12 months of it's launch.
    Also Maw dont forget it only took sky 12 months to provide free digi boxes when that first launched.
    Sky's subscriptions have also hit their stagnating point where they arnt increasing subs anywhere near what they used to. I'ld bet good money that Sky will put HD boxes out for a few hundred, perhaps 300 but I cant see them going much higher than that. The general public (and I included myself in that lot) wont buy it will they any other way, as most people wont even have a Hi-Def capable TV for years to come.
    I think SKY will just phase out existing boxes and just concentrate of HI-Def boxes for everybody HIDef tv or not.

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    Hope you are right, cheap kit is good for business. Only 9 months to wait.
     
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    I hope so too.

    Certainly cant argue with the fact that Murdoch gave digital tv the rocket up it's ass that it needed. Without sky doing digi boxes for free I dont think we'ld be where we are today.

    Besides it might be the same sort of principles as it was with digital. Didnt sky need to make the switch from analogue to digital quickly enough to free up space on the sats?. Perhaps there could be the same reasoning for HD stuff.

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    odd. I just posted on the fourm and it appeard on the wrong thread??? :thumbsdow
     
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    Improved security, to protect content!!! bit like HDMI
     

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