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Panasonic TX-32LXD500 Initial Impressions

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by meehill, Jul 8, 2005.

  1. meehill

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    Hi All,

    This is my first post to the forum and my first LCD television....

    I have bought the LXD500 as a replacement for a nearly 10 yr old Sony Trinitron (which still produces an excellent picture.)

    My findings related to picture quality are as follows:

    1. Normal analogue - Acceptable though with some noise/pixelation around
    the edges of things. Motion is handled reasonably well.

    2. Inbuilt Freeview/DVB - cannot comment : I live in a mountainous area
    hence no reception.

    3. Normal Sky (Not Sky+) - Generally very good. Bright well saturated colours
    with motion handled very well - although it struggles a bit with fast
    scrolling text. The general PQ seems to be in direct proportion to the
    quality of the recording source. Eg BBC outside, roaming broadcasts are
    handled less well than actual made for TV dramas etc which are of a very
    good quality. You need to have a seating distance of about >9 ft for an
    optimum experience. Overall a lot better than analogue.

    4. DVD - Superb quality with bright fluid colours, perfect motion handling
    and really great detail. Newer recordings such as LOTR and Nemo are
    handled brillantly well. Flesh tones are very natural though to achieve
    this some fiddling with settings is neccessary - the defaults are quite
    crude. I am using the upscaling Samsung DVD-HD945 connected via
    HDMI.

    5. PS2 - Initial disappointment with the PQ. The display seemed to be
    focusing then re-focusing. However, I was using the original composite
    cable which came with my PS2. I have now replaced this with an IXOS
    component cable and things are much brighter and sharper. The LCD
    does seem to 'sharpen' some of the PS2 jagged graphics but the overall
    effect is absolutely fine and playable.

    My overall conclusion is that I am very happy having made this purchase
    and cannot wait for HD....

    Hope this is of some help to people....I have tried to be as objective as
    I can.
     
  2. SteveW70

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    Thanks for that Meehill.
    A friend of mine is looking to buy this set so i'll let him know your findings.

    Cheers again.
     
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    Glad you're enjoying it. I have the 50 series and have been trying to ascertain whether is has the same screen as the 500 series. Particlarly concerned about depth of blacks when viewing at night (see thread below)...

    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=219806&page=3

    Any comments appreciated.

    Dave
     
  4. meehill

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    Well, with regard to blacks, I would say I am quite happy with the screens
    treatment of them, however, having read such gloomy comments generally
    about an LCDs handling of this issue, I don't really think I could have been
    disappointed...

    I have the screen generally for dvds, which I always watch at night and in
    a dark room (for the ambience...) The really rather dark introduction
    to 'Donnie Darko' was perhaps less defined than I would like it to be with the
    darkness sometimes being more greyish... but I do have the brightness up
    quite high.

    Basically, I have only noticed this to be a problem in very dark scenes.
    Its contrast is not nearly that of a plasma but then.....its an LCD!

    Craig
     
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    Thanks Craig. This would suggest that 50 and 500 series do indeed have same panels and that what I'm experiencing is probably not unusual.
     
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    meehill - where did you buy and for how much? cheers :thumbsup:
     
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    What cable are you using for DVD and Sky?.
     
  8. meehill

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    Purchase was from wwwcheapElectricals.co.uk for £1450.

    Cables used are :

    Sky - Decent quality RGB scart from QED, not sure of exact one, about £25.
    DVD - HDMI cable from IXOS, again can't remember model, but cost £45.

    Craig
     
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    Its out already?!?!
    I was told next week.

    You lucky bar steward! :thumbsup:
     
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    Well done mate. How long is the warranty on the one you got from them?

    I'm going down to EDC tomorrow in Bexleyheath to see if they have them in stock.
    There's a place near me that will offer 5 year warranties at a reasonable price (John Lewis have said they won't be stocking this TV - at least until they've cleared out the 50 models :()
     
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    Hi Van Cortlandt

    May I ask which high street store you got yours from ?

    The best high street deal that I could find was £1599.99 from the local Panasonic store.

    Gogglebox
     
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    Hi Miles R, Hi Gogglebox

    My LXD500 came from BOS Electronics, 168 High St, Ruislip - tel 01895 636638. Very helpful, very friendly - and very good communication when my unit was delayed for a couple of days. I think they said that they were part of a small group of 5 or so stores, but maybe I misheard. They do have a website (www.boselectronics.com) too, but the price on that has now moved up to £1529 (I blame the rave magazine reviews...). Just the regular 1-yr warranty, but I was planning to use www.warrantyex.co.uk buy a 5-yr extension for £193 - unless, of course, anyone here advises me otherwise....
     
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    Hi meehill (and others). Thanks for the info. Assuming that you had a CRT before - how do you think this set handles DVD by comparison to your old CRT? Or to put it another way - if there was no HD would you choose this LCD for DVD viewing in preference a CRT?
     
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    Hi Ramspeed. In my own case, the 32" LXD500 has replaced a 9-year old 26" Panny CRT. I've now used my Panny EH50 to watch DVDs on the 500 through scart (low quality cable) and through component (better quality cable). In both cases the 500 beats the old CRT by miles. I haven't tried the HDMI connection yet - but, personally, I'd certainly pick this LCD over my CRT for DVDs regardless of the HD factor.
     
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    Does anyone use the SD recording on the new Panny's? Is it of use?
     
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    A really good LCD should be better than a CRT through a good a DVD source.
     
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    Has anyone here used www.warrantyex.co.uk I would be very interested in hearing opinions as it seems a far better deal than most retail stores offer.
     
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    Got my LXD500 today! :):)

    £1750 from EDC in Bexleyheath (with an Ixos Scart cable thrown in).
    They had 1 left (started with 4) after I bought mine.

    JohnLewis are saying the price on their system is £1799 but you can't order from them (they don't know why).

    So far I'm absolutely chuffed with mine. Picture quality is fantastic (I did have a new DVB aerial fitted recently which helps the DVB reception). Its much bigger than I thought it would be...and the sound quality is great. DVDs look tops as well!

    Anyone got recommendations on settings?

    Miles
     
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    I'll let you know shortly as I'm about to test it!
     
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    OK...really not that great!
    It will give about 90mins on the finest quality on a 1Gb card.
    However, playback on screen is very poor. Just trying to locate the codec to see if I can playback on the PC. This is definitely not a substitute for a VCR.
     
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    Well, you need 2 codecs downloaded to play back these files (one for the video & one for the audio).

    They aren't too easy to find though. Quality isn't that great either. A novelty feature it seems.
     
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    MilesR

    Would like to read your opinions on appearance of blacks at night-time.

    I've got the 50 series LCD, and although fantastic during daytime viewing, I find that when there is no daylight the blacks look washed out.

    I've got contrast at 60%, brightness at 30% and the CATS sensor is active (which supposedly compensates for ambient light).

    50 and 500 series LCDs supposedly use the same panels, so I am interested to ascertain whether you have the same problem with blacks looking grey at night.

    Dave
     
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    Miles,

    Would you say your freeview picture is pin sharp close up or just a good picture from a few feet??

    Any piccies of your set up Miles......always good to see. :clap:
     
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    Hi Scrapbook

    When up-close (1ft or so) - then you can see the image defects. However, from about 3ft or more away it looks perfect.

    EDIT - saying that, just watched a live broadcast from the BBC. Didn't look great close up - but looked fine from 'normal' distance of 8ft or so.

    Picture on this posting:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=223842&page=7&pp=15

    Hi Dave

    Haven't had a real chance to check this out as yet - am still playing with the set.
    Will check it out tonight and let you know what I think.

    Just watching a DVD (Meet The Fockers) with strong sunlight coming through - and it looks perfect...handles the fast moving images perfectly and the sound is fantastic (have tested through the TV and then put back to the surround sound :))

    Miles
     
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    Love to hear if anyone's got a chance to run an XBox @ 720p on this Panny (50 or 500). Results with an HD source would be interesting.
     
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    No Xbox here I'm afraid. Only a PS2...which looks great, apart from a black band around the right and bottom of the picture....can't figure out why. Its running from a PS2->RGB scart cable. Might see if I can get a component cable if they're reasonable enough.
     
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    Judging by the size of SD cards I don't think video recording is the primary aim. My Canon digicam uses CF card for still photos and using a appropriate PCM card adaptor for my laptop I tried slotting this into the other socket (under the front cover). Wow. I am impressed. I could now view photos easily in more details then ever before and with a lot bigger size monitor.
     
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    I agree with Wolfgang that the SD slot is more for the digital camera rather than recording. A nice cheap addition that gives a good marketing angle for extra RRP.

    From all the posts I have just about made up my mind to get the 32" version of the lxd500, but for peace of mind can someone confirm that I am not barking up the wrong tree. I am replacing an old JVC 26" CRT, don't have SKY and will be relying on the integrated digital tuner. Will possibly look at SKY when HDTV is released.

    My viewing distance will be approximatley 8ft, should I be looking at the 26" model or will the PQ on the 32" be ok at this viewing distance. I have asked the spotty Saturday kids in a couple of big name stores if there are any recommended viewing distances versus lcd screen size but all they were interested in was making a sale so told me everything would be fine "don't worry sir - can I interest in you in an extended warranty?". Should I believe them?

    My main viewing pleasure will be the footie (if the wife and kids let me) but have heard that some lcd's suffer with lag on fast moving pictures. Anyone able to comment on the lxd500's?

    Much appreciated.
     
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    I am interested in if there is solution to blacks look grey at night issue. Mainly if this can be easily fixed as quite good with brightness/picture mode/contrast or not.
     

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