Panasonic TX-58DX902B to replace Panasonic TH-42PWD6 plasma - anything better for budget of £1300?

MiketheMechanic

Standard Member
After almost 14 years of faultless service, I've decided to replace my living room Panasonic TH-42PWD6 plasma.
It was purchased in Kent AV following the recommendations of lots of people on AVForums and was a very popular set on here in 2004.

Details as follows.
TV Location: Living Room/Sitting Room.
Viewing Distance: Typical 2.7m, Average 3.0m, Max 3.4m
Viewing Angle: Typical 20 degrees from perpendicular centre, Max 45 degrees from centre
TV Mounted on a wall with screen centre about 30cm above eye level when sitting.
I just use a pair of Panasonic TY-SP42P8W-S speakers that clip on to either side of the TV for standard audio output.

Usage:
Currently mostly used for watching Sky HD output (via component to the SD Plasma Panel)
and for Irish Saorview DTT ising a Triax TR112 SCART RGB Output to VGA using JS converter. New TV will have HDMI and DTT Tuner of course.
Occasional Football finals etc, some Golf (Masters etc), Formula 1, documentaries (Blue Planet type etc)
Occasional Movies via Blu Ray and would like the option of YouTube and Netflix on new TV.
Some legacy support for Component, VGA and even composite would be useful, though not essential.

TV is used 60% at evening/night time - 40% during the day in a relatively bright room.
At weekends, this 60/40 is probably reversed.

Replacement:
A local retailer is doing a clearance on the Panasonic TX-58DX902B at €1449 or £1270
Is there a better 55-58" set available for this kind of budget?

Is it a worthy replacement for my old Panny Plasma? - are there any areas where the old plasma still wins?
I can't really think of any, but I would hate to be disappointed in the new TV.


MtM
 
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Dodgexander

Moderator
Is there a better 55-58" set available for this kind of budget?
Its a 2016 model, don't think it is fantastic value at that price when they sell official refurbs in the UK for £680 on their eBay store from time to time. But if you compare it to TVs now you are looking at the Sony XE9305 and Sony XE9005 which can be had for similar prices now at 55"...but maybe pricing is different in ROI and I don't think the eBay outlet store ships there.

Is it a worthy replacement for my old Panny Plasma? - are there any areas where the old plasma still wins?
I own the 65" version and also a younger 42 Panasonic Plasma, from around a metre away SD scaling will be worse, HD looks okay, UHD better. At your kind of viewing distance from a 58" TV likely HD and UHD will look good, albeit discernable from one another, SD probably not that great.

Motion wise I find the Plasma much, much better. With LCDs you rely on using motion enhancements to clear up blur and judder whilst Plasma tends to deal with it natively much better...at least mine does anyway, not sure if that is the same for the older generation so much.

Some legacy support for Component, VGA and even composite would be useful, though not essential.
This will be really hard now, some TVs have composite inputs but not many. Don't think I've seen component or VGA on a TV for years. What sources have these connections that you use?
 

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