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Panasonic TX36PB50 £700 Is It Worth It?

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  1. Julia

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm on the point of buying a Panasonic TX36PB50 ex-display for about £700. Can you tell me if it's worth the money picturewise?

    I already have a separate sound system, so the sound quality does not matter too much, but I'd relly like to have a nice picture :).

    Should I go for it, or give it a pass, what's your opinion?

    Thanks,
    Julia
     
  2. Wayne Moule

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    Get a demo and test it to death first.
     
  3. Julia

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    Wayne,

    I know that that's the reasonable thing to do, but in this case it's not possible: I'll have to buy it blindfolded or give it a pass...
    There's a 12 month warranty though... Is it enough or is it too much risk?

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
  4. Wayne Moule

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    It's a bargain!
     
  5. Julia

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    Wayne,

    Thanks! I hardly keep myself from pressing that button :).
    Comparing it with Toshiba 36zp18, is the panasonic better with regard to PQ? I know Panasonic doesn't have component inputs, but it has more features (PIP, PAP etc.)

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    What TV have you got now,as there is alot of processing technology that comes with these TV's and you might not like it?

    I'd say the Panasonic would be better,but they should be on a par with each other.

    They'll have their own characteristics and it's down to personal taste in the end.

    Try to search for some reviews.
     
  7. Julia

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    Wayne,

    My current TV is an old 4:3 Finlandia :)blush: , I don't think they make them anymore these days, but it has a nice clean sharp picture, athough the remote sensor doesn't work anymore).

    A nice clean sharp picture is all I'm after:)

    So you say Panasonic would fit the bill ... I'm on the point of buying it...:)

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    Wooh,slow down.

    What screen size is your present TV?

    If you want my personal opinion,I wouldn't buy either of them because I don't like 100Hz,but you might.

    They Panny is half the normal price.

    It all depends how fussy you are,are you fussy,I am?
     
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    What's wrong with 100HZ?
    Sorry, I don't have a clue...
    Thanks,
    Julia
     
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    It can cause motion blur/trails,which is ghosting around fast moving images.Plus text credits can become unreadable moving across the screen.

    On some sets you can turn a lot of this processing off.

    That's from personal experience.Other people love 100Hz.

    I think it's essential on 36in sets so that you don't see any screen flicker,as it stops this.

    What screen size is your current TV and is it perhaps 100Hz?

    Haven't you come across any Threads on here re this?

    I'm surprised no one else has chipped in yet.
     
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    Wayne,

    My current TV is about 25" 4:3 Finlandia (it's not 100 Hz, it's an old TV).
    I'm a big image fan. I'll be watching mainly Sky (for DVDs we have an AE300 :)).
    I was waiting for the new Sony model to come out in September, but I wonder if this opportunity with the Panny is maybe better for me (just for watching daytime TV)...
    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    My other half just told me it's all my responsibility if I chose the right one:).
    So, the question is: Is it worth Panny £700 for Sky viewing or not?
    Thanks,

    Julia:)

    PS: I'm almost buying it... Say No quickly...
     
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    I would say yes at that price with 12 months warranty.

    But I would recommend my £600 Philips 32PW6506 TV as well.

    How good is the AE300 compared to watching a DVD on TV?

    Good luck and let us know how you get on.

    :)
     
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    AE300 is gorgeous! I wouldn't watch DVDs on TV again... I'd highly recommend it. It's still WOW each time I turn it on:).
    Thanks for putting one more TV in the equaition ;)
    Julia
     
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    Is the AE300 pic as bright as a TV?

    Which TV are you buying/bought then?
     
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    With light control, AE300 is bright enough (it has been reviewed to death here and at avs:)).
    I've just bought the Panny (I keep my fingers crossed it will be OK and pass my husband's test...)
    Thanks for your help,

    Julia
     
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    The deal is not over yet as I still have to collect it... Maybe I can change my mind and chose Sony KV36FS76 that is only £100 more ?...
    Can anyone say which is better picturewise:
    Panny TX36PB50 or Sony KV36FS76?

    All Help Appreciated,

    Julia
     
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    My brother has the PL10 the same Quintrix Tube as thePB50.
    Iwas going to buy thePB50 but opted for a PD30. The new Tube is alot better in pic quality.

    If pic quality iswhat u are after u won't go wrong with PD30.
    The sony has the edge over the pb50 since the 100hzprocessing ofPanny is not asgood.

    My bro also agrees. The new PS5 is better than pb50 which is discontinued. U might be better getting a ps12 orPS1 andhooking a decent soundkit to it.

    But for a36" model its a goodprice.
    If size of TV is important for u then go for pb50 since uwont get a similar sized TV forthat price (sorryforjoined wordsthekids have messed thespacebar u have topressit 5 fivesbeforeit moves........just keepthe kidsawayfromit issay.)
     
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    mike25,

    Thanks for your reply.
    I'm trying to keep within the budget of £700-£800 (PD30 is over my budget). That's why I chose between Panny and Sony (they are both ex-displays with 12 months warranty.
    Sorry for my lack of knowledge, what's PS5, PS1 and PS12?:blush: I'm afraid I need the brand name too...:).

    Panny £700 and Sony £800... There's not much price difference...
    Are they about the same? Or you'd say better Sony than Panny?...

    Thanks,

    Julia
     
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    thing i always wonder julia if this is

    1. a discontinued model and you are buying ex display just how long has it been sitting in that shop turned on at 8am till 6 pm with peeps fiddling with it 2 weeks or 2 years

    2. if it does go faulty then will they just fix it or if it is beyond repair what will they replace it with as that model is discontinued

    3. if you are getting from a place that is closing down ie liquidation then be careful as makers wont always honour the warrenty if bought as display model as i found out when visiting powerhouse recently lol

    other than that enjoy whatever you get

    cheers
     
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    Julia,

    If u reallylike the(spacebar issue again) . test both sideby sideandseeif there isdifference in picture quality. Ithinksony tubes are better than pannyin cf totheolderpanny tubes.

    The PS1,5and ps12 are newer pannymodels which are only avail as 32"andcost about what u are paying for.

    evenif u buy exdisplay the warranty shouldcover it from panny ukandnot the dealer...ucan takeit toany service centre.
    Iwouldstrongly reccomend a 5 year warramtyunless ur thinking ofchanging ur TV.Buy from Domgen.co.uk for about 170 quidor 3years forabout 130.orjust buyon barclacard and 2 years warranty free. Then after 3 yearsbuy thePD30 which willbe about 600 then. ThePD30is around 1000 and since u have a decent soundkit already itwouldmake a decent buy. remember u willkeep it for 5 years.So spending another 200 is only 40 a year moreanduwont need toworry about another TV. Withthe PB50 uve got a digitalinbiult which doesn'tcomecloseto the kit u already have to makeuseofthat. why not buy a brandnew Pannylike the32Ps12 for about 685 from robertsonsonline andhook ur soundkit tothat. If ur notbothered about 100hzandnot many people are then gofor ps1and savelotsofmoney.

    With thePb50 urpros are Size...and sizematterswith TVsifur longeisbig otherwise ur wasting dosh. The priceisgood....aboutnearly 2/3of realisticprice...since its discontinued. Thenthereistheinbiultdolby digital.

    the cons are thepicture processing on 100hzandover processing.the discontinuedmodel .andexdisplaywhichmay have marks scratches ,bumps etc.
    The warranty shouldn't bean issueifubuy on bclaycard u can suethe credit company.

    Ifwouldthink andaskur self. canIaffordanother 200-300pounds.Ifucan...andumay get extedcredit insomeshops...theniwouldstronglygoforpd30now.

    If budgets are tight then go 32"ifurloungeisnotvery bigandanewermodel ps12(100hz orPs1(goodprice) andaddursoundkit toit.

    If 36is amustucantgowrong with PB50.

    sorryfortypos itsannoying formetoohaving totypelikeneed newkeyboardifihave the timei'llgetone...untilthenhappy reading

    forurquestion is it worth ? At that priceit is worth itandu can get ex tended warrntytocover just likenew...always get newforoldwarranties....iedomgen dothat.So even though othermodels may haveslight edgeuare saving lotsofcash700quidisastealfor36".
     
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    Mike25, bigjonnyauk,
    Many Thanks for your help.
    I've managed to decide finally on the PB50 (I chose the cheaper of the two thinking that in 2-3 years maybe we upgrade to something better :)).
    We bought it from Robert Whyte and next week we'll collect it.
    I'll keep my fingers crossed everything will be OK.
    Thanks,
    Julia
     
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    you need a new keyboard , your space bar appears to be U\S

    :laugh:
     
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    During the last weekend I've done more TV auditions and... I've changed my mind again!:blush: ... .
    I've chosen the Sony FS76 for £800, and I still believe it's a good bargain.
    Anyway, tomorrow it's collection time and hopefully we'll manage to test it in the evening:D

    Thanks,

    Julia:)
     
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    The Sony is a good choice (changed keyboard m8).
    The pic will be good and its well worth the price. just make sure u get the right warranty.

    Happy viewing!
     
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    Why is the 36PB50 still so expensive when new, considering that it's discontinued? The cheapest place I've found it is still more expensive than the 36PD30 from other suppliers.

    Is it because all of the 'cheap' suppliers (e.g. Empire Direct) have sold all of their stock, leaving us to choose from those who like to sell at inflated prices?
     

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