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Panasonic TX36PD30 should i buy one?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by monkeyface, Jan 6, 2004.

  1. monkeyface

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    Hi all

    I have been looking at which 36" tv to buy for a couple of months and had narrowed it down to the Panny TX36PD30 or the Tosh 36ZP38B ( i also had a look at the 36PW9618 but wasn't very impressed, and it has no component in). I have been unable to find a shop with both the Panny and the Tosh on show so haven't been able to view them side by side, I was more or less sold on the Panny but then read some articles on this forum from last year with people having many problems with geometry, dirty screens, etc and RGB incompatibility problems.
    I don't need Dolby digital 5.1 on the tv as already have an Yamaha Amp and B&W Speakers.

    Has anyone got any suggestions as to which one i should buy?

    Any help would be much appreciated

    Thank you

    Nick
     
  2. soulbrother

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    Hi.i am in the same situation.I have read numerous posts about the reliability of this set but there are some people who have one that are perfoming fine.I have had a demo of them both and the Panny gets my vote.I had it hooked up via componant on dvd and the picture was stunning ,also my ariel feed at home is very good so the t.v picture should be just as good.I am going to buy in a few weeks,probably get a price match from an online store then buy in the high st.The best price i have seen is £1,579.99 thats inc a 3 yr G/TEE.The rest of my kit is pretty good so this is the last peice of the jigsaw if you like.
     
  3. monkeyface

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    Hi, thanks for your reply. I was looking at the same one on electricaldiscountsuk.co.uk, it a good price! Do you know any high st. shops that will price match with online quotes?

    I will be using component for my DVD also, but the connection from sky+ will be scart this is where a few people have reported problems, its all very confusing!!! It seems like you have to hope you get one that works fine and if you don't then keep complaining until you get one that does!?
     
  4. soulbrother

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    You can try for a price match anywhere really,it depends on the shop you go to .I asked the Manager of comet if he'd pricematch an online store ,he told me to bring in a print of the item on the website and he'd match it.It also depends on if the store has taken alot of money on that day then you are more likely to get a deal.I never pay the asking price and i always try to get a deal or a freebie ie: a stand,a good scart lead,a dvd player or free delivery.Good luck,i'll let you know how i get on when i eventually get mine.
     
  5. hornydragon

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    PD30 have been noted to have issues with RGB but S-video and Component excellent as you have Sky+ you can use that on S-video into one of the S-Video scarts on the Set.
     
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    I have had a Panasonic 36" PF10 for two years and can recommend any Panny 36incher.
     
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    Why? The 36PD30 is a significantly different TV to the one you mention. For a start it has the new "hi-res" tube used in the HDTV versions of the PD30 for other markets. It also has Acuity processing and a load of new digital stuff that could affect reliablity or PQ.

    Also, the current PD30s are, AFAIk, made in Panasonic's Cardiff factory. Where was your PF10 made?

    Don't get me wrong - I think the 36PD30 has, potentially, the best picture of any 36" out there today (which is why I bought one), and the build quality is generally high - certainly better than Philips. However, quality control does seem to be an issue. I've got one defective set, and have rejected 2 others with similar defects - but some people report they got a "perfect" PD30 first time.

    I think if monkeyface wants an excellent 36" CRT then the 36PD30 is certainly a frontrunner. However, he should buy from a reputable retailer with a proven customer service track record (and price match if necessary to get the price down to around the cheapest mark) rather than going for the very very cheapest internet-only boxshifter - as he may, (just may), have to ask for a replacement or two before he gets a set he's satisfied with.
     
  8. monkeyface

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    Hi blindlemon, thank you for your helpful post, can I ask where you bought yours from and was the service good?

    Are you now 100% happy with your TV?
     
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    I'm happy with mine! Do you trust your dealer to sort it out if things go wrong? The cheapest price is not everything, though I did get my local dealer to price match and he took post dated cheques...marvelous!!
     
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    The online store electricaldiscountuk.co.uk seems go get good remarks from nearly all, but having a 36" tv replaced a couple of time may be different!? If possible i'd rather order it from one of the local stores, comet, currys etc., i'll have to see if they will price match or maybe compromise on price!
     
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    House of Fraser - and yes, so far, service has been good. I believe they will also Price-Match against retailers with shop premises, too (although I used my Barclaycard).

    No :mad:

    I still have the 1st one that was delivered as both the offered replacements have been as bad or worse! I'm waiting to look at another in the next few days.

    With these TVs you really do need a retailer who will let you try as many "replacements" as you can be bothered with - and then give you a full refund if you're still not 100% happy. I believe both HOF and JL are pretty good in this respect.

    I wouldn't risk using an internet-only outlet or small "specialist" retailer myself. The internet boys often don't give a stuff about customer service and will be very awkward to deal with if you have a problem. And the small retailiers don't have the financial reserves to absorb the cost of your sending back set after set for "minor" defects such as the dirty screen effect.
     
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    I purchased a TX36PD30 yesterday after huntng round got it for under £1500 which is a cracking price!!!!

    Setup it up last night after nearly having a hernia and having to take it out of the box in the front garden (just when it started to snow!!!)

    I think it is fantastic, no problems, only gripe is the Panny Auto Mode, cuts some channels off at the top of the screen, but I have read on other posts to change tp 16:9 and all will be well.

    I would recommend this set as A+!!!!!
     
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    Hi, that certainly was a good price,just wondering did you get any extended guarentee included in the price ?.I'm gettin mine delivered on saturday,tell me is the box really that big.
     
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    I'm afraid to say the box was that big :rolleyes: but it was actually better to move out of the box,

    Got a 3 year guarntee with that, also I know the dealer so that helped!!!
     
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    bought the tosh on sat looked at both in shop and for the extra few hundred the diffrence was only very slight in picture. Excellent tv just having a play around with it atm to get best picture. Went to Hispek they have loads of tv`s although sales people arnt able to put dvd on some.
     
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    blindlemon,

    i am in a similar boat, i.e. replacing a tosh 36zp38b several times because of dirtyscreen, colour purity probs or dodgy geometry etc,
    i believe the reason that some people get dodgy sets is because, the retailer will have a number of sets that have been returned for whatever problematic reason that the set exhibits, i reckon they keep them in stock and send them out as if new,

    Keep an eye on how tattered your box is and the packaging material you may find you have been user no. 3 or 4 who has looked at this set and rejected it!

    I think they do this because not everybody will notice faults and some my even accept it, the retailer will probably think we can flog it to somebody eventually, also keep an eye on the serial number of the box to make sure you dont get the same unit twice.

    I really dont trust these high street stores or online retailers, you can never tell if your getting a brand new unit!, i've even seen clear tape on a box that says 'official manufacturer' when i know the toshiba tv's have a clear tape with small white font that says toshiba on their boxes.

    dont accept rejects

    -rc
     
  17. Rojo Habe

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    Call me cynical if you like, but I think they're probably recycling their rejects because they're getting so many sent back it's costing them a fortune to send them back to their supplier. Just about everybody I know who's bought a new TV in the past two years has had to have it replaced within the first week.

    EDIT

    Actually I do know somebody whose telly lasted longer than a week. It packed in after just over a year, and he got it replaced on the extended warranty.

    As for me, I've had mine for four years, and gave up trying to get a replacement two years ago, after they kept "repairing" it.
     

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