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Panasonic vs Sony Plasma

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Kirk, Jul 4, 2002.

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  1. Panasonic TH-37PWD4BX

    5 vote(s)
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  2. Sony PFM-42B1

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  3. Other? £3500 Mark all in

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. Kirk

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    I am choosing between the following two Plasma Screens. There is nothing between the 2 on price when the costs of the panels, tuners, delivery & VAT are taken into account.

    What would you guys go for between:

    Panasonic TH-37PWD4BX

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    Sony PFM-42B1

    The Panny is sposed to be the mutts as far as the picture goes, the Sony the vote on screen size and is supposed to be a close run but second to the Panny on picture quality.

    The Sony is Hi-RES for VGA work,, but I am not really gonna do that, it is inferior to the Panny in movie playback.

    I guess that would indicate the Panny should be the winner, what do you think?

    Please vote between the two.
     
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    Hii Andrew,

    Intersting choice...it's basically the Panny isn't it?

    I am going to go out on a limb and say people are going to choose the Panny over the Sony......it's just tempting to have the bigegr screen. (the sensible side tells me that the picture quality should be a bigger concern tho!):clown:

    What do u think then....

    Panny 37"
    Denon AVR-3802
    Mission FS2's
    DVD to be replaced at later time, though I can and should look out for a Prog Scan effort....Gonna make do with my Panny A160 Multiregion for the first few months

    Does that sound like a well rounded system?
     
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    Just checking out details on the Tosh...it doesn't seem to include the Tuner though does it? I am still checking tho
     
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    Hi

    As far as tuners go, steer well clear. For absolute best picture without subscribing, get the new Nokia DTT box as seen on http://www.nokia.com/multimedia/freetoview , a RGB to VGA convertor box from www.rgbtosvideo.com , a nice scart lead (IXOS or QED) and a nice VGA lead. That lot will cost you about 350-400 quid, and will blow the tuner's picture quality away. Of course, if you want sports and movies, replace the DTT box with a Sky Subscription. However, I must say I slightly favour the DTT for picture quality over Sky. Especially as they are changing the transmission type when the new licences the BBC won today go live.

    You really don't want to be viewing nasty analogue non-widescreen on a 3500 quid screen.

    Hope to help some more
    Andrew
     
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    Ah....well I already have a Sky Digibox now......so I guess a RGB to VGA or S-Video is the way to go?

    I think :blush: that that does away with the need for the Tuner?

    Do you have one of the Tosh's?

    Or for that matter does anyone have one of the 42PW16's? I would like to know exactly what you get in the box?

    Remotes, any stands etc?
     
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    Its interesting.....no scratch that......worrying that Toshiba doesnt say anything about the 42PW16 on their website !?!?

    What about getting a Wall Bracket to hang the thing? Will (the sodding expensive!) Panny ones do?
     
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    Hi

    As far as I know its just screen and remote. The stand is available separately. If you get it from Ivojo (link above), it comes out at £3622 including stand and delivery. The RGB to VGA box is 125 quid and the scart will be about 30-40 and the VGA about the same. Much much better than the tuner box.

    What kind of channels do you watch on Sky mainly?

    Regards
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    Sky One, MTV, F1 Digital+ and the movie channels mostly.

    I also sometimes watch the terestrial channels through Sky as well....actually that was the main reason for getting it as the area I live in has terrible reception of BBC1 and nothing for C5 (no loss there!).:)
     
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    I'd second the rgb>vga box over the rgb>svideo ... even if it is to benefit with amp-switching

    picked mine up the other day from JS and its great ... much better quality than the s-video direct from the sky+ box or through the amp (removes 'zoom' lock this way) ...

    I use an ixos rgb video cable for the dvd to the rgb inputs - takes advantage of the 'cinema' settings on the panasonic ...

    PS2 loops through the sky+ vcr scart socket on an ps2>rgb scart cable and looks great too!!

    rgb all the way !!
     
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    You guys are selling me on this Tosh screen with the JS RGB-VGA connection.

    Have u actually bought one now AJB?
     
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    You may have reasons not to go for a 42 Panny but you can get one for the 3.5 K you are looking to spend from The Media Factory - tmfsolutions.co.uk.
    Obviously the 37 display is slightly cheaper.
     

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