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panny 42PV500 v Hitachi 42PD7200 for Ireland

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by akagreen, Aug 18, 2005.

  1. akagreen

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    Hi All,

    Looking at getting a plasma in the near future, kind of narrowed it down to either the panny 42PV500 or the Hitachi 42PD7200.
    Want to use my PC (seen there was a few little gotchas with the settings on the Panny for the PC connections, wonder if the Hitachi is any better). with dvi card and sky and DVD`s not really in any order.
    Just wanted to know what everyone thought of these plasma. Also i`m living in Ireland and prices are a little more dearer over here so was looking at making a trip over to dear old blighty and picking up a screen, or maybe up to Belfast. But with the UK models will they be able to handle both UHF and VHF or will i need to get a "european" model. (With the panny i believe the UK version comes with a freeview reciever)
     
  2. DFL

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    I think I can help. I live in Dublin and have been researching tvs. You are right, the irish market has always been "protected" from people getting there tvs at cheaper prices than UK/Belfast because they require tuners which have UHF and VHF. However, if you want a TV not a Plasma panel (with no tuner), and you want to buy it in the UK, you may be missing some channels. But, you are probably going to be using a sky box/ NTL box anyway, so it won't really matter.

    Germany are the only other European country to have tv tuners like us. So if you want UHF/VHF get it from them. Don't worry about freeview, it's useless to us.

    You will find that the consensus here is that the 42PV500 has a better picture quality.
    If you search the forum re; Hitachi you'll notice it uses an ALIS screen. Viewed on its own it might look fine in the shops, but side by side testing as forum members here have done will say, Panny wins hands down. But you'll pay for it.

    regards
    Darren
     
  3. kingsize

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    Nonsense.

    'Panny wins hands down' - please stop this
     
  4. Liam @ Prog AV

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    My opinion is also that the Panasonic is better.

    Although better still are the Panasonic monitors (SD - 42PWD8, HD - 42PHD8) which produce a much cleaner image, have the same compatibility with regard to HD as the PV500, and won't give you your Ireland tuning problems!! (most of my family in Ireland don't have TVs - imagine when I go over and try to describe what I do!!!!)
     
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    The world is full of opinions....

    In my opinion the 42PD7200 is better so the best is as Darren recommended, just see them in a store side by side at a specialist store that can really set them well enough to get a good picture from analogue too.

    Just as kingsize said don't just beleive when you are fed statements like 'Panny wins hands down'. These are nonsense. You will see it will be hard for you to choose when putting them side by side.

    IMHO the Panasonic surely boasts better contrast ratios and deeper blacks, which sometimes can be blemisher for a slightly unnatural picture. Colour saturation on the 42PD7200 is very natural and I also prefer its detailed textures such as skin and some scenery. Though, getting a good screen is not enough, just invest in a good DVD player too.

    Hope this helps.

    Cheers :hiya:
     
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    @ Liam, we do have running water tho.

    @akagreen - what shops are you looking to buy from? I can recommend Alliance Electric on St. George St. D2. e.g. Pioneer 435XDE 4500 euro vs Harvey Normans Pioneer 435HDE 4999.euro

    Panasonic 37PV500 = 3050 euro at Alliance.

    I didn't mean to brainwash you with what is better, I also realise how frustrating it can be choosing a tv/panel, sometimes you just want someone to tell you outright what is definately better and be done with it. But, theres always compromise and other issues at stake. Unfortunately, you'll have to trust your eyes and compare as they say demo, demo, demo - but also, you may think the aesthetics of one of the machines make a bigger impact than PQ. The hitachi has a motorised stand, I know 6/10 of my friends would think that cool factor was better than paying for PQ or better blacks. They'd laugh and say what is the biggest for the cheapest. But then thats why you're here - to find out whats best.
     
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    Exactly - all sets have their pros and cons and price grades

    BTW have a look at this month's 'What Plasma & W/S TV' to see what they have picked to get the best out of sky sports...
     

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