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panny 50phw5

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by bellyfluffer, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. bellyfluffer

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    :hiya:
    hey there
    plasma virgin in need of help
    been trying to decide between the panny pw7 plus all the extras or spending the extra and get a pio xde
    then to add to the frustration ive been given the chance to get a panny 50phw5 for under 2k
    now for the help plea, is this a good price? is it a good unit? any chance of keeping it up to date with the hd boom? or am i better going with one of the first options?
    going to be using it for digital tv, freeview or homechoice, and dvds
    thanks in advance :thumbsup:
     
  2. bellyfluffer

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    hmmmm!
    from the lack of replies im presuming this is somewhat of an obscure unit!?
    the idea of a 50" for 1800 quid with a 2year guarantee is very temptin so if anyone has any info or experiance with this machine i would really appreciate it as i have to say if im having it in the next couple of hours
    please helpppppppppp!
     
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    If it's a genuine sale, I should bite his hand off, but do a bit of research first to see if the DVI input board is compatible, then you should be reasonably future-proofed. Remember you will need an external tuner.
     
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    presume its genuine as its john lewis
    but know if im not quick they will give to someone else
    any idea how a novice checks dvi input compatabillity?
     
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    check on the panasonic website for the dvi/hdmi input boards and see if they work with the pw5, is it a standard def or high def panel? never heard of the phw5 myself?
     
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    really dont know and the assistants dont either!!!
    major dilema
    dont want to miss a 50" bargain
    but dont want to make a v.expensive mistake
    checking the panny site now, any more tips gratefully recieved
     
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    thanks
    really appreciate it
    due to it being 1368x768 (ish) do you think there is a way of converting it to hi def?
     
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    av sales say it is 852x480??? the phd5 is 1366x768, but from what i can see the phw5 is 852x480. I think we should wait for Horny Dragon/MAW and the like to enlighten us!
     
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    sounds best
    i know the 42" phw5 is 852x480, but read the booklet and it def says 1366x768
    but just been on the phone to some people who say the price is good but you cant get the input/boards any more in which case im lookin at a scaler at £750 min! ouch!
     
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    hang on hang on, the 50" Panny 5 series which this proffess to be is 1366x768, You can get input boards but the choice will be limited, the DVi board is not HDCP so dont bother, more than one way to skin a cat and while a scaler is the best way to feed such a beast a £120 JS tech RGB>VGA converter will give a picture for all scart RGB equipped kit, last time i sold a TH-50PHW5BX (UK concumer 50" 5 series panny it was ovwr £5k so at 1800 it is a major bargain especially if in as new boxed condition sorting out cableing etc can be done for £200 easy and Ebay has loads of input boards for £50, if it was me and i had a room big enought i would buy it NOW

    Who have you been on the phone to? YOU dont need input boards...............
     
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    thanks for the pm's oh great one (horny), logging off and going to go and dent the credit card back later!
     
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    He's been on the phone to me, and that's not exactly what I said!!!!! I did recommend the scaler, input boards off ebay are not my cup of tea thank you. I also suggested the RGB to VGA one, maybe with a scart switching amp, but I do feel this is underselling the 50 a bit. Best results will be with the scaler, by far. No boards needed with that choice either.
    The PHW for some reason seems to come up as w-vga in searches, but all panny 50's are 1366/768. The only fly in the ointment is the lack of HDCP, and even if you got a DVI board, it has such a limited set of resolutions, and it's so iffy, they are a waste of time.
     
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    LOL no worries MAW my advice was to go the Scaler route as well and the total cost of scaler feeding RGBHV t othe panel is by far the best option. a JS RGB>VGA would be my shortterm solution, there is no way to make the PHW5 "HD ready" but that is not to say there isnt a way to get a picture, but it does require some thought and while video boards or tuners off ebay etc arfe not what i would prefer to do (Iscan HD+ feeding RGBHV to VGA port) it is a cheap option 4/5 series RCA baords seem to fetch £30-50.......also if this a JL stock retail boxed panny consumer unit it may have a video board or Tuner and speakers with it..........cant remember if the 50PHW shipped with an RCA board or as a bare panel back then........oh well it will either get sorted or a bargain 50PHW5 will be in the classifieds
     
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    Bare panel was standard, JS may be flogging it with that godawful tuner! That's good and bad. It might fetch £200 on ebay, that's the only good bit!
     
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    guesss we will have to wait and see what he comes back with.............
     
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    this is quite exciting really.
     
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    for what its worth i took both your advice and plunged in, definately going the scaler way but it may have to wait a few weeks! (till the mrs gets over the shock of coming home to a 50" screen against the living room wall!!!)
    any newbies reading this, do the same as me and turn to maw and horny as there help was invaluble!!! cheers guys
     
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    sorry cheers to chedmaster for scanning the web trying to answer my naive questions of which i am sure i will have many more!!!!! be warned!!!!
     
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    lol i read my email alert of your first post of those two and felt quite left out :( but i see you thanked me too :)
     
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    so exaclty what did you come home with in the end bellyfluffer?
     
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    a bloody headache!!!!
    went and bought told i could pick it up in 30mins, came back happy, hence the thankyou messages, on returning to jlewis found my panny had been dragged along the floor by the staff and now had an assortment of scratches and damage done to bottom of the frame!!!!! was offered £50 off and a set of sony headphones free (funny, i thought i was dealing with a major chain not a market trader!!) so in return i supplied them with an assortment of expletives "YOU F*#KIN WOT!?!?
    so now back home with a bare wall to look at! Grrrrr!
     
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    oh dear...
     
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    ah well the "plasma hunt" resumes!
    oh and if anyone out there wants the panny its at jlewis kingston, dont pay more than the £1450 they offered it to me for! good luck!
     
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    Witha knackered frame, a respray costs £100 or so plus couriers
     
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    still a hell of a deal push them for £150 off and have it away man
     
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    well i have returned the panny however......
    i forgot to give them the instructions/remote and power lead so i know it will still be there tomorrow, so might give it a go!
     

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