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Panny PV500 vs Hitachi PD7200 Arrgghhh !!

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  1. London Town

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    Right,

    I am going absolutly potty here, I have £2500, and will be buying one of these screens.

    I have spent the best part of this week going through this forums and to say my brain is about to explode would be an understatement :eek:

    Which of the 2 screens should I get, I'm leaning towards the PD7200 as I can get it with a 5 year warranty from Richer for £2200 and the Panny with the same at a few other places for £200-£300 more.

    I am usually an impulsive buyer, but this is driving me nutts !!!

    Please someone help.....

    Dave
     
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    wont go wrong with either.id say hitachi for asthetics-panasonic for performance-i got the panasonic btw
     
  3. London Town

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    Thanks for the reply foz....I too am also wanting the panny, but with the extra money I can save by getting the Hitachi I can get a new DVD player !! but then I want the best performing screen.....

    You know what - I never struggled with my decision to get married this much :):)

    Dave
     
  4. Badger0-0

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    I haven't seen the panny, but can assure you the 7200 is good.
    Go and look at both, if you can.
    FYI, I paid £2200 with a 3 year guarantee at RS, 3 weeks ago :(
    so you're getting a decent deal.
    Never thought to mention this before, but RS assured me you get proper UK spec, which apparently you don't get with some online shops.
    I don't know if that's BS but maybe it's something to think about.
    Good luck anyway and let us know which way you went.
     
  5. London Town

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    My original post was incorrect Badger - it is only a 3 year warranty m8, so don't think you've got a bum deal :)

    I am off to my local Curry etc tomorrow to have a look at these 2 screens - Quite looking forward as I feel I know everything I need to know about them, but I'm sure the staff will try the BS approach lol.....
     
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    How are you mounting them, pedestal, wall, cabinet?

    You also get a free DVD recorder with most PV500.

    Make sure you get a decent demo - different DVD's etc.
    Also check how they are connected RGB, component etc.
    Also check settings on PV500 get them to take it OFF dynamic and put it on cinema, in picture settings.
     
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    I know how you feel .. I'm in exactly the same position.

    I've had the 7200 on order from John Lewis for 3 weeks with no update on availability .. the longer I wait, the more I think I should buy the PV500. My local Pany shop can get me one for the end of next week !

    One question ... I belive the DVI input on the 7200 can be used as a second HD input .. does the PC input on the Pany do the same job or is it limited to one HD input (HDMI) ??
     
  8. Badger0-0

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    Nice one, I was gutted for a while :)

    Baffle them with your knowledge and then tell them you want £100 off cos you're not sure they know what the're on about :rotfl:

    I concur with Mal's comment and the same applies with the Hitachi, change "dynamic" to "natural". Oh, and contrast to "normal".
     
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    To clarify the 7200.
    HDMI and DVI can take HD at 1080i
    But only the HDMI is HDCP compliant.
    Blimey, all these abbreviations blow my brain, at times.
     
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    You can send lots of PC resolutions through the VGA, so you can view HD through windows media etc.
    But to get 1:1 pixel mapping you send it at 1024x768 to stop the plasma scaling it.
     
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    i went to john lewis today and saw the 7200 and can honestly say there's no contest between the two in IMHO, pv500 is much better performance wise! :D
     
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    I had the same difficult choice to make, PV500 or 7200. Hmmm so much to think about and much brain racking later I went for the 42PD7200. I've heard and raed a lot about both models but really there is very little between them. The 2 digital inputs on the 7200 will prove useful in the near future.

    Price was a big contributor to my decision making process. Recently I tried to get John Lewis Kingston to price match the 42PV500 from RGB and a couple of other stores, but they were having none of it. That branch is way too stubborn.

    However, what they didn't know was that a few weeks back I got another branch to match Richer Sounds for the 42PD7200 at £2060 (including delivery and 5 yr warranty). I must admit I'm pretty chuffed with that! :clap:

    Also if you're not wall mounting it then the 7200's motorised swivel stand will be so damn cool. I'm wall mounting mine and gutted to be given up the swivel :(
     
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    If you are a perfectionsit then go for Hitachi as i own a pv500 and there are 2 quirks i don't like about it and if i was in your position now i would go for the PD7200. If your not a perfectionist and little things don't annoy you and you want a tv that outputs the best picture OVERALL then go for the Pv500.
    I have abit of information that i picked up from a magazine and it was about a minor "judder annoyance" that happened on fast moving scenes on the pd7200, now this may not be a problem but can anyone who owns the set confirm this?
     
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    Was also thinking about pv500 or pd7200, performance is pretty close, dont like the looks of the panasonic, so am going for the hitachi.

    Using my egg card on currys (yeah i know, but 5% off) website, including delivery it comes to £1909....which is nice!! :thumbsup:
     
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    If you are a perfectionist I wouldn't go for any plasma... or any other display, either. They all have issues. I couldn't live with the Hitachi blacks, myself.
     
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    Well all the info here is helping no end, and tomorrow will be when I make my decision, I'm off to JL in peterborough to see what sort of deal I can get on either screen - it seems either one will do, so now it's purely gonna come down to which deal I can get and for which screen.....

    I hope they have "easy" staff at JL's peterborough branch lol !!
     
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    Hitachi are also promoted a free portable DVD player with the PD7200, may just sway your decision.
     
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    I must admit, I have noticed this occasionally, but only when the contrast is set too high. The same applies to the auto adjust for contrast (not judder, but flisker). It is irritating, but easily sorted by being careful with the settings.
     
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    was in the same boat, was leaning more towards the hitachi until isaw them side by side at jl watford. Panasonic won. I am very happy with the panasonic 2 weeks on~!!
     
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    (pulls hair out)
    Pay TV socket, eh??
    (kicks cat)
    There's always something new.
    (screams down toilet)
    My 3 week old telly is out of date already :mad:
    (thinking of reason to blame the missus)
    You just can't win, can you?

    :rolleyes:
     
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    i seem to have been running round in circles for the last couple of months... i decide to buy a given screen, then i either see a new one in the store or read about it on these forums. each one better (and therefore more expensive) than the last.. this could go on for ever :eek:
     
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    I was in the same boat, I wanted one since Jan.
    I moved house - told the missus we couldn't decorate till I got a plamsa on the wall and hey presto.

    Shiny new PV500, no regrets
     
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    :rotfl: :rotfl: :thumbsup:
     
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    LOL, never come into the forums anymore, and dont go into currys etc, or look in catalogues LOL! You wont know there is a new one :smashin:
     
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    The 7500 has a digital tuner thats all no diff at all ,i personally haven't noticed the judder on my 7200 ,mines done about 150 hrs now and its getting better all the time with good sources .

    I personally think the hitachi deffo looks better style wise than the panni ,for normal tv viewing the panni looks marginally better ,but dvd viewing ,there's no diff to my eyes ,but there again i dont sit watching my telly with binocolars on, looking for minor faults . :devil:

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    pv500 is much better performance wise! :nono: :nono: :boring: :boring: :devil:
     
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    Well,

    Just got back from a 5 hour trek around the stores of Peterborough, and here's the deal I finnaly squeezed out of Dixons of all places !!

    Panny 42PV500,
    PANASONIC DMRES10 DVD Recorder (After a last ditch attempt got this upgraded to the PANASONIC DMREH50 HDD DVD recorder for an extra £50. (Not bad as the EH50 was selling for £399 against the £229 for the standard RES10)
    The full Cabinet,
    5 Year Warranty
    Free delivery AND installation
    Ixos Scart cable (£39.99)

    The price - £2849

    So not too shabby, there are places I could have got it cheaper i'm sure - but the whole experience is doing the old noggin in !! so I caved in and it's being delivered Monday 4th July (Couldnt get it any earlier as I'm working 12 hour night shifts !!)

    I hope it's worth it.....
     
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    How much did you pay for the 5 year warranty?
    How much did you get off the 5 year warranty?

    You may be able to make this in to a better deal.

    Apparently they are not allowed to give any discounts on warranties - but they do.
    But IF you decide to cancel your warranty (which you have your rights to do so) you will get the FULL cost of the warranty back.

    If the warranty was supposed to be £500, and you got it for £400 - you should get the £500 back if you cancel, so that means you get extra £100 off the plasma.

    Then you simply get an extended warranty from, say, Av-Sales which is probably cheaper and better.

    So in the end you get extra money of the plasma AND save money on the warranty.

    I think I am right - I read this somewhere else.
     
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    I am sure it will be :thumbsup:
     
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    Thats interesting - the Price of the 5 year was £549 !! and they did it for £249

    I'll be looking into this one :) thanks for the info....
     

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