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PC Display Quality on Panansonic PWD7

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by julianmclean, Jul 12, 2005.

  1. julianmclean

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    I'm on the verge of blowing several grand on having my flat carved up and wired for plasma, surround sound, network and the like...

    Budget is fairly tight at the mo so I'm looking to spend most money getting the wiring in and flexible/ready for the future, and trying to keep equipment costs low with a view to upgrading in a few years if necessary.

    Was settled on the Panny TH37PWD7UY, until my mind was infected by all this HD talk. Have looked at the Sharp LCD GA53, but was put off by the lack of flexibility and fixed speaker. I've decided I can't justify spending the extra now on an HD LCD panel, so sticking with SD...

    The only thing that is troubling me now is that I want to connect my PC directly to the panel via VGA D-SUB, not for video primarily, but more for displaying WinAmp or webpages, etc. With the 852x480 resolution, I'm worried that I'm going to lose too much detail and that it won't be very usable. Resolution will be 1152x768 as I already have a second screen by the computer at this res and will use a VGA splitter to drive the plasma from this too.

    Has anyone got this setup and say whether I'm hoping for too much? I can probably tweak WinAmp font size, but I'm not looking to compromise the resolution of the dual-screen desktop just for the sake of the plasma to make other text readable.

    So basically, the question is, how good are the PWD7s at displaying higher resolution inputs directg from PCs? (I'm assuming the display is actually capable of handling this res and scaling it of course)

    I don't think I have any other options open to me and I doubt if the PWD8 will make any difference for this requirement. My reqs list is as follows in case anyone has any other suggestions (but I don't think there is a the moment):

    - Absolutely has to be 37" with no speakers
    - Wall mounted
    - Accept VGA, Component, Composite

    Any help appreciated, specifically on the high-res PC capability question would be great.

    Cheers...
     
  2. nak

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    The Panny is a perfectly sound option, if you just wanna surf, winamp, games, slideshows, etc.

    You will notice the panels inaccuracy to downsize if you have use a fine pixel modelling software such as AutoCAD, or Eovia Hexagon.

    Try different modes on your GFX card, some have great antialiasing and line interpolation routines.

    The advantage is that the Panny dispaly will reproduce at least 24bit colour (do you need 1.07 Billion shades???)

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  3. julianmclean

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    Thanks nak.

    Two other questions if I may:

    1) Am I going to experience any issues with driving two screens through a VGA splitter from one graphics card output? I realise there is some two-way talk between cards and monitors for requesting available resolutions, etc. I will presumably lose this through a splitter, and the two screens will be different; one the panny and the other a small relisys LCD.

    2) Are there actually any differences between the difference PWD7 models available? Reading reviews and forums from states suggests that the 7UY is the Pro version with better electronics, etc, but many specialists here have advised me that all the UK models (e.g. 7UK, 7EK, 7BXJ) are all identical without the cards. If this is the case, should I just go for the cheapest PWD7 I can find which is probably Richer Sounds at the moment?

    Thanks...
     
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    julianmclean

    Using the 852x480 Pixel Panasonic for PC work is fine for some and too 'soft' for others.

    If you want to be 'HD Ready' your better holding off a few more weeks and order an 8 Series Display (+ HDMI Input Board) - the 7 Series requires an external Video Processor if you want to 'view' UK/Euro 50Hz HD sources; not the case with the 8 Series models.

    The official Model from Panasonic Business Systems in the UK is TH-37PWD7BK - anything else is either a misinformed web designer or there are Grey Import models available in the UK. (the NEW model is the TH-37PWD8BK).

    Using a VGA Distribution Amp (plus decent cables) with the Display should not be a problem - Kramer Electronics provide a range of affordable units; some with line drivers on the second output if your worried about long cable runs degrading the image.

    Best regards

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    hi mate,

    I have a PW7 and sometimes connect my laptop to the panny. Winamp and surfing the net look fecking excellent and my laptop graphics card is a very low spec.

    Although now i tend to use WMP instead of Winamp but thats a different topic - ;0)

    You need to get down to somewhere with your PC and hook it up to a Panny and see for yourself. Thats really the best way to know whether it will suit your needs or not especially as your spending big bucks on a refurb!

    Dal
     

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