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Philips 42PF9966 ambilight

Discussion in 'Philips TVs Forum' started by onstage, Oct 28, 2004.

  1. onstage

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    Hello, I have just seen the plasma 42PF9966 ambilight from Philips, it seems to be a good option. What do u think of this equipment compared with others of the same price? :lease:
     
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    Others of the same price? Have you seen the price? ;)

    The Philips is an ALiS panel. If you are happy with ALiS (not everyone is), then get the Hitachi 42PD5300 for £1000 less. (You can get it for about £2000, even though there are some places that list a price much closer to the Philips).

    If you would rather not have ALiS, you could still have Panasonic High Def screen for about £2600 - still £400 less than any price I've seen for the Philips.

    And that's if you can still justify the cost - there isn't *that* much to be said for buying a HD 42" screen right now, and good non-ALiS panels can be had for under £2000. By the time HDTV becomes important, there could be some more interesting options to choose from http://blog.sagetechnology.com/techsage/archive/2004/09/29/236.aspx
     
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    Graham,

    What about LG panels? :devil:
     
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    sorry for my question but what is ALIS?

    thanks again



     
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    The 42PX11 and 42PX12X are both good non-ALiS panels that can be had for less than £2000 ;)
     
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    I don't know about the Grundig - but for the £3k you're looking at for the Philips 42PF9966, you could get a 42" Viera from JL with 5 year warranty, plus a free floorstand and DMR-E55 :smashin:

    ps. Sorry Graham - I'm in a silly mood this morning - got my Viera arriving today :clap:
     
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    A new plasma puts anyone in a silly mood, no matter what make. What counts is bing able to live with the decision you have made.

    Onstage, you need a few basic facts, and the most basic of all is that there are surprisingly few makers of plasma glass in the world, and the rest is badge engineering to a greater or lesser extent. Now I'm sure you'd agree that the makers of said glass are unlikely to offer an amazing amount of help to other manufacturers to help them make a profit. The result of this is that it's better to buy a plasma with the real makers name on it, and that would be, starting at the lowest price, Samsung, LG, Hitachi/fujitsu (they share) NEC, Panasonic and Pioneer. No Sony, no philips, certainly no Grundig, who are late arrivals indeed. Plasmas work very differently to other display technologies, they are very sensitive to poor signals. This is true for what goes on inside the box as well as the source you are watching, the internal components matter almost as much as the glass, though they contribute only 20% or so of the cost.
    One of the above makes will ensure the makers are getting the most out of the plasma, though my opinion of the 1st 2 is not printable, it is above my opinion of Philips. Far too much money for the quality.
    From there you have 2 routes. If you need to have a 'TV' withan ordinary analogue tuner, then there are many choices. You can now get a IDTV plasma, like the Viera or the new 435XDE Pioneer. Or if you already have digital TV, or can get freeview where you live, you could get a 'monitor only' plasma, and get some surround sound to make the noise, and build yourself a truly up to date, easily upgraded/futureproof home entertainment system, around your digital TV, DVD, games consoles and music. Give that some thought, speak to a few specialist dealers, think about how you will get a tidy install with your designer system mounted on the wall, then you can be sure of being pleased with your purchase.
     

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