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Pioneer PDP-505HDE vs Panasonic TH-50PHW7?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by alex_30252, Sep 26, 2004.

  1. alex_30252

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    I cannot make up my mind between the pioneer PDP-505HDE and the upcoming panasonic TH-50PHW7. On paper both look relatively similar, but I did not have the chance to compare yet...
    Need some help from specialists: picture quality, features, HD compatibility
    Thanks
     
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    What do you want to view on your plasma? Sources, resolutions etc. Who will be using the system apart from yourself?

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    They're not really very similar at all, in fact, so what Gordon is telling you is to make up your mind what kind of system you want, whether just a TV in the corner, or an integrated cinema system, possibly with programmable remote etc. Do you have a budget for a system? What gear do you have now, can it be integrated?
     
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    Thanks for you reply.
    Budget does not really matter if it worth the money spent.
    Use: 40% TV, 60% home cinema.
    I would like the screen to be fully HDTV compatible (720p, 1080i) to connect my DVD player pioneer 868 with HDMI connection. I use mainly digital the equipments (DVD-T and satellite receiver) and would not like to be limited by lack of connectors in the future. The PDP-505 hde seems well equipped, but I do not mind adding extra boards into the TH-50PHW7 (I will buy the tuner anyway). Contrast and picture quality are key elements.
    Thank very much for your help.
     
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    Not sure about this but I think if you intend to buy the tuner for the panny then you can only use the one connection anyway on the screen. All items must then go directly to the tuner box.

    Given that the tuner box has no dvi socket, this would appear to be a non starter. Apologies if I've misunderstood.
     
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    I thought that the TH-50PHW7 had multi function slots you can use to connect a tuner terminal board and a HDMI or DVI terminal board ! Am I wrong?
     
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    reckless, you are bang on the money. Don't buy the panny tuner, loads of money for a straitjacket. Get a GOOD AV amp, maybe a scaler, if you need 2 tuners go for sky+ or add a freeview box, maybe a Pace twin if you have no sky and no need of it. The favoured option round here given you want the best, and are not broke, would be the panny or the 50MX pioneer if you like Pioneer's picture (and I wouldn't argue) connected mostly via an AV amp. The problem MX wise is the 868, I take it you already have one. This leaves the panasonic, connect the DVD with 720p to a DVI board(HDCP compliant) and the rest to the VGA input with component video via an upconverting amp, my favourite is the denon 3805, but the Yamaha 750 does it for less money. Convert set top RGB to component with an external box for best quality, games console via component kit, then you've still got a spare component input, and more s-videos than you've had hot dinners. Try a scaler on sale or return, and rest assured your world will be rocked.

    edit, as you beat me to it, the tuner input card disables the other slots when the cable is connected, and the tuner is HORRID. And, you don't need it. Why buy something with an 'obsolete by' date stamped on it by HM govt.
     
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    I am gonna make nightmares. Unfortunately, the AV amp. is already in my living room (NAD T-762) and is not doing a good job in converting video signals. I guess it is best to connect directly all video gears to the screen. I did not know that the tuner terminal card of the Panasonic disables the other slots. This leaves with a satellite receiver (scart RGB), a DVD player (HDMI or DVI) and the need for an analogical tuner......a nightmare.....
     
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    Sorry why an analogue tuner? It will look bad on a 50" screen, the system was developed for those huge 20" 4:3's we used to have.
     
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    I know but I unfortunately still need to get some analogue channels..... I'd like to use the AV amp but the NAD convert all video signal to composite. The only way to ouput a component signal is by using a component input only (3 available). Or maybe.... I can convert RGB and composite to component ? Any converter that can do the job?
     
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    Sorry alex, still don't understand the need for analogue. Are you outside the freeview areas? And 3 component inputs is loads, your DVD is going HDMI, and check forum sponsor JS technology for RGB and sync to component converter.
     
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    Thanks for your help.... Your are right, I am outside freewiew areas. Moving inside would be a good starting point. I'll try to make an inventory of my needs. Do you know how many slots are available in the the panasonic ?
     
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    3 slots, you've got a few other analogue tuner options, depend how often you want to use them what I'd suggest.
     
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    Thank you vey much for your help and the time you spent. I wonder if the PDP-505XDE with the digital and anlogue tuner, including the HDMI slot, 3 scarts and YUV, isn't the best solution.....
     

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