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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by mr. shr, Jan 13, 2005.

  1. mr. shr

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    Hi All,
    I'm in the process of chosing a Plasma, either a 37" or 42" (Budget approx 2k)
    I've been reading through some of the threads here to get an idea of what's good and what's not!!

    I'm glad people here have cleared up one of my major concerns for places like currys, dixons etc. To be honest, looking at the set up in those stores almost put me off plasmas all together.

    But from reading here, I see that it's definitely worth persuing, as plasmas can be very good.

    Basically, I'm after some advice on what to buy, what to look for, and what else I'll need.

    I've got a pio AV amp and pio DVD player. It seems people here like the pio plasmas which I'll gladly consider, but I'm happy to go with another manufacturer (maybe panny or LG?)

    So what should I be looking for? What sort of resolution should I be looking for? I suppose it needs to be ready for HDTV?

    Why do so many sets have integrated speakers when most people buying these TVs will intend to use them with a fully established surround system?!?!

    Finally, what's this about additional boards? Is there a separate box that comes with the screen? I intend to watch TV via Sky (not plus). So I don't need a TV tuner, right?

    Sorry if these questions seems basic but hopefully someone out there will take pitty on me and give me some pointers on how to go about choosing a plasma. Most of the rest of my AV setup came from advice given by people from this forum, so hopefully you guys can help me again.

    ANY info is useful.

    Thanks in advance.

    shr.
     
  2. Mep

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    you wont need a tuner if you have sky and as you know you wont need built in speakers. Panasonics seem to be clear favourites here and I have just ordered the pw7 from av-sales this comes with bnc component board and if you needed a scart baord that would be extra (if they have them)...you fit them yourself but this apparently is incredibly easy to do. If your dvd is a recorder too and has component output you coud run sky through the dvd and have a single component out to your screen. Not sure what the pw6 comes with but it does allow you to convert rgb to vga which teh pw7 doesn't so gives you an extar connection option. There's stacks of info on here from people better informed than me so spend some time searching around.
     
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    Thanks mep.
    Why does it come with a BNC board? Which video sources connect via BNC?

    Do you have to open the back to insert these boards? If so, does that not cause problems with warranty?
     
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    No, the slots are visable. The slots let you configure the panel to your needs.

    PTG
     
  5. Mep

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    if you buy from av-sales they supply the gold plated bnc converters or cables with bnc terminations..the converters are only £6 for set of 3! you don't have to open back...you simply remove a cover plate and slotthe board in...sounds easier than putting a new graphics card in a pc..and thats really easy! :)
     
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    OK I'm beginning to get this.

    So what's at the other end of the BNC cables? Are they SCART?
    What connectors do the BNC converters convert from?

    Is BNC the way forward now then? Do the plasmas work better with BNC?

    Do we not bother with SCART anymore?

    "Are we nearly there yet!??!"

    Sorry if my questions make me sound like an annoying brat!!! Getting quite excited now at the prospect of a shiny new TV!!
     
  7. Mep

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    best bet is to look on av-sales
    http://www.av-sales.co.uk/plasma/html/panasonic_th-42pw7b_plasma.html
    you can get a scart board free if you prefer...just give them a call...they are nice peopel to deal with and you explain what kit you have and what output options you have...i.e. scart or component or both..(component is the three phono type outputs colured red blue green) an dthey will advise..in my experience they will not sell you stuff you don't need..just the best solution for you.

    you should also find following useful
    http://www.js-technology.com/technical/plasmascreeninterfacing.pdf
     
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    So is the panny the best one to go for at my budget?
    Are there any other models worth considering? Should I did a little deeper and raise more money?
     
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    Hi , I have the Hitachi 42pd5200 and love it.
     
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    Yeah go for the Hitachi 42pd5200

    You can find them under 2k now if look hard ;)

    Also my local Comet store is showing a HD demonstration of the Hitachi model with the movie terminator 2. I was blown away ! :eek:
     
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    If you are not sure which panel to go for, I suggest you go and demo a few that have been set up correctly.

    Most panels will look good with a DVD signal but try and view your short list being fed sky as this is a challenge for some!!, and is one of your stated viewing options. I can confirm Channels on sky look good on the panny PW series especially the movie channels.
     
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    Doesn't the Hitachi have integrated speakers? That might take up too much space on the wall I want to mount it on. I'm limited for space.

    What's sort of minimum viewing distance do you need to be from a 42"?
     
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    What do you think your distance will be?
     
  14. mr. shr

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    I will be about 3 meters from the screen.
    Is that too close? Should I be considering a 37"?
     
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    in my own experience that is fine for a 42"..but as with all things personal preference is what counts
     
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    No, you will be fine with a 42" from that distance.

    I'm sitting 3.2 from mine and it's fine-Go 42" you won't regret it!
     
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    Got a horrible feeling it's less than three metres now!!!!!!
    I've asked my girlfriend to have a quick measure up.

    Will confirm shortly.
     
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    Girlfriend with a tape measure...........no comment :blush:
     
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    Check this, it includes a 'chart' which shows the correct viewing distance for different sized screens. Handy!
     
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    LOL
    All this talk of girlfriends, measuring tapes and inches is beginning to make me feel very nervous!!!

    She's just confimed that I am a wholesome, satisfying, full 3 metres!!! :D
     
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    she must be a happy girl! :D
     
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    Even happier now that I told her she can buy me a 42" screen!!!
     
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    Thanks nic@highgroundd

    It seems from that site, that a 42" requires about a minumum of 9 foot so I'm just about in range.
     
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    I have read (can't remember the source but it seemed quite sensible) that with plasmas screens you can sit quite close, as in, cross legged on the floor about a foot away from the screen. The point being that it has been written that aside from normal viewing distances, when all said and done, you can pour out crisps and sweets into various bowls and sit only a couple of inches away from Lord of the Rings.

    Cool.
     
  26. kevin19470

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    hI,

    Why not go for the panny TH37PE30B viera at £1999 including stand (which normally sells for around £400), panny e55 dvd recorder and 5 year warranty? Suits your budges with no 'extras' to buy.
     
  27. Mep

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    nah!! go 42"...but e55 is damn good
     
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    Got my heart set on a 42" now. But like the idea of the DVD recorder. Also, I want to mount on a wall, not table stand.
     
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    Hi mr. shr - I would strongly recommend that you read this thread. Its a tried and tested resource for newcomers looking at getting their first plasma and is packed full of useful information and opinion. I've gotten a lot from it!

    Cheers
     
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    if you go for e55 recorder you can run sky into that and it converts to component so you only have one lead to the plasma to worry about chasing into the wall (apart from power supply)
     

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