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Plasma Buying Advice

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by ParmMann, Dec 26, 2004.

  1. ParmMann

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    Hi all,

    I'm in the process of moving house, and have been planning on buying a Plasma for a while. My main room at the new place is based around it. :laugh:
    The Plasma is going into one room, and our current 40" Toshiba Rear Projection will be going in another room. The Tosh will be used day in day out, the Pioneer probably less frequently for general TV usage. Be great for DVD nights etc...

    I've been thinking about getting myself the Pioneer PDP-505XDE.

    So, my questions are as follows:
    1. Is there a Plasma screen better than the PDP-505XDE or is this the one I should go for? Don't want anything bigger than 50", and don't want to spend > £5000.

    2. I'm gonna need a tilting wall bracket, which one is most suited / recommended for the PDP-500XDE?
    Are they easy to install and setup, or should I seek a professional?

    3. I'm gonna be hanging the Plasma above a fireplace, this clearly isn't the most recommended position, but it is most suited for the room. I don't have any choice but to hang it there - am I signing a Plasma Death Warrant, or will I survive?

    4. At the moment, www.empiredirect.com is the cheapest retailer I've found. Would you recommend buying a Plasma from them?

    5. Any other sound advice you could give to somebody who's new to the Plasma market? I'm likely to order in the next day or two so whatever you think I should know would be really appreciated.


    I could also use some help in buying all in one system for the same room, so please feel free to assist in my other thread:
    http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?p=1347357#post1347357

    Thanks,
    Parm
     
  2. ParmMann

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    Hello ParmMann.
    I am no expert in this field, but I have chosen a Plasma
    similar to yours. PDP-50MXE1.
    This display comes without speakers and freeview box as standard.
    I see from your other post that you are planning on a surround system
    and you already have Sky so this would save you money.
    Check out This Price. Best I have found so far.
    Hope this helps, but, like I said, I am very inexperienced with all this too......
     
  5. ParmMann

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    It seems as though www.empiredirect.co.uk no longer sell the PDP505XDE, they now only list the 43" model.

    Should I be worried? I'm already jumping to conclusions about a new model being released. :rolleyes:
     
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    If you're not going to use it as your main display have you considered a Projector instead of the plasma?

    Much more bang for your buck and the screen could pull down over the fireplace.

    In fact you could buy a nice 42" Panny 6 Plasma for watching the TV on and then a good quality PJ for movie nights and still have change from your £5k

    Just a thought, and depends of course on the logistics of the room!


    ps Just noticed that Digital Direct appear to have the PDP505XDE for £3779 http://www.digitaldirectuk.com/products_moreinfo3/index.asp?product_id=5786
     
  7. ParmMann

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    A projector unfortunately isn't totally suited to the room. At least, not as suited as a plasma.

    Originally I was thinking about converting the double garage into a cinema room, but that is going to be the gym. Whole other story.

    The Digital Direct price looks like a good one! Thanks for the link.
     
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    Try Pricerunner - they keep a running track of the major retailers.
     
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    i would not reconmend buying such a high ticket item from the cheapest supplier....... (best value supplier yes.... cheapest no...)
     

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