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Plasma for General TV Viewing

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Moncs, Mar 22, 2005.

  1. Moncs

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    Looking to purchase my first plasma (Panny 42" PV500) when it comes out in June (ish)

    Wife and I mainly watch SKY+ and the occasional DVD, my question was is a plasma really that good for general TV viewing, or are they aimed at people who spend most of the time watching DVD's?

    Hopefully that does not sound a stupit question
     
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    Its a good question....
    I have had mine for 3 months and watch freeview rather than sky, and it is true that live tv can look a little grainy and pixelated.... but sometimes it looks totally awesome, particularly landscapes for some reason. My old CRT in the bedroom does look more natural and smoother, but then I have been watching CRT's for 30 years so it's what I am used to.

    Using a converter/scaler improves the picture quality, but the size of the screen shows up all the flaws in the broadcasts, some shows are better than others, I imagine HDTV will look amazing, as I have some copies of US HDTV broadcasts and they areloads better than UK broadcasts... but don't let it stop you getting a plasma, because the size and richness of colours makes up for the odd bit of pixelation

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    Had my plasma up and running since the weekend and I'm very pleased with the picture from sky+. I wasn't sure what to expect but I need not have worried....the PQ is better than my Toshiba 28" was but then again I was using cheap scarts on that....I spent about £80 on cables for the plasma and it has paid off.

    I bought from Richer Sounds in Edinburgh but if you plan on getting it from there you better put your name down....they are in and out the door again before you can say boo.
     
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    I've used a plasma with Sky+ for almost two years now and, with kids, its usually on a few hours a day and it is absolutely fine for general TV watching. Some of the lower bitrate channels can look bad at times but otherwise no problems.

    John
     
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    Thanks for all the replys... puts my mind at ease a little
     
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    i agree with the bit rate comment from johndon. Some channels from Sky ie Sky News look fantastic on my PW7 but some of the music channels that have a low bit rate dont look so good.

    I found my TV aerial signal was not good enough for my plasma screen as it showed up the poor reception. So now i just use Sky for everything.

    Have had my Plasma for a month now and im chuffed to bits with it.

    Plus with it being on my wall has given me more space in my lounge as my flat is quite small.

    Im glad i made the upgrade from a 32" Sony CRT to a 42" Pana Plasma
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    Thanks for that, I was (am) a bit worried that most of the SKY channels will look bad on a 42" plasma as I dont see the wife being to happy with me forking out close on £3k for something that looks crap!! :devil:
     
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    the best thing u can do and is get a demo of the screen u want and get it hooked upto a sky box and see what u think.

    Its not that often i flick through a channel and think it looks pants.

    I think you and your wife will be impressed with the output.

    Dal
     
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    I've been watching Telewest cable on my plasma for a week and I think the picture is outstanding, including live broadcasts (Cheletenham's racing has never looked better).
     
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    Channel 5 seems to be one of the best pictures via sky on my Panny. Lovely and clear :)
     
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    Guess what I bought the last one of today from there :D.

    And an E55 too.
     
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    :thumbsup: well done Jim!
     

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