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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by lotusman1, Jul 24, 2003.

  1. lotusman1

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    I've now got some money burning a hole in my pocket,only now i can't make my mind up!What do i get?I was intent on buying a pioneer 433mxe,but am now wondering wether ot not to get a projector for dvd viewing only and a crt for sky t.v. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
     
  2. Adrenochrome

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    Both

    The Panny ae100 for £600 and the Hitachi 32PD3000 for £2500

    Sorted.

    Adrenochrome.
     
  3. loonatic

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    My vote would go for a good CRT TV for Sky and general viewing and an AE300 or HS10 projector for films.

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    What's wrong with a Plasma screen for Sky then?
     
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    Nothing. You obviously have a problem with decisions. Why should we have to take responsibility for your viewing pleasure? But seriously, a PJ gives you a huge and great quality picture, getting around flicker, and many picture atefacts seen only on plasmas, but the size of the picture can be a drawback, too 'in your face' for some tv, espec. those edgy police dramas from up north where the hero is divorcing and suffereing bad dreams about his case.... to much fast camera movement. Films are made for big screens, rarely any problems, apart from the Blair Witch, where you are meant to be sick anyway. In short, a 42" plasma is a big TV, a projector is not, and don't forget you have to draw the curtains.
     
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    Aha.

    I'm actually trying to find out about Plasma's and their faults before,or if,I buy one.

    So what many picture artifacts are we talking about with Plasmas?
     
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    Well, where shall we start... It depends which one you buy! Personally I can find no fault at all barring maybe not quite enough contrast with a pio.503MXE, all others have problems in varying degrees. I stress this is a personal view, but it's reasonably experienced, I worked for an exhibition co. for quite a while, on the plasma side. I have a projector at home, and a poxy little crt, love to replace that with a widescreen LCD around 20-22". I don't have a plasma cos I have another expensive hobby, otherwise I would. I used to borrow them regularly. Flicker is the issue with Panasonic, can't think of any other flaws there, provided you can live with the connectivity, but if you get a 6 series, it's cured. Solarization and colour bleed are the 2 main issues to look out for, and the fact that to get a decent picture from all your sources you'll be adding £300+ to the price as well, for decent cables and converters, otherwise your picture problems will be multiplied. Don't believe a word of a review, believe only your own eyes when you have them demo'd.
     
  8. Wayne Moule

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    I was impressed with the Hitachi's sharpness and picture detail compared to others in a group I saw in Richer Sounds.I'm interested in the Hitachi C42PD3000.Have you seen this one?
     
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    I have the Hitachi 32pd3000 and having just watched the Irish Open golf on sky can honestly say that i have the best picture quality i have ever had on any tv i've owned before.

    But don't take my word for it go out and demo this model i'm sure you'll be impressed

    I got rid of a Sony crt (kv32fx66) for this plasma and it is the best thing i have ever done.

    hth

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    Well, I'd have to say I've seen much better than that Hitachi, most shops just don't know how to connect a plasma, in my experience, even some of the best known high st hi fi shops. The integrated TV ones are at an unfair advantage cos they can't c**k it up so easily. Many have video processing on board like tha Panny tuner which actually prefers composite input, so it's hard to get wrong. You need to get a demo at a plasma specialist, travel if necessary, it's small beer compared to what you are laying out. The PMA400 is capable of a better image than the pd3000, but neither of them are the pinnacle of plasma, the 3000 in particular gets it's fab reviews from the above problem, where a fujitsu hha10 or a pio. MXE doesn't cos you need to do it right. Badly connected, the 3000 will win every time, but with good adapters and cables, a good plasma will be much better.
     
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    So you're saying that the home cinema magazines that gave the hitachi such rave reviews, only did that because they don't know how to connect up the other plasmas.

    That'll be the same journalists and editors who have played with more kit than you'll ever see.

    Don't make me laugh...
     
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    Well, that may be where you're wrong. I work in the rental business.
     
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    Trooper121,

    Have to say, I think your faith in magazine reviews is misplaced. From the reading I've done (and it's a lot over the past six months), the vast majority of stuff is worthless. All they're good for is looking at the pictures.

    A recent plasma-supertest springs to mind. Forget which one won, but the Panasonic got a low score due to it's "lack of contrast" :rolleyes:

    Cheers, Carl.
     
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    Thanks for that Carl, methinks trooper is young and ingenuous. Personally I doubt the mags biggest supertest has 44 plasmas at the last count... mind you nearly 1/2 are fujitsu of one sort or another, which restricts the sample a bit.
     
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    Ok, so how about the recent test done by a group of enthusiasts from these very forums. All done at NexNix

    A direct comparison between the panny, pioneer and hitachi. The hitachi was best for DVD playback, yet worst for Sky playback.

    So your saying that those guys didn't know what they were talking about either?

    When the weight of opinion is against you, your either a genius or a fool.
     
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    I lay no claim to either tag, I merely put pictures on them for a living.
     

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