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Plasma picture quality: 42" v. 50"?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by rob@rar.org.uk, Jun 6, 2002.

  1. rob@rar.org.uk

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    Currently considering plasma options, and I was just wondering what the difference is (picture quality, not price!) between a 42 inch and a 50 inch screen. On the strength of reviews the Panasonic plasmas seem to be the ones to look at: does anyone have any experience of the 42 inch v. the 50 inch?

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    Apparently all current 50" sets are 3rd generation whereas the current 42" sets are 4th generation. I read somewhere that the 4th generation 50" sets should be available in autumn, so it may be better to wait a few months if you are thinking of buying a 50" set.

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    Rob

    As you may be aware Panasonic run two plasma lines in the UK - the Silver bezelled Consumer displays and the Charcoal bezelled Commercial displays; we tend to sell more of the Charcoal displays as they have a couple of connectivity advantages over the Silver displays.

    The current Charcoal TH-50PHD30BX 50" display is a generation on from the current TH-50PHW3B Consumer display and also offers an upgrade path to DVI connectivity that is not available on the Consumer model.

    I don't expect to see too much of a change if we do get a new model later this year - the TH-50PHD30BX model is only two months old. Probably the biggest change will be with the Silver Consumer model - though again don't expect any huge step forward.

    As for 42" vs. 50" - I've yet to have anyone swap a 50" out for a 42" display :D

    If you have the budget and the wall space I would go for the 50" display - it can be a bit more demanding of your source kit but get it set up properly and it is pretty amazing.

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    Thanks Joe, this is helpful.

    BTW Joe, if you have sent an email to me (Robert Rees) at my work address regarding my inquiry a couple of weeks ago I have been having some difficulty accessing that email server remotely so have not collected my email for a little while.

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