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Plasma VS CRT Pic Quality

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by AndyDodds, Dec 15, 2003.

  1. AndyDodds

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    Ladies and Gents,

    After much begging of the wife I know have "authorisation" to buy a plasma. I'll be looking to buy in Feb so i hope the Jan sales are good :)

    Before I go demo any models I'm interested in I am interested in your opinions on the following questions:

    1) What is the general PQ like in comparison to a regular CRT screen. I have a 4.5 yr old Sony KV32-FX60 that I am still extremely impressed with PQ wise. I have seen some cheaper 32in w/s TVs recently at friend's houses, none are anywhere near in quality wise.
    I will be using Sky on RGB and DVD via component.

    2) I have a Pioneer DV-606D, old but on 32" with S-Video it still cuts the mustard. I am concerned that this will be inadequate with a 42" screen.

    3) How many people have "issues" with lip-synch. Are any models free of it. I have a Denon 3802 so no master audio delay, swapping the amp will mean swapping the wife.

    4) Do plasmas still have hot screens, I have a 11 mth old carpet monkey that thinks he can touch the Fimbles.

    5) I read the mag reviews for what they are worth. The general opinion seems to be buy Pioneer, Panasonic, Philips and Hitachi - the rest aren't up to it. How many people have LG, Samsung, Techwood etc and are very happy with their purchase, my budget is 2500K ish so unless I wait awhile I'm at the bottom end of the price scale.

    6) What other options do I have at this price point. CRT rear-pros are a non-starter (too big).

    Many thanks for any help offered !!!!!

    Regards

    Andy
     
  2. loonatic

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    Hi Andy,

    You'll be hard pushed to match the quality of Sky on your old Sony CRT - DVDs on the other hand will look much better allthough you may have to consider upgrading to a better player maybe to a prog-scan device.

    There have been many threads on the quality, or lack of, Sky on plasmas and this is unlikely to change IMO until we get HDTV or higher bit-rate channels.

    I have recently been around and looked at the major players and for my money I like the Panasonic's more than the Pioneers. The Pioneers did have more detail in the shadows whereas the Pansonic lost this detail somewhat but this was more than made up for in terms of it's higher contrast level and therefore better, deeper, blacks leaving the Pioneer looking a little grey and washed out. But everyone has there own preference and you can only decide that buy seeing for yourself. I discounted the ALiS panels and the cheaper models so did not really look at them.

    Living in Hayes I would suggest that you go to Frasers in Slough for a demo of the Pioneers, and Sharp LCDs if your interested. And there is a Shop@Panasonic store in Stains where they have all the models on show except the 42" HD model which they don't sell. For other's you could try Lakes in Slough...they have the Pioneers, Pansonic and some other cheaper alternatives. All these places are not that good on price but have all been very helpfull to me.

    Lip-sync may be a problem on Sky, never seen it on DVDs myself but maybe my 2900 has someform of audio delay built-in. I also have a 3803 which I do use the audio delay feature for Sky. I don;t think any model will be more or less prone to lip-sync issues as it's ust part of the nature of a progressive device and the extra processing involved. You however, may be more or less prone to it.

    Personally, I am going to go for the Sharp 37" LCD as I prefer the image from an LCD panel and for my uses it will be more suitable as I'd have no worries regarding screen burn.

    Cheers, Lee
     
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    Plasma screens are not going to give you as good a picure as a CRT. This was the first thing my better half said on the 42inch Sony.

    All true I suppose, but it looks great on the wall, is fantasic for DVDs, and (this is where high res comes in) works fantastically well with my Mac.

    Sky over a JS RGB to VGA converter works well, but not s good as a CRT.

    Cheers
    Tim
     
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    Hello all
    I have just ordered the Techwood Plasma from Dixons for £1999.00 P&P inc. Now I know nothing about TECHWOODS and I also have spent hours scanning the net but with no luck. I try to do my home work first before buying anything but not with this one. I will only know if it was a good buy when it arrives unless anyone knows anything...AT ALL about this set? I will post when I have it set up.

    Regards
    Officewaller
     
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    Officewaller,

    Do you often chuck around £2k without doing any research at all?

    If so, I have a load of kit I could sell you for around £2k a pop - no demo possible, no guarantee it will be any good, no warranty - but hey !! :)
     
  6. Jasonjo

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    Can't say I rate plasmas all that much to be honest.
    I'd be very careful about retiring a set you are very happy with for a plasma.
     
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    The best plasmas can get close to crt these days, but only if well set up. Do your demo-ing at a specialist or you'll think they're all c***, like tv at comet. For 2.5k you might be best off with the Hitachi pma400, if you can go another few hundred you could get a panasonic, especially if you don't mind a charcoal bezel. Opinion here is divided between these two, so go see them. Lipsync is an issue, the picture is big enough to see the mouths move, it's 1/2 the problem! Sky can be terrible, it's nothing to do with the plasma though, just the sloppiness of the broadcast. General lipsync is usually slight. Your rugrat can lick the glass if he/she likes, whilst it won't taste of chocolate, nor will the tongue be fried.
     

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