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Recommendations please. Best 42" Plasma for around £600!

Dementure

Standard Member
Greetings to all.

This is my first time post, but I've been an avid fan of this great website for a number of year's.
Im just looking for a bit of advice on which 42" Plasmas are looking good for the £600 mark at the moment.
I've been given the task of getting a new TV for my Girlfriends parents, and before I splash out their hard earned cash on a new set, I'd like some expert advice!

They will have a decent viewing distance of around 12 foot and the set will be used solely for SD input (Free view, standard DVD).


Cheers in advance for the reply's.
 

Dementure

Standard Member
I had a feeling the Panasonic TH42PX70 would be a good choice but I think it might just be a little to steep for their budget.

Thanks for the reply though, any other slightly cheaper model's you can think of. Could be a possibility of dropping down to a 37" if nothing else fit's in with this budget.
 

un1eash

Distinguished Member
You will struggle to get a good 42" plasma for £600 even the 37" PX70 is around £650. Trust me when i say you dont want to save £50-100 when it comes to spending £600 on a plasma because you'll be wasting £600.

Would you really spend £600 on this....

http://direct.tesco.com/q/R.202-6334.aspx

when for £700 you can have a panny TH42PX70?
 

Dementure

Standard Member
I can certainly agree with you, and if I was buying the set for myself there wouldn't be an issue, I would pay the little extra no question's asked. But when you've got the job of buying the TV for Girlfriend's parent's who haven't got a clue about Plasma's and at £600 are really splashing out. Im a bit stuck with it all!
We're talking about people who are upgrading from a 21" bog standard 12 year old CRT television here, so who knows what wonder's there expecting, I can't believe their even stretching to £600 ha ha.
 

kjt2004

Established Member
Dementure

For 42" Plasma at a competetive price

Then the following all seem to get good reviews so see what deal you can get

Panny PX70(there is a cut down version PX7 But still a panny)
Sammy C96 or Q96/97
And also seems to have its followers here on the forum

Philips 5532

All can be had sub £700 if you search around

regards
 

un1eash

Distinguished Member
Be honest with them and tell them stick with the 21" or get a cheap 28-32 CRT because they'll look loads better then any 42 plasma for £600.
 

eiren

Distinguished Member
Be honest with them and tell them stick with the 21" or get a cheap 28-32 CRT because they'll look loads better then any 42 plasma for £600.

Or save the extra £80-90 needed to get a great one at around £680-700 delivered, as per the suggested sets in KJT's post.
 

Zarch

Prominent Member
If moneys a problem then maybe you need to look for an LCD rather than a Plasma?

You get what you pay for though.
 

Dementure

Standard Member
I think Im just going to have to put it on the line to them. Either they pay a little bit extra or their going to pay a big price in quality.

Thanks for the reply's everyone you more or less reaffirmed what I originally thought. I was just hoping there might have been some hidden bargain out there.
 

chamill

Established Member
Well basically you are looking at either a Philips 42PFP5532D or an LG 42PC55 both £599 from Empire Direct. Have seen both in action and have to say that for the price the LG looked impressive to my eyes. Colors were fantastic, also nice and sharp and even with the negative reviews on SD performance by some, from 12/13ft i couldnt see a problem. Basically looked as good as any other screen i have seen.

The Philips on the other hand failed to impress, the colors were bleached(even though set to 70) and the SD performance was not acceptable.
 

Dementure

Standard Member
Thanks for the tip Eiren, I don't feel comfortable using other people's money on EBay. I'd rather have a bit more confidence with a reputable dealer.

That look's like a cracking price on the Samsung PS42Q97HDX Nej! Have you ever had any experience buying from a BT store before?

I can feel myself leaning towards getting a bit more cash from them and going for the Samsung. I've had my eye on the 50 inch model for some time, after reading may positive thing about it on here.
 

nej

Established Member
Thanks for the tip Eiren, I don't feel comfortable using other people's money on EBay. I'd rather have a bit more confidence with a reputable dealer.

That look's like a cracking price on the Samsung PS42Q97HDX Nej! Have you ever had any experience buying from a BT store before?

I can feel myself leaning towards getting a bit more cash from them and going for the Samsung. I've had my eye on the 50 inch model for some time, after reading may positive thing about it on here.

Never bought from them, but it looks like free delivery as well.

I'd buy from them over Pixmania, who have a terrible reputation for when things go wrong (they are based in France).
 

un1eash

Distinguished Member
Is there any stock though? I'd be vary wary of dixons/currys when they say available in 14 days etc. They'll take your money but you could be left waiting months.
 

moppit

Established Member
If it helps £659 from John Lewis (delivered) with 5 yr GT for 42" PX70, OR £599 for 37". You will need to ring your local JLP and raise a Price Match query. This can be done after placing the order - my local JLP took around a week to respond to the PM.

Hope this helps
 

mackie78

Standard Member
Hi Moppit,

Which JL did you get that deal from and where was it pricematched against???

Interested in the 42" but tried matching it with ED and they wouldn't go for it as it's not in stock.

Thanks
 

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