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Resolution on PW6

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Dave R, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. Dave R

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    Having read a number of magazine reviews and comments on this forum, the Panasonic PW6 seemed by best bet for a Plasma panel around the £3,000 mark. Tryring to find one properly set up is another matter though.
    I ventured in to Sevenoaks in Bristol, where the guy told me although they could get the Panasonic he didn't recommend it as it's only 420 lines of resolution, ie; you're effectively losing about 20% of your picture detail. If this is the case, why has this not been mentioned in these threads? Is it not particulary noticable?
    He suggested a new Fujitsu model at £3,799 which is a little more than I ideally wanted to spend, but then equally I don't want to get something and then regret it. The picture on the Fujitsu did look superb but then as I mentioned I've yet to find a properly set up PW6.
    Suggestions on where I might find a PW6 in the Avon/Somerset area gratefully received, even better if I can do a side by side comparison with the Fujitsu.
    My requirements are 42" or 37" panel (not TV) with component inputs.

    Thanks.
     
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    Hi Dave,

    The Panasonic PW6 is a 480 line resolution screen, not 420. As you realise, you are losing 96 lines of a PAL signal - detail which is lost forever and has been discussed many times on here! Which model Fujitsu was recommended to you? They do 2 types of 42" plasmas - ALIS (1024x1024) or a 480 line model based on Panasonic glass with their own electronics. Check out the many threads on ALIS panels! Hope this helps.

    Steve
     
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    Although the ALIS panels on the Hitachi etc are higher resolution (and I have the Hitachi plasma on my shortlist), it seems a little simplistic to simply dismiss it as you appear to be doing.

    Yes, on the surface, a loss of 96 lines would seem to be a lot, but if so, why is the Panasonic getting such good reviews? And other 'low res' panels come to mention it.

    Maybe its because they do a very good job of scaling the inputs to the 'limitations' of the screen.
    You could just as easily say that the ALIS panels have to scale *up* the incoming image, which could introduce unwanted artifacts.

    At the end of the day, as the first poster says, you should take a look at a well set up screen to make your decision - not some arbitrary statement of dubious intent.

    Me? I'm not certain about the Panasonics. I found them to flicker slightly on viewing, but maybe thats only with strip lighting in stores. The Hitachi and a Toshiba looked good to my eyes.
     
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    The model Sevenoaks had was the P42HHA30 which I believe is just out. On the negative side, I think the contrast ratio on this is 1000:1, compared to the PW6's claimed 4000:1.
    I know I'm going to have to view both, but it's good to get people's ideas as well.
     

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