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Discussion in 'Plasma TVs Forum' started by craigha, Dec 29, 2004.

  1. craigha

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    Hi All,

    Fantastic forum, but as you often find, there's just too much information!

    After lots of reading and looking around in the shops, I think I got my 42" plasma down to just a couple and Im just looking for some thumbs up or down.

    1. Panasonic TH42PWD6BX from RS @£1299 - no stands or inputs
    2. LG RZ42PX11 - unbeatable @£1399 with inputs, PIP, stand etc

    I know a lot of the experienced members are pro panny, but by the time I buy all my other bits (nned to wall mount etc) it will be much more than the LG, and I guess my question is is that extra going to be worth it? Read up on the LG's and they sound ok...

    If its a resounding panny vote, then what input board do you suggest? Source will be DVD and Amp (composite), so just your thoughts on that would be great.

    Keep up the good work! You're making us newbies feel like we can buy with confidence ;0)

    C
     
  2. stuart07970

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    Like most of the brainwashed here, I have a panny pw6 and love it!

    AV Sales have just got another batch of these for £1549 inc stand or wall-mount, free delivery, and free board of your choice.
    Richers will charge you £150 for the board and they can be difficult to get hold of.
    The picture is superb and you can input a component signal via the PC connection, something the pw7 cannot do.(I got a scart board for 'just in case' although am not using it at the mo')

    In my set-up i've got a Yamaha 750se amp that can handle, and up-sample to component signals, so everything gets swithed through the amp.

    But promise me just one thing . . . . .

    don't spend your money in Currys. . .

    they'll probably try and sell you their 10 year warranty for triple the price of the plasma!

    and if you can stretch to it after all that, get a Harmony 655 remote so your other half can use it!

    Have fun!

    Stuart
     
  3. fatbob

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    Like many others on this forum I also have a Panasonic PWD6 and couldn't be happier with its performance. I have no experience with the LG so unfortunately can't comment on it, but I can say that if you do decide to buy the Panasonic you won't regret it.

    Should you buy the panasonic then the type of board you will need will depend on the connections offered by the dvd player. If the dvd player has component outputs then you should buy the component board. If this isn't an option and your dvd player has only an RGB scart, then you will need the scart board.

    Just one more thing. When you say....................

    You wouldn't by any chance mean......... :eek: ...composite video :eek: .

    Avoid composite video connections like the plague on a plasma screen. The performance of this signal is poor in the extreme. Always aim to have the dvd player connected via component or RGB. By most accounts component will give better results on the Panasonic than RGB.

    Hope this helps.

    Fatbob.
     
  4. d0mj4y

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    Component = Component video out (on dvd player)? = Red, Blue and Green?

    So that's 3 out-going connections from my DVD player. Yet the below link...

    http://www.av-sales.com/plasma/html/panasonic_th-42pw7b_plasma.html#

    ... suggests there should be 5 connections to the Plasma?

    Or do you have to buy a special cable that splits the 3 to 5?

    (Sorry, I know absolutely nothing!)
     
  5. Steve_B

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    Not sure where you saw 5 connections on that link?

    From my understanding 5 cables are only used when the Horizontal and Vertical sync are sent seperately. On standard component only three cables are required as the sync is sent with the green signal.

    If I am wrong...some please chime in...

    Cheers
    -Steve
     
  6. d0mj4y

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    Further to that, what's the difference between RCA and BNC?

    How would I decide which one I need?

    Cheers.
     
  8. d0mj4y

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    Can anyone guide me on this front?

    Thanks alot :)
     
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    No worries, got it sorted now. RCA are the ones I want!
     
  10. Fozz

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    d0m....RCA and BNC are just the connector type at the end of the cable.
    BNC's are cheaper and more readily available I believe, but the picture should be the same on both.

    Just get whatever one suits what you have on yer DVD/screen.

    Hope that helps.
     
  11. d0mj4y

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    Yeah I worked that out, just wasn't sure which connection I had on my DVD! Turns out it was RCA.

    Thanks anyway though mate.
     
  12. craigha

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    :thumbsup: Thanks guys; your insights are invaluable! The panny it is.

    After these comments, I have come to assumption that I will probably want a new AV/amp to go with this...something with component out...

    (re: Fatbobs comments! Thanks, your costing me cash! But I know your correct!!)

    so any recomendations would be good as I would put everything through such a beast and hopefully use the PC connector in component mode,

    (re: stuart07970 comment - could you let me know how this works???)

    to save on multiple connections to the panel. Budget is tbd, but any good ideas welcome. For this reason Im just wondering if I could strike a deal out of my local RS???
     
  13. fatbob

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    You can still use the BNC component board with your dvd player, even if it only has RCA component outputs.

    All you need is a standard RCA component video lead, and some of these.


    Add the BNC adapters to the three phonos on one end of the cable, and insert them into the BNC component board of the plasma. Connect the RCA end of the cable into the dvd players component output and that's it.

    I use this connection method, and the end result is a great picture.
     
  14. Nick_UK

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    Errrrr........ no ! BNC are "professional" connectors. They have a locking ring, so they cannot be accidentally pulled out. Most BNC's have a strain-relief for the cable. The BNC is a much better quality connector, and is priced accordingly.
     
  15. craigha

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    Understood, but I was under the impression that the PW6 came with a D-Type 15 pin connector as standard, not a set of BNC's....

    What Im thinking is just coming from 'an' amp (TBD) into the onborad board...a vga PC connector I presumed

    Getting confussed now! But I have just called RS to book a viewing and demo, to which they replied they can't as although they have lots of stock of the screen, they have no way of inputting!! Im considering taking my laptop down with an xvid playing just to see what its like...

    C
     
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    Where are you craig? The cable you need is a 3 phono to 15 pin d-sub, the amp a Onkyo 602 or Yamaha 750, both list £450. They're both good, the Onkyo has the option of using a 2nd independent zone, with a video board inthe screen you can be shockingly smart and use this as switchable PinP, good for Sky+, cueing up your DVD, music server, etc, just for fun really.
     
  17. craigha

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    Sent PM MAW...
     
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    Replied, mate.
     
  19. craigha

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    well, after charging my laptop and looking at many screens this afternoon, I came home with the PW7 37". It just looked stunning, every bit as good as a lot of the large LCD's and the packaging is very neat.

    But the best news is after a bit of haggling, I got them down to £1200 from £1400! Ok, I need another board, but can plug in the PC/DVD player for now.

    Thanks all - off to play! No doubt you'll hear from me soon ;)

    C
     

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