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  1. jon051

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    I had always thought that when my current TV gave up, I would buy plasma.

    Two months ago my loyal 28 inch Panasonic CRT widescreen television passed away, so I have been watching TV on a 14 inch Sony since then.

    I have made an impulse purchase which I may regret, I have ordered a Sky (yes I did say SKY) 32 inch plasma TV, stand and surround sound DVD system £2999.00 for the complete package.

    It’s due to be installed next week.

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    Has anyone got one of these plasmas?, who are they made by?, Are they any good?

    Have I made a BIG MISTAKE!
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  3. jon051

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    The model I have ordered is the newer version to the one in the review.

    Specs are:

    1,024 x 852 pixels
    contrast of
    1,000:1 & brightness of 1,000cd/m2

    Which does not mean a lot to me? a plasma virgin :)
     
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    Have you read the review?? :confused:
    The PQ gets panned. It can only think it gets 83% for the Sky+ and the sound (even though DTS and Dolby Pro II aren't avaialble!)
    I can think of a lot better things to spend £3k on.
    IMHO I would cancel the order ASAP.
     
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    The specs are decent for a current display, but specs don't tell the full story.

    The link given above is to the old package, which includes the old display.

    Can't find too much about the new plasma, but the old one (in the linked review) was made by Daewoo - if you search for the product number (PDS4250) you can see the user manual on Daewoo's site.
     
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    I would ring AV-Sales who will give you a better idea of what you really need, and probably save you £500 in the bargain.
     
  7. jon051

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    I have read the review for the old model, this is the new model.

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    Sky 32" plasma with 1,024 x 852 pixels, contrast of
    1,000:1 & brightness of 1,000cd/m2. Includes NEW Sky 330W
    home cinema system with Dolby Digital 5.1, Pro Logic II &
    DTS Audio, glass stand, 4 speaker stands

    Not sure what to do now :confused:
     
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    Personally I wouldn't buy a plasma tv or a dolby 5.1 system off Sky, only the Sky + box!
    Read a few of the threads on here, they'll give you a good idea of whats good value.
    You can buy a very good, proven panasonic 42" plasma (PWD6) for about £2000 with connectors, stand and a 3 year warranty. Then you can spend £500 on a pretty good all in one dolby home cinema system (e.g. Sony), then £199 for the Sky+ Box. that leaves you £300 to spend on your DVD collection instead!

    Hope this helps.
    I know what you're going through, just spent the last 2 weeks making my mind up what to get.
     
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    What to do?

    Cancel.

    The simple fact is that you should always stay away from rebadged equipment unless you know what it is that is being rebadged, or you have trustworthy good reviews, or you at least try the product out for yourself and compare to others before buying.

    The Sky panel may be the best available in it's size and incredible value - but noone here could possibly advise you of that, or any other issues surrounding it's use.

    On the other hand, we can point in the direction of a number of 37" and 42" plasmas that perform well and can be combined with DVD and surround systems for no more than the Sky package. That's essentially a much bigger screen for free!
     
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    i suggest you look at the panny 37" Veira which now has a free floorstand and DVD recorder....... For under £2500............. So gives you £500 for amp and speakers... Tannoy FX5.1 for £200 from RS and Pioneer VCXS 402 AMp for under £200 AV-sales etc......... AV-sales also do veira...
    http://www.av-sales.com/plasma/html/panasonic_th-37pe30.html
     
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    Thanks for all your advice, looks like I will be calling sky to cancel the order.
     
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    The more I dig into this, the more I think that it has to be a rebadged Hitachi - 32PD5000 or 32PD5200... presumably the former. Anyone care to say different?

    Not sure what the surround system / DVD is like, but it doesn't look like it's too bad a deal, although there are still other options...
     
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    from AV-sales site....
    Plasma extended warranty (WA022) - Plasma up to 47 inch Plus 3 Years (on-site hot swap-out) £ 279.00 £ 279.00
    Hitachi 32PD5200
    (PS004) - Hitachi 32PD5200 Plasma Screen with FREE PDV302 portable DVD £ 2090.33 £ 2090.33
    Panasonic SC-HT25R (HTK010) - Panasonic SC-HT25R Home Cinema System with DVD recorder £ 493.25 £ 493.25
    Total Including UK TAX (17.5%) & Delivery to UK mainland: £ 2,862.58
    So thats same plasma + DVD recorder home cinema 5.1 system and 4 year warranty on screen for less.....


    OR my top tip would this: incredible pacake for just £80 more...
    Panasonic TH-37PE30
    (PS097) - Panasonic TH-37PE30 Plasma TV
    (PSA053) - Free Cabinet Stand
    (HTK011) - Panasonic SC-HT37R Home Cinema System +£553.13
    2 year loan exchange extended warrenty +£129.00
    Total: £ 3082.85 £ 3082.85
     
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    To be fair, that Hitachi based system is missing the glass stand - which sort of shows that the Sky deal is 'about the money'.

    But the Panasonic system does rather stand up well, fully featured with a larger screen to boot.

    Of course, you could go for an even larger screen with a PW6, or - dare I say it - a significantly cheaper setup around the 42PX11.
     
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    The product link didn't work for me but I foudn the plasma on the sky bye website and it was £1999 with the home cienma sys but no glass stands . If its the hitachi then argos are selling £2300 with no home cinema sys. The black one looks great to me and sounds like a good price too. Just my two pence worht :hiya:
     
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    haven't checked the site either, but that spec alone tells us it can only be an ALiS-based 32" plasma, actually 852x1024 native resolution (HxV, as strange as it might sound for a 16:9 display).

    Now this of course could be in effect a Hitachi 32PD5x00, or maybe a previous gen. 32PD3000... I can't think of anyone else for 32" plasma, except maybe Sony but I can guarantee you this deal won't be a Sony! :rolleyes:
     
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    Philips flogged a 32" ALis plasma a while back.
     
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    Allright, just checked the Sky site and yes it does look like a Hitachi 32PD5200... which actually isn't a bad screen (the best of the PD5200's crop imo, ya know size does matter and all that - except in this case smaller is better... :D ), but can be had for much less dough however...
     
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    buy it from avsales as post above with much better kit and warranty for less money..
     
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    I decided to go with the Sky System in the end and I am very pleased with the system and the installation, it took to guys over 2 hours to assemble and install the system, I am glade I didn’t have to assemble it all.

    I am pretty sure the plasma is made by Hitachi, the part number for the plasma is SPDP3205, not sure who makes the home cinema DVD system and speakers, but it was easy to make multi-region with a handset hack, the 4 glass speaker stands are made by alphason, not sure about the plasma glass stand.

    The plasma picture quality is fine for me and the surround system is great.

    Here are some pics.
     

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    looks nice.... who placed the speakers? you or them???
     
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    Me.....why?
     
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    personally i would move the fronts from behind the screen. can put sub behind unit if cabinets cant be moved, and move rears further away as they are going to shooting straight down your earhole....
     
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    Thanks for the advice, space is a bit tight but I will see if I can move things around.

    :)
     

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