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Sony KE42MR1 V Pio 434

Discussion in 'Sony TVs Forum' started by johnelf, Dec 29, 2003.

  1. johnelf

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    Dear All
    I have read the forum with interest and now feel ready to move into the world of Plasma from CRT.

    I have always relied on Sony equipment, for both its style and quality although would agree you pay for the name.

    My questions are:-

    1) why do the Sony's get so little mention here? Am i to take it that the Pio outshines the Sony. The HDMI input on the Pio appeals to me however:-

    2) If I were to change the DVD player to take advantage of the HDMI input, this would be basically throwing the 735 in the bin at some stage and replacing with the 868 costing £1K approx. Is HDMI worth the forking out the grand and binning 735 which I believe provides extreamly good RGB pictures.

    Happy New Year All !

    John:confused:
     
  2. gingerone

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    The pioneer blows the Sony away!
    I was looking for plasma's with the wife the other day and the only options for me were the new panasonic or the pioneer.
    The wife loves the look of the pioneer so it looks like that's what we'll be getting.
     
  3. MR2Harvey

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    Well it is more about how well the plasma is setup really. "Blows away" is a strong term. I can understand the extra contrast of the Panasonic causing such a reaction, mind you picture quality is not all about blacks. I have certainly not been blown away by the previous 433 models of Pioneer (very poor black levels, prob setup wrong) the new 434 does look good, but again blows away is far too strong a term for me.

    What do i know I have an ALiS screen and am happy with it ;-)




    Harvey
     
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    I've also always been keen on sony and the MR1 is a gorgeous looking plasma. However, I've not seen one review yet that says it's really good: they all seem to say that it looks lovely but that other (cheaper) screens are better. The consensus is that if you give it a perfect feed then it's great but anything less than perfection and the picture becomes very noisy.

    I saw two running on a recent trip to London and both had analogue feeds and I thought the picture was pretty good. I've seen more of the Pioneer as they appear more commonly in the local shops. The reviews on this machine are excellent but I'm afraid I didn't like it. The black surround made the borders on w/s 2.35 sources look very grey in my opinion.

    Funnily enough, because I was watching analogue on the sony the screens had borders top and bottom and even though that has a black band around the screen, I thought it looked blacker than the Pioneer. Again, this is just my opinion. I really wanted to see the sony running sky digital (as I watch a lot of football) but none were set up to receive that and no-one locally stocks the set for me to have another look. At the moment, I'm probably going to go for a panny 6.

    I don't know if it will be of any interest to you but I understand from other websites that there's a new Sony range due about March. Have no idea what they'll be like but if you're in no rush, you might want to wait and see.

    Hope this helps
     
  5. johnelf

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    Many thanks Reckless!
    I so much like Sony equipment but going on the reviews from here the Pio has it. Whilst the wife is alittle receptive to the plasma at the moment:clap: I think I will go for the Pio.
    Interesting no one has commente on the HDMI cables and if its worth bining the 735 in order to get the 868.
    Regards
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    You could always get the 668i, is there something thats specific to the 868i that you need over the 668i??

    You'd save about 400 notes....
     
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    John, I have a Sony plasma (32 TS, not the one you're considering). Please bear three things in mind - 1, plasma picture quality cannot match the best of CRT; 2 - there's no such thing as a plasma that "blows away" the opposition; 3 - ALiS screens such as Sony, Hitachi and Fujitsu arouse strong controversy in these forums. Properly set up at home rather than in the shop, any plasma will give a satisfactory performance, especially via DVD. As for HDMI, from what I've read it doesn't appear to be the quantum leap vs component people have been hoping for. To research the plasma situation thoroughly, I'd strongly recommend you go to a specialist supplier. Nexnix in Horsham is not too far from you and is well thought-of here.
     
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    Ok so maybe 'blown away' is to strong but from the comparisons that I have seen the pioneer was a far better picture, the sony was very noisy and overall very messy compared to the pioneer which was a very clean picture.
    That said when calibrated correctly they are probably closer but the sony is not known for being a good plasma!
     

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