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Sony KZ42TS2 or hitachi 400e

Discussion in 'Sony TVs Forum' started by andya, Jul 10, 2003.

  1. andya

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    hi ive seen both of these in seperate shops and cant make my mind up.i know they use the same screen but which has the best picture,i tried lord of the rings and i thought the sony was ahead it didnts seem to have as much noise i could be wrong what do you lot think and the hitachi is £2500 sony £3295 is the sony worth the extra i just dont know
     
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    I am in an *almost* similar position. I have a Hitachi CL42PD3000 on order - but the retailer says it has a long back-order and has offered me the Sony KZ42TS2 instead - at no extra cost.

    I have frenzied around today to try and get a good viewing of the Sony - unfortunately there seem to be little to no retailers in my area with one of these on display. The exception being John Lewis who would not hook up a DVD player at my request (too busy!), so I was left with a pretty bad Sky+ signal to judge.

    From what I have read, the Hitachi's are superb models, and I have to say my viewing of it pretty much confirms this (as best it can on the High Street!). That said, I cannot find anything bad written about the Sony (for that matter, I can find very little in reviews).

    The pair have very similar, if not identical specs - the downside for me on the Sony is the built-in speakers. It's anice idea, just a shame it adds 3 inches to the height and doesn't look as good as a clean geometricaly cut regular plasma!

    So, I still have my quandry... and while the potential for a bargain is there I am not sure more money (in value terms) equates a better product on this occasion. Anyone else any views?
     
  3. andya

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    doesnt look like anyone wants to reply to my posts:mad:
     
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    Personally, I think most of the price disrepancy is due to the extra you pay for the Sony name...
     
  5. andya

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    i know what you mean.i like the design of the sony but is it really worth nearly £700 more
     
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    I would go for the Hitachi - and I am a Sony lover !
    Are you sure it's the same screen ?
     
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    yes they both use the fugitsu panel
     
  8. Joe Fernand

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    Hello both

    Why not get a Panasonic Series 5 'end of line' for the same money as the Hitachi?

    Best regards

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    hi joe i find the flicker is very noticable,i would have liked the pio
    mx but the price is a bit much .i can get the hitachi for £2500 i think the pio is £3000 plus if it was in the same price bracket as the hitachi then i would get it ,i saw one at nexnix and thought it beet all the panels for fine detail and i liked it a lot.but i think for the price the hitachi is very good value.and i can get some decent leads and have money left over,if money was no object then it would be a differnt story.maybe the panasonic 6 could be good but i think hitachi have got the price just about right.after all next year i think lcd will really take off and it wouldnt suprise me if plasmas are down to £1500
     
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    Don't forget that the stands can be VERY expensive....
    (The hidden extras)
     
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    I love my Sony, it does everything and does it well, no hidden pitfalls, bugs or annoyences :)
     
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    andya

    I cant argue with you on the PWD5 PAL flicker - I too find it annoying; though maybe less annoying that some of the anomalies I seen on other displays :)

    A Panasonic PWD6 at just over £3k (plus accessories) is very tempting and if the budget is there it keeps you on top of the 'I've got the latest model' tree (for about a week).

    I think Pioneer and Panasonic would be mighty surprised if they were expected to sell 42" Plasma displays for £1500 next year - I'm pretty certain that's not the game plan!

    Best regards

    Joe

    JH4 - which stands? I take it you must be looking at multi shelf bits of AV furniture; a simple Plasma table top pedestal stand is usually around £130.
     

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