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TH42PWD6BX @ Richersounds

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by sisko, Aug 9, 2004.

  1. sisko

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    Richersounds are selling the Panasonic TH42PWD6BX for approx £1900, and at that price I am tempted to buy one.

    However, I do have a couple of questions.

    Does this screen support any of the high definition formats?

    How does if differ from some of the other W6 models I have heard mentioned?

    Hope someone can help.
     
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    The PWD6 is the charcoal (commercial) version, the PW6 is the silver (consumer) version.

    The panel isn't "high definition" - although it's apparently one of the best "standard definition" panels as it will display higher definitions and (probabaly) any future formats as well.

    All in all the PW6 (or PWD6) seems to be the SD panel of choice on these forums - and it's the one I'll be buying when I return from my holidays in just over a week ;-)

    ZedZed
     
  3. sisko

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    Thanks for the information.

    There appears to be several versions of the "PW6", and I wasn't sure what the difference was.

    Can I get a scart board for the PWD6, as I will need one as well as a component input board?
     
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    Yes, you can get a scart board.
     
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    Yeah all the expansion boards used with the PW6 will work with the PWD6. AFAIK there are only 2 versions of the 6th gen and as stated they are the PW6 consumer silver model and the PWD6 the charcoal commercial model. there are always variants in the name depending on the model, for example the full name of mine is the TH-42PW6EXS. I'm not sure what the other gubbings mean, but there is a letter for colour, letter for whether it has speakers, letter for whether it's an American or European version, etc, etc. Basically the only letter you need to worry about is whether there is a "D" after the "PW", that is what defines which type of screen it is.

    I'm very happy with mine, it really is one of the best SD plasma's you can get, especially at the price point. And yes it is capable of playing down-converted HD signals including the two current favourites - 1080i and 720p. Which was a huge deciding factor for me. It may not be a true HD screen, but then it isn't at a HD screen price range! And as I've seen for myself, a down-converted HD signal will be far superior to the quality of digital channels we currently get, and will help retain it's value when you sell it in the future to upgrade to a HD panel!!! ;)

    One thing though £1900 for a PWD6 isn't really spectacular, as the PWD6 is usually cheaper than the PW6. Especially if no extra terminal boards are included. I bought my PW6 with a dual width component/s-video board for £1970, and the dual width terminal board on it's own is about £200. Plus I've heard some bad things about Richer Sounds customer service, and I also think they charge £50 to deliver the screen (if you don't pay for it you loose your right to take it back if it's damaged in transit).

    You'd be best shopping around on the net as I'm sure there are better deals to be had, just check out the AVSales powerbuy on the PWD6 if it's still available, and AVSales have a much better record for customer service ;)
     
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    Thanks for the help guys, much appreciated.

    The only problem with mail oder is living in N Ireland I have to pay higher shipping costs (and some web retailers will not deliver to NI at all).

    The only reason I like Richersounds is, there is a local branch near me and I have bought my dvd recorder and player from them with no hasstle.

    I will do a search on the web and see what I can find.
     
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    richersounds do a 3 year warrenty on this tv for £185
    I believe if you buy this warrenty you get a 30 day home trial
    and a replacement while the TV is being fixed (should it go wrong)
     
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    The Richer Sounds in Belfast is sold out of them by the way sisko!!
     
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    Fascinating, Apnomis. Never mind Richer sounds, your model no. appears to be a european one. This is not a problem, do't fly into a flap, just the 'E' designation. Should be a 'B' for one of ours. The X means shipped without a video board, some are shipped with scart, some not.
     
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    Checked out AV Sales.com and they have the same screen for £1973.

    With two boards, a table top stand and free delivery, the whole lot comes to £2,193. Tempting. :)
     
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    what I don't understand about the boards is
    SCART board accepts RGB, composite and s-video
    Composite board accepts Composite and SVHS

    so why does everyone say get the Composite board?? cos the SCART board will also accept composite. (sorry for being thick and off topic)
     
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    is that the Avforums special offer??? send a PM to Alistair Collie.
     
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    I think "everybody" says get the COMPONENT board! not the composite board.
     
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    BTW if composite/svid is what you want, it's cheaper than the scart board. But the only time I use them is for picture in picture.
     

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