TH42PZ80 Question

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  1. LigerZero

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    Hi,

    Ok, so I have been lurking around for a while and doing bits of reading (thank you to everyone who contributes to this amazing site btw!) and I have found myself in a little predicament...

    I am looking to get a new TV within the next month or so and I have had my eye on the TH42PZ80 but now that Panasonic are bringing out their new lines soon, it appears the PZ80 is getting harder to find for a decent price (£700-£800). Have they stopped production of these sets to make way for the new ranges coming out? Should I try to get one now rather than waiting around for the new ranges or would I be able to get similar for the same price in the new ranges?

    Also, another possible concern... I like to play games on the Xbox - not heavily most of the time; a few hours a week probably, but a few weeks a year I can get hooked on a game and the TV would be used for 90%/10% Xbox/TV rather than the usual 20%/80%. Would a plasma be ok for this kind of torture once it is clear of the break-in, or would an 8 hour straight of gaming (exaggeration, but possible!) be a little too much and should I therefore look at *gasp* LCDs?

    Any help is greatly appreciated! :thumbsup:

    Thanks,
    Andy
     
  2. Zake202

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    Wondering the same thing.

    I don't know much about the new line of panasonics other than they will probably cost a lot more than the current PZ80U.

    Either way, I have mine on order and it cost $900US shipped.

    I'm also worried about gaming on it as I just ordered an Xbox360 also.

    Any help us out here?
     
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    I bought the Panasonic TH-42PZ80 yesterday and i had the same
    problem choosing between plasma and LCD as i am also a gamer

    But after seeing the 42PZ80 against all of sony's LCD's the plasma's PQ
    is so superior to any LCD i have ever seen in every way.

    To my knowledge screen burn simply doesn't happen any more with current plasma's
    you will get image retention but this is temporary and disappears quite quickly, if PQ is important
    to you and my god it should be, i would recommend the plasma even if that means you have to slightly limit
    the amount of time you spend gaming.
     
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    Hi LigerZero

    Do you have room for a 46" pz80, as Costco deal starts on Monday.

    £770 for a 46" is a very good price

    Do a search opn this site for details if you haven`t heard of this deal before.

    Also search for Costco on HotUKDeals - Deals - All as well
     
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    I think you'd be extremely lucky to find a new range Panasonic screen with all the features of the PZ80 for the money that the PZ80 is currently selling for.

    I've had mine for a week and have limited my gaming to an hour or a so at a time, and then had a break, turning the set to normal TV or just putting the screen on the snow (I don't use the built in tuner so it just goes to snow) which apparently helps to clear the image retention. I was initially worried about screen burn, and the main thing is to try to educate the Mrs into not leaving it in certain setups, i.e paused screen on PS3 etc. From the advice on here, run your plasma in for 200+ hours or so and then game away, but take breaks when playing games with static HUDs, speedos etc, etc and you should be fine.
    It's a great set by the way, keep hunting and you'll find a good deal.
     
  6. Zake202

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    I thought the set only required about 100hrs of break in?
     
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    Depends on what you read.

    Some people say they don't need any break-in, while other say 200hrs at <50% levels.

    There's also a few people saying to limit the first 1,000hrs as well.
     
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    What do you recommend specifically for the 42PZ80U?

    I planned to run the SD card break in for at least 120-150hours, which has 20images of different shades. In slide show mode at 30second intervals.

    How long could I play a game for? I'm starting to worry about the average use of the Tv. I leave it on one channel for anywhere from 2-8hours on some days.
     
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