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The best value plasma for £1200

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by Newton's Ring, Apr 26, 2005.

  1. Newton's Ring

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    Hi,
    I've been reading these threads for the past couple of days and now my head's beginning to buzz. :suicide:

    I'm on a tight budget (£1200 altogether inc delivery if I can't collect). I already have a 5.1 surround system, SKY, DVD so I think all I need is a plasma. I don't think I need speakers or tuner - is that right?

    But is it possible to get a decent 42" plasma for this kind of money (or less!!)? I've looked at the ones in Tiny but read some of the bad stuff about them in these forums so think maybe I should give them a w i d e berth.

    Any ideas, links??

    Thanks for your help!! :lease:
     
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    Yes..But first thing first - avoid Tiny wotever you do.

    lots to choose from wiv da Panny range pw6/7 ..serach and ye shall find loads of inof here....
     
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    Thanks for the speedy response! :)

    I've just rang RS near me (Stockport) - they've got a 37" panny for £1000 (with no wall mount) or a 42" pw6 for £1300 - a bit over my price limit. Because I've been reading other posts about the LG RX11, I asked about them but he said they no longer did it 'cos it was an older model.

    Also, everywhere I ring try and sell me the extended warranty - should I not bother (like I say, my limit is really £1200)? The guy from RS said plasmas should last around the same life as CRTs so long as I don't put my foot through it.

    I hadn't thought about connecting my pc through it. Maybe in the future, but all I'm bothered about now is SKY, DVD and whether it will last (and how much I can get away with telling the wife it cost).

    Thanks again!! - Although I've still not made my mind up.
     
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    fyi the 37" panny has no speakers, no tuner and VGA input ONLY...
     
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    but as you have sky, dvd and surround system anyway..you don't need them, though you will need to consider inputs..one option if you want to stick with just the vga input you can get a scart box to plug teh dvd and sky into, plug that into a js technolgy rgb to vga converter and it will still be just about in (or a tad over) budget...shame though to have to go 37 when 42" is only a few quid more
     
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    if you HUNT high and low you may find a 42" PW7 with panny media bopx for £1300 ish, gtives you the connections you need to get going....(STAY away from 3rd poarty tuners sold by RS they are CRAP) see this thread http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=207079
     
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    go to john lewis getan lg rz42px11 and get them to price match crampton and moore.
    ull get the lg which is great as most people would now agree spesh for the money, and all the connections u need are there, for around £1200 and jl's 5 year warranty!
     
  9. Newton's Ring

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    Just nipped down to RS and found out about the inputs on the PW7 - they said it was effectively a monitor and I'd need a tuner box; they quoted a deal with screen protection and a hanging bracket all-in-all - £1500 and for a 37"

    They mentioned High Definition too - guess I've got no chance for £1200 (?) I can almost hear people laughing!

    Sorry about the budget but I appreciate your help. :rolleyes:
     
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    give the lg a go, jl are very good about returns too!

    and about ur budget, at the end of the day mate £1200 is a lot of money for for anything electrical espesh a tv and for most people its usually a months wage after tax too.
    ud be happy with the lg have a word with some of the lads on the lg side to get an idea of highs and lows of the panel and the best place to use for price matching
     
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    Check some local Shop@Panasonic shops. I got a 37" Panny PW7 for £999 including scart board and 3 year warranty. Add a stand or wall bracket and you can still add a decent scart lead within budget. Prices within different Shop@Panasonic shops do vary so try a few. I got mine in the Exeter shop which was about half the price of the Torquay shop 25 miles away. For me I didn't think the extra cost of a 42" was justified after seeing them side by side.
     
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    Rubbish they are monkeys with no clue what they are talking about, you need an input device, can be a media box (crap and expensive) a video card good but lots can be expensive (37" has space for 2), or a device to convert video to RGBHV (compatyible with the VGA input (start a £70 for one too convert RGB Scart from Sky and DVD to VGA) DONT beleive what RS tell you (any TV is just a monitor with some inputs)
     
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    I've just been having a look at the LG and I've rung JL but they don't price-match online deals and local stores have to be within 30 miles (of John Lewis, Cheadle).

    I'll have a look around here and see what offers are there. You're happy with the LG though?
     
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    Or the 37" panny PW7 from RS with a RGBHV device for around £1100. Like the price but does size matter?
     
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    5" in the diagnol isnt huge, have you considered secondhand? £1000 will get you a seconhand 42" with input boards and mount etc.....
     
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    I have but I'm worried about why they'd be getting rid of it and how much life is left in the old dog.
    Just to confuse matters, they had a nice looking Phillips (again 37") in the window @ RS (it wasn't switched on though) for £999 and I'd need the convertor thingy.

    If you had to spend my money what would you get? The older I get the harder it is for me to make a decision.
     
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    most people selling them now are selling to upgrade to HD screens £2.5k retail or 50" £3.5k (which is what a 42" SD res PW5 cost 2-3 years ago........) you can check the hours the screen has been used for and possibly even take out an Extended warranty on it......)if you do decide to buy S/H then make wure you see it running before parting with cash tho) original rcipts etc are worth asking for too...
     
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    What size CRT you got at the mo? You'll be surprised how quickly you get used to the size. I'd def go for 42" over 37" - especially if you like movies.

    I paid £1300 for a 42" PW6 - it's great!!

    Don't ever listen to the advice from RS staff (and the likes of Comet etc) - listen to the advice from the guys/gals on this forum (particularly Hornydragon). :smashin:
     
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    I've got a 32" Hitatchi widescreen (although it actually measures 29" viewable).
    I'm mostly in it for the movies. That Phillips also has a brightness ratio of only 700 cd/m2. Not sure if it's enough?! When/where did you get your PW6 and (!) has it come down since buying? Also, do you use a tuner?
     
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    Hi hornydragon,

    Any recommendations for where to buy secondhand plasma's? other than Ebay.... :mad: had a bad experience and it's put me off! :(
     
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    brightness is enough a PWD6 is lower on brightness, the 9946 is IMO CRAP but search for 37PF9946 and see what pops up...
     
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    Off the classifieds here mate, Ex Dealer demo stoick is good too TBH i would never buy S/H unseen and would want to meet the owner and see it in its natural habitat.....
     
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    I was looking at this and got excited before I realised that with VAT on top I might as well just go round the corner to RS. Nevermind...

    http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=5768988173&rd=1&sspagename=STRK:MEWA:IT&rd=1

    So it's a title fight between the PW6 (to keep within budget) and the LG RZ-42PX11. The LG is about £1255 (slightly over) but I can't find the best price for the PW6 and what else I need to get me up and running. If I get the RGBHV convertor together with the panny pw6 will that be enough??

    Thanks again for all your help guys!!
     
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    Hey hornydragon,

    Embarrassed to ask this but where is the classified section? or do I have to trawl through all the advertisers?

    I'm not thick honest! just can't find what i'm looking for, mind you someone once told me "It's far better to be thought an idiot than to open your mouth & remove the doubt"! :D

    Cheers
     
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    AVOID EBAY for plasma!!!! Ebhay full stop is over priced...... a JS RGB>VGA adapter or Syncblaster cable and PWD6/PW6/PW7/PWD7 will be ideal
     
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    its here mate http://www.avforums.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=62
     
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    Cheers mep,

    Very kind of you :thumbsup: & thanks hornydragon :smashin:
     
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    :blush:
    Any ideas where I can get a panny PW6 (or pw7) for around £1200??
     
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    Someone told me the same........
     

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