Views on NEC 42XM2

mistuk

Standard Member
Hi there,

The specs on the NEC 42XM2 look good. Anyone seen one in the flesh? Are they any good?

Kev
 
L

Lizzard

Guest
According to some sources i've read in USA it's the best plasma in that size you can buy right now, outperforms both the Panny 6-series and Pioneer models.

It's much lower price also....

Can it get better?
 

kaspj

Standard Member
AV-Sales have got it listed. Liam what's the ETA?

Great spec. Comprehensive inputs. More flexible DVI resolutions. R, G & B settings can be adjusted individually. Point to note, the commercial Grey model does not have HDCP-DVI, only standard DVI (assuming european models are the same). Silver model does.

But contrast ratio? brightness?

Very promising though. Owner on the AVS Forums over the moon with his.

JP.
 

mystex

Standard Member
This NEC Plasma has now caught my eye. I had my heart set on the Pioneer 433 (which can be had for £2999inc now), but now I've seen this, its thrown a spanner in the works! Will the NEC be better in general then Pionner? I really need a plasma that is fully HDTV compatible....
 

mistuk

Standard Member
Just spoke to Liam at av-sales. First time I've called them - he seemed really helpful. Stock levels seem good direct from NEC, except for the silver stand. Although Liam did say he could get them quite quickly.

ALL I need to do now is convince the wife.....

Kev
 

mistuk

Standard Member
OK, confusion reigns over this plasma. According to the stuff on nec uk's website, it appears to be a 10-bit color display - 256 levls - 16.7 million colours

NEC UK Specs - 42XM2

However, on the NEC website in the US it says 4096 steps - 68.7 billion colours.

NEC US Specs - 42XM2

Which is right? NEC UK didn't seem to know.....
 

mistuk

Standard Member
Just had it confirmed from NEC that the 42XM2 is 12-bit colour sampling, not 8 (or 10) as their UK specs suggest. I think I might have to go for one of these in the near future!

Kev
 
L

Lizzard

Guest
Do you need a scaler for this plasma to achieve the best possible picture quality?
 

Nabs

Novice Member
keep us posted sounds good
 
L

Lizzard

Guest
Strange....it seems someones post dissappeared that was posted yesterday?

Anyway, can someone post some pictures of their XM2's?

Would be nice to see some close pictures of it:)
 

kaspj

Standard Member
That'll be mine. I've decided to go with my original plan and buy a 42HD Panny, which until last week had always been my intention. Why? well the specs on the NEC are certainly impressive but there are too many concerns for me that won't be answered by the end of this month (purchase time). Black level performance (in a dark room) big concern, contrast ratio not published, brightness level not published etc. I not happy to buy relying solely on comments on the AVS Forum (although a very helpful thread), with no other UK feedback at this stage. Also I'm not encouraged by a UK review of the 42VP4G (grey pixel noise etc).

http://www.whathomecinemamag.com/cgi-bin/displayreview.php?reviewid=3597

The NEC may turn out to be superb. Other people, looking to buy further down the road perhaps, should obviously keep their eye on this panel. The NEC is just not the one for me.

regards,

JP.
 

kurtz

Active Member
I see What HiFi did a review of the 42XM2 in Jan 2004, but I don't have that issue. They called it "Very impressive and thoroughly competent" and gave it four stars.

Anyone know why they docked it a star? The Panasonic 42" SD and Pioneer 43" HDE got 5 stars; looks like it was a group test.

Rob
 

AV Geeza

Active Member
Anyone got any more info on this screen?
Contrast & brightness figures?
 

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