What is a Panasonic TH-42PHD8E?

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  1. imagi

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    I have been searching for a plasma for a while now and am hesitant to go for something with only 480 lines. Today I came accross an ad for a Panasonic TH-42PHD8E which is retailing for 1.820,00 EUR on http://www.idealo.de/preisvergleich/OffersOfProduct/329432_-th-42phd8e-panasonic.html. (I am located in Germany).

    Unfortuanately I cannot find much about it on the net. The most I could find was this PDF. Is this product part of a greater range at Panasonic or a one off?

    Any opinions on the display. I plan on using it with a VGA line in from my HTPC (running MythTV)?

    Any opinions on it would be very useful.
     
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    Many people on this forum would give up parts of their body to own this panel, particularly at that price! It's the hi def commercial panel, it may be near perfect, but we don't actually know cos they are not yet out in UK
     
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    1.900 €?!?! I would say go for it, and don't look back!

    I just boght a PWD8 for around 1.800 € though including wall mount and delivery, but still!! If I had seen that one, I would have gotten that one! But I'm still very happy with my PWD8 ;)
     
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    Sadly I think the site has cocked up - if you look at the order code it refers to the 42pwd8, which retails for about £1500 here. All the other searched sites turn up the PHD8 at about 2500 euros, which sounds more realistic.

    As you are in Germany, it wold be good to phone them and let us all know the outcome.

    :oops:
     
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    I will call first thing in the morning.

    Incidentallly, this display only list a vga input but other's in the range have input modules.

    Would I be able to add a DVI input to this model?

    S.
     
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    Yes you will, it has 3 slots to play with.
    The vga port will take component also.
     
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    I have ordered it as a 30th birthday present to myself and taken screen grabs of the order site, specs etc incase I have problems.

    Will post back and let you know how I get on with it.

    Once it is confirmed (will call tomorrow), I will need a mounting bracket. Anything I should watch out for or are the 3rd party ones much the same?

    S.
     
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    as I wait for a PHD 8 test unit from panasonic germany as well , i can confirm that
    not even pressunits have been sent out ...

    if by a computeruniverse error you can pick a 42" PHD for under 2000 euros here in germany sit in your car and drive..... as fast as you can and pick it up

    street price for the PHD 8 will be 2400-2500 €

    perhaps slightly coming down @ christmas
     
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    Just spoke with them and they confirmed the order. Should be with them in 2 days and me next week.

    I will however hold off buying a wall bracket just incase.

    S.
     
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    There is no scaler in a phd8, right?
     
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    just ordered one for 1820 € and they confirmed the order as well ! :devil: :devil: :devil:

    will pick it up in Friedrichsdorf (near Frankfurt) -

    wonder when they realize that
    there is something going wrong :devil: :devil: :devil:

    ***Panasonic expects a streetprice not under 2400 € for the PHD8 ( 42PV500 is 2700-2800 € here)
     
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    Without wishing to be a doom-monger, the retailer site selling at 1820 Euros includes this statement on their website:
    I think this means it is a PWD8 which has been mis-categorised. Good luck, thought!
     
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    for sure ..
    same thing happened some weeks ago with a LG -37 " tft panel here, which was mis-categorised but the onlineshop sold 2 panels 600 € below streetprices
    before they corrected it ........

    lets see - .... and hope ... current german internet laws :
    the confirmation e-mail has no relevancy , when the shop hits the shipping info mail button you are in business.
     
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    I received this back from them:

     
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    davsdu

    Every Plasma Display on the market includes a scaling engine - otherwise you would only ever be able to Input a fixed resolution fixed refresh rate signal.

    The TH-42PHD8BK (Charcoal) and TH-42PHD8BS (Silver) accept video signals in all manner of formats from Composite through to High Definition Digital; plus a range of PC formats.

    Once you settle on the TH-42PHD8 you then decide if you stick with the on-board video processing or splash out on an external Video Processor to enhance what you see on screen from your SD and HD sources.

    Best regards

    Joe
     
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    Just to be sure; when you write BK or BS in the end of the model number, then that corresponds to the german EK or ES, correct? http://www.produkte.panasonic.de/pr...rofessionelle|[email protected]&altMod=N&upper=&prop=
     
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    davsdu

    The E suffix indicates its supplied via Panasonic Europe - the B suffix Indicates its delivered via Panasonic UK.

    Identical or not? Not sure - there have been minor differences in the past.

    Warranty may differ too - B suffix models are now supplied with a Two Year Warranty from Panasonic UK - I doubt this will apply to E suffix stock imported into the UK.

    Best regards

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    Warranty wise, I had a good read of the warranty booklet, having just installed a PWD8 at the M-I-L's (!!!) The PWD now comes with the little 'pan european' warranty book, which read as if it were a standard Panasonic warranty, specifically stating that 'commercial' products still only had 1 year. This surprised me a bit. Are they considering the PWD a commercial product, even when installed in a domestic setting?
     
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    I live in Denmark and I'm getting it from Germany. I have checked the specs and they look to be 100% identical. According to the German dealer, there is a 2 year Paneuropean warranty.
     

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