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what plasma ? ?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by jibber, Apr 21, 2005.

  1. jibber

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    ok i've been looking for a plasma now for two weeks and i really cannot decide on which one to buy.. ? ?

    at the moment i'm kind of leaning towards the panasonic vierra 42"...

    also i know a friend who works in the tv repair shop and he swears that thompson are a good quality tv? ?...

    hitachi are good spec but poor reliability so i've been finding out..

    any other views...

    all help would be good..., soory to be a pain if this is opening up a can of worms again but i'm really getting fed up of researching and if all you pep's out there have already done this it's a great time saver :)

    jibber.
     
  2. Anthall

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    You mention a Viera.

    I dont think you will find any unhappy Viera oners on here.

    I personaly dont think you can go wrong with one, after
    a viewing that is.

    Just dont buy from Comet / Currys etc, go to John Lewis and
    price match or there are some reliable on line retailers
    such as AV sales.
     
  3. jibber

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    ok thanks for the info.

    this is what i was thinking of

    Panasonic TH42PE30B, VIERA 42" High-Definition Plasma TV with Integrated FREEVIEW Digital Tuner and Speakers
    £1,914.99 inc. VAT

    free delivery and interest free for 6months..

    anyone like to comment on this ??..

    would anyone know if this supports the HDTV ??..


    thanks in advance..

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  4. Anthall

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    Bargain,

    That cost me an extra £1,000 when i bought it 6 months
    ago. Best thing ive ever bought, well except for this Jam doughnut
    im about to eat, but thats only gunna last forty seconds.

    :smashin:
     
  5. Moncs

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    The PE50 is NOT High Definition, if your after HD then the new PV500 models are out at the end of May.



     
  6. Anthall

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    P.s. IT Doesnt Support HD, (if thats of major concern)?
     
  7. jibber

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    thnks again for the swift reply..

    so what are the pv500 models going to be like ?? i take it because they are new i'm looking at a price of around £3k upwards ??..

    basically i'm going to be xbox'ing, filim watching and general tv watching at present...

    next thing on the list after tv will be home cimema speaker setup as i have a sony 5:1 cinema amp with reciever.., i know there are better out there but at the time of purchase it was the best going...

    anyhow any disadvantages of going for the viera pe30 ??... as i noticed that it is discontinued.. in some places..
     
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    Hi,

    I've had my 42PE30 for almost a year and I am really chuffed. Don't forget with plasma's you need to let it settle down for a month or so and then tweak the settings to get the best picture. There is a DVD available called Digital Video Essentials that will help setup the plasma. Search the forums for where to buy. It's also worth investing in some good quality cables as well. I bought some Mark Grant component cables to connect my DVD player and they are the d's b's. Bad cabling really shows up of high quality sets.

    What you will find on these forums is opinion, everyone has one and is entitled to one. If you are satisfied that a) you have been to a good AV shop and compared at least 2 or 3 plasmas of similar price and quality, b) the high definition issues does not (and will not) bother you come 2006 and c) you are sure you want a plasma TV rather than a plasma panel (without the tuner, speaker integration etc) then go for it. It is still one of the best plasma TV's on the market.

    Hope that helped.
     
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    moncs just looked at the link..

    looks very nice.. but is it worth paying £300 extra for it compared to the pe30 version ?...

    trouble is i started out looking and the price was around the £1k, since looking and investigating i've grown up to current price of £2,150, if i choose the pv500 then i'm up to near on £2,400... will i ever stop ?..

    i think i have to make a decision between the pe30 and the pv500.., as i think the other half will chop the working man's parts from me if i go higher on purchase price..

    not being that technical on the plasma front what advice is best between these two models other than price ?..., and i'm not one for buying the latest modle etc.. just because it's the most recent model..
     
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    lol that doughnut would be like homer simpson to me gone in 5 seconds, 40 seconds would be touture to me... heh heh
     
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    Jibber,

    If your not Anal and wanting the latest equipment all the time,
    you really wont go wrong with the 30B. If you want to have the
    most upto date (panasonic) plasma for a month then go for the next
    and newest model.

    The decision is yours. :rolleyes:
     
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    don't buy a pe30 when the new pe50 is already out and the pv500 is literally round the corner. The new models are cheaper anyway!
     
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    cheers bud,

    as not knowing that info is why i posed up the question... :)

    guess i'm in for the cheaper rather than the latest version..

    better start looking round for deals, but i think the one i found may be the cheapest so far..

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    If you want to save a few hundred quid definately go for the PE50 with free DVD recorder - from John Lewis, and they give you free delivery.
     
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    The pe50 is actually cheaper than the pe30
     
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    well i ahd not considered the pe50 and not even looked into what spec it is...

    so can someone somerise in short what is the differences between the three models ? ?...

    Panasonic pe30, pe50 and pv500..

    and i was thinking of getting the pedastall stand now instead of the wallmount bracket... any suggestions on that too ?, i.e wall mount, pedastall and floor stand...

    thanks for all your help so far people's it's a great help !..

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    Basic summary:

    PE30 - old model 7th series panel, standard definition (852x480)
    PE50 - new model 8th series panel, better picture, standard definition (852x480)
    PV500 - new panel, high definition (1024x720), memory card slot (for recording MPEG4 video) more features

    The PV500 is not out yet, so wait until it has been reviewed before buying, and go see it for yourself - but it should be good.

    IMO If you want a future proof plasma and can afford the extra, get the PV500, if not get the PE50.
     
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    uh huh,
    read and understood :)

    guess i'll buy some binoculars and sit with my little 14" portable for a while... lol

    not long to wait now for the pv500 :)

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    wait for the new panasonic, its definately going to be worth the wait. I just wonder if they are going to release a PW8 to coinside? Which would be awesome as i dont really like the look of the VIERA, as well as i dont like having ARSENAL football players plastered on my stuff, wouldnt buy an HENRY Vacum either lol

    Budget? why do u start off looking at a price ive given up doing that i think £1.5k then it jst goes up then u want good scarts good hdmi leads audio leads all bracket cups of tea beer etc.. its just one thing after the other
     
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    been looking at the pv500 at different shops (kind of pre order thing)

    the cheapest price i found so far was £2,400 (just under) which included a wall mounted bracket..

    anyone care to suggest a good buyer with a challenging market price too ??..

    jibber.
     
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    I saw the PE50 over the weekend at John Lewis, High Wycombe, and it compared very well with the Pio 435 & Hitachi 7200 with split feed of Monsters Inc DVD. It also shot the LG out of the water on digital tv (snooker). Caveat - I can't comment on the connection methods but I think they were all from a common source and on RGB scart.

    However, since I don't want the built in speakers, etc, I'd rather stick with a PWD7. How much of a backwards step in PQ is PWD7, compared to the PE50?
     
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    does anyone know when in may the new pv500 tv is going to be released ? ?..

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    Theo, a PWD7 is as good as the connection method. It can be better than a Viera, or not quite as good if you are just going to connect it with scart.
     
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    i was just thinking i've only really looking at the panasonic i guess from the reviews it's had and marketing sense..

    what other models are out there which are just as good if not better ? ?

    i mean from the thousands of manufactures is there anything on par with the vierra ? ?...

    i think at the moment i've kinda got the pv500 in mind...

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    jsut been out for lunch at the ol tv shop lakes, they had the 37, 42 and a 50" panasonic there...

    in my eyes the th50pw30 looked the best... (also the 50" just made it look so much better than the 42"..)

    so i think i'm going to go and buy the th50pw30 unless andyone can stop the temptation.. ? ?..


    oh in lads the price was a mere £3399.90, but i'm guessing i can save a few pennies by ordering online somewhere...:)

    jibber..
     
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    The PE30 has a PC input and the PE50 does not. In case you need to know.

    Regards
     
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    jonsie, thanks for the info, i'm not really sure that i would use a pc through the plasma, but i do know that the 50" did look so much better than the 42", i know it's only a couple of inches but sometimes that's all that is needed :rotfl:

    guess i need to start looking again at what plasma's range is within the 50" and compare them....

    i know i sound like an indesivive person but i have to make the right choice because of the ammount i would spend on a tv...

    anyone on this forum had good experiances with 50" plasma's...

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    I had a seriously bad experience installing one once, nothing to do with the plasma, everything to do with the 2 lovely boys and their matching puppies.... The big 50" advantage is they are all hi res, the pixel pitch is smaller than a SD 42". I personally can't imagine not connecting a PC to a plasma, we do Sainsbury's online on a friday evening from the sofa with a glass of wine. That's got to be more civilised than dents in your car door and wonky wheels on your trolley, or disappearing off to the study for that matter. Also, a computer connection is where you connect a video scaler, which you might not be considering now, but many here would consider it foolish to permanently rule out.
     

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