The plasma bug has finally bitten me, after months of searching and debating. My partner is also almost interested.
However, which Plasma do I go for?
Size, 42 inches I feel, as the sofa is as good as 10 feet away from the wall were I shall; either hang or place the plasma on its stand.
However, which model should I go for? From the magazines, and some reading including the web, its either a Pioneer, Panasonic, or the Toshibas clones of the Panasonics.
This narrows the result down to
Pioneer - PDP-433MXE £3,844.30 (Incl vat) (A monitor!)
Pioneer - PDP-433HDE £5,313.12 (Incl vat) (Complete TV)
Panasonic TH-42PWD5BX VGA only - £3,362.23 (incl. vat) (Complete TV?) extra for BNC boards not completely sure whats that is for! :-( Sorry if Im being stupid!
Panasonic TH-42PWD4BX £3,663.30 (Incl vat) (no TV box?)
Toshiba Clone either the 42pw16 or 42PW27 (Panasonic series 4 or 5 respectively)
I get the impression that the Pioneer has the edge over picture quality, and has an extra inch. But it has no built in TV receiver. There fore I would have to use my cable (Telewest) digibox to watch any TV, together with my Yamaha DSP A1 amplifier. As yet I have not had the need to use my amp as a switching box as I use Scart/RGB connections for picture, though I could use a scart to S video lead perhaps (would I lose picture quality?)
This leads me onto the next question, of how to connect it all up.
My sources are:
Pioneer 717 DVD player scart (RGB output)
Pace Telewest Digibox scart (RGB output)
Pioneer 525 Laserdisc Player Scart, composite
Toshiba Video player Scart, composite
Obviously I will need to spend some dosh on those little trickery boxes such as an RGB to Component video. Would I need to buy two, one for my DVD, and the other for my cable box? Also, can it accept two composite inputs for the TV and Video?
If I were to go for a Panasonic (or its clone), would these problems be overcome, at least in part?
Additioanlly what about soem of the other models that are around such as samsung, or other Richer Sound deals (assuming that they have then in stock? Anyone offer interest free credit?
Im getting my self more and more confused
Think i shall post and go to bed, and deal with any responses when I'm less fogged by this information overload.
Thank you for any help, suggestions etc.