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Old 05-11-2007, 16:10   #1
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Pan.TH-42PX70...or...PioneerPDP-428XD?

Hello all,

Just been soaking up the What HI-Fi Sound and Vision magazine here. It conveniently guides me at the time I'm looking for a new TV.

The Pioneer 428XD I can see for about £1500 inc. delivery, and the Panasonic 42PX70 at £747 inc. del. (digitaldirect.co.uk)

Quite a difference between the two...is the difference worth it?

Many thanks,

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I'd advise seeing them both in action (if you haven't already)

I'd say yes it is worth the difference, but I'm biased
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Go for the Panasonic would be my personal opinion.
Technically there doesn't seem to be a great deal between the 2 other than the price.
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There's a big enough difference seeing them side by side, properly calibrated though. Not sure if there's £700 worth of difference, but only you can decide that.
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Get the Panny and spend the difference on a shiny new HTPC with a BR and HD DVD player.
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Get the Panny and spend the difference on a shiny new HTPC with a BR and HD DVD player.
Yes, I think that's what I am inclined to think. Though sorry, please confirm definition for 'BR' and 'HTPC'.

My last TV (still in the lounge going great) is a Toshiba 32" CRT, and it was all a little bit easier then!

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Old 05-11-2007, 18:20   #7
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Got it! Home theatre PC with a Blue Ray?!
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Nick head over to the avforums and read the respective threads in their television forums.
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Old 05-11-2007, 19:31   #9
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Yes thank you will have a gander.

I presume you mean to research the TV's there?

Another line to say that to compare them next to each other seems a rather difficult task. Unless they are running side by side in the store, I will never be able to recall the image on one as I get to the next...you know?

As a result, I will trust the reviews and others comments :-)

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Any decent 'proper' av shop will gladly let you demo their sets however you please. You don't have to buy the set there obviously
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Basicaly Pioneer>Panny>Samsung.

That said there is shag all difference between all 3 unless you are a complete HDTVphile. I would even go as far as to say your average joe on the streets wouldn't be able to tell any difference if you did the pepsi test on him.

So unless you are like the above said HDTVphile do what I did, get the cheapest set (I opted for the Samsung Q96/97 as it was £620 when I got it) and spend the difference on a HTPC (you were correct a Home Theatre PC ) and fill it with HD material to enjoy your new telly.
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I'd argue that there is more than shag-all difference...an orgy-all at least...with second dippings

Actually scrub what I said about the AV Forums. If you are more of a casual toe-dipper in the format, buy the Panny, save the cash, and just enjoy the set, as you will know no different that way.

Reading the avforums can make you find faults you had never seen before.
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Well whilst this is a once in ten years purchase for me, I think it's fair to say I could 'afford' the Pioneer. I also do a fair bit of photography so appreciate a good image. I think my movie viewing rate would increse too with a screen like these.

Don't want to be kicking myself for not going the extra mile now.

Have been studying the Pioneer web site, and I really like the idea of 'Kuro', the ambient light adjuster, even touches such as the SD card reader ;-)

My next camera will be HD output, so this will count. I don't get freeview as I'm in a big dip so that's not an issue really.

I own a Dell 9150 which has the XP media centre...is this along the lines you're talking? It's in the office above the TV room though, and are you saying I can buy a HD drive, slot it in the PC and run it down into said TV?

I feel a bit of an amateur all of a sudden!

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Worth resarching the whole 24Hz treatment that the Kuro offers too as it certainly makes film watching a whole lot more smoother. I have no idea if the Panny supports this mode too though.

I don't think the SD card reader is anything to get excited by by the way
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Yeah, I think you're right re the SD reader! I'm easily drawn in lol.

Do you mean the 24 fps second feature on the Kuro?

What HiFi comments on the Panny's 24 fps feature so that's an affirmative.
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BTW, what's the best way to buy this type of kit?

Is it still best to trawl the net for the cheapest or are there a few set 'best places'?

Thank you guys.
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BTW, what's the best way to buy this type of kit?

Is it still best to trawl the net for the cheapest or are there a few set 'best places'?

Thank you guys.
Depends.
You can buy from a local store and potentially get the 5 year panny warranty. Though not all stores offer this, the independant ones do as do Richer Sounds. Or you can get John lewis to price match a store (Must be within 8 miles) and take advantage of their own 5 year warranty.

Of finally find the cheapest price on the web and but that. Sound & Vision have the panny with the wall bracket for around £760.
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If you are buying before 22nd November, get a copy of the current issue of Home Cinema Choice (with THX disc), & there is an advert from Richer Sounds, listing the Panasonic 42PX70 including pedestal for £749, then take it along to RS, & they should honour that price, & you can send off for the 5 year warranty from Pansonic via a mail in form.

Hope this helps

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If you are buying before 22nd November, get a copy of the current issue of Home Cinema Choice (with THX disc), & there is an advert from Richer Sounds, listing the Panasonic 42PX70 including pedestal for £749, then take it along to RS, & they should honour that price, & you can send off for the 5 year warranty from Pansonic via a mail in form.

Hope this helps

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Hi Delh. I assume you mean to take it to JL?

I did phone my local branch (Cribbs Bristol) and they could not find one in stock with RS, and so could not match the price.

Is it only JL that offer the 5yr warranty...RS don't?

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Hi Delh. I assume you mean to take it to JL?

I did phone my local branch (Cribbs Bristol) and they could not find one in stock with RS, and so could not match the price.

Is it only JL that offer the 5yr warranty...RS don't?

Thank you.

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If u can get to a RS, Panasonic are giving 5 yr warranties on the 42PX70's until the end of Nov, thru' independent dealers ~ RS being one of them. The £749 price is valid for people who have a copy of HCC until 22nd Nov.You have to send a photocopy of your receipt & a form RS should give you, & you get a certificate back with the extended warranty. There is a link somewhere that fills you in, i'll try & find it!

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