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Dear Skyliners and Co..

As I know quite a few of us are into AV can anyone shed some light on these for me. I'm going to buy one but to be quite honest don't know the first thing about them. What is the best resolution, make, model, should I wait for ?, where to buy etc.,

Any help greatly appreciated :) .

glen

ps. Want to make sure it is a UK spec.
 

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My advice would be to wait, they are too expensive right now, like all electronics they will come down soon, nothing as yet has the picture quality of a tube tv and the biggest one of them is the 36", and best from all reports and the one i have is the Philips pure flat screen. which is about 2k.

If you want the daddy of big tellies, for for the sony KF50SX100(s) 50" screen, flat, really looks the B*****K's, www.sony.co.uk, about 4k, but doesn't have the picture quality of the tube telly. But its huge. For people who think size counts, oh yeah:D

As for the plasmas, they are around 9k+, thats for a normal TV size. London may be different but in the North East, its specialist.
 

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In one word ( Fujitsu )

I had an Fujitsu 42" for a while now and install Fujitsu 42/50" on a weekly basis and they are the best I have come across so far. The build quality is a bit more industial than other manufactors so they can take a knock or two. As for the picture i had a Sony 42" for a few months but when you saw the picture from the Fujitsu, you would think the Sony was a projection and not a plasma.

Check out
http://www.fujitsu-general.co.uk/02_plasma/mainframe.htm
 

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Yup I got a big one too :D .Funnily enough it a Phirips 9625 I think . Awesome picture . I preffered it to the Sony for the picys were slightly softer and looked less 'digitalised' . The best thing about it though is that it is in glorious go faster silver. :p
Next step is a projector but can't decide which one.

Glen ,get yourself a normal CRT telly for now .You said it yourself mate 'CRT is better '. I know they might not look as nice as plasma but the picture quality more than makes up for the looks ! If you are still set upon a plasma then go to Harrods or Selfridges and just look at them all to see which one you prefer.Also get some Home Cinema mags (I got loads you can borrow) . If I am not mistaken the 'daddy' of the plasmas at the mo ,is the Pioneer 50 incher:)eek: ) .I'll try and dig out the review for you .There is a also a couple of Home Cinema sites that have got forums on .
 

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Oooo errrr 50 inches!

Another cool thing to do is browse the entire UK and then contact John Lewis. These guys will price match any genuine internet price you find and they may even just deliver it for you and chuck in a half decent warrenty, now that cant be bad!

I agree with the Fujitsu suggestion and if you find a model you like check out www.pricerunner.co.uk and compare a load in one go and look at the pricing differentials.

Happy hunting.



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And no I do not work for John Lewis
 

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Not to sure

Im not that up to date with the price's at the moment, i can't get the exact price at work tomorrow. Like you said the price is dropping, I payed just short of 7K for the 42" and i think its around 5K now.

Bummer !
 

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where do you fit them wouldn't they get in the way of the airbags & restrict visability...

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Wow

Blinding responses guys. Even from the jokers amongst us :D .

Damn I thought I'd narrowed it down to the new Panasonic and the NEC MP3 but, my son did mention the Fujitsu so I'll wait for your reply Itchy.

Here's a site someone sent me (not you Guy I'm still going through yours ;) ) and good prices to boot.

http://www.ivojo.co.uk/plasma.htm

Oh and they are full UK spec so no overheating worries their.

Thanks.

glen
 

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I went through the big TV purchase myself lately, and considered a Plasma screen, but figured I'd only want another in 18 months when they're better developed and no doubt half the price, don't mind being an early adopter at slightly cheaper things, but £5k is loads for a TV. So in the end I went for a big Toshiba CRT (sonic silver ;)) with lots of features (Dolby digital, 100hz etc)... Its plenty good enough for now and in 18months or so I will get a plasma tv, and stick the tosh in the bedroom :)
 

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Another site

Damn I've got to get one though due to the nature of the place I've bought. Help.

Here is a really good site for info I've just found:

http://www.plasmatvbuyingguide.com/index.html

Panasonics gonna win I think :D .

Thanks for all your input guys. I'm not buying it for a couple of weeks so still time to change my mind. Damn it.

See Ya.

glen
 

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NEC / Fujitsu

These two are the best performers. Next time your watching the News or MTV look as what they are using, it will be one of the above. As with Panasonic take one apart and you will find its made by someone else, still good equipment though.
 

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Well its a price thing, you know the prices are high right now, but in 18 months will not be any where near what they are now, remember when DVD players came out they were 2 grand, now you get really good ones for 200 quid that are much better than the 2 grand ones, only about 2 years after they were 2 grand. And like ou said, technology in this field moves so quick, the ones 18 months down the road will be far superior, and you will regret forking out 7k
 

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Glen...............

Just went down this road.............Looked in Tokyo at a variety of brands - Thought the best was the Fujitsu in the 42inch range...........However on the Continent, Fujitsu is not official imported so we went for the 50inch Toshiba........Great picture.........A few places to check out in UK

http://www.kingmaker.co.uk/plasmas.htm
http://www.ivojo.co.uk/index.html


Only problem with the Toshiba is that it comes only in SILVER (no Bayside Blue model)...................
 

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I can get hold of plasma's at a reasonable (a f**k of alot cheaper than everyones quoted) price but still wouldn't have one at the mo as they have a shelf life. Ive got a 32" sony in the lounge and a 32" philips in the bedroom and prefer the philips but some of the newer sony's are rather tasty.

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Glen...I would have to agree with most peoples opinions....wait a bit longer! Prices of plasmas have already began to drop quite dramatically over the last year, but there is still more to come. I have been keeping a very close eye on this for a very long time...and sooner or later I will get one too. The top of the range at the momet is Fujitsu, both for quality and size....60 inch is the biggest they make. I saw this in Akihabara lately and it was very impressive. One thing you have to keep in mind is that Fujitsu, which is now owned by Hitachi-denki, makes the majority of the actual plasma displays, and is used by many makes. So you might think you are gettin something, while the actual display inside is still Fujitsu....so make sure you check as it would be cheaper to just get Fujitsu!
Actual quality is still a bit on the suspect side. There is still no way plasma is up to the quality of CRT HD tvs, and better still LCD HD tvs like Sharp makes. These are the top IMO, but are very expensive and the biggest size is 28"(LCD). If you watch DVDs on plasmas you wont really notice this lack of quality, but if you look at normal TV signal you will know what I mean. Not sure if it exists in the UK, but here HVTV has been going for over a year or so with the new digital system "BS Digital". Here you receive a direct digital stream which is decoded into High Vision video and in many cases 5.1 surround. Unless similar type of system, which maximizes quality of plasma viewing, is available I would personally wait.
Up to you really, but as with all thngs this expensive, make sure you take your favourite DVDs and test them out properly before you buy!:)
 

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A lot of home cinema magazines recommend The Mummy Returns, to use as a test DVD, for the colours and sweeping effects. It really does show the difference when checking both TV and DVD player.
 

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At work here we have quite a selection of Plasma Displays used for TV, video conferencing and so on.

The broad range of equipment we have means that we have some of the 1st generation screens and some of the newest on the market.

What I'm going to say next is purely my own opinion but, here goes;

Plasma technology is maturing, ie there is a massive difference in quality between the first models and the second generation, and that jump is significantly less between the second generation and the newest models.
This means that, as several people have pointed out, the price will now start to fall as most of the technical gains have already been made.
We compare Fujitsu, Panasonic, NEC and Pioneer each time we buy the screens and Pioneer always come out the best for 50 inch displays. Fujitsu & Panasonic are too close to split for 42 inch, probably coz Fujitsu make them both.

In summary - If you want 50 inches :eek: then get the latest Pioneer (503). If you want 42 then go for the Fujitsu.
If you want bigger than 50 then you should be spending your money on the GTR instead:D
 
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