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Topic # 102711 20-May-2012 20:34 Send private message

I've got a Samsung series 6 40" LCD purchased end of 2009. LA40B650. I want to sell it and get a 2nd hand Panasonic plasma. What would be a comparable model? I reckon I can get $450 for the LCD and then Spend 450-800 on a Plasma. Reasons:
A.Want better blacks for night movie watching.
B.Want a TV that won't emmit tuns of infrared interference which makes me HTPC remote sluggish.

I will be only using this with an HTPC. Must be 1080p.

Any input much appreciated.





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  Reply # 628063 20-May-2012 21:04 Send private message

If you can find someone parting with a smaller 2011 model in order to get a larger 2012 model, then that will probably be your best option. Keep in mind that the models with 'X' are 720p panels and the U/UT models don't have AR filters.

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  Reply # 628082 20-May-2012 21:50 Send private message

Almost all televisions auctioned on Trademe are either old, low end or overpriced. You can still buy one of the last 2011 model P42ST30Zs new for $989 which may be a better option in your case.

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  Reply # 628091 20-May-2012 22:00 Send private message

^ they must be getting pretty thin on the ground now. We're in that awkward stage where the new models aren't all out and the old ones have dwindled.



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  Reply # 628120 20-May-2012 23:22 Send private message

Hmmm good point. What about rs-232 control? Looks like I'd need to go to a vt30 for that? $++ hmmmm I wonder if I'd be able to get a 42vt30 for around 1k as they run them out? Dream'n ay.



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  Reply # 628121 20-May-2012 23:28 Send private message

mcraenz: Hmmm good point. What about rs-232 control? Looks like I'd need to go to a vt30 for that?


I don't know if our models had rs-232 support. The UK/EU GT and VT did via a 3.5mm jack IIRC.



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  Reply # 628122 20-May-2012 23:32 Send private message

Ok, anyone able to check theirs? My Samsung has rs-232 via 3.5mm jack, lets fully control the TV, as long as it's already on!! Grrrrrrrr.



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  Reply # 628196 21-May-2012 09:22 Send private message

The NZ manual shows an audio out jack where the service jack is located on the british model.

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  Reply # 628209 21-May-2012 09:44 Send private message

They can be had, I got this for $999 http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=465851446 and it really has only done 400 hours.

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  Reply # 628267 21-May-2012 11:31 Send private message

Having a look at Pricespy and priceme you can get a full hd panasonic plasma 42" for $700, if you can visit some place called Magness Benrow or are in the Auckland area which they deliver around then you can currently get a 42" 3d Panasonic Plasma on sale for $700 which is pretty damn good and makes me wish I was in Auckland, I'd be selling my plasma and buying one of these. Dick Smith have non 3d full hd 40"s for $799.

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  Reply # 628417 21-May-2012 15:49 Send private message

I've seen the 42" full HD Panasonic's for under $650 in Chch, so it's not impossible whatsoever.
I would suggest picking up a NeoPlasma over a traditional non-neo every single time, but it may well be outside of the budget of the OP.



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  Reply # 628469 21-May-2012 17:34 Send private message

fahrenheit: The NZ manual shows an audio out jack where the service jack is located on the british model.
Bugger.

Yeah I've seen a number of models ~42" Well under 1K But as mentioned above some of these models have some deficiencies. I.e. Some models which a 1920x1080 resolution but are not 1080p. Or Don't have AR filter. What I'm saying is that I want the all the best features but I don't want to pay for them. Is that so unreasonable? Tongue Out 

I think a G30 of GT30 is what I need...hmmmm. 



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  Reply # 628487 21-May-2012 18:18 Send private message

G30's do not exist... nor do 42GT30's - well not in NZ, only 42U30's, 42UT30's, 42ST30's and 42VT30's.
42ST is do-able price wise, but the 42VT30 will probably be sold out well before it has a chance to go under 1k.
Pony up the cash, or you'll be left reading about your new TV on-line rather than watching it in your home...



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  Reply # 628503 21-May-2012 19:09 Send private message

Yes, you raise some interesting points. Perhaps ST is a good option then. Whats the difference between GT and ST? I'm only concerned with 2D picture quality. Back to the internets for more reading...



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  Reply # 628534 21-May-2012 19:48 Send private message

The GT is a THX cert TV with improved styling (the bezel doesn't look fugly) and it comes with both ISF and THX options. The wifi dongle comes in the box and... um... I guess the rest is on the NZ Panasonic website - do a comparison and you should be mint.
But as the GT doesn't exist in the size you're considering, well, the 42ST30 would have to be the best choice right?



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  Reply # 628541 21-May-2012 20:02 Send private message

I just want to make sure I dont downgrade, my series 6 is still a pretty nice TV, I suspect the X, U, UT would be a downgrade. ST should be superior.



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