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Topic # 85805 25-Jun-2011 12:22 Send private message

Hi I'm thinking about purchasing this tv purely for connecting to a HTPC for media.  I don't know much about tv's and have been trying to figure out if i should go with plasma or lcd. I noticed alot of the plasma tv's don't support 1920 X 1080 but this model does. Also im wanting to know if this matters. For instance if i was watching some tv series on this tv, the normal 350mb size , i think the res of those are much less than 1920 X 1080, would it look very pixilated?

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  Reply # 485873 25-Jun-2011 19:46 Send private message

Just so you know...
The U series Panasonic's only offer 1920x1080 for still images... when it comes to moving images they can only create 900 lines of resolution.
If you want a Full HD (1080p) experience, you'll need to move up to the TH-P42ST30z.

However, seeing as a lot of your movies are only going to be SD or lower (?) - then you needn't worry too much. If, however you enjoy BluRay or gaming, it's a different story.
What resolution does your HTPC output?

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  Reply # 486016 26-Jun-2011 12:33 Send private message

Panasonic's specs say its full HD 1920x1080

http://www.panasonic.co.nz/viera/plasma/th-p42u30z.html

Best try it out with your source material before buying.

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  Reply # 486668 27-Jun-2011 23:50 Send private message

The TH-P42U30 has a green panel! Number one reason not to buy it! Just turn it off and you will see what I'm on about it, the blacks are as good as the panel colour, never buy a green panel! Can't believe Panasonic brought out the X30 and U30's with those panels! Bah! I'm grumpy.

Buy the ST30 as Dunnersfella recommends, Enough said.

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  Reply # 486786 28-Jun-2011 11:19 Send private message

Don't look at the Samsung plasmas then... red panels...
I wouldn't call the U series Panasonic's green, more grey.

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  Reply # 486814 28-Jun-2011 12:08 Send private message

Unless you live in a batcave, any Pana plasma with 'U' in the model number should just be avoided. Giant mirror.

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