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Topic # 15044 1-Aug-2007 11:20
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Have finally moved into a new house but unfortunately or old flatmate has taken his 42 inch plasma with him. Me and the wife are getting sick of watching TV on the 14 inch so need to upgrade big time! She has left the choice in my hands -bless her- and am thinking of a 32 inch since our lounge is quite small. The Sony was my first choice and was impressed by the lack of blur due to their Motion Flow technology. However I have heard through reviews that the Panasonic TX32LX700A is just as good if not better. Both are retailing at around $2499. If anyone has any advice or experience with either model let me know.

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Reply # 80723 1-Aug-2007 13:10
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I have a sony V series 40" and its great. I also have a small room and find that 40" is not to big. I went from a 32" crt - didnt want to pay all that $$ for the same screen size. I sit approx 4-5mtr away.




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  Reply # 82603 16-Aug-2007 13:45
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Thanks, I was quite keen on the Sony too that was until I went to The Shed in Papatoetoe and saw the Panasonic on sale for $1743 half of what most retail shops are selling this for. The shop assitant couldn't explain why it was so cheap but I do know a lot of there stock is ex display screens. If you have experience with The Shed enlighten me please.

Also I want to get Freeview, is there a set top box that allows you to watch one channel while taping the other?

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  Reply # 82626 16-Aug-2007 17:14
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Also I want to get Freeview, is there a set top box that allows you to watch one channel while taping the other?


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Depends what you want to record the channel onto.

Ideally you want a freeview compatible PVR that will record onto a HD.

If you want to record onto a VCR you could use 2 freeview STBs.




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  Reply # 82627 16-Aug-2007 17:17
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Thats quite cheap, the best price I have seen the Pana is $2150 (15% off).



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  Reply # 82628 16-Aug-2007 17:34
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Just checked Bond and Bond junk mail and the Panasonic is now $1998. At the moment I want to tape to VHS but HD in the future, don't wan to really fork out for two STB's

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  Reply # 82631 16-Aug-2007 18:22
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JimBoB72: Just checked Bond and Bond junk mail and the Panasonic is now $1998. At the moment I want to tape to VHS but HD in the future, don't wan to really fork out for two STB's


There aren't any STBs that can output two different channels, you will only find PVR devices, like our myPVR, that can do multiple channels.

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  Reply # 82641 16-Aug-2007 19:53
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I would go Samsung LCD, 32" pretty cheap and very good (they make panels with sony)
$1595 at bonds http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/audiotv/tv/lcd-tvs/samsung-la32s81bx-32-lcd-tv-jasmine-96957/index.html



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  Reply # 82684 17-Aug-2007 09:11
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Ill throw another suggestion in the ring..

bond and bond have a great deal on a 1080p display at the moment, its a full hd 37" for $1993. Its an akai, so not the best brand out, but  dont let that put you off!! after doing some investigating its actually a very nice panel!! did i mention 1920x1080 full hd panel for under $2k?

http://www.bondandbond.co.nz/shop.do?cID=111&pID=5086

it is in fact a rebranded amoi screen but from what these guys at DV forum in Aus dug up its a quality screen with 1:1 pixel mapping etc etc (admitedly they are looking at the 42" version but its the same series of screen) 28 page forum devoted to it, there was some problems with it but for your avg person you wont run into these.

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=40268&st=0

and some pics of the screen in action (at least check these out)

http://cchrisc.cc.funpic.de/Pics/Amoi_LCD_paragon/

Looks good to me! right price and does what i need it to do. im dropping into my local bond and bond on the weekend to have a look and possible pick one up

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  Reply # 82932 20-Aug-2007 10:22
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FYI.

Just picked up one of the Panasonix LX700's from the Appliance Shed for $1783.

The price was dropped because they were opening a new branch at West Auckland.
I assume it was put in as a loss leader as they were not seconds (sealed in the box with factory warrantee)

Really nice TV, crisp clear piccie. Connected it to my upscaling DVD player (Philips 5965) and it
produced really nice 720p display. Better than a couple others had I tested with.

The menu setup was limited more than some others but the channel surfing was almost as fast as I could press
the button.
Now I'm trying to find my DVI->HDMI cable to hook up the Computer

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  Reply # 83807 25-Aug-2007 21:45
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geekiegeek: I have a sony V series 40" and its great. I also have a small room and find that 40" is not to big. I went from a 32" crt - didnt want to pay all that $$ for the same screen size. I sit approx 4-5mtr away.


I have a Sony V series too! :D  except its 32". Love it so much..

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