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Topic # 28931 16-Dec-2008 17:05
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Hi guys,

Was just at Harvey Normans and they have the Panasonic TH42PZ850AZ (with iDTV) reduced to $2621. Looked good in store but as with all places, the screens and display areas are 'tuned' to make all screens look fantastic. I was wondering if anyone has this plasma ad has any thoughts why I shouldn't get it?

I intend to hang it on a wall which unfortunately limits me to 42inches or less. I generally watch sports (why I'm choosing plasma - thoughts?) and would like to one day build a media center to hook it up to.

Thanks for your input - Shane

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  Reply # 184589 16-Dec-2008 17:12
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IMHO the current 850 series Panasonic Plasma's are one of the best TV's currently in the markerplace.

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  Reply # 184801 17-Dec-2008 16:27
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As far as I know the only one dialed in to be as accurate as possible in a store resides in HN Northwood CHCH, any others look good dispite not being setup to the best settings.



The 850 is a good panel out of the box.



If you are viewing in a store ask for the remote or get them to set the display to Standard or Movie mode, where Movie is the most accurate out off the box.(Unless you happened to be viewing the same one as I dialed in, then leave it alone)







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  Reply # 184858 17-Dec-2008 20:17
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Berrys....Grab it while you can. I too believe its the best HDTV on the market. Remember with our exchange rate dropping price's will only go up next year when these stores have to purchase new stock. I have the 50" Panasonic and I'm rapt with it.




 

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  Reply # 184903 18-Dec-2008 08:43
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I have this TV and at that price its a steal. IMO the best TV around at the moment.

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  Reply # 185484 21-Dec-2008 14:13
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Hi, I purchased the 50" PZ850 a few weeks ago and am extremely happy with it. I paid $3700 which included a Pana 320g Recorder ($400.00), I guess the tv cost me about $3300.

Go for the 50, size matters!



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  Reply # 185491 21-Dec-2008 14:55
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Thanks everyone for their comments and enthusiasm! I've just picked up the 42in (2 were remaining at that price). Would have loved to go bigger, but was restricted with the wall space it will go on.

Thanks again!

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  Reply # 185648 22-Dec-2008 11:05
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Sounds like I'm too late to change your decision but wasn't Panasonic withdrawing from the LCD/Plasma TV market in NZ?

I would avoid buying a Panasonic and stick with either a Samsung or Sony.  I mean in the event you do have a problem with your new unit at some stage I imagine repair or replacement will be a pain in the butt down the line.

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  Reply # 185649 22-Dec-2008 11:07
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Ragnor: Sounds like I'm too late to change your decision but wasn't Panasonic withdrawing from the LCD/Plasma TV market in NZ?

I would avoid buying a Panasonic and stick with either a Samsung or Sony.  I mean in the event you do have a problem with your new unit at some stage I imagine repair or replacement will be a pain in the butt down the line.


First time I heard about Panasonic withdrawing from NZ market. Do you mean Philips? Or link to source?

There is a reason why Panansonic is always on the top of consumer satisfaction surveys.

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  Reply # 185689 22-Dec-2008 14:55
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Ragnor: Sounds like I'm too late to change your decision but wasn't Panasonic withdrawing from the LCD/Plasma TV market in NZ?

I would avoid buying a Panasonic and stick with either a Samsung or Sony.  I mean in the event you do have a problem with your new unit at some stage I imagine repair or replacement will be a pain in the butt down the line.


I think you may be a bit confused. Philips are pulling out of the tv market. Not Panasonic, at least I haven't heard they are.

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  Reply # 185720 22-Dec-2008 18:11
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Quite right it was Philips not Panasonic, my mistake.

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