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  Reply # 278391 1-Dec-2009 17:01
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Wow, this is great feedback people! Thanks, and keep it coming! The TV is for quite a dark room so I liked the idea of a plasma. We watch freeview through a normal (not HD) decoder and normal DVDs. We aren't planning on any gaming and aren't really worried about HD for at least the next few years. Just wondering if this TV will display a markedly inferior picture to a comparable big-name brand? Again, thank you to everyone for their comments so far! :-)

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  Reply # 278399 1-Dec-2009 17:11
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My opinion FWIW is that the Transonic TV will display a markedly inferior to a comparable big name brand. Definitely worth spending some more money and investing in a better quality television.

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  Reply # 278409 1-Dec-2009 17:27
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Probably ditto with Konka, Soniq ... et al. There is ALWAYS a trade-off for a lower price. Maybe blacks aren't quite as black, or there could be a dark pixel or two. Maybe the panel is a good 2nd grade with minor blemish.
Some have poor picture processing capacity so when you get a fast motion side to side movement, or panning shot, the picture actually stutters across, rather than flowing smoothly. That would be the ultimate viewing displeasure !!! However, don't rely on sky or freeview to make that comparison, use good quality DVD that you know to compare. Sky/Freeview can introduce compression artifacts that can cause the stutter effect, or the studio feed, especially on standard def. Seen it on various sports events.





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Wannabe Geek


  Reply # 278485 1-Dec-2009 20:47
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I was looking at a similar deal at DSE at the moment for a Konka Full HD 42 Plasma for $998.  Seemed too cheap to be any good, and I guess the above has verified that?
Noel Leeming has a Panasonic Full HD 42 Plasma with freeview HD for $1899, plus a bonus Nintendo Wii.  Is that a good deal?  Seems pretty good as I was looking at getting a Wii anyway.  Cant seem to find much cheaper than that around

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Andrew

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  Reply # 278598 2-Dec-2009 07:30
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wagonsnz: I was looking at a similar deal at DSE at the moment for a Konka Full HD 42 Plasma for $998.  Seemed too cheap to be any good, and I guess the above has verified that?
Noel Leeming has a Panasonic Full HD 42 Plasma with freeview HD for $1899, plus a bonus Nintendo Wii.  Is that a good deal?  Seems pretty good as I was looking at getting a Wii anyway.  Cant seem to find much cheaper than that around

Cheers
Andrew


You can't go wrong with Panasonic. Is that the advertised price?, if so that is your starting point for the other retailers when you start ringing around. I would be expecting to pay around $1599 ( or less if your lucky ) if you put them against each other. If you have the time, get on the phone and ring not just every big store name but all the stores within a chain even if it is not your local area. Don't listen about the old story of "you are getting something else for bonus/free as well and we can't move much on price." Good luck.

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