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Wannabe Geek

Topic # 57944 1-Mar-2010 18:58
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Hi all, I'm new around these parts and need some advice from the experienced folks here.

I've just sold my house and with it went my ceiling mounted projector media room.  This time round i'm getting a television... but not sure which one.

Most of what I do with the TV will be movies and general tv watching. I will likely connect my PC up on the odd occassion and im contemplating getting a PS3 at the same time to act as a bluray player (and obviously a gaming console too!)

After being used to watching a ceiling mounted projector 'real estate' is important. A 42" doesnt look overly big to me unfortunately.

I did a little reading and Panasonic TVs featured highly in peoples recommendations. Only thing is, the G series is impossible to find, the V series too expensive and even the S is very hard to find.  DSE has a 46"  (no 50") and bond and bond/noel leemings say they have none and are prevented ordering more. Does this mean the next generation of panasonic TVs are iminent?

Any other recommendations?

Thanks for your help!

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Uber Geek
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  Reply # 303480 1-Mar-2010 21:48
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Where abouts are you located?
If you're in the South Island, the Smiths group may have some (Smiths City + Powerstore) or the Betta Electrical crew may have some Panas left.
Even the likes of Selectix in Wanaka may have what you're after?
In the North Island, well I can't really help... but down South there may be a few gems in the warehouses.

And pretty much most brands will be renewing their line soon, Sony's are landing in stores today... the rest will follow suit in the very near future I'd say.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 303484 1-Mar-2010 22:07
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Im in Christchurch. Smiths city is horribly overpriced IMHO, and ive never really taken the time to look around powerstore... but I might just have to do that. Thanks for the suggestion!

So what of these new sony tvs? Anyone know if they are going to be anything to wait for? Will the next generation TVs be at a higher price point than the current generation?

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  Reply # 303581 2-Mar-2010 09:37
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  Will the next generation TVs be at a higher price point than the current generation?

And are you really likely to notice the difference. Thers is a lot to be said for the placebo affect of spending more gives you a sense of a better picture even though that may not be so.

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Wannabe Geek

  Reply # 303800 2-Mar-2010 21:23
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I have to admit I was hoping for a few "get an X, its awesome and you should be able to get it for Y" responses.

Anyone care to share?

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  Reply # 303814 2-Mar-2010 21:54
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When it comes to HDTVs size does matter, it also depends how far you'll be sitting away from the screen. If around 2m away i'd go for at least 40in or 50in.  Watching blurays i prefer the bigger the screen the better, especially those films in 2.35:1 aspect ratio.  But beware bigger screens has the reverse effect with standard definition contents like TV broadcasts.
Panasonic  make plasmas. Plasma or LCD is dependent on your taste.  I am a regular bluray film watcher, so i prefer the look of film-like that  plasmas display, even though i own a Sony LCD.  My advice is to take your favourite blu-ray along to demo displays, lower the brightness and contrast from demo settings, make sure connections is HDMI.  Good luck. 

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