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Topic # 22495 29-May-2008 17:40
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Just a heads up, looks like panasonic is releasing plasma tv's in august with built in freeviewhd (dvb-t) tuners (not dvb-s, satellite). As per there release even that was held last night in Hamilton. Information from a Noel Leeming salesperson.

Will provide more details when I know more.

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  Reply # 134211 29-May-2008 17:47
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I know, stupid plasma. Panasonic seems to love them. Well hopefully it means sony and samsung will have to follow along to compete, then maybe we'll see some LCD iDTV's.

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  Reply # 134212 29-May-2008 17:49
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Well seeing as Panasonic are world leaders in plasma, then they would want to push their plasma products even more.

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  Reply # 134213 29-May-2008 17:50
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Personally I would buy a plasma over a LCD any day. I know LCDs have many advantages, but when the metal hits the pedal they just dont stand up, in my view of course.

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  Reply # 134222 29-May-2008 18:24
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cyril7: Personally I would buy a plasma over a LCD any day. I know LCDs have many advantages, but when the metal hits the pedal they just dont stand up, in my view of course.

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I'd agree with Cyril here.

[In my opinion] LCD does a good job when fed an artificial picture - e.g. an  animated movie - but does a poor job with a more natural picture.  Especially non-HD pictures.




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  Reply # 134240 29-May-2008 19:08
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I'm in the Plasma camp as well.

The reality however is that a large % of customers are still buying screens sub 40" and of course Plasma is strongest with 42" and bigger.

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  Reply # 134252 29-May-2008 20:29
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Yep, plasma for me too!

Better blacks, better contrast, better colours, no motion blur, better at displaying SD etc.  And who cares if they consume more power (Although a recent test put an large LCD at the top of the list of power hungry TV's).  I don't hear too many people saying that they would rather use the speakers on their TV over an AV amp when watching a movie to save a bit of power.  Plasma pretty much win every LCD vs Plasma comparison in magazines & on the web.  A 720P Plasma came on top of HT Magazine's top TV over 1080P LCD's.

One of my favourate recent quotes was by Ben Drawbaugh from EngadgetHD.  He did a review on an LCD TV & didn't comment on the picture quality.  When asked why he didn't he said that people who buy LCD TV's don't care about picture quality so why comment on it.  Classic. 

LCDs are getting there, but are not there yet.


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  Reply # 134352 30-May-2008 09:37
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At the risk of pulling the thread back to its original topic.....

I have just laid my hands on what Panasonic purports to be their 2008-2009 TV brochure.  It features their 80/800 series Viera TVs and the specs just have a -  beside the DVB column.  Perhaps they are going to bring out an 85/850 sub series with the DVB capability once the panels that are already on the boat are sold.  Sony and Philips are also releasing new models in July (fingers crossed for DVB).

Swinging back off topic again.... the new Panasonic range includes a Full-HD 42" Plasma panel (TH-42PY800AZ).




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  Reply # 134355 30-May-2008 09:46
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I read somewhere (EngadgetHD.com?) yesterday that soon Panasonic will be releasing a dual DVB (probably DVB-S?) tuner, Blu Ray recorder (I think it had an HDD as well) in Aussie. 



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  Reply # 134413 30-May-2008 12:37
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From what i know panasonic are releasing some non freeview tvs first and then additional freeview models in august

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