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hi all. based on good reviews on here we bought the panasonic viera TH-42PX70BA plasma tv about 4 years ago.

it has really done us proud. However we have moved house and need another TV for a 'den'. we like the panny its HD ready as opposed to full HD. which I dont really know anything about. Its breviws were that it handled striaigh broadcast channels well.and it does.  this is important tot he missus.

 

anyway. We need another tv. so do we spend about 350 on a basic panny or LG LED 42 inch for the 'den'? or do we spend about 600-700 and 'upgrade' the panny plasma for the living room. thus putting the panny plasma in the den>.

have things advanced so well that the 600-700 quid new tv would blow us away. ot is out panny a bit of a classic that will cost a lot more to beat.

 

over to you guys...

 

any ideas much apprciated.

 

paul

 

 

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method man wrote:

hi all. based on good reviews on here we bought the panasonic viera TH-42PX70BA plasma tv about 4 years ago.

it has really done us proud. However we have moved house and need another TV for a 'den'. we like the panny its HD ready as opposed to full HD. which I dont really know anything about. Its breviws were that it handled striaigh broadcast channels well.and it does.  this is important tot he missus.

 

anyway. We need another tv. so do we spend about 350 on a basic panny or LG LED 42 inch for the 'den'? or do we spend about 600-700 and 'upgrade' the panny plasma for the living room. thus putting the panny plasma in the den>.

have things advanced so well that the 600-700 quid new tv would blow us away. ot is out panny a bit of a classic that will cost a lot more to beat.

 

over to you guys...

 

any ideas much apprciated.

 

paul

 

 

 

Hi

 

You have the same TV as my brother in law and I was recently telling him about the Panasonic St50 and how good it was.  But yeah your TV is still really good.  My dad got his 42 inch Pioneer at the same time and they both have lasted the course and are still among the best.  I have just seen the 42 st50 at Hispek.com for £800 and you get the 3d glasses too, it could be worth looking around for deals on this TV.  It is certainly the biggest upgrade I have seen since your TV.

 

 

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The only thing that has changed in four years is 50" full HD is cheaper now than a 42" HD set was back in the day. Picture quality is much the same. The tough part is trying to find a TV without the 3d gimmick and online accessability nonsense.

I would suggest putting the 42" in the den and gettting a 50" for your living room and full HD especially if you watch mostly HD tv and blu ray movies.

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thanks guys. 42 is big enough really. i dont like the TV to dominate the room. viewing space is such that i could go 50 or 55 but

they just look enormous to me. must be my age. :oops:

 

we arent bothered about 3d. but my son might be in a few years ( hes 5).

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method man wrote:

thanks guys. 42 is big enough really. i dont like the TV to dominate the room. viewing space is such that i could go 50 or 55 but

they just look enormous to me. must be my age. :oops:

 

we arent bothered about 3d. but my son might be in a few years ( hes 5).

If you're interested in a TV above mid price points, it'll have 3D, but this shouldn't be seen as a problem. The worst case scenario is that you never use the 3D function, but you really lose nothing by owning a 3D-ready TV.

I'd also disagree that picture performance has remained largely stagnant during the last four years. I've owned two Panasonic plasmas during this period, and the newer model offers a remarkable leap in performance. I had a brief demo of an ST50 yesterday and it really is a teriffic television, particularly at the price. 

I mean no disrespect to your current television, but I'd be extremely surprised if you don't find that the ST50 trounces it in terms of picture performance. The only way to know for sure is to audition an ST50 and see how it compares. 

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I went from 42 to 50 and was suprised how little more space it took up and really different feel anymore imposing in the room.

Got Panny plasma like youself.

42PX80 - HD terrific

50G30 - Full HD and just as terrific - and cheaper than the 42" when I bought it around March - the end of the line stock just before they release the next years models. I love Spring.....

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method man wrote:

thanks guys. 42 is big enough really. i dont like the TV to dominate the room. viewing space is such that i could go 50 or 55 but

they just look enormous to me. must be my age. :oops:

Within a week of owning a 50-inch TV, you won't find it enormous!  Smile

Our eyes (& brain) get rapidly adjusted to the bigger size. You'll be glad to own a bigger set.

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Thanks for the help guys.

 

A quick update. we went down the route of a cheap TV rather than an upgrade. Two reasons. not interested in 3D as it stands right now. 'smart' tvs seem a dissapoinment to most. Went plasma, as , having looked around in some stores. even the expensive LEDs cant match a panny plasma . Are these people blind? LOL

 

anyway. i did 330 quid on ths at amazon

Panasonic TX-P42X50B 42-inch Widescreen Plasma TV HD ready with Freeview HD - Black

 

I was amazed that the picture quality actually seems to beat our other set. at 330 quid.....   it also has hd freeview as a bonus. as i dont intend to multiroom it with sky.

 

AND. it has a usb in. that succesfully played all the digital content that i thru at it. its in the 'games' room. lucky boys.

 

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Ah nice one!   Smile

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Bradybunch1 wrote:

The only thing that has changed in four years is 50" full HD is cheaper now than a 42" HD set was back in the day. Picture quality is much the same. The tough part is trying to find a TV without the 3d gimmick and online accessability nonsense.

Sorry, but I honestly don't agree with these observations.

First of all, picture quality has improved dramatically on Panasonic plasmas during the last four years. I've owned two Panasonic plasma televisions during this period and noticed a large step up in performance.

Furthermore, I don't understand your objection to 3D and online capability.

What's the problem with having a television that allows you to access online content? At worst it's a feature people will never use. Since all televisions offer this functionality without introducing price hikes (you're paying less for a comparably sized mid-to-high-end plasma now than four years ago), there really isn't an issue.

With regard to 3D, even if users have no interest in 3D content, there are knock-on benefits with 2D performance (fast decaying phosphors improve 2D motion).

Glad the OP found a cheaper set and is happy with it! If this is an improvement over his older Panny, it helps demonstrate my point.

 

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hi strapped. I know you post isnt directed at me. but for good order. the reason i didnt bother with paying more

for 'smart' particularly. thought its soemthing I would have ilked in there. was that after reading many independent owner reviews. most of the 'smart' tvs fall down in exactly that area. if your lucky you can get an intermittent iplayer etc...

and it was going to cost me a lot more. So i figured save the money . we are happy with the downstairs older panny plasma

the new one at 330 is way bette than we hoped. so we can now wait 4 or 5 years and see whats going on and have a really worthwhile upgrade then.

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The best purchases are the ones that are really good but don't cost as much.  Panasonic seem to be quite good at this!   Cool

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method man wrote:

hi strapped. I know you post isnt directed at me. but for good order. the reason i didnt bother with paying more

for 'smart' particularly. thought its soemthing I would have ilked in there. was that after reading many independent owner reviews. most of the 'smart' tvs fall down in exactly that area. if your lucky you can get an intermittent iplayer etc...

and it was going to cost me a lot more. So i figured save the money . we are happy with the downstairs older panny plasma

the new one at 330 is way bette than we hoped. so we can now wait 4 or 5 years and see whats going on and have a really worthwhile upgrade then.

That's fair enough. Many smart features are available through other devices such as Blu-ray players or the PS3. You would have noticed a worthwhile improvement in picture performance again if you'd looked higher up the Panasonic range, though of course you'd have paid a fair bit more.

For what it's worth, it sounds like you got a fantastic deal and I'm glad you're happy. Enjoy!

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strapped for cash wrote:

Bradybunch1 wrote:

The only thing that has changed in four years is 50" full HD is cheaper now than a 42" HD set was back in the day. Picture quality is much the same. The tough part is trying to find a TV without the 3d gimmick and online accessability nonsense.

Sorry, but I honestly don't agree with these observations.

First of all, picture quality has improved dramatically on Panasonic plasmas during the last four years. I've owned two Panasonic plasma televisions during this period and noticed a large step up in performance.

Furthermore, I don't understand your objection to 3D and online capability.

What's the problem with having a television that allows you to access online content? At worst it's a feature people will never use. Since all televisions offer this functionality without introducing price hikes (you're paying less for a comparably sized mid-to-high-end plasma now than four years ago), there really isn't an issue.

With regard to 3D, even if users have no interest in 3D content, there are knock-on benefits with 2D performance (fast decaying phosphors improve 2D motion).

Glad the OP found a cheaper set and is happy with it! If this is an improvement over his older Panny, it helps demonstrate my point.

Agreed (Gosh! The number of things we agree upon is increasing!!)  Smile

Competition prevents manufacturers releasing high end sets without smart features & 3D.

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This years Pannys Plasma's are all using the same plasma screen, so picture quality is across the board even with the budget and as you go up the range you get better internal specs and build quality 

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Interesting thread.  Seeing as the TV gurus are here, what's the general consensus on upgrading my 37" 720p Panny plasma of a similar vintage to method mans, to one of the newer ones?  I don't watch much in the way of HD - just sport on Sky once a week or so (my bluray player has been used once and is now in a kitchen cupboard), won't be watchng anything in 3d, and really can't see me using any smart features.  A bigger screen would be nice, probably a 46", as would an optical out, but my biggest issue is whenever I pop into a TV shop the latest models seem worse then my TV with standard def.  Is this because they are worse due to having to upscale more, or poor setup in the shop? 

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