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#147462 - 09/12/06 11:25 PM 42' Plasma , which one ?
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I have all my axiom speakers in place, and now i'm looking at three possibilities for my first HDtv. the panny TH42PX600U, the Sammy HPS4253, and the
one that looks the best to me but is also the most expensive, the pioneer PDP4270HD, have i missed looking at another contender? does any one own or have heard good reviews on any of these sets? thanks.

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#147463 - 09/12/06 11:30 PM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: deadline]
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DL, for plasma go with Panasonic, which looks great both from personal experience and professional reviews.
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#147464 - 09/13/06 12:06 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: JohnK]
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I agree. From what I've seen in stores and the scores of online reviews, Panasonic has the best bang-for-your-buck in the 42" plasma market.

Be aware that 1080p plasmas are starting to come out, so you should be able to get a real deal on a 720p/1080i set.

Don't pay too much!
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#147465 - 09/13/06 12:20 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: deadline]
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Though I only have an ED Panny plasma (42PWD6UY), it's great. My only regret is I didn't do full HD. At the time, I never thought I'd get caught up w/ HD. For plasmas, they are the best bang for the buck.

Now I'm considering dumping my HD Tivo w/ 750GB drive space for a new Tivo Series 3... As my wife says when she caught me watching competitive free diving on HDNet, "You'll watch anything if it's in HD." You betcha!

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#147466 - 09/13/06 12:50 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: spiffnme]
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i haven't heard of any plasma's that are really 1080P on the market yet, or maybe they are just out of my price range. which one's are you referring to? has any one seen the panny next to the pioneer?

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#147467 - 09/13/06 02:01 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: deadline]
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#147468 - 09/13/06 02:21 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: oldskoolboarder]
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Quote:


"You'll watch anything if it's in HD." You betcha!




Ain't that the truth. I think I even watched ice skating when the olympics were on

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#147469 - 09/13/06 02:33 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: deadline]
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DL, I've seen them, but not next to each other. My impression was that the Pioneer, while excellent, was not better than the Panasonic and was priced much higher.

In the Consumer Reports tests the Panasonic and Pioneer were ranked at the top, essentially equal. You might find this review of the 60U to be of interest. Note that you can save a few hundred dollars if the relatively minor additional features of the 600U aren't essential to you.
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#147470 - 09/13/06 02:37 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: JohnK]
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How do panasonic tele's handle in the long run? The few panasonic things I've had (cd players/telephones) didn't hold up well over a couple of years.

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#147471 - 09/13/06 02:59 AM Re: 42' Plasma , which one ? [Re: DrunkenWolf]
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Here are the top four as rated by ConsumerReports.org

Fujitsu Plasmavision P42XTA51US $4500
Hewlett-Packard HP PL4260N $1700
Panasonic TH-42PX60U $2100
Hitachi Ultravision 42HDS69 $2200

I'm sure all can be had at better prices.
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