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#93054 - 05/03/05 12:46 PM OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
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Loc: Rochester, NY
Long story short, I need a 42" plasma to mount above the fireplace in the new house. I did the research, found a great deal and ordered the Panny TH-42PWD7UY plasma set. It is on the way.

There is an S-video problem (and solution) that has been identified for sets made prior to 1/05. Other than that, the set gets rave reviews.

I'm just wondering if any members have actual experience with this particular model and would share their insights.

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#93055 - 05/03/05 03:12 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
royce73 Offline
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I don't have one myself, but a good friend of mine does and I have watched a few movies and HDTV with him. Over regular cable, the picture looks much shaper than most other widescreen televisions. We have Comcast as our provider and the analog channels come over poorly for any large screen TV, even when in 4:3 mode, but with the Panny plasma the picture is vastly improved. The stretch modes also do pretty well, as there is very little distortion from stretching a 4:3 image to 16:9. As far as HDTV goes, I have watched both movies and Super Bowls and both pictures are fantastic. Even my wife was impressed, no small feet because she could care less about HDTV. As far as DVDs go, I will not comment because my friend still uses a non-progressive scan DVD player, so I know he is pretty much is using a Kia motor to run his Mercedes. I had him and his wife over to watch a movie at my house one night and his wife mentioned that my picture was much better (I only have a Panny RPTV, but it was professionally calibrated). Again, I would take the comment with a grain of salt since he has a low-end DVD player. I have been trying to pressure him into pulling the trigger on a new DVD player, but to no avail. If you are a bigger gamer, the picture from the X-Box and PS2 also impressed. Overall, I think you made a good choice.

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#93056 - 05/03/05 03:47 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
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Thanks for the quick input Royce!

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#93057 - 05/03/05 06:45 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
Zarak Offline
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What are you doing with the LCD tv?

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#93058 - 05/03/05 07:16 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
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Isn't this set EDTV, not HDTV? I seem to think the resolution is 852x480. Are there any real differences that you can see between EDTV v/s HDTV?



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#93059 - 05/03/05 07:25 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
Ray3 Offline
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Hey Wayne - you are supposed to give ME the input!!!

The EDTV thing is actually kind of interesting. Here is what I found out. 1) HD displays exceptionally well, to the point you can't really tell the difference between ED and HD. I've seen the consumer model and it looks terrific. This will be the "# 2" TV in the house anyhow. 2) DVDs show exceptionally well. 3) SD shows better on ED than on HD plasma. The price I paid for this thing really makes it a no-brainer. I'm just hoping for some user's on-had experience.

As far as my 50" Sony LCD, I may keep it until I finish the basement. I may sell it and use the money for the Panny plasma. If I sell it now or later, I'll likely get a 60" to replace it. No reason to sell it - it has a GREAT picture. Just an opportunity to upgrade later.

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#93060 - 05/03/05 07:41 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
curtis Offline
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Registered: 05/28/03
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Loc: Manhattan Beach, CA
Other than space considerations in the bedroom, why not move the Sony in there, and then get a front projector for the basement?

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#93061 - 05/03/05 08:01 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
Zarak Offline
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Loc: PA
Good call...if I was going to do a setup in the basement I'd do front projector. Minimal light from the outside to begin with and you can get a nice movie setup down there.

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#93062 - 05/03/05 08:12 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
Ray3 Offline
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Registered: 02/02/04
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I took a LONG look at the Sony HS51 projector for the basement. I decided to go with the TV instead because of the flexibility, the lack of need for special treatment in the room (dark walls/ceiling etc.) and the screen stuff. The TV is just easier.

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#93063 - 05/03/05 10:50 PM Re: OT Panasonic 42PWD7UY Plasma Owners
curtis Offline
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Registered: 05/28/03
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OK....don't you ever try to sell me on a front projector then!

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