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Sanyo DP42545 vs. Panasonic TH-42PD50U
Posted 28 May 2005 - 10:06 PM
to buy it without having seen any reviews yet, but I wanted to see what
$2,000.00 would get me in a 42" plasma. I had also tried the Sylvania
6842PE 42" Widescreen Plasma Display, but I returned that because I decided
I wanted an integrated tuner. Anyway, I think that I may have made a
mistake because neither I nor my wife are particularly impressed with the
picture on the Sanyo. I have looked at CNET and they give the Panasonic
TH-42PD50U a pretty good review. I am thinking of returning the Sanyo and
getting the Panasonic from one of the internet dealers. My questions are:
-Has anyone here ever bought a large screen TV from an internet dealer and
what were your experiences?
-Is there much difference from one plasma TV to another?
Posted 29 May 2005 - 10:58 AM
If you're set on getting a plasma receiver with NTSC and ATSC tuners, be prepared to spend bigger bucks. Make sure that it is an HDTV receiver, not EDTV. Normally, in the marketplace you'll find four categories of plasma receivers -- EDTV receivers (480P capable), HDTV monitors (no built in tuners, require a set top box -- 1080i capable); HDTV ready receivers (built-in NTSC tuner, but require a set top box for HDTV reception) and HDTV receivers with integrated NTSC and ATSC tuners.
Each HDTV technology has its benefits and shortcomings. Plasmas are wonderful, but expensive, power hungry and generate a lot of heat. LCD flat panels are good, but limited in size. DLP's are relatively inexpensive, but even the best ones suffer to some extent from "rainbow effect" where there's fast motion on the screen. Direct view CRT receivers give the best picture, but are bulky and heavy (my 32 inch Sony weighs 176 pounds). Rear projection CRT sets are relatively inexpensive, but suffer from brightness falloff as you move off to the side. Really good overhead projectors are expensive, and require you to have low room light levels. Rear projection LCD's are a good compromise, typically providing 720P resolution, with built-in downconverision of 1080i to 720p.
My daughter and son-inlaw bought a Sony 60 inch LCD projection receiver, and it's very nice. Not cheap, of course -- around $3000 at stores like Best Buy and Circuit City.
Incidentally, the Panasonic TH-42PD50U is only an EDTV receiver.
Family Room: Sony KDFE-55A20 55" LCD RPTV; Yamaha RX-V663 AVR. Paradigm speakers - Focus fronts, CC170 center, PDR-8 subwoofer, Atom surrounds, ADP rear center; TiVoRoamio Plus, LG BH200 HD DVD/Blu-ray player via HDMI to AVR
Bedroom: Vizio 42" 3D TV, Pioneer VSX-521-K AVR, Panasonic 3D DVD player, Energy Take Classic 5.1 speakers, Roku 2 XD, TiVo Premiere, Insignia HD radio tuner, Toshiba HD DVD player