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Cheapest 42" I could find, although a Plasma, I saw this in the shop and the quality was better than 32 SONY LCD which my Grandad purchased earlier this year, although he's not running on HD yet and the shop might have been. Does anyone know much more about AGFA's TV technology?

Plasma screen provide amazing picture quality and true blacks providing a better viewing experience.

This 42" Plasma television is HD Ready so can be used with high definition dvd players or gaming consoles to give crystal clear images.

Product Features:
* Auto Tuning System Multi Screen Aspect Ratio * PAL/SECAM Multi Tuner * TELETEXT * 1100 cd * Stereo * Auto Power Off * 16.7M Colours * HDMI inputs x 2 * Scart x 2



HEIGHT in cm 87.5 WIDTH in cm 118 DEPTH in cm 38.5 * WEIGHT in Kg 35

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#1
probley get a better picture using a mobile phone for that price :giggle:
banned#2
they make great disposable cameras
#3
Good price for a 42" HD TV.

Welcome to HUKD and thanks for your first post/deal. Nice one. :)
#4
No really any point in posting deals like these. I'd bet my house that the picture quality on this is ****.
#5
Bigmonty
No really any point in posting deals like these. I'd bet my house that the picture quality on this is ****.


Stupid post, you have no knowledge of this TV you are just guessing. £500 for a HD ready 42" plasma is a great price. voted hot
#6
As far as I can see these are made by samsung (the panel)

See here http://www.directtvs.co.uk/Agfa_NH4220_42_Inch_PLasma_TV_NH4220/version-1.asp
#7
Don't think this is actually HD.

http://www.directtvs.co.uk/Agfa_NH4220_42_Inch_PLasma_TV_NH4220/version.asp

1024 x 768 Resolution
#8
dudedude
Don't think this is actually HD.

http://www.directtvs.co.uk/Agfa_NH4220_42_Inch_PLasma_TV_NH4220/version.asp

1024 x 768 Resolution


It is HD, you'll find that most plasmas have that resolution, it's something to do with the fact their pixels are a bit larger or something. Besides resolution isn't the biggest factor when it comes to picture quality.

500 quid is a good deal, if it's reliable that is. Go to be better than a 100 quid Beko afterall. :-D
#9
So the HDMI sockets are there for show then :P
suspended#10
Its an average price but never heard of the company so i wouldnt think of it to be good. In comet/currys yesturday i think i saw an LG or samsung tv for £599, 42" plasma(maybe wrong >.<). And the tv IS hd, just not the full hd which is nearing standard for those sizes.
Id like to say that just because its got a decent panel doesnt mean its good, it is down to the encoding of the software and hardware. Samsung make the panels for Sony awhile back, but sony still made better tvs(for a price ofc).
#11
This wouldnt be able to carry the 'HD Ready' logo if it wasnt a HD set. If you look at the other pictures on the DirectTV site, you can see the logo on image 3. It would be 'HD Compatible' otherwise.
#12
Hudson92
Its an average price but never heard of the company so i wouldnt think of it to be good. In comet/currys yesturday i think i saw an LG or samsung tv for £599, 42" plasma(maybe wrong >.<). And the tv IS hd, just not the full hd which is nearing standard for those sizes.
Id like to say that just because its got a decent panel doesnt mean its good, it is down to the encoding of the software and hardware. Samsung make the panels for Sony awhile back, but sony still made better tvs(for a price ofc).

JUST FOR THE RECORD - SONY MAKE THEIR OWN PANELS AND ALWAYS HAVE!!! LG AND SAMSUND MAKE THEM FOR EVERYONE ELSE.:x
#13
Hi Roccostan and welcome, Looks good for the price. I'm currently looking for a 42" plasma or lcd tv and the cheapest ive found is £599 on empiredirect and dixons.

I'll wait to read more comments as others who post will know what they are talking about. If anyone could tell me if this is worth buying or point me in the right direction of a good 42" tv at a decent affordable price Id be very grateful.

Thanks to everyone in advance and long live UKHD :-)
#14
dudedude
Don't think this is actually HD.

http://www.directtvs.co.uk/Agfa_NH4220_42_Inch_PLasma_TV_NH4220/version.asp

1024 x 768 Resolution


It's not full-HD, which means it's not a 1080p set, but it is HD.
#15
For what it's worth AGFA always used to make top quality scanners and optical devices.

It's a name that is known to me.
#16
Hudson92
Its an average price but never heard of the company so i wouldnt think of it to be good. In comet/currys yesturday i think i saw an LG or samsung tv for £599, 42" plasma(maybe wrong >.<). And the tv IS hd, just not the full hd which is nearing standard for those sizes.
Id like to say that just because its got a decent panel doesnt mean its good, it is down to the encoding of the software and hardware. Samsung make the panels for Sony awhile back, but sony still made better tvs(for a price ofc).


You've never heard of AGFA or TJ Hughes? Either way, which rock have you been living under?
#17
[SIZE=2]Ebuyer Extra Value one was £479 with a wall bracket included but currently out of stock anyway http://www.ebuyer.com/product/135492[/SIZE]
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[SIZE=2]That was the cheapest I'd seen I think. My friend has this one and says its a really good picture and made by samsung too.[/SIZE]
#18
RobTuck
This wouldnt be able to carry the 'HD Ready' logo if it wasnt a HD set. If you look at the other pictures on the DirectTV site, you can see the logo on image 3. It would be 'HD Compatible' otherwise.


Disagree.

The direct tvs site says HD-Ready, but also explains the resolution, 1024x768.

HD is 16:9, so this should be 1366 x 768 to do even 720i, the lowest HD resolution.

This is an OLD panel, with poor resolution.

It might technically comply with hd-ready, but it hasn't got enough horizontal pixels to display a proper picture.
#19
Can't say fairer than that...all good!
#20
dudedude

HD is 16:9, so this should be 1366 x 768 to do even 720i, the lowest HD resolution.

This is an OLD panel, with poor resolution.

It might technically comply with hd-ready, but it hasn't got enough horizontal pixels to display a proper picture.


A resolution of 1024 x 768 does not imply that this is an old panel and it most certainly does not mean that it isn't HD-Ready.

Most (perhaps all?) 42" HD-Ready plasmas use panels with a resolution of 1024 x 768, however the pixels on these panels are not square as you would normally expect, they are rectangular which is how the 16:9 ratio is achieved from what would normally be considered a 4:3 resolution.

You only have to check the current ranges from Fujitsu, Panasonic and Pioneer (the most respected plasma TV manufacturers) to see that 1024 X 768 is the norm for a 42" HD-Ready plasma.

I have no experience of this particular TV so can't comment on picture quality etc. but to dismiss it on the grounds of it only having a resolution of 1024 x 768 would be foolish. :roll:

My Panasonic PX60 looks stunning with it's meagre 1024 x 768 resolution and is more than a match for any 1366 x 768 LCD I have viewed. :thumbsup:
#21
Cactusjack
Hi Roccostan and welcome, Looks good for the price. I'm currently looking for a 42" plasma or lcd tv and the cheapest ive found is £599 on empiredirect and dixons.

I'll wait to read more comments as others who post will know what they are talking about. If anyone could tell me if this is worth buying or point me in the right direction of a good 42" tv at a decent affordable price Id be very grateful.

Thanks to everyone in advance and long live UKHD :-)


The best "value" 42" plasma at the moment is said to be the panasonic 42PX70, which was awarded the best Plasma under £1000, and although it isnt FULL HD it is HD Ready and many reports say its actually a lot better that the FULL HD Panasonics!

You can get it with the normal 1 year warranty for £709.99 here: http://www.24electric.com/detail.php...tm_content=All

or cheaper if you dont want the stand! £656 from Empire Direct
using their 10% off offer which runs till the end of the week...

http://www.empiredirect.co.uk/content/products/details/index~modelcode~pan-th42px70b~dept~ctv~subdept~plasma~brand~panasonic.htm?aid=119&awid=60612

Check out the thread here for more info on this plasma TV: http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118320&highlight=panasonic
#22
AGFA are not exactly known for making TVs - let's face it.

Voted tepid as you are better off spending a bit more to buy something of quality, rather than chance £500 on a tv that no one has reviewed/knows anything about. You're far better off with the Pana PX70 in the other thread at £750 with a 5 yr warranty too.

Still, not voted cold as some may be on a tight budget.
#23
...but I remember they used to make damn good vhs tapes!!!!
#24
Stelph really appreciate your post and help.

Im kind a lost with all the different resolutions - what specs should i be looking for on a 42" plasma or lcd as bare minimum ??

Would you guys help me out, gonna buy one by the weekend. My budget is around £700 mark.

Appreciate your help thanks again
#25
Cactusjack
Stelph really appreciate your post and help.

Im kind a lost with all the different resolutions - what specs should i be looking for on a 42" plasma or lcd as bare minimum ??

Would you guys help me out, gonna buy one by the weekend. My budget is around £700 mark.

Appreciate your help thanks again


If you can get to the shop before the weekend then you can get a free 5 year Panasonic warranty with your TV.

For that budget, check out the thread I posted before about the 42PX70, which has won the What HiFi award for 2007 for the best Plasma for under £1000 and is recomended by them

The thread it was originally about the Empire Direct offer that you can order over the web and get a 5 year warranty for £798, but if you can make it to Richer Sounds before Friday then you can get the Panasonic TV for £750 with the TV Pedestal Stand and a 5 year warranty (usually costs £250+ pounds on its own)!

Check out the richer sounds website to find a local shop:
http://www.richersounds.com/home.php

And this thread for details of the offer, basically ring them up to book it an go into the shop and tell them you saw in What HiFi that they were selling the TV for £749.99 and they should be ok.

Thisis the thread:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=118320&highlight=panasonic
On page 5 (I think) there is a scan of the advert from What HiFi, but apparently the Richer Sounds shop should have a copy of the magazine in store..

F.Y.I This is what im getting today! Every review I have seen has been positive and I think its a bargain price for an excellent TV that shows good High Def and Standard Def pictures
#26
Cactusjack
Stelph really appreciate your post and help.

Im kind a lost with all the different resolutions - what specs should i be looking for on a 42" plasma or lcd as bare minimum ??

Would you guys help me out, gonna buy one by the weekend. My budget is around £700 mark.

Appreciate your help thanks again



Oh, dont get stuck on resolutions as well, that only "really" comes into play when tyoiu start getting into the largest screen sizes, not so much 42"... In fact there is an argument that 1080p screens arent as good as they dont show Standard Definition TV that well at all!

Best thing to do, check out the TV's yourself and see whatyou think.

Just as a side note the very best plasma (and the most expensive) that you can get is called the Pioneer Kuro range, and the 42" is called the 428XD, search for reviews and they all rave about this Telly and how its streets ahead of any other TV out there at the moment......

BUT ITS NOT 1080P!! Sacrilage :-) its 1024 x 768!! Basically, as long as you are the corect distance from the TV (i.e not 1 foot away) then dont get hung up on the number of pixels, as I said check out the TV in the shop and see what you think!

Review of the Kuro here just to prove im not making it up :-) :

http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2007/10/13/Pioneer-KURO-PDP-428XD-42in-Plasma-TV/p1
#27
Just wanna make a small correction to Stelph's post #26 above.

There is no need to sweat about getting that set before the end of the week, as the Panasonic Warranty promo lasts until 24TH DECEMBER.
#28
Thanks Stelph I'll check that one out. I noticed a 42" matsui in dixons the other day for £599 it was next to a panasonic at £799 and the matsui i thought had a better picture.

This was the reason I asked what specs should i get as a bare minimum.

Sorry everyone for going off topic a little and hijacking the thread.

Thanks once again Stelph.
#29
Cactusjack
Thanks Stelph I'll check that one out. I noticed a 42" matsui in dixons the other day for £599 it was next to a panasonic at £799 and the matsui i thought had a better picture.


I'd be very careful about comparing TVs in places like Comet, Currys and Dixons as they generally have very little clue on how to set them up and often run them all off of one poor SD feed.

Even worse, they sometimes try to push certain units with higher margins by feeding them with higher quality sources and placing them in areas of the shop that are more conducive to displaying a high quality picture.

The TVs will also look very different under the bright lights of a shop floor compared to when you get them home.
#30
Yesterday, I was in Hughes electrical in Diss Norfolk. They had the Panasonic PX70 (scandalously priced at £999), next to the PZ700 full HD, (even more scandalously priced at £1199.) They were showing POTC 3 on Sky HD, and the pictures looked pretty similar although if pushed, I would have to say that the full HD looked better on a HD broadcast.
#31
Cactusjack
Thanks Stelph I'll check that one out. I noticed a 42" matsui in dixons the other day for £599 it was next to a panasonic at £799 and the matsui i thought had a better picture.

This was the reason I asked what specs should i get as a bare minimum.

Sorry everyone for going off topic a little and hijacking the thread.

Thanks once again Stelph.


No offense mate, but either you're Stevie Wonder, or, more likely, the muppets that set up the tvs in Dixons didn't do their job very well.

Most of the panels in Dixons/Comet etc, are sharing a feed with 50 other panels, so there's no way anyone can make a valid comparison between any set in such establishments.
#32
maxtweenie
Yesterday, I was in Hughes electrical in Diss Norfolk. They had the Panasonic PX70 (scandalously priced at £999), next to the PZ700 full HD, (even more scandalously priced at £1199.) They were showing POTC 3 on Sky HD, and the pictures looked pretty similar although if pushed, I would have to say that the full HD looked better on a HD broadcast.


Pretty much what all the reviews say about the panels.

Being close up the the 1080 panel, you would notice it being a bit better, I'd imagine.

The PZ (IMO) isn't worth the extra cash (typically £300) - not to mention the fact it uses nearly 500w of power, compared to around 300w for the PX.
#33
Ah but if you feed it with Full HD the PZ700 is stunning. Its visibly better than the PX70 and has more bells n whistles that the PZ70. But, and this is what its really all about, most plasma screen are better than LCD. Sony LCD is good, some Samsung are good, but 90% Plasmas are really good. Blacks are better, colours truer, even on SD material. Go and look at a good Retailer (EG John Lewis) and compare Blu-Ray/HD material side by side. Look at faces. If you cannot see the pores, its not so good. LCD appears brighter, but is not restful to watch at home and blacks wash out to grey on cheap LCD sets.

At £499 this has to be a bargain, unless it does not have the features you want.

Good hunting!!
suspended#34
bigbak
You've never heard of AGFA or TJ Hughes? Either way, which rock have you been living under?

never heard of AGFA, tv wise but the name does sound familier for some other product.
#35
What's the situation with the PX70 through Richersounds? On the website it's showing as £799, a good deal ofcourse but can you get it for £750 if you quote that advert?
#36
Yep, possible mis-print in WhatHifi this month shows it as 749.99, which they honour in the shop. People with the magazine have gone in and shown them and they have got the TV ok, I went in today and bought the TV, realised that it had gone through as 799 but when I mentioned WhatHifi the manager apologised and refunded me £50 on my card! :-)
#37
Stelph
Yep, possible mis-print in WhatHifi this month shows it as 749.99, which they honour in the shop. People with the magazine have gone in and shown them and they have got the TV ok, I went in today and bought the TV, realised that it had gone through as 799 but when I mentioned WhatHifi the manager apologised and refunded me £50 on my card! :-)


Stelph - details on RicherSounds website.

Panasonic TH42PX70PED
(42" Plasma TV-HD Ready-Freeview-Inc spks & stand-With at home warranty)
TSP £999.95
SAVE £200.
£799 .95

Did you get the speakers & stand as well, for £749.95
Also, is it a RicherSounds warranty or a Panasonic one?

Cheers.....may go and buy one tomorrow....

Nige
#38
with all the arguing about..everyones missing the point....an LCD/Plasma screen is only as good if you have a HD source...ie skyHD/ cable HD or console/player with HD......otherwise..feeding a terrestrial signal through it will look worse then a fat tv
#39
Really good deal for people on a budget who want a big TV. Personally I'd go for a better 37" TV or 40" TV. Such as the 37" Toshiba for £559 (approx - see the offer on the HDUK homepage at the moment) or a brand new 40" Samsung (which I ended up getting a few weeks ago for £626 delivered)
#40
potnoodle
with all the arguing about..everyones missing the point....an LCD/Plasma screen is only as good if you have a HD source...ie skyHD/ cable HD or console/player with HD......otherwise..feeding a terrestrial signal through it will look worse then a fat tv


Not really.

Most flat panels will scale an image sent to it, and it depends on the internal processing capabilities of the panel, with how the image is displayed on the screen.

Plus, many people have upscaling dvd players, which will either display at 720 or 1080p, thereby easily surpassing the image on a crt.

The issue is with quality, and this isn't a quality panel.

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