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A lot of telly for the money imo.

Lg 42inch tv for £299.95.Or £329.94 with 5 year warranty.

£376 on amazon

For a top value plasma TV which doesn't compromise on quality, take a look at the 42PJ350.

Thanks to its 600Hz sub-field driving technology, the 42PJ350 can rightly claim to have the best picture quality in its class. 600Hz technology works by pulsing each frame 12 times, thereby upgrading the standard 50Hz signal to an effective 600Hz one. If all this is double Dutch to you, then don't be concerned! Suffice to say that the new technology gives the 42PJ350 a superb response with incredible realism and super-sharp tracking on fast moving motion such as sports events. With technologies such as the latest version of LG's highly acclaimed XD Engine and an Intelligent Light Sensor, the 42PJ350 offers up excellent levels of brightness, colour purity and contrast. The figures showing an astonishing dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1 and brightness of 1500cdm say a great deal, but the proof of the LG's superior picture quality is in the watching. Compared to its rivals in both LCD and plasma camps, the 42PJ350 offers a more engaging experience.

The LG's excellence carries through to its audio performance. Granted, a separate home cinema system will still sound an awful lot better, but the LG 42PJ350's audio performance easily beats its rivals. The Clear Voice II system makes dialogue easy to follow. Combined with the Invisible speaker system, you'll find it gives the LG 42PJ350 a smooth, spacious sound that's less boxy-sounding than many TVs. Finally, if you're planning to use this plasma TV as part of your home cinema system, then you'll be pleased to find an optical digital output - perfect for the highest quality audio connection to your AV receiver.

In terms of connections, the 42PJ350 has everything you'd expect plus more besides. Twin HDMI (one side-mounted) sockets allow for the connection of 2 High Definition sources, such as an HD-TV box and Blu-ray. In addition to this, the 42PJ350 boasts twin SCART sockets and component connections for your analogue sources. Furthermore, the PC input makes this attractive TV the perfect complement to your home computer. More unusual but great to have is the side-mounted USB connection. This lets you watch digital media from your camera or phone and is even compatible with DivX HD files.

Thanks to features such as an intelligent light sensor that reduces screen brightness when possible, the LG 42PJ350 is one of only a few plasma TVs that's recommended by the Energy Saving Trust. With its unobtrusive, slim-line "Razor" frame the LG 42PJ350 hides its size well. Given the price, this doesn't look like a budget plasma TV, either.

With smooth good looks, a comprehensive set of features and, best of all, a class leading picture quality, the 42PJ350 makes plasma available to all!
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banned#1
That is a great shout for anyone looking for a 42" at a bargain price (if it can be had)......heating it up...:)
#2
Going to go for the 42LD450 for £45 more, good price though
banned 3 Likes #3
Unfortunately this is one of the problems with RS, I thought what the hell I will buy one at this price. Just called my local branch Liverpool and they have 'sold out' but told me that it is crap anyway..."barely even reaches hd ready performance" suggested I go for the ld450....WHY do they do this? I have had some stonking bargains over the years at RS but they do have a weird approach to upselling........
#4
WOW..........
#5
Good price heat added ;)
#6
Here comes that "it's not full HD" rubbish

Unless you watch blu-ray or use it for a monitor full HD is pointless anyway. It's like buying 20 Megapixel camera because of the Megapixels and only printing out in photosize
banned 1 Like #7
billybob007
WOW..........

OldEnglish
Good price heat added ;)

stezo2k
Here comes that "it's not full HD" rubbish

Unless you watch blu-ray or use it for a monitor full HD is pointless anyway. It's like buying 20 Megapixel camera because of the Megapixels and only printing out in photosize


Added heat at the start as looks a great deal IF they have them......this seems to be a spratt as I have called to reserve and buy today but SOLD OUT and then told it was crap anyway.

I agree with stezo2k about hd and alot of people do not need full 1080p hd but when the guy from RS tells you this is crap and can barely make it to watch hd ready programs reasonably then tries to upsell you the mackerel....well.....

If ANYONE manages to buy one tomrorow maybe post here.
#8
konimitsu
Unfortunately this is one of the problems with RS, I thought what the hell I will buy one at this price. Just called my local branch Liverpool and they have 'sold out' but told me that it is crap anyway..."barely even reaches hd ready performance" suggested I go for the ld450....WHY do they do this? I have had some stonking bargains over the years at RS but they do have a weird approach to upselling........


They did the same with me when I brought my 47" instead of the 50" Thats what I like about them, they are honest about the products they are selling.
3 Likes #9
I used to like RS but I don't bother with their 'deals' anymore. Even if the item is supposedly in stock, it isn't when you ring. It's a bit like Argos - most of the bargains simply don't exist. Then they begin upselling - 'We have this one at £50 more and it's a lot better'. They will shoot themselves in the foot with this approach as you feel manipulated and go elsewhere.
#10
I'll never forget when I collected a Panasonic PWD6 from my local store around 2002 and they were trying their best to force me into buying a Hitachi they had on display. They pointed out how much better it was than the Panasonic whilst neglecting to highlight that the Hitachi was connected via component and the Panasonic with composite.

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Edited By: Mr No on Mar 05, 2011 19:05
#11
stezo2k
Here comes that "it's not full HD" rubbishUnless you watch blu-ray or use it for a monitor full HD is pointless anyway. It's like buying 20 Megapixel camera because of the Megapixels and only printing out in photosize

Or playing 1080p games or watching 1080i HD from Virgin or Sky. Both 720p and 1080p has it's uses on any size TV's.
#12
FWIW this set is not especially well reviewed in Which?

The competivily priced LG 41PJ350 is a HD-ready 42-inch plasma TV with good power saving possibilities but light on extra features. We compared this plasma TV to see how well it fared against other similar models.
Picture Quality

This LG set offers average standard-definition picture quality. Resolution is decent, but viewing is hampered by a reflective screen. And while colour resolution is OK, there's a green tint to the picture that affects viewing - even after we changed the colour selection to 'standard' to achieve more natural colours.

High-definition viewing is also less than competent, with movement only just acceptably smooth. The reflective screen, a soft picture and patchy colours all stop the high-definition picture from being truly impressive. The picture remains solid when watched from an angle.
Sound

This LG puts in a reasonable sound performance, but it lacks excitement. There's some sense of stereo, but there are flaws across the frequency range. Lower frequencies are restricted, mid-range is unrefined and higher frequencies, while clear, lack some detail and refinement. There is also an audible hum from the speakers.
Making connections

Although connections on this LG set are generous, it lacks some features and functions of competing models. You'll find a Freeview tuner and one RGB scart for standard-definition equipment, such as a DVD player, as well as two HDMI inputs for high-definition sources, like a Blu-ray player. There is also a SIMPLINK system to enable you to use a single remote to control compatible equipment connected via the HDMI sockets. A digital audio output lets you connect a hi-fi or surround-sound system and there are convenient inputs for use with a camcorder or games console. You'll also find one USB socket.
Usability

Overall, this LG set is easy to use, but is let down by the instruction manual and EPG. There's no instruction manual provided with the set. Instead, you'll need to print a copy from the CD-ROM - be warned, it's daunting and thick. And the EPG is overlays the picture and some transparency issues hinder prompt readability.

On the positive side, this set is easy to set up and it's straightforward to set the best picture quality. The remote control is well laid out and buttons are a good size - and labelling is simple, too. Favourite groups are also easily accessed via a dedicated button.
Power consumption

Power consumption is acceptable for a plasma set of this size at 180 W in optimum picture mode. Energy savings are possible both via the eco mode and the light sensor. Standby power consumption is exceptionally low at 0.09W, and blanking the screen when listening to radio cuts power use to an impressive 16W.

Pros: Reasonable sound performance, fairly easy to use, good power saving possibilities

Cons: Average picture quality, reflective screen, poor EPG, lacks extras

Edited By: simonspeakeasy on Mar 05, 2011 19:51
#13
VIP club brings it down to 289.95

which for a LG 42 720p Tele is a cracking deal

or 349.95 for 1080p


would currys price match?

http://www.currys.co.uk/gbuk/lg-42pj350-42-hd-ready-plasma-tv-04877742-pdt.html

here they have it for 419.00 Web Exclusive

Edited By: talbert on Mar 05, 2011 20:12: price match
#14
For balance more reviews here:-

http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B003G2DJ3E/ref=dp_top_cm_cr_acr_txt?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=1

Amazon Uk average 4.5*
5*-25
4*-6
3*-0
2*-3
1*-2
Amazon US 4.5*
5*-49
4*-13
3*-5
2*-2
1*-3

Personally i would go and have a good look at one instore if available then make a decision.Without letting them upsell you ;)
#15
I wouldn't recommend this TV, i just got rid of mine after 2 months. The buzzing noise which came from the back of it was unbelievable! You could not watch TV without hearing it constantly. Also, the picture quality isn't the best.

Just sold it and got the LD450 from Amazon for £338.. much better quality of picture and no buzzing!
#16
I agree , their upselling has put me off buying from them in the future. Whilst I am happy with my purchase you tend to feel done over .......
#17
Bargain! Bought one of these at Christmas for £349. Fantastic telly, bought it for the bedroom, but I prefer it to my full HD Samsung I use as my main. Never noticed any buzzing noise either.

Quick correction required on the OP though, the television does not play DIVX through the USB port. You can only view photos or listen to music. L.G in their infinite wisdom have disabled this feature on the 42PJ350, it is only available on the 42PJ550.

The difference between the two models? Firmware. The 42PJ350 can be flashed to a 42PJ550 but it isn't easy and it probably isn't worth risking messing up your telly.
#18
Burbage Fox
I agree , their upselling has put me off buying from them in the future. Whilst I am happy with my purchase you tend to feel done over .......

I ignored there upselling and got a Sony 32 Inch 1080p usb plays Divx and has 4 HDMI slots for 249.95......

They said the sound was crap etc but I ignored them
banned#19
talbert
VIP club brings it down to 289.95


I would not count on it, the vip £10 off is ONLY off in store prices and guess what? Yes always more expensive than the website.....
1 Like #20
We have the 550 at home. I thought that a Tv that cheap would be a total load of crap. How I was wrong. Its beautiful. Screen is vibrant - can deal with fast moving action - avatar - games - cod4 / mw2 and hd and sd media very well. Ours has a usb port on the side that plays AVIs. Both very well equiped sets. Shame about the 2 HDMIs
#21
Worth bearing in mind that a plasma will use a lot more electricity than an LCD.
#22
I've also got the 550 version of this TV, more than happy with it, and managed to get it for the plain silly price of 340 notes. As someone has already mentioned the only downside with the 350 is that LG have chosen to lockdown the USB Port for Divx playback of movies etc... there is stuff you can google on how to hack the television etc.. although if you can get a 550 or 650 model from RS it saves all the hassle...
banned#23
konimitsu
talbert
VIP club brings it down to 289.95


I would not count on it, the vip £10 off is ONLY off in store prices and guess what? Yes always more expensive than the website.....

The blurb on their home page states 'Unlike others we honour ALL our web prices in-store'.
#24
I would recommended this TV I got mine from Electro Centre for £350
delivered about 4 months ago.

Once you calibrate the picture correctly using one of the THX presets
its a cracking picture on HD or SD.

The only downside that has already been stated is the screen is very reflective
if they had put a good anti reflective coating on like the Panasonics this would pretty much be
the best budget plasma.


Edited By: dsldude on Mar 06, 2011 11:14
#25
LCD 42 inch Full HD for £50 more

http://www.richersounds.com/products/home-cinema/lcd-and-plasma/lcd-tv

I got this for £330 on amazon, it's great.
#26
aurora
I used to like RS but I don't bother with their 'deals' anymore. Even if the item is supposedly in stock, it isn't when you ring. It's a bit like Argos - most of the bargains simply don't exist. Then they begin upselling - 'We have this one at £50 more and it's a lot better'. They will shoot themselves in the foot with this approach as you feel manipulated and go elsewhere.

Huge difference with argos. Argos deals did exist at start and probably do a different store. There is a website that shows stock.. rs deals are just bait deals as shown above.
banned#27
This has got some heat now....wow...

HAS ANYONE MANAGED TO BUY ONE @ £299??
#28
I've got one that my mum is watching Eastenders on now. :| picked it up from Holborn London branch at 12:30 this afternoon.:D
#29
Richer Sounds are horrific, can't wait until they go bust
#30
earwolfigz
Richer Sounds are horrific, can't wait until they go bust


Probably a long wait then
#31
Interesting conments re Richer.

If you are dissatisfied with any member of staff then go to the top and complain.

How do you expect the Company to know about these problems if you don't tell them?


I also posted my experience on AV Forums (Richer frequent that site) and I was replied to by a member of the Richer Sounds Management team who then went on to investigate.

The management were very upset - couldn't do enough.

I ended up with the PJ650 in place of the PJ350 (that I was originally buying) and they threw in the 5yr warranty.

After a couple of mths I felt that the sound on my set was not to standard and the assistant manager delivered(?) a replacement personally - no questions asked.

I only judge a company by their reaction to problems. Thats where it matters!

Not by the spotty 17 yr old exDixons apprentice salesmen/dropouts that they might employ.

Remember that its their prices that attracts you to their shop in the first place and to keep costs down they probably pay low wages - and for peanuts you get...............?









Edited By: rizla01 on Mar 10, 2011 11:26: /
#32
earwolfigz
Richer Sounds are horrific, can't wait until they go bust
You can't wait until a company goes bust....? http://www.easyfreesmileys.com/smileys/free-rolleye-smileys-323.gif What an imbecile!
1 Like #33
I got one one of these on Monday for £299 from Richer Sounds in Glasgow and so far I'm very impressed. I was a bit wary at first, as it wasn't full HD, but as it was only for the bedroom I went for it anyway and tbh I can't see any difference from the quality of picture on my full HD 42" LG LCD main TV, but then I'm not an expert! The only downside was that it was advertised as having usb divX playback (it even says it on the box!), but for the price it's not a major big deal and I'm happy enough to hook it up to the xbox or ps3 if I want to watch something.

In my opinion it's a great deal!
#34
konimitsu
Unfortunately this is one of the problems with RS, I thought what the hell I will buy one at this price. Just called my local branch Liverpool and they have 'sold out' but told me that it is crap anyway..."barely even reaches hd ready performance" suggested I go for the ld450....WHY do they do this? I have had some stonking bargains over the years at RS but they do have a weird approach to upselling........


He's talking outof his proverbial, the resolution is 1366 X 768 which is actually BETTER than 720p.

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