PANASONIC TH-42PX8B 42" Plasma TV - 5 Year Warranty - £516.99 Costco - HotUKDeals
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Costco are currently doing the PANASONIC TH-42PX8B 42" Plasma TV for £516.99 including a 5 year warranty.
TV Specs include:

HD Ready
Integrated Digital 'Freeview' Tuner
10,000:1 Native contrast ratio
V Real 2 Picture Engine
100Hz Double Speed Picture scanning
2 HDMI connections
2 Scart Connections
Viera Link
24P Input


Also the following are on offer
Panasonic TX-32LXD8 for £411.24

Seems like decent prices to me. Watch me get slated. 1st deal posted
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#1
Voted hot. Spanks the bottom of this one from earlier in the week.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/229535/panasonic-th42px8b-42-inch-hd-ready/
#2
have more faith stiffler thats a blody good post
#3
great deal hun, well done :thumbsup:
#4
Stiffler? This is not American Pie you know.
#5
That's a great deal. Voted hot.
#6
Any other good deals at Costco?
#7
if anyone has a costco card and lives in sheffield then i would marry you if i could get one of these bad boys!
#8
hi this is a good deal but it isnt offered till october 13th. £50 off voucher
#9
preacher
if anyone has a costco card and lives in sheffield then i would marry you if i could get one of these bad boys!


No need to go to those lengths.....nearly everyone can have a C card now i think.
#10
If you can afford it, the PX80B model is worth the extra IMO, but this is a bargain price for a good 42" plasma.
#11
Has anyone seen any good deals on the TH-37PX80B on their travels? I'm having difficulty getting anywhere near John Lewis' recent £570 including delivery and five year guarantee.
#12
£540 at amazon if no costco near you
#13
garyhobbs
hi this is a good deal but it isnt offered till october 13th. £50 off voucher
Yeh this is correct. And the price is only for one week, and only available with the voucher they sent you in the post.
#14
adamstartin
Yeh this is correct. And the price is only for one week, and only available with the voucher they sent you in the post.


Do they send the voucher out to everyone who has a card?

Anyone want to send me their voucher in the post if they won't be using it? :thumbsup: Pretty please.
#15
But, do you reckon the price might have even got down at other places, by October 13th?
#16
Fairly dated model now, it should be cheap.

It's not full HD, the contract ratio is nothing compared to latest models and it lacks HDMI and other connectivity.

A nice TV at a good price, but not a long term investment.
#17
ro53ben;2843381
Fairly dated model now, it should be cheap.

It's not full HD, the contract ratio is nothing compared to latest models and it lacks HDMI and other connectivity.

A nice TV at a good price, but not a long term investment.


No it doesn't

2 HDMI connections
2 Scart Connections
#18
Not a bad deal. I'd be very interested if they have a TH-37PX80B. Anyone? The 42 is just a tad oversized for me.

As for the
Also the following are on offer
Panasonic TX-32LXD8 for £411.24

That's only 399.99 at comet, so that's not quite as hot.
#19
im looking for a tv. wats the disadvantages of a plasma tv?
#20
ro53ben;2843381

It's not full HD,


Worthless for 99% of the population at this size.


the contract ratio is nothing compared to latest models

It's 10k native - that's about 5-6 times what most LCDs are. It's also far past the point where it ceases to make any difference.


Oh, and if it's marketed as a HDTV, it automatically has HDMI sockets.
1 Like #21
Missg

Anyone want to send me their voucher in the post if they won't be using it? :thumbsup: Pretty please.


PM me if you want my voucher.
#22
It has 2 HDMI sockets, I feel this is limited...many households will likely need 3 in the future once their scart equipment has been replaced.

1080p is not worthless in my opinion, but obviously it's a subjective thing.
#23
Duckman
Not a bad deal. I'd be very interested if they have a TH-37PX80B. Anyone? The 42 is just a tad oversized for me.

As for the

That's only 399.99 at comet, so that's not quite as hot.


But the CostCo deal includes a 5 year warranty (and they are brilliant when it comes to returns) so worth it for an extra £11?
#24
42" @ 720p = FAIL
#25
ro53ben
It has 2 HDMI sockets, I feel this is limited...many households will likely need 3 in the future once their scart equipment has been replaced.

1080p is not worthless in my opinion, but obviously it's a subjective thing.


I agree, I have 3 HDMI connections on my TV, and with a PC, PS3, HDMI DVD player, and Xbox 360 Elite I'm already 1 HDMI connection short! :)
#26
The offer runs from 13/10/2008 till 19.10.2008 (have edited main post appropriately).

Also the coupon is part of the Costco "Passport To Savings" booklet, available
to any Costco member.
#27
ro53ben;2843600
.

1080p is not worthless in my opinion, but obviously it's a subjective thing.


Nothing subjective about it. 1080p at 42" is worth it if:

a) you have poor eyesight and sit 4 feet away
b) you have 20/20 and sit 6 feet away
b) you have very good eyesight and sit 8 feet away


Roughly a foot beyond these distances, it's pretty pointless. Further away than that, it's completely impossible to tell any difference vs 720p.

Given that the average sitting distance in the UK is 10 feet.............
#28
We have a 50" plasma at 720p and having seen the picture it can produce with tv/dvd/HDdvd I would not pay more for 1080P.
#29
JoeUK
42" @ 720p = FAIL


JoeUK understanding of what's important in a TV= FAIL:p
#30
arfster
Nothing subjective about it. 1080p at 42" is worth it if:

a) you have poor eyesight and sit 4 feet away
b) you have 20/20 and sit 6 feet away
b) you have very good eyesight and sit 8 feet away


Roughly a foot beyond these distances, it's pretty pointless. Further away than that, it's completely impossible to tell any difference vs 720p.

Given that the average sitting distance in the UK is 10 feet.............


Well, to be fair, if playing 1080p/i material, a 1080p TV doesn't need to do any scaling of the picture at all and can display it pixel for pixel. In theory, this has the potential to give a better picture as you remove one level of processing even if the human eye can't resolve the pixels at the seating position because some errors might have been introduced by the scaler.

In practice, even while playing 1080p, a good 720p TV will present a far better picture than a poor 1080p one. A 720p TV with good native (not dynamic, that's a ******** stat for marketing purpose of contrast challenged LCD only) contrast ratio is likely to be a lot better with real life Hi-Def material than a 1080p TV with a poorer contrast ratio. Resolution is well down the list of the most important things for picture quality of a TV.

Also in practice, for most peoples, the vast majority of their viewing for the next 5 to 10 years will still be SD, not HD. So many of so called HDTV are extremely poor when asked to display a normal TV signal. This TV will be very good for watching TV. Your mate that has bought some cheap 1080p LCD might be able to have wet dream about 1080p and might have a TV that looks good while off. But just turn it on and try to watch TV on it especially fast moving action like sport or action movies. Alternatively, turn off the light and try to watch a movie set in the dark (let's say the Blair witch project) and laugh at the bright grey on grey with no details.

That said, if you can afford it, I'd recommend a PX80 over a PX8 as the PX8 is a cut down model with less features and poorer specs, however it would cost you about £100 more. Still better than most screen on the market 'though
#31
yant
Well, to be fair, if playing 1080p/i material, a 1080p TV doesn't need to do any scaling of the picture at all and can display it pixel for pixel. In theory, this has the potential to give a better picture as you remove one level of processing even if the human eye can't resolve the pixels at the seating position because some errors might have been introduced by the scaler.

In practice, even while playing 1080p, a good 720p TV will present a far better picture than a poor 1080p one. A 720p TV with good native (not dynamic, that's a ******** stat for marketing purpose of contrast challenged LCD only) contrast ratio is likely to be a lot better with real life Hi-Def material than a 1080p TV with a poorer contrast ratio. Resolution is well down the list of the most important things for picture quality of a TV.

Also in practice, for most peoples, the vast majority of their viewing for the next 5 to 10 years will still be SD, not HD. So many of so called HDTV are extremely poor when asked to display a normal TV signal. This TV will be very good for watching TV. Your mate that has bought some cheap 1080p LCD might be able to have wet dream about 1080p and might have a TV that looks good while off. But just turn it on and try to watch TV on it especially fast moving action like sport or action movies. Alternatively, turn off the light and try to watch a movie set in the dark (let's say the Blair witch project) and laugh at the bright grey on grey with no details.

That said, if you can afford it, I'd recommend a PX80 over a PX8 as the PX8 is a cut down model with less features and poorer specs, however it would cost you about £100 more. Still better than most screen on the market 'though


At last someone on here with a brain instead of all you pixel obsessed morons on here. Enjoy watching your vistron :whistling: 1080p cheapo telies and buzz off all those pixellated pixels whilst us with brains will enjoy our ****** old 768p panny/pioneer plasmas.
#32
The way things seem to be going you will be able to get a three bedroom house for that price by then!!!!!
#33
ALICOM007
im looking for a tv. wats the disadvantages of a plasma tv?


The main disadvantages, are Image retention/screen burn. Both are caused by leaving a static image on the screen for too long, so the pixels burn into the screen, leaving you with a shadow. This is why plasmas are not ideal for hardcore gamers, as life bars or static images can burn in. It can also happen with channels that display bright logos in the corner. With retention, it'll often fade, or can be 'washed away' by playing a white wash screen, or snow. Burn however, is permanent.

This is a real problem, and the one thing that worries me - although apparently less common if you play it safe and keep brightness/contrast turned down for the first 200 hours of use, as that is when the pixels burn brightest. Also not a good idea to have lengthy gaming sessions without displaying something else on the TV. With sensible use you should be ok, but you need to treat a plasma slightly differently than a CRT, or LCD.

Other disadvantages include not quite as sharp as LCD, so not great for PC use.

Advantages are numerous though. Closer to CRT than LCD image wise. Deeper blacks. No lagging problems that LCD suffers from. A better deal for movies/TV, certainly.

Hope that helps.
#34
Screen burn is much less of an issue in the latest plasmas, although manufacturers still warn against it. I know a guy who left his TV on Sky news (on screen logo heaven) overnight with the brightness/contract put way up high. Never morning there was only a little image retention which burned off after 10mins of normal viewing on another channel. This extreme example shows it's not so bad.

In reality, you don't need to treat it significantly better than CRT - screen burn was an issue on those too, that's why the screensaver was invented.
#35
A lot of the screen burn stories relate to old plasmas. The newer ones are much better & Panasonic have recently been amongst the less burn prone anyway.

This will be a great TV for those who watch TV/ DVD's etc but might not suit hard core gamers - I don't know as I am not a console gamer.

720 V 1080 might matter in LCD but in Plasma don't worry about it. The best TV picture of them
all is on a 720TV!
#36
1080 is better than 720, full stop.

720 HD is ok, massively better that SD, but it's simply not 1080 and never can be.
#37
ro53ben
Screen burn is much less of an issue in the latest plasmas, although manufacturers still warn against it. I know a guy who left his TV on Sky news (on screen logo heaven) overnight with the brightness/contract put way up high. Never morning there was only a little image retention which burned off after 10mins of normal viewing on another channel. This extreme example shows it's not so bad.

In reality, you don't need to treat it significantly better than CRT - screen burn was an issue on those too, that's why the screensaver was invented.


Hmm, I see people say that, but still keep reading some horror stories. Some people suffering retention even after 20 minutes of a static logo or whatnot (and many stating you need to whitewash for hours to remove it). I'm leaning towards plasma, as I said - but it's the thing that worries me most, seeing as I play lots of games. My 11yo CRT has had games played for 7 hours straight, been left on overnight more times than I can remember and not shown a single sign of burn or retention - so I'm not sure CRT's do have the same problem.

Still, I would hope you're right, as that's me one step closer to getting one.
#38
ro53ben
1080 is better than 720, full stop.

720 HD is ok, massively better that SD, but it's simply not 1080 and never can be.



You might be right BUT the best TV (notice I didn't say gaming) 42" picture that you can currently buy comes from a 720 set and there are a lot of factors other than the resolution that effect picture quality. This concentration on one factor must be music to the ears of marketing men who love a simple message. Ignore the spec & just look at the picture!
#39
ro53ben
1080 is better than 720, full stop.

720 HD is ok, massively better that SD, but it's simply not 1080 and never can be.


This argument is getting quite tired, ok? How close are you sitting? As average viewing distance it's not noticeable, not on a screen size of 40" or less.

I'm not someone who owns a 720 set, so am defending it - I've been in the market for a new set, and have been to more showrooms than you can imagine, and seen enough 720/1080 sets side by side. It really makes no great difference. Should you want to use PC, then 1080 is better. 1080 will be slightly sharper on gaming too, at closer playing distances - again, not average distance.

Also, SD will be great on a 720 set. You know those hundreds of SD discs that most people own, they'll look just great, upscaled.

Ideally, for close distances and huge screens 1080 is better, thus desirable, but on a screen that size the differences are negligible. Even the majority of tech reviews out there state that, but you need only see them side by side to see for yourself! 1080 is a wasted feature on the smaller screens.

For a budget TV, and smaller screen, 720 will be more than adequate for most people.

So give it a rest, already.
#40
@Chris52 - It all depends on your "TV" source. I'm not talking about gaming either. Blu-ray discs are 1080p, you can't view their full quality on a 720p screen.

BBC-HD and others broadcast in 1080i, which isn't full visible on a screen with 768 lines. They need to be downscaled.

The best 42" HDTV picture you can but comes from a 1080 set.

These are the facts.

@Duckman - Most showroom demos are only capable of 720p. Even those with a 1080p bluray source are often configured with a 720p output as that is all the splitter device can support. A direct 1080p source simply cannot compare to a 720p one....it's 360 lines short. For a comparison, set your PC monitor to 1024x768. Then change it to 640x480 and see the difference. It sucks.

SD is kinda irrelevent here, it's only 576 lines (PAL) and so fits perfectly well on 720 lines.

Like I said in my original post, it's a nice cheap TV...just not a long term investment as it doesn't even fully support current technology.

I've never said 720 is bad, just opposed to people who claim that 1080 is no better...it is, no matter how you measure it.

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