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I bought this TV from RicherSounds instore and they beat Sound and Vision in Bolton by £10.

If you buy now this TV includes a 5 year guarentee - best plasma going under £1,000 I reckon.
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#1
http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/7518-42px80buk1h.jpg
#2
You can not go wrong with Panasonic, great price as well, hot for me. Read the review here: http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2008/05/06/Panasonic-Viera-TH-42PX80-42in-Plasma-TV/p1
#3
I have this tv & it is just fantastic...I cry a little though when I' see the price it is now...& the fact you get 5 year guarantee with it. I got mine about month ago for £740.00 locally with just the standard warranty:roll:, xbox 360 looks just awesome on it, standard sd pictures off it's freeview tuner are about on par with my old SONY 32" CRT telly. Just go for it if you're umming n' aaahing, you really will not regret it.:thumbsup: Excellent price OP.
#4
would this arrangement work with any Richer Sounds store in the UK regardless of the Richer sounds stores geographical location ?
@bianco - how was that price worked out ? - sound and visions website is showing an extra £249 for the 5 year warranty
http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=15376
#5
dmm1000;2125573
would this arrangement work with any Richer Sounds store in the UK regardless of the Richer sounds stores geographical location ?
@bianco - how was that price worked out ? - sound and visions website is showing an extra £249 for the 5 year warranty
http://www.soundandvisiononline.com/moreinfo/index.asp?product_id=15376

Yes it will work in any Richer sound store, also there is a an offer on for may only, where panasonic independent retailers are offering a free 5 year warranty. :thumbsup:
#6
scorching hot!!! was going to get john lewis to price match sound and vision but think al just do this instead the morrow, be much quicker..
#7
Please can you tell me what is so special about this tv as it's not 1080p. It does seem to have good specs though.:?
#8
shame not everyone can pricematch esp if you live in n.ireland, personally i think richersounds pricematch policy is a bit of a joke, panasonic is a great screen but im hoping for a free replacement from currys this week for my samsung rear projection set :-D
#9
lance w
Please can you tell me what is so special about this tv as it's not 1080p. It does seem to have good specs though.:?

Panasonic Plasmas are the best of the budget HDTVs

Its not 1080p but you really dont need 1080 yet, and its definitely not worth buying a 1080p screen for around the same money as you'd be losing out on core image quality such as black levels, colour reproduction and motion-handling capabilities
#10
marcosdjcm
Panasonic Plasmas are the best of the budget HDTVs

Its not 1080p but you really dont need 1080 yet, and its definitely not worth buying a 1080p screen for around the same money as you'd be losing out on core image quality such as black levels, colour reproduction and motion-handling capabilities


Okay interesting points on the blacks, colours and motions but I have a HD dvd player and PS3 and will be getting HD Freesat once the PVR version comes out. My 32in Tosh lcd is capable of 720p i'd like a bigger tv for the living room now and don't want to buy another tv for at least 6 years time so i'd like to be as future proof as possible. :whistling:
#11
Voted hot but I'm not going for it as I'm going to hold off for the 42PZ80 which you can get for about £850 at the moment. This is an excellent TV though.
#12
lance w
Please can you tell me what is so special about this tv as it's not 1080p. It does seem to have good specs though.:?


Lets get something straight here - There is so much talk about 1080p, and most of it is bulls**t, if you will excuse the vernacular. The ONLY screen sizes that show any visible benefit from 1080p, when watched from the optimum distance - and this is matter of research and science, and not opinion - are 50" and above. So not having the full 1920 x 1080 resolution on a screen this size is not relevant. And this will blow away any LCD under £1500, regardless of resolution. Plasma pictures are so much more natural than LCD, even with the utmost care in setting up on an LCD (not using the awful factory settings).

Apologies, but I find it so frustrating when people get obsessed with tech spec, when its not relevant. By all means dont take my word for it - 'Blind' test (for want of a better phrase) a full 1080p set against this, and you wont tell the difference. In fact, depending on what you put it up against, this will look better 95% of the time too. You also have to bear in mind there are very few full 1080p sources, and most are upscaled, so that adds further irrelevance to that whole argument.

Get this TV, as you wont find a better set of any type, for the same money. Its the dogs nads!!

:thumbsup:
#13
Axeman
Lets get something straight here - There is so much talk about 1080p, and most of it is bulls**t, if you will excuse the vernacular. The ONLY screen sizes that show any visible benefit from 1080p, when watched from the optimum distance - and this is matter of research and science, and not opinion - are 50" and above. So not having the full 1920 x 1080 resolution on a screen this size is not relevant. And this will blow away any LCD under £1500, regardless of resolution. Plasma pictures are so much more natural than LCD, even with the utmost care in setting up on an LCD (not using the awful factory settings).

Apologies, but I find it so frustrating when people get obsessed with tech spec, when its not relevant. By all means dont take my word for it - 'Blind' test (for want of a better phrase) a full 1080p set against this, and you wont tell the difference. In fact, depending on what you put it up against, this will look better 95% of the time too. You also have to bear in mind there are very few full 1080p sources, and most are upscaled, so that adds further irrelevance to that whole argument.

Get this TV, as you wont find a better set of any type, for the same money. Its the dogs nads!!

:thumbsup:



Okay nicely put :oops: I take it that YOU own this tv? :whistling:

Anyway i've voted hot on price, specification and the fact warranty included.:p
#14
Soooo tempted by this, although it means I'd have to completely mess around with my setup... hmm, what to do, what to do!
#15
I have to disagree with opinions of none noticeable differences between a 1080p capable and non-capable screen. I have a 32" lcd which is only 1080i capable and a 24" lcd which is 1080p capable, and on the PS3 the 24" does definitely look sharper, and the ps3 do output proper 1080p in blu-rays and games.

The difference isn't huge, and maybe not worth the price difference alot of the time, but it is a difference nevertheless. Just a opinion
#16
What most 1080p naysayers seem to completely ignore are those of us who use the PC inputs on our televisions. I promise you, I can definately tell the difference in real-estate alone between 1366x768 and 1920x1080
#17
is this the TH42PX80 2 hdmi 10,000:1 contrast ratio

or the TH42PX80B 3 hdmi 15,000:1 contrast ratio
#18
lance w;2126227
Okay interesting points on the blacks, colours and motions but I have a HD dvd player and PS3 and will be getting HD Freesat once the PVR version comes out. My 32in Tosh lcd is capable of 720p i'd like a bigger tv for the living room now and don't want to buy another tv for at least 6 years time so i'd like to be as future proof as possible. :whistling:

the only tv which is better imo (and most reviewers and buyers agree) is the 42in pioneer Kuro, which i have...but it is about double the cost of the panny....the panny is a fine tv and is almost certainly the one ill put in my bedroom.
most 1080p screens this size are LCDs, which are **** imo...i have a samsung one.....hampered by motion bluring, poor contrast eg depth of blacks/depth of colour in general
dont read too much into the stats as plasmas and lcds work in different ways, you dont need 1080p on a screen less than 50in in size for normal viewing distance......a normal viewing distance is subjective but im sat about 12 foot from my 42in Kuro and its perfect, 50in would also be fine but didnt want to pay that much for a tv (£3.5K!).
IMO if you sit less than 5ft away from the tv, then you have bought a tv that is too big for the room!!
most tv broadcasts are standard def 576i, few are 720p or 1080i (720p is regarded as better than 1080i)....1080p may happen but imo could be at least 10 years yet, when most will have their new tv...probs are mainly due to transmission bandwidth issues, production costs,etc
#19
callused;2126395
What most 1080p naysayers seem to completely ignore are those of us who use the PC inputs on our televisions. I promise you, I can definately tell the difference in real-estate alone between 1366x768 and 1920x1080

if you using your tv as a pc monitor then you need to sit close to it, you dont watch tv with your face up against the screen would you, you would watch it from several feet away
#20
wozza2k;2126390
I have to disagree with opinions of none noticeable differences between a 1080p capable and non-capable screen. I have a 32" lcd which is only 1080i capable and a 24" lcd which is 1080p capable, and on the PS3 the 24" does definitely look sharper, and the ps3 do output proper 1080p in blu-rays and games.

The difference isn't huge, and maybe not worth the price difference alot of the time, but it is a difference nevertheless. Just a opinion


because the 32in has the same amount of pixels to cover a larger area than the 24in...unless you use the 24in as a pc monitor then 1080p on 24in screen is totally pointless at a normal viewing distance (say 6 feet).
#21
1080p is here now in the form of BluRay though...this TV's HDMI inputs are not v1.3 either (...someone more techy than me can probably explain what this means).

IMHO, it would be best to hold off a couple of months when the full HD models from Panny start to get closer to sub £800, if you expect this telly to last you a few years it makes sense to get itas future proof as possible! :thumbsup:
#22
lance w
Okay interesting points on the blacks, colours and motions but I have a HD dvd player and PS3 and will be getting HD Freesat once the PVR version comes out. My 32in Tosh lcd is capable of 720p i'd like a bigger tv for the living room now and don't want to buy another tv for at least 6 years time so i'd like to be as future proof as possible. :whistling:


Don't buy it then.
#23
Darthballs;2126573
is this the TH42PX80 2 hdmi 10,000:1 contrast ratio

or the TH42PX80B 3 hdmi 15,000:1 contrast ratio

The TH42PX8B is the 2 hdmi 10,000:1 model you want this one... 80B at the end :thumbsup:
#24
how did u get it so cheap? Shows £845 inc VAT & del
:?:?:?:?
#25
callused
What most 1080p naysayers seem to completely ignore are those of us who use the PC inputs on our televisions. I promise you, I can definately tell the difference in real-estate alone between 1366x768 and 1920x1080

but you'd have to be a bit crazy to use a plasma for windows/desktop PC use, static icons and menu bars are the easiest way to burn the screen
#26
marcosdjcm
but you'd have to be a bit crazy to use a plasma for windows/desktop PC use, static icons and menu bars are the easiest way to burn the screen


thats how alot of people are watching hd content now through htpc , but getting back to the tv , its highly regarded in av forums and for the money the general talk is that you will now buy better , but it still leaves you with that niggle over the hd and full hd issue .
#27
The main thing with HD is that you want to avoid scaling at all costs. This means buying a 1080p display if you want to watch 1080 broadcasts / consoles / bluerays etc.

Freeview will look cr@@@p on it of course (but then Freeview looks cr@@p on just about any screen, 'cause they've squeezed just about all the bandwidth out of it)

Broadcast HD is a con - it's compressed to heck and back as well - it just about looks as good now as Freeview was when it started up and you could get the main channels at 5Mbs+.
#28
Brill find Sale! Should be 1000degs hot! Just ordered mine a few days back from John Lewis with 5yr warranty for £654, so this is a steal! If you're after a 42incher and will watch a fair percentage of SD broadcasts on it, eg Freeview, etc this is the only choice to consider!!
#29
axeman is right ---this has been explained in previous posts.1080 and the need for source feed etc
i love this TV and there 3 at work on all day... with 5 yr panasonic warranty i paid 900 quid this is a deal HOT
thinking of buying mum this one
#30
Voted Red Hot. I have had the Panny for now over 2 weeks purchased from John Lewis. Fab TV. Freeview and Cable SD blows any LCD away I have seen in quality. Blu-Ray and PS3 Gaming looks fantastic. I have noticed, no blocking or Motion Blur. Also watched a fair bit of The Football recently and that Looks Fab also. A big thumbs up for the Price.
#31
Axeman
Lets get something straight here - There is so much talk about 1080p, and most of it is bulls**t, if you will excuse the vernacular. The ONLY screen sizes that show any visible benefit from 1080p, when watched from the optimum distance - and this is matter of research and science, and not opinion - are 50" and above.
Get this TV, as you wont find a better set of any type, for the same money. Its the dogs nads!!

:thumbsup:



some people say 50", some say 47", some say 46" but a lot of people's comments on here who go for 1080p sets say it is to future proof their purchase,personally no matter what people decide you should ALWAYS see the tv in the flesh so to speak before you buy!
#32
yes it will cost more but the Freesat Panasonic range should be out soon.
http://stuff.tv/news/Panasonic-debuts-PZ81-Freesat-telly/9984/
#33
Got this TV, picture quality is great but feel the thick plastic surround looks cheap
#34
clay;2127757
yes it will cost more but the Freesat Panasonic range should be out soon.
http://stuff.tv/news/Panasonic-debuts-PZ81-Freesat-telly/9984/


The 42 inch version (TH-42PZ81) will be at least £1200 at launch - double the price of the TH42PX80!! The are only a couple of retailers that I can find doing a preorder and LOOK at the price! http://www.flattelly.co.uk/shop/panasonic-th42pz81-plasma-freesat-full-1080p-p-2287.html

I have no doubts that the new panny range will be great but they will be charging Kuro type money!

For most people on a budget it seems like the TH42PX80 is the answer (without having to resort to Vistron, Hanspree etc).
#35
sale;2125675
Yes it will work in any Richer sound store, also there is a an offer on for may only, where panasonic independent retailers are offering a free 5 year warranty. :thumbsup:

Guys - you are boring the tits off people with your 1080p comments...

I tried this same deal in Richer Sounds last week and they refused. What they do is price match the price of another online retailer with the cost of the 5 year warranty added on (thus around £870 ish).

The same thing is discussed over at AVForums a while back with the odd person getting away with it initially - but mostly they will quote you a price match with an additional charge for 5 years warranty.

I think this is a opne off - so will vote it cold (well not really - but it is not warm)
#36
this isn't a one off, panasonic are offering 5 year warranty right now from themselves. TBH I got a pricematch @ John Lewis for the same price as this so I'd rather go with them, warranty @ a store is better than manufacturer. It's a warm deal.
#37
I'm gonna get this. £618.91 from Digital Direct, no 5 year warranty - wonder if Richer Sounds will price match and include warranty? If not, worth paying £644 and get the warranty!!
Anyone recommend for a 2:1 home cinema system to go with it?
#38
so whats the best us N. Ireland folk can hope for - have we any chance of getting one of these even at sub £700.00 (including 5 year warranty at no extra cost) - any suggestions ....
#39
muttyhc;2128138
this isn't a one off, panasonic are offering 5 year warranty right now from themselves. TBH I got a pricematch @ John Lewis for the same price as this so I'd rather go with them, warranty @ a store is better than manufacturer. It's a warm deal.

It is a one off in terms of Richer Sounds price matching and giving you the free warranty. I believe they need to give you the Panasonic form for the warranty.
http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=741806&page=6&highlight=panasonic+year+warranty
So mostly the person who got this deal got lucky.

Also I am in Scotland - John Lewis only price match within 8 miles of each of there stores. Unlike in England where it is anywhere in the country.
#40
Flyer
I have this tv & it is just fantastic...I cry a little though when I' see the price it is now...& the fact you get 5 year guarantee with it. I got mine about month ago for £740.00 locally with just the standard warranty:roll:, xbox 360 looks just awesome on it, standard sd pictures off it's freeview tuner are about on par with my old SONY 32" CRT telly. Just go for it if you're umming n' aaahing, you really will not regret it.:thumbsup: Excellent price OP.


I got mine 3 weeks ago for £700 with the standard warranty (it was the TH42PX80B although I don't know the difference) so yeah, seeing it cheaper with a 5 year warranty is a little bit annoying.

But yes, it is a great quality TV, amazing picture quality.

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