PHILIPS 42PFP5532D/05 HD ready Plasma TV with digital tuner £499.99 @ Comet - HotUKDeals
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Hi All,

This is my first ever post, just came across this on the comet website, and it looks like a good deal to me. It is not 1080p but from what I gather it doesn't need to be unless the size is over 50".
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#1
Dont forget 3.5% Quidco from Comet @ £17.46 ;-)
1 Like #2
Watching it now excellent set .........bought it last year around this time for around about £640 from Lewis's with 5 year g/tee
excellent price at £499......voted Hot.....
xbox360 hooked up to it and 360 HDDVD player as well
Brilliant picture quality.......at this price ...Billy Bargain.......:thumbsup:
#3
looks like a fair anough deal , but i would rather spend the extra money and get the panasonic 42px80b , could well be the best plasma , around this price.
#4
One thing that i noticed on this one is the resolution at 1024x768... surely that denotes a 4:3 picture??? Seems a bit low for a 42" (dunno if this really makesa difference but my Tosh i got from Dixons at roughly this price is 1366x768). Is this a typo by them, although ive checked it with other sites and they all confirm, and will this make much less quality ?

Still definately a good price for a branded 42". Voted hot anyway ;-)
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Squelds
One thing that i noticed on this one is the resolution at 1024x768... surely that denotes a 4:3 picture??? Seems a bit low for a 42" (dunno if this really makesa difference but my Tosh i got from Dixons at roughly this price is 1366x768). Is this a typo by them, although ive checked it with other sites and they all confirm, and will this make much less quality ?

Still definately a good price for a branded 42". Voted hot anyway ;-)


If you look at the specification for 720p displays, you will notice only the vertical resolution of 720 pixels is defined; in a 16:9 aspect screen of course.

Your assumption of 1024x768 being 4:3 is correct. The difference in this case is, the pixels are not in fact square but rectangular. Therefore the screen is 16:9 be it not a native 16:9 resolution. The video processing boards do all the work so you have no worry, unless connecting it up to a PC where it can be a problem.

Has no real difference in quality. Practically all 720p plasma displays are this resolution. Including the latest 42' Pioneer plasma which most people regard as the best panel around.
#6
though its a decent brand i wouldnt touch this tv with a barge pole, its the basic of the basic

the panasonic 42px80 series is a much better tv around this price
#7
RISC
Therefore the screen is 16:9 be it not a native 16:9 resolution. The video processing boards do all the work so you have no worry, unless connecting it up to a PC where it can be a problem.


So hooking up a pc looks dire in windows?

The res in windows would be 1024x768 as against an lcd panel which is 1366x768 or better?

I am sat on the wall at the mo as standard def looks rubbish on a lot of lcds and plasmas have the low res as stated but better at standard def but high power consumption as against an lcd panel. Jo public would probably want the best of both worlds but it aint really available unless you spend big on a lcd telly with a good processing engine for upscaling?
#8
Thanx for clearing that up RISC... very informative... have some rep for being so smart hehe ;-)
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Standard def looks perfectly fine on my Panasonic 42PX80B, probably better than on a 1080p set because there's less to upscale. Also most PS3 and 360 games are only 720p anyway, so you're not losing any resolution in games either.

Don't know the picture quality of the Philips Plasma panel, but I know that Plasma quality goes Pioneer > Panasonic > Others. I'd get a £500 Philips 42" plasma over any £500 42" LCD however.
#10
This TV has no review on whathifi.com, any places where there are reviews for it? or can someone here who's got it give a review for it? cheers:thumbsup:
#11
sedj
So hooking up a pc looks dire in windows?

The res in windows would be 1024x768 as against an lcd panel which is 1366x768 or better?


Yes the resolution in windows would be 1024x768. The image would be 'passed through' to the display, assuming use of VGA/DVI. The aspect would look horrid. I remember seeing some patches to solve this problem for windows. I have a friend who has his plasma hooked up to PC. I would definitely go with 1920x1080 screens if planning to use as a monitor.
#12
RISC
Yes the resolution in windows would be 1024x768. The image would be 'passed through' to the display, assuming use of VGA/DVI. The aspect would look horrid. I remember seeing some patches to solve this problem for windows. I have a friend who has his plasma hooked up to PC. I would definitely go with 1920x1080 screens if planning to use as a monitor.


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There are ways to adjust the horizontal pixel clock - it's probably 'easier' in Linux to be honest, you'll find the settings online I'm sure to set for a 16:9 1024x768 display. Yup, found via Google easily enough. Maybe one of the third party graphics tools like RivaTuner (or whatever they are these days) would do the same for Windows.

But I certainly would go for a 1080p set if using as a large monitor - or use Media Centre's media UI.
#13
i picked up this TV about a year ago for 570 (inc quidco) from comet. Its been good for me.
Regular TV picture (eg. Sky/Freeview) is average... a bit clearer than my old CRT.
Displaying your computer on this TV is pretty hopeless. Quite hard to read small fonts.. but good for movies. It comes into its own when the XBox 360 is plugged in though.... looks incredible.

The automatic input detection isn't too hot. Sometimes it detects sky box going on.. sometimes not.

It weighs a tonne and gets really hot (it is usually on from dinner to bedtime though). Ive turned the radiator off in the living room since getting the TV.

For the money.... good buy. I'd recommend it.
#14
JeeBeePSB
Standard def looks perfectly fine on my Panasonic 42PX80B, probably better than on a 1080p set because there's less to upscale. Also most PS3 and 360 games are only 720p anyway, so you're not losing any resolution in games either.

Don't know the picture quality of the Philips Plasma panel, but I know that Plasma quality goes Pioneer > Panasonic > Others. I'd get a £500 Philips 42" plasma over any £500 42" LCD however.


Agree about quality: Pioneer > Panasonic (However some Samsungs beat them on some tests, so 2nd isn't as concrete as Pioneer's #1) > Samsung > LG/Philips > The rest if there is any which i doubt.

100% with you on getting this over a similar priced LCD, in fact have some rep as that is a good post :thumbsup:
#15
Wow that really is a good price. I ordered this from JL this week for Dads 60th, it;s arrived and we havent even opened it yet. Does anyone know wether I can still get John Lewis to price match? Do they have the kind of policy where if you find it cheaper in 7 days....? would really appreciate any advice on how to get back my £100 difference?!!
#16
I also have this set, got mine from John Lewis, great TV, brilliant picture on SD input, great sound quality as well.

Far better than any LCD ( or Plasma ) that I have seen of similar size.

Voted Hot.. ;-)
#17
Bargain Queen
Does anyone know wether I can still get John Lewis to price match? Do they have the kind of policy where if you find it cheaper in 7 days....? would really appreciate any advice on how to get back my £100 difference?!!


JL price match for upto 28 days after purchase. (at least they did foe me, should be on their website)
banned#18
stezo2k;2570162
though its a decent brand i wouldnt touch this tv with a barge pole, its the basic of the basic

the panasonic 42px80 series is a much better tv around this price

Cannot agree at all. Its hardly a basic TV having 2 HDMI's and other great specs. My brother has this and the picture is superb and audio is ok. Excellent blacks too.

Can you tell me where to get the 42px80 for £499? :whistling:
#19
Marcz2007
This TV has no review on whathifi.com, any places where there are reviews for it? or can someone here who's got it give a review for it? cheers:thumbsup:


Nice looking set,a few reviews here:thumbsup:
http://www.testfreaks.co.uk/tvs/philips-42pfp5532d/
http://www.testfreaks.co.uk/tvs/philips-42pfp5532d/user-reviews/
#21
Just need a bit of info. To combat shudder/judder, would you recommend a 100hz tv? I think I read somewhere that 100hz sets eliminate shudder/judder from fast scenes eg sports, action movie scenes?

Any help appreciated :)
#22
I bought this from Littlewoods Extrawhen it was £699 and the picture and sound quality are superb. BTW, that price was cheaper than Asda who were selling the exact same set at the time.

Obviously over time the prices come down but when I got it, it was a bargain. Now, it's a steal !!!!

HOT HOT HOT!
#23
Don't forget Quidco on this! Ordered mine this morning through quidco link and its already tracked back with 17.49 cashback. Total price 482.50

BARGAIN!! :-D
#24
Superb tv. done alot of research before buying this tv around 6 months ago and have not been let down. xbox 360 is brilliant on it aswel. if you want any info on it get it here http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=585483
Everything you need to know about it
#25
For those that are still interested, now back in stock!!
#26
If you have a HD card in your computer When connected to tv you get 1080p looks WOW really good
banned#27
paulwilly;2975906
If you have a HD card in your computer When connected to tv you get 1080p looks WOW really good

1080i, not 1080p

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