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Samsung 42" Plasma HD IDTV PS42Q97HD £623.20

£623.20 @ Debenhams
Using the previous mentioned discounts make the Samsung 42" Plasma HD IDTV PS42Q97HD 623.20 a real bargin!!! including delivery The PS42Q97HD is a more likeable performer than you've a right t… Read More
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Using the previous mentioned discounts make the Samsung 42" Plasma HD IDTV PS42Q97HD 623.20 a real bargin!!! including delivery

The PS42Q97HD is a more likeable performer than you've a right to expect for its money

A typically appealing all-rounder from Samsung that treads just the right line between performance, design, features and price.

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#1
Got a link to 'the previously mentioned discounts'?
#2
#3
had this model for just over 4 months and its the dogs dangly bits. i cant praise it enough for amazing clarity and colours on such huge screen . dont hesitate and go get it . promise you that it will be the best £600+ your ever spend
#4
PFHP is a code for 20% off
#5
i just went out and bought this for £634 at Costco before this deal was posted. However at Costco you can return it at any time up to 3 years for a full cash refund with no questions asked.
#6
I've been doing lots, and I mean lots, of research into 42 and 50" plasma. I've read many magazines and tests, visited dozens of shops and inspected these screens at the EISA 2007 awards. I decided that the Pioneer KURO, despite it's excellent black levels, looks terribly blurry with normally telly, The Panasonic TH42PX70 is very very good, howevever the Samsung gives the best colours in a side-by-side test when fed 720p by RGB.

However this particular model (the top of the 720p line) has an UltraBrite Filter for reducing refelction glare. This creates tiny wobbly lines across the screen, and can be seen here and if you turn off the set or view dark scenes they are indeed visible. One the upside you won't see a reflectional of yourself in the set.

Don't be put off, this is a great set with the best looks and a fairly handsome remote. It's got all the connections you could want and the full panel resolution is available on the PC port (unlike the panasonic). It's not HDMI V1.3 but very few sources are.

If you are thinking "I'll Just get the panasonic TH43PX70 then" it suffers from it's own problem with purple snakes in the picture, as seen here (Video Artefacts). The panny is a good £200 dearer too.

Think about the PS42Q96HD, it's the same screen without the UltraBrite Filter (sadly a more difficult to find set) or the PS42C96HD without the AnyNet DVD system control via HDMI.

At this price the set is a bargain with the best picture available IMO.
#7
fundeb10
i just went out and bought this for £634 at Costco before this deal was posted. However at Costco you can return it at any time up to 3 years for a full cash refund with no questions asked.


Are you sure? I thought they changed the rules
#8
joylove
I've been doing lots, and I mean lots, of research into 42 and 50" plasma. I've read many magazines and tests, visited dozens of shops and inspected these screens at the EISA 2007 awards. I decided that the Pioneer KURO, despite it's excellent black levels, looks terribly blurry with normally telly, The Panasonic TH42PX70 is very very good, howevever the Samsung gives the best colours in a side-by-side test when fed 720p by RGB.

However this particular model (the top of the 720p line) has an UltraBrite Filter for reducing refelction glare. This creates tiny wobbly lines across the screen, and can be seen here and if you turn off the set or view dark scenes they are indeed visible. One the upside you won't see a reflectional of yourself in the set.

Don't be put off, this is a great set with the best looks and a fairly handsome remote. It's got all the connections you could want and the full panel resolution is available on the PC port (unlike the panasonic). It's not HDMI V1.3 but very few sources are.

If you are thinking "I'll Just get the panasonic TH43PX70 then" it suffers from it's own problem with purple snakes in the picture, as seen here (Video Artefacts). The panny is a good £200 dearer too.

Think about the PS42Q96HD, it's the same screen without the UltraBrite Filter (sadly a more difficult to find set) or the PS42C96HD without the AnyNet DVD system control via HDMI.

At this price the set is a bargain with the best picture available IMO.


Few flaws in your arguement.

1/ You can't display 720p via scart.

2/ The 'purple snakes' issue was an issue with the PX60, the PX70 has, on the whole, resolved this.

3/ The Panasonic is not £200 dearer. See earlier posts and google the price.

4/ The KURO sets are at a different end of the market - cost wise. There's no way this Samsung is anywhere near as good. Dunno where you saw it display SD as blurry - my guess, given the above, is Comet.:whistling:
#9
"I'll Just get the panasonic TH43PX70 then"

Where would I purchase this model?
#10
enter codes: SHA1,PFHP,PALP
for 10%, 20% and free delivery. only 4 in stock though....
#11
moob
Few flaws in your arguement.

1/ You can't display 720p via scart.

2/ The 'purple snakes' issue was an issue with the PX60, the PX70 has, on the whole, resolved this.

3/ The Panasonic is not £200 dearer. See earlier posts and google the price.

4/ The KURO sets are at a different end of the market - cost wise. There's no way this Samsung is anywhere near as good. Dunno where you saw it display SD as blurry - my guess, given the above, is Comet.:whistling:


1/I didn't know this, but then I was going to use this set with my PC and Media Center!

2/Mainly, on the whole, but not entirely. See the link I posted.

3/Hmm ithe TH-42Px70ped has come down to £748 at RGB direct, so £120.

4/This is my point they do look blurry with SD yet cost about a grand more, and get rave reviews. It was as if a film of butter had been smeared on the screen.
I saw the 720p 50" KURO side by side with the TH-50Pz70ped watching Freeview in John Lewis Cribbs Causeway. Every telly was watching My Family on BBC1 on Freeview via the intenal tuners connected to the UHF socket. The Panny and the Samsung were in the darkened viewing room with the Ambilght Phillips and a fapping massive 60" Plasma.
#12
meshosa
enter codes: SHA1,PFHP,PALP
for 10%, 20% and free delivery. only 4 in stock though....


and be prepared for debenhams to take full amonunt and be on the phone to them for next 6 months, terrible online company IMO
#13
The Panasonic TH42PX70PED is available from PC world for £699 or without stand from currys for £639

After months of research I would pay the extra for the Panasonic.
#14
It did win the prestigious EISA 2007 awards,but the Sammy just looked richer. Have you got a link to the £639 TH42PX70PED for completeness?
#15
I own this set, and I've done the research, heard the comments and read all I could, as well as seen a demo beforehand both with HD and SD.

The conclusion? Fantastic set, and one of the best all-rounders for the money. I particularly wanted a model that could display a good SD signal (as I suspect most people will in the short term), and could not find a better one for the same or similar money. One point on this though. You cannot really judge the SD performance unless you are sitting (or standing) at least 10 feet away, as up close it's as ugly as an LCD on SD (and let's face it, LCD's are all pants anyway on SD), and even then you cannot rely on a "Curry's & Comet" split signal. The black levels are truly excellent too.

Bought mine in October from Crampton & Moore for £750 with 3 year warranty which was £100 cheaper than anyone at the time, but I wouldn't recommend them to be honest (long story, not for here though!).

The verdict: From a "big" retailer, this is a great price for a great set.
#16
joylove
It did win the prestigious EISA 2007 awards,but the Sammy just looked richer. Have you got a link to the £639 TH42PX70PED for completeness?


The £639 price would be for the TH42PX70B, without pedestal, so wall mount or a seperate stand needed.

Sorry, my mistake, Dixons not Currys.
http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1979960182.1199684989@@@@&BV_EngineID=cccjaddmmfhfldkcflgceggdhhmdfol.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=000552&category_oid=-28723

Promo code JAN20 takes £20 off, to £639.
#17
Had this HDTV for about 6 months bought it for £700 from laskys had no probs looks great and play my HD DVD's on it looks fantastic would recommend
#18
joylove
1/I didn't know this, but then I was going to use this set with my PC and Media Center!

2/Mainly, on the whole, but not entirely. See the link I posted.

3/Hmm ithe TH-42Px70ped has come down to £748 at RGB direct, so £120.

4/This is my point they do look blurry with SD yet cost about a grand more, and get rave reviews. It was as if a film of butter had been smeared on the screen.
I saw the 720p 50" KURO side by side with the TH-50Pz70ped watching Freeview in John Lewis Cribbs Causeway. Every telly was watching My Family on BBC1 on Freeview via the intenal tuners connected to the UHF socket. The Panny and the Samsung were in the darkened viewing room with the Ambilght Phillips and a fapping massive 60" Plasma.


This is quite funny.

1/ So, despite you commenting on seeing sets running 720p via scart, you didn't even know it can't happen?

2/ I own the Pana, if you read avforums (as you must have given your 'extensive' research) you'll note that a very small minority have this issue.

3/ The pedestal version is 699.99, so hardly 200 never mind 120 difference - assuming the codes would work.

4/ They looked blurry as you viewed the panel under perhaps one of the worst case scenarios to judge the difference. How do you know the KURO set was not at the end of a very long line of split signals? Connected via UHF socket - COME ON!!:whistling:
#19
moob
This is quite funny.

1/ So, despite you commenting on seeing sets running 720p via scart, you didn't even know it can't happen?


Can I just be really picky and say thats not technically true, as scart can run at 720P :whistling:
#20
Richierea
Can I just be really picky and say thats not technically true, as scart can run at 720P :whistling:


There's only one scart I know that runs at 720p...
#21
moob
There's only one scart I know that runs at 720p...


To be fair there is only one that I know of, which happens to be on my TV, a bit of a pain as it uses up one of the scart sockets (component connections are through the scart) seperate would be better, but it's a cheap TV.

But as you say, generally only RGB and Composite are run through scart, so not normally 720P.
#22
Richierea
To be fair there is only one that I know of, which happens to be on my TV, a bit of a pain as it uses up one of the scart sockets (component connections are through the scart) seperate would be better, but it's a cheap TV.

But as you say, generally only RGB and Composite are run through scart, so not normally 720P.


Indeed, I was making a broad generalisation on the topic - and you had to be Mr Smarty Pants!:giggle:
1 Like #23
moob
Indeed, I was making a broad generalisation on the topic - and you had to be Mr Smarty Pants!:giggle:


Sorry! I'll go and annoy somebody else......
#24
One minor issue with the samsung is it only has one RGB scart. Panasonic's generally have two even if they only have two scarts in total. Of course you will get a 720p display from scart but its scaled up using the plasma's own deinterlacing and scaling chipset. Generally I think the samsungs are equal to the Panasonic. I think brand snobs will weigh the argument in favour of panasonic but the horrible purple displays I got on my PX60 shows Panasonic aren't without faults. One point I would say is the samsung here doesn't have the ability to display 1080p even scaled down to fit its 720p display. Thats something the Panasonic PX70 range can do. It does have 3 hdmis though which is one up on the pannys. Also the case is a lot more stylish. If your going for a 50" model there isn't a lot of price difference but with the 42" model like this one the samsung is definitely better value as the 42" version of the px70 seems to be up at about £750 now with pedestal where as you can get the sammy for far less.

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