SAMSUNG PS42Q96HD 42" HD Ready digital Plasma TV £625 @ Dixons - HotUKDeals
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Cheapest around as far as I know with voucher
excellent reviews

The Samsung PS42Q96HD 42" HD Ready Digital Plasma TV is perfectly designed for action-packed viewing. Its DNIe picture enhancement and HDMI capability give this TV a superior viewing quality. Picture Enhancement - DNIe
Contrast - 15000 : 1 (Dynamic)

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[admin]#1
Added price & retailer to title
#2
I'm guessing this isn't 1080p?
#3
Anyone interested in this may want to consider the Panasonic TH42PX70 as an alternative.
Reviews on [url]www.hdtvtest.co.uk[/url].
#4
http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.html?t=577401

1080i

Link to manual from the above site takes you to samsung website, but manual is no longer available.
October 2007 it seem to sell for £700, so only price drop of £50 (no including vouchers). Which isn't much of a drop as I assume this is end of line stock, if Samsung no longer carry information on it.
#5
Thanks for the info & links guys
#6
Don't forget 3% quidco! knocking £18.75 off, so £606.25
#7
I paid £648 for this back in September from Currys. Very good tv. Handles an SD signal from Sky+ very well. I'm yet to venture into the land of HD yet. One criticism is that the sound from the speakers is a bit weak, however this can be remedied by a reasonable surround sound system. Samsung HTTHX25R is currently on order from Empire Direct for £179.99.
#8
As posted above, I had quite a detailed look into LCD/plasma TVs before Christmas to advise relatives/friends who were interested in buying a large TV, and the Panasonic TH42PX70 is universally (pretty much) considered to the the standard setter at this size/price-point even though it's been out for a fair while now. It may cost you around £100 more but from what I read at the time it seems worth every penny more (if you can find one in stock).

That said I've seen this Samsung one in action and it's also a good TV and a steal at this price at around £600- so voted hot.
#9
I went for the Panasonic PX70 in the end but it was a close call with the Samsung. I wanted to get a 5 year warranty with whichever TV I got and this left them at the same price point of £749 and at the same price I prefered the Pana.
The Samsung is a Good TV though especially at this price. Hot.
#10
tuckeral
As posted above, I had quite a detailed look into LCD/plasma TVs before Christmas to advise relatives/friends who were interested in buying a large TV, and the Panasonic TH42PX70 is universally (pretty much) considered to the the standard setter at this size/price-point even though it's been out for a fair while now. It may cost you around £100 more but from what I read at the time it seems worth every penny more (if you can find one in stock).

That said I've seen this Samsung one in action and it's also a good TV and a steal at this price at around £600- so voted hot.


Only thing with the Panny is it STILL suffers from the magenta banding issue (also known as purple snakes) that they've been struggling with for a number of years. This can be bloody annoying if you notice that particular effect. Also, after a lot of testing, I found that the Samsung actually does slightly better with SD sources than the Panny to my eyes.

I've had the Samsung for about six months now and, by and large, I'm very happy with it. SD is superb, HD is noticeably better than SD and gaming is a delight. Only words of warning are:

1) Remember this is a plasma and must be treated with a bit of care to avoid burn-in (although you'd have to be very careless to suffer anything permanent).
2) For those considering connecting a 360 or PS3, make sure your console and connection method will let you select the native res of the set (1024 x 768 if I remember correctly). It'll work fine if you set 720p but text will be noticeably worse.
#11
I got this set back in June, I paid a total of £631 including egg and quidco cashback. For that price back then I was a fantastic bargain. A bit surprised its only a little bit cheaper come 7 months on.
However still a good price for a good tv. I use mine on my Xbox360 and its awesome.
BTW, this is on the Debenhams website reduced, and if i use that 25% of code flying about it takes it down to £585 before quidco
#12
BOFH_UK
Only thing with the Panny is it STILL suffers from the magenta banding issue (also known as purple snakes) that they've been struggling with for a number of years. This can be bloody annoying if you notice that particular effect
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No purple snakes in my PX70 its been falwless, think its a very tiny number that may have this problem, if you search on the Samsung you will find common problems, seems they all have there quirks, luckily they are very rare in whatever model you choose
#13
BOFH_UK
Only thing with the Panny is it STILL suffers from the magenta banding issue (also known as purple snakes) that they've been struggling with for a number of years. This can be bloody annoying if you notice that particular effect. Also, after a lot of testing, I found that the Samsung actually does slightly better with SD sources than the Panny to my eyes.

I've had the Samsung for about six months now and, by and large, I'm very happy with it. SD is superb, HD is noticeably better than SD and gaming is a delight. Only words of warning are:

1) Remember this is a plasma and must be treated with a bit of care to avoid burn-in (although you'd have to be very careless to suffer anything permanent).
2) For those considering connecting a 360 or PS3, make sure your console and connection method will let you select the native res of the set (1024 x 768 if I remember correctly). It'll work fine if you set 720p but text will be noticeably worse.

do you know if the xbox/elite can set that res?
#14
Nice looking Tv got the 37 Version
#15
Stunning TV. Had mine for 7 months.
#16
marcosdjcm
do you know if the xbox/elite can set that res?

If you use VGA cable you can set it to that resolution. I'm not sure if you can do it with HDMI.

It's a superb TV. SD looks great and HD is stunning.

Review here, different model number but it's the same TV.

http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/plasma/samsung_ps42q97hdx.htm
#17
How do you get for 625 and do John Lewis price match against online retailers as I am interested in a 5 year warranty. Thank you.
#18
baker200
BTW, this is on the Debenhams website reduced, and if i use that 25% of code flying about it takes it down to £585 before quidco


Debs discount code apparently no longer works
#19
Excellent tv worth every penny, i know as ive got one lol!!
#20
deanos
No purple snakes in my PX70 its been falwless, think its a very tiny number that may have this problem, if you search on the Samsung you will find common problems, seems they all have there quirks, luckily they are very rare in whatever model you choose


Totally agree with deanos here - I have the same set.
#21
I bought one as well. Paid 649 for it about 6 months ago. SD good. HD Great. Over the moon with it. Looks cool as well.:thumbsup:
#22
I was thinking about the Panny over the samsung the only problem is the panny has no S-video input and I prefer using this over scart for Sky+ , also it has no composite connection.Samsung has much better connection options.
#23
Anyone know if these TVs are known to make buzzing or clicking noises? i'd like a silent tv
#24
ANDYFANCOURT
do John Lewis price match against online retailers as I am interested in a 5 year warranty.
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banned#25
Make sure this is big enough before you purchase. i bought a 50 incher but the mrs still thinks its too small ;)

Seriously, you soon get used to a big screen and unless you sit within 6 foot of this screen, then a 42 " these days is a bit of a TV experience rather than a cinematic one.
#26
Guys just add the code [COLOR="Red"]JAN20[/COLOR] to the basket and knock off another £20, making the TV cost only £625!!! ;-)
#27
Just received the 50” version on wed which is fantastic. Also ordered one for my dad which he received today. Both from Dixons for £750 (pricematched) and £615 (using code PR25) respectfully. You won’t be disappointed. Excellent connection options and SD looks spot-on.
#28
Way too small unless your planning on viewing in the boxroom - to get any sort of decent viewing experience from a plasma you need to lookng at 50 inch upwards .
#29
Had mine for 6 months. Top TV. You won't be disappointed with the picture quality. Don't forget to run in at lower brightness and contrast (as recommended on the AV forums) for first 200 hours. Bit of a gas guzzler at 380w power consumption but worth it for the picture.:)
#30
I'm getting refunded for a Panasonic PX60 and have been looking at various sets. One of the things that worried me was an engineer said the PX60 isn't so bad with a software update as it has a better quality PSU and an extra fan over the later PX70 and the PX60 has exactly the same panel as the PX70 anyway. I had one of the last PX60s which was meant to be purple snake free but got them right up near the end of the guarantee. I'm thinking of going for a samsung as its a brand that I've always had great luck with. Still using my Samsung HTDM150 home cinema system and its still superb after 3-4 years. I believe the samsung is better at panning shots. Your less likely to get juddery movement than the Panny? Also the samsung is more techy with more options to play about with. Anyone had experience of both sets. Of course I really want a Pioneer but at LG prices but it isn't going to happen.
#31
PX60 (Gen9) has a totally differenty panel to the PX70 (Gen10) its also fanless so means its silent, the engineer dosent know whats hes on about if he thinks they are the same panel.

Ive had my PX70 for a year now, and its faultless, no purple snakes which have been eradicated in this panel anyway
#32
a1
I was thinking about the Panny over the samsung the only problem is the panny has no S-video input and I prefer using this over scart for Sky+ , also it has no composite connection.Samsung has much better connection options.



You're better off with an RGB Scart rather than S Video - it's a better connection.

As for composite - are you sure you don't mean component? The Panasonic has a component input.
#33
craig.walton2;1473510
Just received the 50” version on wed which is fantastic. Also ordered one for my dad which he received today. Both from Dixons for £750 (pricematched) and £615 (using code PR25) respectfully. You won’t be disappointed. Excellent connection options and SD looks spot-on.

How did you get Dixons to pricematch £750 on the 50"? Who is doing it for that price? and is that not the "c" model not the "q" as the cheapest I have seen the Q is £899 and the C at £799.
#34
moob;1474439
You're better off with an RGB Scart rather than S Video - it's a better connection.

As for composite - are you sure you don't mean component? The Panasonic has a component input.

I know the panasonic has component I meant composite, for maybe using a gamecube or wii, I run my cabling thru the wall so the samsung is convenient for me to connect the wii to the composite out at the side of the panel as and when i need it.
Also on the rgb/s-video debate I have heard on forums they are very much on a par with some prefering s-video and others rgb, with component being better than either.From avforums. Component > RGB Scart <> Svideo > composite.
#35
I have the 52" version. Excellent TV. No buzzing, but there was some clicking, which was the TV trying to do an over the air waves firmware update. I did'nt have the aerial plugged in. When attached no more problems.
No perminant screen burn problems using PS3, just used the "All White" function for a short while and it was fine.
#36
how do you get it for £625 ?
#37
Dixons are now selling this for £594.99, don't forget £20 off with AW20 or 5% off with Egg on top of this.

However I've been looking for a TV to use with SD signal and have tried Samsung LE37R88B LCD bought in Christmas offers but brought home and picture looked like absolute terrible on SD however DVD was good. So sent it back and searching for alternates. Looking at various models and makes I tend to believe that Plasma doesn't have digital noise which is always on LCD if watching non-HD signal.

Two of the most popular plasmas are now PS42Q96HD and TH42PX80 as HD Ready as I can't afford to buy Full HD Plasma I would want to. Other day I compared these two models in Currys and Samsung PS42Q96HD had same thing as I experienced on Sammy LCD. Picture suffers from posterisation, has digital noise on the edges and mainly definition of face skin or other objects is blurry with moving pixels if you see it closely. TH42PX80 or PX70 from Panasonic was a lot better than Sammy, Panny didn't suffer from any posterisation and image detail looked very much perfect on DVB channels. Going back to Sammy, it looked very bright although it is assumed that 15000:1 contrast on Sammy is dynamic while same on Panny but native. The white on Sammy was bright white while same on Panny looked offwhite like if you reduce brightness on your laptop screen.

Never actually understood if contrast ratios claimed are actually tested independently but Sammy plasma also had black look like black compare to Panny not really that black.

Other things I like about Samsung that it offers Picture in Picture although you can't have SD picture in main window. It also gives you variety of connectivity including digital audio. These features are missing from Panasonic while Panasonic interface is nicer and cleaner and SD Card Reader for images is a bonus.

So all these results and experiences have now confused me and I am desparately waiting for anything new which could probably fill the space in my living room. Both Samsung and Panasonic look brilliant on the paper but when you look at them closely I'm afraid they are not that good.

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