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just looked at this in currys today and had to have it. in store it cost £949 , but go to currys online and it has it at a web exclusive of ONLY £719 .
just enter the current currys codes of AW60AUG and this will get u a tasty £60 off which brings it down to an unbelievable £659. it is also free delivery on this too .
also buy it via quidco and u get an extra 3.5% off which is another £23+ in your quidco pocket .
this tv looks absolutely awesome and in the AVforums it gets ticks in all the right boxs . REALY IS A BARGAIN I THINK
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#1
Thanks for your first hot deal post cadmus. I've added a piccy and a direct link. Please see the links in my signature for help on posting deals. :)
#2
ahhh you ******* !!!! I can't go spending money on a TV like this !!!! :x


I don't even have a PS3 yet to play on it, how could I possibly afford that on top :p :-D

Voted hot ;-)
#3
There is a reason it is so cheap and that is because it does the lowest HD output of 480 and no more.
#4
btw, I see you said to use the AW60AUG code, I tried the AW70AUG code and it doesn't work for some reason, any idea why?
#5
Donnieyen
There is a reason it is so cheap and that is because it does the lowest HD output of 480 and no more.


What do you mean? For a start HD output starts at 720, 480 is DVD quality, the old standard.

As you can see on the link below it has a resolution of 1024x768 which meets the 720p HD requirement, it doesn't meet 1080p requirments, but neither do the majority of TV's on sale :) you can get one of those for a few thousand ;-)

http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/television/plasma/ps42q96hdxxeu.asp?page=Specifications

The one thing which is common with plasmas that I don't completely understand, but it is something to do with plasma technology, is that it has a 4:3 resolution of 1024x768 despite it being a 16:9 TV, and therefore it must process it to fit on the available pixels.
Don't ask my why they use a 4:3 ratio, I am guessing it is because it saves money by meeting the 720 requirement without having to increase the 1048 to 1280 to make it 16:9; or maybe it's just because it doesn't amke any difference :)
#6
Lexeus
btw, I see you said to use the AW60AUG code, I tried the AW70AUG code and it doesn't work for some reason, any idea why?

yep , i tried the AW70AUG code umpteen times and it wouldnt go thru . so i tried the AW60AUG as u did and got 60 off. i think currys way of thinking is you get the lesser code as the final price ends up in the £600 bracket so u get tu use the AW60AUG code. thats all it could possibly be.
#7
Donnieyen
There is a reason it is so cheap and that is because it does the lowest HD output of 480 and no more.

what a silly comment . where did u get your facts from as your way of the line . i wouldnt of posted this if it wasnt a good plasma . read the av forums. fact is this model is 1024 x 768 . u try and find a TOP BRAND PLASMA WITH THIS SPEC at that price . not gonna happen . thats why i purchased it - its the CHEAPEST ANYWHERE ONLINE and only at currys.
#8
emmajk42
Thanks for your first hot deal post cadmus. I've added a piccy and a direct link. Please see the links in my signature for help on posting deals. :)

cheers emmasjk42. was a bit confused with my first post , but thanku 4 your help on posting deals
#9
Lexeus
btw, I see you said to use the AW60AUG code, I tried the AW70AUG code and it doesn't work for some reason, any idea why?


this seems to be the norm on the other 32" THREAD for the white samsung it only lets you use the £40 code even though the tv is £510
#10
Donnieyen
There is a reason it is so cheap and that is because it does the lowest HD output of 480 and no more.


thats not true, it does 768. Good luck finding a 1080p below 1000 quid.

This TV constantly gets good reviews. It is, I'm sure, the best "bang for your buck" 42 inch out there.
#11
Bags
thats not true, it does 768. Good luck finding a 1080p below 1000 quid.

This TV constantly gets good reviews. It is, I'm sure, the best "bang for your buck" 42 inch out there.


I know this is not a PLasma but it is a 42" 1080P for Under a Grand!

TOSHIBA 42X3030D 42" 1080P LCD TV - £817 DELIVERED + 3.5% QUIDCO!

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/40005/toshiba-42x3030d-42-1080p-lcd-tv-81

Just noticed that Currys have put the price up from yesterday!!!!

Still think that is a very good price for the Samsung Plasma
(15000 Contrast Ratio To!)
#12
what is the main difference between Plasma and LCD? I need a new TV for the living room and have previously only looked at LCD (have one in the bedroom which i'm happy with).

Plasmas seem to be cheaper?
#13
This is the Link (I Hope) for the Toshiba 1080p LCD above

http://www.hotukdeals.com/deal/40005/toshiba-42x3030d-42-1080p-lcd-tv-81
#14
Got this Plasma from Currys last month for £635 (using the various methods).

Absolutely stunning TV and nothing comes close to the price (I researched for ages).

If you main viewing is Sky, Freeview, Consoles or DVD you will not find a better display.

IMHO: The only thing the LCDs are better at are for connecting to your pc/laptop.
#15
Big A
what is the main difference between Plasma and LCD? I need a new TV for the living room and have previously only looked at LCD (have one in the bedroom which i'm happy with).

Plasmas seem to be cheaper?


Try this link for what seems to be how most people view Plasma against LCD TV's (I can't decide myself!!!!)


http://www.plasma-lcd-facts.co.uk/
#16
Bags
thats not true, it does 768. Good luck finding a 1080p below 1000 quid.




Good luck fining ANY plasma tv that does "true" 1080p.

Good price for this .. if I wasn't moving to Spain in the next month I would def be considering it.
#17
Sockpuppetuk
Good luck fining ANY plasma tv that does 1080p.


Panasonic TH42PZ700
Panasonic TH50PF9
Panasonic TH50PZ700
Pioneer PDP-5000EX

You'll need a 50"+ screen to see the benefit of 1080p over 720p over the average viewing distance.
#18
Anyone have any opinions about how it compares with the Samsung PS42Q97HDX. Available from RGB direct at £706.

Video - 1024 X 768 Pixels Resolution / 1500cd/m2 Brightness / Ultra FilterBright / 15000:1 Contrast Ratio / Real Motion Studio / 16:9 Screen Aspect Ratio
· Video - Over 175 Degrees H/V Viewing Angles / DNIe / Movie Plus / 3D Comb Filter / Digital Noise Reduction
· Audio - SRS TruSurround XT / Full Range Speaker / 10W X 2 Sound Output (RMS)
· Feature - Anti Burn-In Technology / PIP (1 Tuner) / Clock & On-Off Timer / Sleep Timer / Level 2.5 Teletext (TTXT)
· Feature - Blue Screen On-Off / Melody On-Off / Plug & Play / 21 X OSD Languages / Sill Picture / Game Mode
· Input & Output (side) - 1 X Composite / 1 X S-Video / 1 X HDMI / 1 X Headphone
· Input & Output (rear) - 1 X RF Input / 1 X Component / 2 X Scart / 1 x PC Input / 2 X HDMI / 1 X Audio Monitor Out
· 60000 Hours Panel Life Time
· Dimensions (with stand) - 1055(w) X 316(d) X 759(h)mm / 33Kg Weight


If there's any logic in the model numbers, it appears to be the next up but I'm not sure:?
#19
Q96 & Q97 are the same TV

Q96 is for the DSG group (Currys, Dixons, PC-World)
Q97 is for the rest
#20
hessian
Got this Plasma from Currys last month for £635 (using the various methods).

Absolutely stunning TV and nothing comes close to the price (I researched for ages).

If you main viewing is Sky, Freeview, Consoles or DVD you will not find a better display.

IMHO: The only thing the LCDs are better at are for connecting to your pc/laptop.


hi hessian, thats exactly what im gonna b using the plasama 4 , just sky+ dvds and ps2 . can u tell me what leads u use . i heard rgb will give the best picture 4 the sky + and what leads 4 the others . im not very clued up on this side of things
#21
Cadmus,

The only component I have connected is a modified Xbox1. This is used for games, music & dvds. I connect using Monster Component cable.

Freeview is in-built (use Scart RGB for Sky+). PS2 & GameCube I use Scart RGB.
#22
dad has got one of these and they still give people the wow factor.

one thing though, it did have a problem where it left a blue shimmering effect on some shows, especially black and whites, but a call to samsung said it needed a firmware upgrade which can now be done on site.
i suspect buying this it'll have the latest firmware, but just to let you know.

also, he had one nicked ;) not much look with tellies
#23
Shame I just booked our hols, could have had one of these instead.
banned#24
Would this be OK for a bedroom? I'd be about 6-8 foot from the TV.
#25
This Tv is not HD it only does a 1024*758 resolutuion HD is at last 1366*768
#26
Ignore me, getting mixed up between currys and dixons
#27
micoo
This Tv is not HD it only does a 1024*758 resolutuion HD is at last 1366*768


You have no idea :whistling:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hd_ready
#28
micoo
This Tv is not HD it only does a 1024*758 resolutuion HD is at last 1366*768

u havnt got a clue wat ur talking about have u !!!!!!!!!!
#29
So much incorrectness in this thread, it's untrue. HD minimum spec is 1280x720 (a 16:9 resolution), not 1366x768 (which is for some reason easy to manufacture on LCDs).

This TV is NOT HD Ready. To be HD ready it needs AT LEAST 1280 columns of pixels, which this does not have.

As for the TV, I'm sure it's at least semi-decent (not seen it myself), so at this price an excellent buy unless you have to have HD.

EDIT: http://www.samsung.com/uk/products/television/plasma/ps42q96hdxxeu.asp?page=Specifications

Have a look at the very misleading Samsung page. It says HD Ready, but that refers to the 50" version (look at it's resolution). Bloody manufacturers with incorrect information.
#30
Maybe this will help stop the petty arguments:

http://www.hdready.org.uk/

:thumbsup:
#31
Hi if anyone is after a samsung 1080p 37 inch with 3 years warantee for £845 then get down to your local costco,ive seen this set in empire direct for a grand and it blows all the other sets away ! ! :thumbsup:
#32
themanwithapc

This TV is NOT HD Ready. To be HD ready it needs AT LEAST 1280 columns of pixels, which this does not have.


The HD Ready Wiki (linked above) explains:

HD ready requirements

In order to be awarded the label "HD ready" a display device has to cover the following requirements:

1. Display, display engine
* The minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is [COLOR="Red"]720 physical lines in wide aspect ratio[/COLOR].
2. Video Interfaces
* The display device accepts HD input via:
o Analog YPbPr. “HD ready” displays support analog YPbPr as a HD input format to allow full compatibility with today's HD video sources in the market. Support of the YPbPr signal should be through common industry standard connectors directly on the HD ready display or through an adaptor easily accessible to the consumer; and:
o DVI or HDMI
* HD capable inputs accept the following HD video formats:
o 1280x720 @ 50 and 60Hz progressive scan (“720p”), and
o 1920x1080 @ 50 and 60Hz interlaced (“1080i”)
* The DVI or HDMI input supports copy protection (HDCP)





so....it is HD ready!
#33
hessian
The HD Ready Wiki (linked above) explains:

HD ready requirements

In order to be awarded the label "HD ready" a display device has to cover the following requirements:

1. Display, display engine
* The minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is [COLOR="Red"]720 physical lines in wide aspect ratio[/COLOR].
2. Video Interfaces
* The display device accepts HD input via:
o Analog YPbPr. “HD ready” displays support analog YPbPr as a HD input format to allow full compatibility with today's HD video sources in the market. Support of the YPbPr signal should be through common industry standard connectors directly on the HD ready display or through an adaptor easily accessible to the consumer; and:
o DVI or HDMI
* HD capable inputs accept the following HD video formats:
o 1280x720 @ 50 and 60Hz progressive scan (“720p”), and
o 1920x1080 @ 50 and 60Hz interlaced (“1080i”)
* The DVI or HDMI input supports copy protection (HDCP)





so....it is HD ready!

thankyou ! shops cant display a set , stating its HD wen its not .
lets get this fact across . this is a top brand HD 42" PLASMA at a bargain price .
#34
hessian
The HD Ready Wiki (linked above) explains:

HD ready requirements

In order to be awarded the label "HD ready" a display device has to cover the following requirements:

*snip*

so....it is HD ready!


The wikipedia link is the first time I've come across that explanation for HD ready. The thing is, it is probably right, but tells only half of the story. HD images are usually 16:9 (well movies & games are anyway), which means a standard HD image (1280x720) needs at least that resolution to be displayed in it's entirety (if it's more like 1366x768, the image will be upscaled to fit the screen). It's pretty difficult to explain, but as this TV is 1024x768, it'll either lose 324 lines of detail (1366-1024) or display 576 lines vertically (not being HD anyway) and downscale the image.

Regardless, what should be clarified is that this isn't FULLY HD Ready i.e. It won't display the full detail from HD resolutions. However, like I said it is probably a very good TV at the price and worth picking up.
#35
themanwithapc
The wikipedia link is the first time I've come across that explanation for HD ready. The thing is, it is probably right, but tells only half of the story. HD images are usually 16:9 (well movies & games are anyway), which means a standard HD image (1280x720) needs at least that resolution to be displayed in it's entirety (if it's more like 1366x768, the image will be upscaled to fit the screen). It's pretty difficult to explain, but as this TV is 1024x768, it'll either lose 324 lines of detail (1366-1024) or display 576 lines vertically (not being HD anyway) and downscale the image.

Regardless, what should be clarified is that this isn't FULLY HD Ready i.e. It won't display the full detail from HD resolutions. However, like I said it is probably a very good TV at the price and worth picking up.


I think you may be in danger of vanishing up your own rear end on this. "HD Ready" is a marketing label developed by the industry to help the great unwashed throw out perfectly good CRTs and replace them with, generally speaking, inferior-quality flat panels. (cue howls of protest from cheapo 32" LCD owners:-D )

It is not a label of quality, purely one of conformity to a standard that has been set. Provided a manufacturer produces a TV that conforms to the standard, it can display the "HD Ready" logo and then market itself with the associated attributes.

Whether or not it then conforms to a "purist" definition of HD is academic and immaterial. In any event, screen size and viewing distance have a much more significant effect upon the tangible benefits of HD - if you simply a spec. anorak, then huge amounts of cash can be flushed down the toilet to satisfy a rather naive pursuit:p
#36
I am thinking about getting one for this price!


See extract below from

http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/editorial/Televisions_Buyers_Guide

Since high definition exploded onto the scene, there’s been a lot of jargon flying around. Here’s the deal.

HD stands for High Definition in general and relates to all the latest technologies required to bring clearer and sharper television pictures into your home.
HDTV refers to high-definition programming and the equipment, such as digital receivers, able to receive HDTV.

HD-ready is a logo often displayed next to actual TVs and means that they are capable of receiving HD transmissions and displaying them

HD-ready TVs:
can accept and display HDTV programming - up to the resolution of the TV
have a component video input
need to be connected to an HD source to actually receive HD programming
have an HDMI or DVI terminal so that they can accept a HDTV signal
have a screen with a minimum of 720 horizontal lines; so-called full HD TVs have a minimum of 1080 horizontal lines
#37
can this get freeview?

advertised as :-SAMSUNG PS42Q96HD 42" HD Ready digital Plasma TV 306725

So the digital I would expect it to have a digital tuner, but when u check specs it says "no".

Can anyone advise
#38
cheapskate58
I think you may be in danger of vanishing up your own rear end on this. "HD Ready" is a marketing label developed by the industry to help the great unwashed throw out perfectly good CRTs and replace them with, generally speaking, inferior-quality flat panels. (cue howls of protest from cheapo 32" LCD owners:-D )

It is not a label of quality, purely one of conformity to a standard that has been set. Provided a manufacturer produces a TV that conforms to the standard, it can display the "HD Ready" logo and then market itself with the associated attributes.

Whether or not it then conforms to a "purist" definition of HD is academic and immaterial. In any event, screen size and viewing distance have a much more significant effect upon the tangible benefits of HD - if you simply a spec. anorak, then huge amounts of cash can be flushed down the toilet to satisfy a rather naive pursuit:p


I'd agree with some of your comments (although definitely not the one about disappearing up my own rear :p )

You are definitely correct in saying HD Ready is only a label of conformity given by the industry. It has to a certain extent nothing to do with quality. Also, as you say, there are other factors that may be far more important to the TV, such as screen size (1080P and 720P show very little difference on screens below 32" from 'sensible' viewing distances), make, source etc. However, with regards to this particular TV, I'd say that 42" is significant enough to show the advantages of HD, provided you're not using it at silly distances.

I've only been trying to make people aware that this won't be fully HD ready. I'm sure you can appreciate the outcrys when their brand new 1080P capable Blu-Ray/ HD-DVD player isn't 'as good as they thought it would be', or when their friends 1080P/720P panel is 'more detailed'. Having said that, LCD shows a more significant difference between non-HD and HD screens in comparision to Plasma.

I'd also disagree with you're sweeping statement of the people throwing out "perfectly good CRTs and replace them with, generally speaking, inferior-quality flat panels." IMO, flat panels (plasma moreso than LCD) are catching up to CRTs for SD content, but I still prefer CRTs for SD content generally. However, 90% of my usage is with HD material (Xbox 360, PS3, PC, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray). If you could direct me to a CRT available in the UK that does HD properly (or at least as good as a flat panel) I'll shut up right now. Until then, I stick by what I said :)
#39
Can we all start train spotting instead? It's far easier and less anal.
#40
Please, this post misinforms peoples. Try top get your facts right. Over-hyping resolution is not informing peoples
themanwithapc
The wikipedia link is the first time I've come across that explanation for HD ready. The thing is, it is probably right, but tells only half of the story. HD images are usually 16:9 (well movies

False, movies are generally 2.35:1 not 1.85:1 (16/9)
themanwithapc
& games are anyway), which means a standard HD image (1280x720) needs at least that resolution to be displayed in it's entirety

False, it just get scaled (i.e. pixels get remapped). Your statement reads as if the image is cropped which is not the case.
themanwithapc
(if it's more like 1366x768, the image will be upscaled to fit the screen). It's pretty difficult to explain, but as this TV is 1024x768, it'll either lose 324 lines of detail (1366-1024) or display 576 lines vertically (not being HD anyway) and downscale the image.

False 1280x720 gets remapped to 1024x768. So it gets upscaled vertically and downscaled horizontally. You don't "loose" lines. No idea why you talk about 576 lines here. it's totally irrelevant. Hint: pixels on such a screen are not square.
A screen of 1366x768 will upscale the 1280x720 in both direction. This is not necessarily a good thing. The quality of the result in both case depends on the quality of the scaler and good upscaling is not that easy.
themanwithapc
Regardless, what should be clarified is that this isn't FULLY HD Ready

False, it is fully "HD Ready". But it is true that it needs rescaling to display 1080i/p material. It is true that it can't display 1080p in its original native resolution.


Yan

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