Wharfedale W42H40PE 42in HD Ready Plasma TV - just £499 @ Argos (+ £4.95 P&P) ! - HotUKDeals
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Wharfedale W42H40PE 42in HD Ready Plasma TV - just £499 @ Argos !

Just spotted this on argos website, half price £999 to £499 thought it was good deal for a wharedale. P&P is £4.95

Features : High Definition Ready | 42in (106cm) TV with 106cm visible screen size | Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels | Brightness 1000cd/m2 | Contrast ratio 3000:1 | Connectivity : HDMI socket, 2 SCART sockets, PC input socket, Rear AV socket | Sound Quality : Nicam sound, 2 x 10 RMS power output | Additional Features : Teletext, Fastext, UHF and VHF tuners with hyper band, Auto setup, Auto search tuner, Auto search sorting, Auto search labelling, Sleep timer, Child lock, NTSC compatible on playback via scart, Remote control requires 2 x AAA batteries (supplied, Complete with tabletop stand.
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#3
Excellent find :thumbsup: hotted you up :)
#5
Brilliant find C-Note84 :)

Tidied up the OP & added a pic.
#6
not true HD is it?

Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels

good price for size though.
#7
This is a crap tele - you will be disappointed if you buy it (unless your current one is a B&W 9"...........)
#8
Main specs

Manufacturer: Wharfedale
Brightness in Candela/m²: 1000
Contrast Ratio (X:1): 3000
DVB-C: No
DVB-S: No
DVB-T: No
DVD Player / Recorder: No
DVI Interface: Yes
Electronic Program Guide (EPG): No
Energy Savings Trust Feature: No
Full HD: No
HD ready: Yes
HD Tuner: No
HDMI Interface: No
Horizontal Resolution in Pixel: 1024
Loudspeakers: with Loudspeakers
Memory Stick: No
Number of Scart Interfaces: 2
Screen Format: 16:9
Screen Size in cm: 105 cm
Screen Size in Inches: 42 in
Secure Digital Card: No
Type of Monitor: Plasma
USB: No
Vertical Resolution in Pixel: 768
#9
I agree with ChrisUK - this is nothing more than a very big & very expensive doorstop.
#10
cheap price for a big tv though....
#11
sicknote
I agree with ChrisUK - this is nothing more than a very big & very expensive doorstop.


Got to be one of the most ridiculous, annoying stupid things I have ever seen on this forum.

Really getting sick of all the comments around here just because it isn't the best in class, nobody is trying to say that it is..... clear?

It is an unbelieveable price, for Joe Average who wants a big flat panel TV on a budget it is perfect.

Now please get over yourself and stop filling what was a useful forum with rubbish

~rant over~
#12
you took your medication this morning ficosaneil???? Everyones entitled to a opinion.....

I gotta agree with you though - it looks great for that price..... nice find.... voted hot - and rep given....
1 Like #13
deepmenace
not true HD is it?

Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels

good price for size though.



It's classed as "HDTV Plasma", and can carry the HD Ready Banner as opposed to "HD Compatible" which isn't HD at all.

The versions appear like this:

1920X1080 = 1080p (LCD, DLP, Very High end plasma)

1366X768 = 768p (LCD and high end plasma)

1280x720 = 720p (DLP, LCD and LCoS (?) Projection and newer Plasma)

1024x768 = HDTV Plasma (Plasma 37" - 42" cheaper as older technology)

852x480 = EDTV Plasma (Early Plasma 37" -42")

640x480 = VGA (Early small LCD TV's)


It's all a mine field really, most experts tend to state that only the very eagle eyed, or those who sit 3" away from the screen :whistling: will notice any difference between a 1080p and a 720p, and really only on the bigger sets (50"+)

I've voted Hot - it's a good find and will be perfect for people on a budget who want to get in some of the action :)

Just noticed that the above list doesn't have any "i" versions as in 720i or the 1080i, perhaps the oddball ones (768p - I'd never heard ofthat one) are now referred to as i versions ? More research required.

Edit : More up to date information - you can see why there's so much confussion!

Digital-HDTV:

720p - 1280x720 progressive
1080i - 1920x1080 interlaced
1080p - 1920x1080 progressive
More Accurate - Listing the resolution and frame rate:

480i - The picture is 704x480 - (60/2 interlaced frames per second)
= 30 complete frames per second.

480p - The picture is 704x480 - 60 complete frames per second.

720p - The picture is 1280x720 - 60 complete frames per second.

1080i - The picture is 1920x1080 - (60/2 interlaced frames per second)
= 30 complete frames per second.

1080p - The picture is 1920x1080 - 60 complete frames per second.

So no mention now about so called "Plasma HDTV", it was an early format, and must be how they can still sneak the HD Ready logo on
#14
to compare a great TV at a fantastic price as a 'doorstop' really winds me up.

This guys house must resemble a Sony Centre...
#15
I agree that not everyone wants 1st class products, and that for most of the people out there, this TV is an excellent price, and they wont be checking every last pixel, lol!

Hot from me.

Bryan
#16
ficosaneil
This guys house must resemble a Sony Centre...


:-D

He must have more money than me....... For that price..... I think its a steal..... I would be tempted (just got no money...... mind you my old flexible friend is always willing to give a helping hand....)
#17
I don't want my head bitten off, but I do agree with ChrisUK.
I've seen this TV working in one local Argos, and the picture quality was fair but not good.
Colours were washed out, and screen didnt compare well to the other two sets alongside it - using the same feed signal.

I wouldn't buy it as a main set for my house, and would pay the extra couple of hundred for a good samsung 42" or LG.
I havent got loads of money, but my family spend a LOT of time in front of the TV, and I would be buying to keep for a long time, hence my comments.

This might be OK for those who aren't going to sit too close to the TV, but for me it was a "leave well alone" set.

Jav
1 Like #18
Sorry guys - I'm good on my tele's & I have to say that anyone buying this expecting a decent TV picture or HD picture from a gaming source (PS3 or 360) will be disappointed.

If it's for your bedroom from a standard digital signal (such as digi box), then it should be OK - but I wouldnt have it as my main TV !!
1 Like #19
it's already been said - this tv runs at 1024x768, that is not true HD. Any HD signal passed to this tv will have to be fiddled in quite a substantial way by the tv in order to display it.

It actaully doesn't have enough horizontal pixels to comply : 1024 vs 1280. it's over 200 short.

i'd stump up the extra £50 for this http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125572 in a flash.

also, can someone find any reviews? i see that ficosaneil has called it "a great TV at a fantastic price"
#20
If you are with Southern Electric and have applied for Energy Argos Plus, you can actually shave £50 off the price as I did for my argos purchases ;-) Not bad at all...
1 Like #21
jawaid87
I don't want my head bitten off, but I do agree with ChrisUK.
I've seen this TV working in one local Argos, and the picture quality was fair but not good.

I wouldn't buy it as a main set for my house, and would pay the extra couple of hundred for a good samsung 42" or LG.

This might be OK for those who aren't going to sit too close to the TV, but for me it was a "leave well alone" set.

Jav


Thing is, what source were they using? Argos dont tend to use the best sources from what ive seen. Usually the cheap TV's aren't too good on the SD content, but better with HD stuff and even HD gaming (xbox 360). I think this TV would be great for the bedroom/spare room etc... But, not so much for the lounge.
#22
Picture on the other two sets was very good compared to the Wharfedale.
Think one was a philips & the other a samsung - but they were more expensive.

I think the feed was from a dvd, not upscaled.
Can't comment on the HD input, as i havent seen in action on such a feed.

Jav
#23
First of all, the chances are that this TV will be better for showing non-HD TV pictures, eg. from Freeview, Sky, etc than just about any LCD TV on the market. Yes, even ones costing several thousands of pounds.

However, it may well not be as good as some of its Plasma counterparts, probably not in fact. For around £899 (yes, almost double the price) you can get a pretty good Plasma TV from the likes of Panasonic which will probably be a lot better than this. However, for this price, I would certainly be looking around for some reviews of this set, as it may well not be as bad as people think.

As for the whole "true HD" thing. My Plasma is an HD panel, and its 1024x768, and believe me, HD pictures on it look stunning. It is true HD as far as I am concerned, and believe me, there is a lot more to picture quality than the number of pixels the screen has...
#24
deepmenace
not true HD is it?

Resolution 1024 x 768 pixels

good price for size though.



Yes it is a true HD ready set. The screen resolution is a standard one, in fact the most common for a 42in plasma.
#25
deepmenace
it's already been said - this tv runs at 1024x768, that is not true HD. Any HD signal passed to this tv will have to be fiddled in quite a substantial way by the tv in order to display it.

It actaully doesn't have enough horizontal pixels to comply : 1024 vs 1280. it's over 200 short.

i'd stump up the extra £50 for this http://www.ebuyer.com/UK/product/125572 in a flash.

also, can someone find any reviews? i see that ficosaneil has called it "a great TV at a fantastic price"



Your confusing the matter by comparing the standard resolution of a 42 in plasma (1024 x768) with that of the standard resolution of the vast majority of LCD tv ie 1366 x 768. Because they are different doesnt mean one is HD ready and the other not. Both tvs will upscale, or downscale, the incoming signal so the whole screen is filled.
#26
one of the official groups says that 1024x768 qualifies as HD ( the CEA ) and the another says it doesnt (the ATSC ).

if the tv has a good quality scalar chip you'll probably not tell the difference between this and a true HD 720 box, but if it doesn't it might dodgy.

in my opinion you'd be better to put an extra £50 towards a similar set from ebuyer which has recieved a lot of positive reviews.
#27
angstmann
First of all, the chances are that this TV will be better for showing non-HD TV pictures, eg. from Freeview, Sky, etc than just about any LCD TV on the market. Yes, even ones costing several thousands of pounds.


So this £499 plasma will produce better picture on SD material than LCD TV's costing several thousands of pounds!? Im interested where you heard that? For example the Sony Bravia W and X series LCD's are excellent, backed up by many reviews/tests (eg http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/Sony-KDL40W2000/).

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#28
Has this LCD on Ebuyer been on HOTDEALS?

So are you telling me not to buy this plasma and buy the Humax LCD.

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=27095296539&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=125572

This certainly looks very good for its price and everyone seems to be giving it the big thumbs up.

So, Anyone ?

I need to buy a LCD or Plasma over 40" for a friends dad, so on my head be it. Need to make the right decision.
#29
barginz
Yet another poster for Argos with a Commission Junction link earning commission and money for themselves.

This isn't such a great deal. I quick search on google shows it at at least one other place at £500 odd.

I hope the Admins are earning lots of cash from all this self promotion



Haha - brilliant theory! although your way off the mark. im a student on a budget looking for a decent priced tv and think this is! just sharing the knowledge, not for everyone but good if your watching the pennies like me.

barginz with your advanced knowledge of argos could you send me contact details for argos to see about this commision? :giggle:
#30
Not to be a party pooper, but just because this is a Wharfedale does not automatically mean that it's any good.

Wharfedale are a speaker company and have bolstered their product line with (on the whole) cheap and crappy audio/video products.

Save up and get something from a brand that IS renowned for quality TVs.
#31
£499 + £4.95 is hardly chump change for a bottom of the barrel product.

Quality branded products are only a few hundred more, if this box was £300 then it would probably be worth it for the shed or kids room.

If anyone is seriously considering this over a reasonable Sammy or an LG, or even a basic Sony, then perhaps they should evaluate their purchasing priorities and save the pennies for bit longer and stick with the existing set, if its a recent CRT then its probably got a better picture anyway!

Hear that? That's the sound of prices dropping by the day :)
#32
For the shed?! :oops: I don't plan on using my lawnmower as a makeshift chair to watch this thing.
#33
ChrisUK
Main specs
...
Contrast Ratio (X:1): 3000

I don't understand how ebuyer's humax one can be better when this one seems to have 3 times more on its contrast ratio ... I thought contrast ratio was pretty important, any comment on this?
#34
Argos dont tend to help themselves by displaying these TVs with crappy digital feeds. They picture quality looks terrible instore, doesnt do them justice. In my experience anyway.

Good find in my opinion, for average Joe :P
#35
Off the record - are Panasonic Plasma considered to be HD Ready? 'Coz if answer is 'yes' then show me one 42" Panasonic plasma with resolution higher than 1024x768. The list is here.
#36
EyeDoubleYou
Has this LCD on Ebuyer been on HOTDEALS?

So are you telling me not to buy this plasma and buy the Humax LCD.

http://www.ebuyer.com/customer/products/index.html?rb=27095296539&action=c2hvd19wcm9kdWN0X3Jldmlld3M=&product_uid=125572

This certainly looks very good for its price and everyone seems to be giving it the big thumbs up.

So, Anyone ?

I need to buy a LCD or Plasma over 40" for a friends dad, so on my head be it. Need to make the right decision.




i bought the humax 40" from ebuyer about 2 weeks ago and its excellent definetly worth the money,i dont no all the technical stuff that a lot of these technical folk do but to me it was worth every penny plus it looks nice in black:thumbsup: :giggle:
#37
I'd like to thank the people that are running this TV down, it's interesting to see the views of people that obviously look at the finer points.

I personally think it's a great price for this size TV, & if had the £'s to spare would definately buy one.

Thanks to all

voted hot.
#38
I would second RS2000, people just running down this TV is just unhelpful I am looking to replace my goodmans sd 42" plasma and this looks like a good upgrade path for someone on a budget. Saying "you are better off spending £300 more" is all well and good, I will give you my details and you can pop me the cash in the post so I can add that to the £500 hehehehe.
#39
Unhelpful? Most definately not. I was suggesting that there comments are very helpful. I dont really follow the specs of all these newer TV's, but the members that are suggesting this is not that good. Allows for people like me that dont know much about them, consider the pro's & the cons.

If everyone just said. Oh yeah, this is a great TV. there's be no point in anyone else posting there opinions of anything thats on this web site.

No, its definately good that the people that know what there talking about. Continue to post there dislikes for anything that they know is not as good as other products.

Thank-you.

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