Panasonic TH-37PX8BA 37" Widescreen Plasma TV **£419.99 Delivered** @Amazon
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Panasonic TH-37PX8BA 37" Widescreen Plasma TV **£419.99 Delivered** @Amazon

£419.99
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Found 5th Jan 2009Made hot 6th Jan 2009
Been looking for the TH-37PX80BA for ages on a good deal but came across this deal for the TH-37PX8BA at £420, cheapest i've seen for a pretty decent TV - Great for Standard Definition

Product Features
High Contrast Native 10,000 : 1
24p Playback
3,072 Equivalent Steps of Gradation
100 Hz Double Scan
Smart Networking with VIERA Link


Technical Details

Tuner Integrated yes
DVB Digital Tuner yes
Tuning System PLL synthesizer 100-position auto-search tuner
CATV Compatibility UK
Broadcast Stereo Reception
NICAM (FM) yes
Teletext Reception 500P Level 2.5, FASTEXT/LIST
Receiving System
PAL -I yes
DVB yes
Receiving System(AV Input)
PAL-525/60 yes
SECAM yes
NTSC yes
M-NTSC yes
Display
Screen Size 37" (94 cm) diagonal
Screen Aspect 16 : 9 Wide
Panel G11 Progressive HD Plasma Display Panel
Response Speed 0.001 msec. (Time of discharge after the drive pulse signal of the panel is sent.)
Viewing Angle Viewing Angle Free
Progressive Scan yes

43 Comments

Perhaps I'm being a moron, but - 1024x768 resolution on a widescreen? How does that work?

Original Poster

Panasonic website quotes:

Number of Pixels 737,280 (1,024 x 720) pixels

I think that's standard on non full hd Plasma screens

wall mountable?

MrShed;3964087

Perhaps I'm being a moron, but - 1024x768 resolution on a widescreen? How … Perhaps I'm being a moron, but - 1024x768 resolution on a widescreen? How does that work?



The pixels aren't square. Sounds iffy I know, but it's standard for HD Ready Plasmas. You wouldn't notice any difference on a decent set like this.

hot. paid 600 for this in jan 08. Still the best plasma 37 under 1000£

Note that this is the PX8 and bot the 80. Not checked prices but would go for the 80 if not a lot more (slightly bet picture processing, more inputs etc) although last check I believe the 37" PX80 was more than the 42" PX80 at just over £500, so this could work out well for those that really want 37"

Still a very nice set though :thumbsup:

seems a good price to me

Richierea;3964934

Note that this is the PX8 and bot the 80. Not checked prices but would go … Note that this is the PX8 and bot the 80. Not checked prices but would go for the 80 if not a lot more (slightly bet picture processing, more inputs etc) although last check I believe the 37" PX80 was more than the 42" PX80 at just over £500, so this could work out well for those that really want 37"Still a very nice set though :thumbsup:



tell me where you can get a PX80 42" for under £500 please

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janz70;3965494

tell me where you can get a PX80 42" for under £500 please



I don't think you can anymore......... I think you've missed the boat (as I have too!), you're looking at £549 for the cheapest TH42PX80 now.

MrShed: Perhaps I'm being a moron, but - 1024x768 resolution on a … MrShed: Perhaps I'm being a moron, but - 1024x768 resolution on a widescreen? How does that work?



Some panasonic panels are this resolution because they accept a d-sub PC input with a native resolution of 1024 x768. Any 720p source fed to this TV will automatically be processed and re-scaled for this resolution with no noticanle impact on video quaility.

Hope that answers your question.

whats the difference between this and the px80 ? thanks !

These plasmas were in the next sale at £349 and got snapped up pretty quick... I was looking for a plasma and bought a 37inch px80 for £530 with five year panasonic warranty last week... slightly more that the 42 inch which can be had for £499-550. I would advise going for the px80 instead for slighty abit more money but a better plasma.

Original Poster

tobycgraham;3966092

whats the difference between this and the px80 ? thanks !



Contrast Ratio on the PX8: Native: 10,000:1, PX80: Native: 15,000:1 , Shades of Gradation PX8: 3,072 equivalent steps, PX80:4,096 equivalent steps, PX80 has extra HDMI port & PC input also but cheapest i can find the PX80 for is £80 more than the PX8, really can't decide if it's worth the extra £80, Think I might get this and put the £80 off a decent home theatre kit:roll:

tobycgraham;3966092

whats the difference between this and the px80 ? thanks !



panasonic.co.uk/htm…80B :thumbsup:

Got the 37PX80B from local Panasonic Shop last week for £499 with free 5 year warranty. Have the 42" version too (pm with JL last year) and have seen it in Currys recently for £499 but obviously no free extended warranty

martyj999;3966372

Contrast Ratio on the PX8: Native: 10,000:1, PX80: Native: 15,000:1 , … Contrast Ratio on the PX8: Native: 10,000:1, PX80: Native: 15,000:1 , Shades of Gradation PX8: 3,072 equivalent steps, PX80:4,096



Haven't compared them myself, but that's not going to be a massive difference. Home cinema nutters (like, urrrrm, me :oops:) would notice, but most wouldn't. Both sets are high quality.

What use is 24p without HD....I thought it was only an option for Blu-rays?

I've been wondering how well plasmas work with a htpc. Currently i'm using a 32' lcd, I use it for gaming and windows media center. If I bought a plasma would games understand the fact that a 4:3 resolution was being mapped onto a 16:9 display?

RyCha;3966893

What use is 24p without HD....I thought it was only an option for … What use is 24p without HD....I thought it was only an option for Blu-rays?

The television accepts 1080p/24 (over hdmi), although naturally downscaled to the tv's native resolution. So you shouldn't get any judder from sources such as blu ray. Despite 'only' being a hd ready model, such sources still look pretty good.

Robert

Several places have had the 42px80 for under £500 in the last two weeks - one of which was under £450. I wouldn't want to pay £420 for it's smaller cousin, with an inferior panel.

Don't get me wrong - it's a fantastic telly and a nice price. But not hot, in my opinion, when compared to other offers doing the rounds recently.
Voted warm.

RyCha;3966893

What use is 24p without HD....I thought it was only an option for … What use is 24p without HD....I thought it was only an option for Blu-rays?



American DVDs also use 24fps, quite useful. Also any film material from the US downloaded (including most TV shows).

Late;3967329

Several places have had the 42px80 for under £500 in the last two weeks - … Several places have had the 42px80 for under £500 in the last two weeks - one of which was under £450. I wouldn't want to pay £420 for it's smaller cousin, with an inferior panel.



Fair enough, hadn't realised they'd got that cheap. 450 would be a terrific buy - bargain basement price, but top notch quality picture.

Forgive me if this is a silly question :?

....but for this sort of money, and assuming I want a 32"/37" telly, what's better LCD or Plasma ? All my other equipment at home is Panny so seems to make sense to me to get this rather than the lightly cheaper Sony 32" but that's LCD ??

Thanns ! :thumbsup:

Late;3967329

Several places have had the 42px80 for under £500 in the last two weeks - … Several places have had the 42px80 for under £500 in the last two weeks - one of which was under £450. I wouldn't want to pay £420 for it's smaller cousin, with an inferior panel.Don't get me wrong - it's a fantastic telly and a nice price. But not hot, in my opinion, when compared to other offers doing the rounds recently.Voted warm.



Try getting the 42PX80 for that price now, you've got no chance. They were Sale and New Year special prices.

The cheapest you'll find now will be £549.

There may have been offers doing the rounds, but if the prices are no longer available it seems a pointless comparison.

So £420 for this isn't too bad.

janz70;3965494

tell me where you can get a PX80 42" for under £500 please



I posted it the other day but suprisingly a fair few went with 'cold'! :roll:

hotukdeals.com/ite…572

Sorry just relaised you meant the 42 and not the 37!

smevs;3967584

Forgive me if this is a silly question :? ....but for this sort of money, … Forgive me if this is a silly question :? ....but for this sort of money, and assuming I want a 32"/37" telly, what's better LCD or Plasma ? All my other equipment at home is Panny so seems to make sense to me to get this rather than the lightly cheaper Sony 32" but that's LCD ??



You probably need to figure out your needs first. 37" is a lot bigger than 32" - about a third bigger screen area. Will it dominate your room? etc

Also measure your sitting distance. If it's very close, ie around 5 feet, you're close enough to see the benefit of 1080p on a 32" set. (maybe around 6-7 feet away if your eyesight is a lot better than 20/20).

If further away, lower resolution isn't a factor and you can choose purely based on image quality. LCD can win if you sit close enough for resolution to come into play, but otherwise plasmas have better colour fidelity and contrast.

Another factor: plasmas eat electricity, around double the amount. If you have the set on a lot you might want to work out how much extra this will cost.

thanks arfster, that explanation has helped me decide I only really need a 32" but would need a 1080p....just gotta find a decent one now!

lisa

jaffacat;3969678

thanks arfster, that explanation has helped me decide I only really need … thanks arfster, that explanation has helped me decide I only really need a 32" but would need a 1080p....just gotta find a decent one now!lisa



You don't need 1080p on a 32" set tbh. All professional tests show that 1080p doesn't come into it's own until you get to the high end 40" TV sets and above. There will be those of a non-professional audio and visual background who try to claim differently but to be totally honest it's because they've become seduced by the higher number. There are 720p sets which produce a better picture than some 1080p sets so don't be too distracted by numbers.

KingsCross;3970936

You don't need 1080p on a 32" set tbh. All professional tests show that … You don't need 1080p on a 32" set tbh. All professional tests show that 1080p doesn't come into it's own until you get to the high end 40" TV sets and above. There will be those of a non-professional audio and visual background who try to claim differently but to be totally honest it's because they've become seduced by the higher number. There are 720p sets which produce a better picture than some 1080p sets so don't be too distracted by numbers.



If you are to use the tv as a monitor though it's a different matter, you'll want 1080p

i dont agree with people who say u wont see the benefit of 1080p on 32 inch,after going from 72op 32 inch to 1080p 32 inch i can see a clear improvement especially when playing my ps3 its not a major improvement but i can see a improvement when i play 1080p ps3 games

kaiser051;3974333

i dont agree with people who say u wont see the benefit of 1080p on 32 … i dont agree with people who say u wont see the benefit of 1080p on 32 inch,after going from 72op 32 inch to 1080p 32 inch i can see a clear improvement especially when playing my ps3 its not a major improvement but i can see a improvement when i play 1080p ps3 games



But that could be just as likely due to the different models of TV than being specifically down to 720p VS 1080p.

I do agree with samc though, if it's used as a monitor than 1080p becomes more important.

Does anyone know what guarantee Amazon give with this tv? I have looked around the site but can't find the info.

I've just come back from holiday & so can't afford this now. very disappointed....

shumboom;3977292

Does anyone know what guarantee Amazon give with this tv? I have looked … Does anyone know what guarantee Amazon give with this tv? I have looked around the site but can't find the info.


Amazon never give extended guarantees.

KingsCross;3970936

You don't need 1080p on a 32" set tbh.



You can't make such a generalisation. Any "professional" that does so is simply clueless - they're just repeating some rule of thumb they've heard based around normal seating distances. However, if you sit closer that clearly doesn't apply. Set size, resolution, eyesight and sitting distance are totally interlinked. See here:

s3.carltonbale.com/res…tml

That omits eyesight, as it's based around 20/20, but that's easy to adjust for (better eyesight than that, you can be a little further away, with worse you have to be nearer).

For example, my 24" PC monitor is slightly higher res than 1080p. I can clearly see the difference in video over the lower resolution secondary monitor, because I'm only about three feet away. At six feet, I can't.

There's nothing terribly complicated about this - every element of the equation is known. We know how much detail 20/20 eyesight can resolve at a given distance. From that, it's just basic maths to make a chart as above. It's the reason why 1080p was chosen: for most of the population it gives an ideal seating distance that matches a 25-35 degree angle of viewing, which is the standard for cinemas.


If you want a good rule of thumb, for 1080p and 20/20 you should be seated around 1.66x the (diagonal) size of the screen - ie for a 32" around 4 to 5 feet. For 720p, 2.5x, ie 6-7 feet away with a 32". Thus, for such a set 1080p is pointless for most of the population, but not for those who choose to sit very close (ie a den-style setup for home theatre, which allows the same effect as a bigger screen but in a really small room).

good point i agree,my 32 inch 1080p would be useless sitting from far away but as i sit close to it as my living rooms quite small i can see a worthy diference between my 1080p lg and my 720p lg of the same size especially on ps3

What is the significance of the final letter (A) of this model,if any? no-one so far as I know has remarked on this so far but Amazon have a TH37PX8B on offer for £499 and this one is £420ish.Could it be a Grade A Refurb?

Rich

received it free next day delivery from Amazon as well... Its not a refurb at all.. Brand new packaged in box.
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