Panasonic TX-P50X50B 50" Plasma TV £406.96 @ DirectTVs
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Panasonic TX-P50X50B 50" Plasma TV £406.96 @ DirectTVs

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Found 12th Feb 2013
Panasonic Plasma TV with Freeview HD tuner (720 lines HD ready not 1080 full HD). Reviews seem pretty good though:
reviews.cnet.co.uk/tvs…10/
whathifi.com/rev…50b

Listed at £409.98 (£40 cheaper than Tesco, etc.) but scroll down the page and get it with Lumi 1 Flat Wall Mount TV Bracket for £405.96 (no idea if the wall mount is any good but they're paying you £4 to list it on ebay if not). Delivery is currently free if you take out a £1 trial of Which Magazine (just make sure you cancel) giving a total price of £406.96. 2% Quidco or TopCashBack too, which should make the total price under £400.

My 37" (it was always too small for the room) LG has just died and I need a new, bigger TV quick and cheap! This is the cheapest I can find a 50" TV - it's old tech with no frills like web connections or iPlayer and not full HD (just HD ready) so fine for Freeview HD but maybe less impressive with bluray.

I have no experience of this retailer (same company as Laptops Direct and Appliances Direct) - anybody know if they're any good?

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720p video = 1280*720
This TV = 1024*768

So not strictly even 720p.

Any 50 + tv's at arounfd this price with full had and hd freeview??

Original Poster

xcess

Any 50 + tv's at arounfd this price with full had and hd freeview??



I was struggling to find full HD under £500. There are a few other 50" screens under £450 but they have Freeview not Freeview HD tuners.

The cheapest full HD 50inch TV available at the moment with Freeview HD as well is probably the LG50PA650T plasma which is generally available around £499. It has been about £50-£60 cheaper in the not too distant past but Richer Sounds at the moment are throwing in a free 5 year guarantee which more than makes up for that.

Trusted reviews reviewed it recently and gave it 9/10 so it must be ok. I haven’t got one myself but have been looking closely at it…

pagga

720p video = 1280*720This TV = 1024*768So not strictly even 720p.


HD ready is minimum native resolution 720 horizontal lines (rows) in widescreen ratio
HD ready 1080p is minimum native resolution 1920×1080

So this tv is hd ready and can accept 720p and 1080p video, but it isn't 720p because only video can be called 720p.
Edited by: "MIDURIX" 13th Feb 2013

karlos1964

The cheapest full HD 50inch TV available at the moment with Freeview HD … The cheapest full HD 50inch TV available at the moment with Freeview HD as well is probably the LG50PA650T plasma which is generally available around £499. It has been about £50-£60 cheaper in the not too distant past but Richer Sounds at the moment are throwing in a free 5 year guarantee which more than makes up for that. Trusted reviews reviewed it recently and gave it 9/10 so it must be ok. I haven’t got one myself but have been looking closely at it…

LG plasmas at the low end are not too great in my opinion when compared to Samsung and Panasonic sets.

Cold. HD Ready is not worth it

We watch no 1080 content on our full HD tv. I suspect we aren't alone.

Original Poster

spakkker

We watch no 1080 content on our full HD tv. I suspect we aren't alone.



That was my thinking - I'll use it for Freeview, Wii, and DVD, none of which is 1080.

This LG is similar spec and price and gets good reviews too but Panasonic seem to be better regarded and more reliable plasmas than LG.

Go for it, I have 720p 50" samsung, and with freeview hd its great. I really don't think its worth worrying about 720/1080 argument.

I've got a 6+ year old TV, upscales from 720p to 1080p & I and it stil looks great in HD (I'm assuming Sky is only 720p stream anyway), it's a Panasonic unit.

Hot. Ignore the clowns and know it alls that won't have even seen this tv in the flesh.

I've had one for a few years.

Brilliant picture.
Great sound.
3 HDMI.

I don't sit with my nose against it, so full HD is UTTERLY irrelevant.

Panasonic are up there with the best of em - a good find I'd say. Heat added

i was going to go for it but is not a greatest deal bhs have it for £419 .. also there is no vga only input 1 scart and 2 hdmi .. shame

pagga

720p video = 1280*720This TV = 1024*768So not strictly even 720p.


There you go again with your trash knowledge. Strictly, it is 720P.

This is an excellent tv. I found it so unbelievably good for the price that I bought three.

Pammy plammies are the best.

People moaning about the resolution, dont know plasmas superiority at normal viewing distances.

don't people with little ones say that size isn't everything?

Got the 42" version, fantastic TV. Unless you have blueray you dont need 1080p

I hate tv deals :-( Morons moaning about 1080p always do my head in.

I have purchased 2 of these sets from direct tv @£399 each absolute bargain for this make even plays media from usb

Cold, not 4k :P Apart from Blu-Rays, there is very little 1080P content anyway, with Sky'Freeview/Freesat HD all broadcasting in 1080i of that!

A good find 50"at that price
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