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Samsung PS42E7HD 42" HD Ready iDTV Plasma £649.99
Samsung PS42E7HD 42" HD Ready iDTV Plasma £649.99

Samsung PS42E7HD 42" HD Ready iDTV Plasma £649.99

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Samsung has built a stellar reputation in the fine art of television manufacturing. Besides offering an incredible amount of value, the product itself easily competes head on with similar products costing hundreds of dollars more. How? Simple. Being one of the largest semiconductor manufacturers in the world has its benefits. Utilizing a high percentage of Samsung's own parts allows it to focus the attention on high quality throughout the design. Result? A world-class product that truly dazzles the eye.

The picture quality of conventional Plasma TV can be deteriorated by the amount of ambient light. Samsung's solution to this problem is FilterBright technology, which minimizes reflection of external light while maximizing the projection of the TV picture. Viewers can enjoy crisp and bright images in any lighting conditions.

Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe) is Samsung TV's unique image processing technology that includes Motion Optimizer, Contrast Enhancer, Detail Enhancer, Color Optimizer and Image Optimizer. The processed picture is free from noise or unwanted defects and all the details are well expressed, making the picture clean, sharp, and closer to the real world.

The color processing capacity of Samsung Plasma TV's is comparable to number of lanes on a highway. 13-bit color processing is comparable to the Autobahn while 10-bit is comparable to a country lane. Samsung's Plasma TV has been engineered for the pictures that are closest to the original images.

43 Comments

Original Poster

not really upto speed with how good plasma/lcd tv's are, but found this and used pricerunner and this was the cheapest I could see for this version.

No doubt it's an old model or something now!!!

But it is £130 cheaper than at play.com!

New model is only £50 more, voted cold , sorry

Original Poster

it's ok, I have no idea when it comes to them and saw this was the cheapest price for this model

why is it - 33 cold looks a reasonable deal - can someone explain

thankshotdeals

why is it - 33 cold looks a reasonable deal - can someone explain



Did you not read the replys !

deanos

Did you not read the replys !



There was only one reply - yours. And all it said was that there was a newer model, for £50 more (not saying where) - what's good about the newer model? If nothing, then you're paying £50 for nothing!

New model has latest panel, 3x hdmi, anti glare filters and alot more stuff

I understand it is slightly worse than the new model but everytime I put a hot or cold it moves by 0.6% and we have only had 6 replies of which only deanos is negative. We need more transparency as for all I know it could be another tv manufacturer who is giving it bad press.
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Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they are dying from the moment they're switched on and that their shelf life is only 3 years. Dunno how true all this is but in the absence of contrary expert opinion Im abiding by what he says.

Im also aware that Plasma TVs use much more energy than ordinary TV's

Well I've just started looking for a new plasma for my dad and I was surprised to see that the newer Samsungs are being compared favourably with the Panasonic PX70. The one in question is the Samsung PS42Q96HD (there is a newer Q97 model but the price hike doesn't seem to warrant the differences). Dixons have it for under £740 delivered so I would think that on balance it would be worth paying the extra over the OP to get the quality.

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ANyway - best to investigate yourself and AVForums is one of the best places to check out.

gekkoa

Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they … Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they are dying from the moment they're switched on and that their shelf life is only 3 years. Dunno how true all this is but in the absence of contrary expert opinion Im abiding by what he says.Im also aware that Plasma TVs use much more energy than ordinary TV's




so does that mean lcd wins over plasma?

gekkoa

Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they … Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they are dying from the moment they're switched on and that their shelf life is only 3 years. Dunno how true all this is but in the absence of contrary expert opinion Im abiding by what he says.Im also aware that Plasma TVs use much more energy than ordinary TV's




Wrong , wrong & wrong on all accounts .

Who is your expert ? A Comet / Curry's salesperson ?

Don't ever believe a salesperson from a chainstore outfit , they know nothing as far as technology is concerned . The only way to buy a TV is to look before you buy , let your eyes decide in a controlled environment , NOT a superstore . If the only way is to go superstore then you MUST set the TV's to the same settings if possible . Most stores run dynamic settings , this is too lure you in with bright screen images , dynamic is awful in your living room .

sedd33

so does that mean lcd wins over plasma?



Their is no doubt that LCD is catching up , they are the best choice for up to 32" screens . For 32" & larger , especially 37" plus it has to be plasma all the way .

PJR

Wrong , wrong & wrong on all accounts .Who is your expert ? A Comet / … Wrong , wrong & wrong on all accounts .Who is your expert ? A Comet / Curry's salesperson ?




My 'expert' holds a Masters Degree in Electronics and they have been teaching the subject in Higher Education for 20 years.

Im just repeating what they've told me, im not coming at this from an angle and I dont believe they are either.

Interesting what you say. I will have to look into it further.

gekkoa

Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they … Ive been advised by an expert not ever to buy a Plasma TV. He says they are dying from the moment they're switched on and that their shelf life is only 3 years. Dunno how true all this is but in the absence of contrary expert opinion Im abiding by what he says.



MMmm. What sort of expert is he? As above - check AVForums - plenty of experts there. LCD is getting better and has in some cases caught up with Plasma in terms of picture quality.

QUOTE :

"Life of plasma screens
[LEFT]This varies considerably between manufacturers but usually from 20,000 to 30,000 hours. After this time the plasma screen will only be at around half the original brightness. 20,000 is 833 days or 2.3 years of continuous 24-hour use."

I have checked the number of hours my plasma has run for - just over 300 hours in 5 months (about 2 hours a day). That means I could be ok for 25 years. I think an equivalent LCD will break before then.[/LEFT]

The most dangerous animal on the planet , a salesperson from Curry's / Comet etc . I was in the other day & a young girl of about 16yrs of age started getting technical with me so I asked a question , she disappeared & never came back .

PJR

Their is no doubt that LCD is catching up , they are the best choice for … Their is no doubt that LCD is catching up , they are the best choice for up to 32" screens . For 32" & larger , especially 37" plus it has to be plasma all the way .



Plasmas don't exist at 32" so by default LCDs are better! And unless there have been any more released in the last few months that I don't know about only Panasonic make a 37" plasma.

A good LCD will be better than a poor plasma. As mentioned - researching AVForums is a good idea - though you could find yourself with more headaches as you find there is no such thing as the perfect big screen.

Searcher2

Well I've just started looking for a new plasma for my dad and I was … Well I've just started looking for a new plasma for my dad and I was surprised to see that the newer Samsungs are being compared favourably with the Panasonic PX70. The one in question is the Samsung PS42Q96HD (there is a newer Q97 model but the price hike doesn't seem to warrant the differences). Dixons have it for under £740 delivered so I would think that on balance it would be worth paying the extra over the OP to get the quality.]http://www.dixons.co.uk/product.php?sku=306725&camp_id=kelkooANyway - best to investigate yourself and AVForums is one of the best places to check out.



The Q96 / Q97 are the same set , slight cosmetic differences only .

The Q96 is only available in Currys or Dixons , it is their exclusive set , the Q97 is available at other places .

Searcher2

Plasmas don't exist at 32" so by default LCDs are better! And … Plasmas don't exist at 32" so by default LCDs are better! And unless there have been any more released in the last few months that I don't know about only Panasonic make a 37" plasma.A good LCD will be better than a poor plasma. As mentioned - researching AVForums is a good idea - though you could find yourself with more headaches as you find there is no such thing as the perfect big screen.



So the 32" plasma set we have at work is an LCD then ?:whistling:

There are plenty of 32" & 37" plasmas available

PJR - don't really want to go off thread too much but what 32" plasmas are there on the high street? I was under the impression that no manufacturers made 32" plasmas any longer and only Panasonic made a 37". Just curious as I have never seen one whilst browsing the forums.

Searcher2

PJR - don't really want to go off thread too much but what 32" plasmas … PJR - don't really want to go off thread too much but what 32" plasmas are there on the high street?




Who said anything about the high street ?

You said plasma wasn't available at 32" , plenty of online dealers sell 32" .

The likes of Currys etc etc sell ONLY the box shifters , specialist highstreet dealers & online dealers will sell quality NOT quantity .

searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only to watch it for 2 hours a day,was there any point,,,,,,,,

robbo32

searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only … searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only to watch it for 2 hours a day,was there any point,,,,,,,,



What a ridiculous reply that is !!


He bought a plasma because he wanted too , I applaud him because he obviously knew what he wanted .

Is their a law saying you have to watch TV for more than 2 hrs a day ? :whistling:

robbo32

searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only … searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only to watch it for 2 hours a day,was there any point,,,,,,,,



Sorry for having a life! And yes there was a point... makes the room seem much bigger for a start cf. 32"CRT... apart from greatly enhanced film and general viewing.

PJR

Who said anything about the high street ?You said plasma wasn't available … Who said anything about the high street ?You said plasma wasn't available at 32" , plenty of online dealers sell 32" .



OK. Online retailer then. I am not saying there aren't any - I just haven't seen any and was led to believe they are no longer manufactured.

Yes , they are available but obviously in the current " bigger is best " atmosphere they don't get too much attention .

What scares me is people who make sweeping statements about plasma screens being crap because an
" expert " has told them so . A plasma screen can last up to 15 yrs shelf life if people knew what they were talking about . I was told by one expert that it needed re-gassing every 3 years .:whistling:

I also have a plasma screen , 42" Panasonic panel , the images it produces are absolutely stunning & life like , just like watching through a window . I also have a 26" Samsung LCD in the bedroom , a great screen BUT sadly troubled with varying degrees of motion blur on football & fast action scenes , for everyday TV though it is brilliant .

so let me get it right........ plasma are great if theyre never switched on

robbo32

searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only … searcher2,,,,,,,,that was money well spent,,shell out for a plasma,only to watch it for 2 hours a day,was there any point,,,,,,,,



20,000 hours at 8 hours a day, 365 days a year = nearly 7 years. Any plasma or lcd bought today is going to look like a dinosaur in 7 years time. The models have improved and halved in cost in the last year alone.

7 years ago I bought the best 32 inch CRT TV (according to What Hi-Fi) there was available. It cost me approx 1200 quid. The sound is starting to go now but its a damn good excuse to upgrade to a plasma! (probably the hdtvorg.co.uk/rev…htm which seems the best value at 700 quid)

Oh and btw, 20,000 is a conservative estimate. Plenty of experts over at the avforums are saying they should last 60,000 hours.

Spending 700 quid once every 7 years seems a complete bargain to me.

sedd33

so let me get it right........ plasma are great if theyre never switched … so let me get it right........ plasma are great if theyre never switched on



If your going to make stupid comments like that it's probably best to not make them in the first place .

Most plasma screens from well known manufacturers are now guaranteed for 60,000 hrs BEFORE they hit half life .This does not mean the screen goes , it just means that the pixels lose half brightness from when they were new .

Banned

Is The Qu97 Model Wall Mountable- I.e Will I Be Able 2 Hang It Like A Picture Frame?

ROKO

Is The Qu97 Model Wall Mountable- I.e Will I Be Able 2 Hang It Like A … Is The Qu97 Model Wall Mountable- I.e Will I Be Able 2 Hang It Like A Picture Frame?



Yes.... spec here..

"Flat Panel Mount Interface 600 x 400 mm "
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There is a mount listed as an accessory at the bottom (though out of stock at that supplier).

As far as I know all plasmas are wall mountable... but then I thought there were no 32" plasma TVs being made (come PJR give me a link to one to humour me).

Searcher2

As far as I know all plasmas are wall mountable... but then I thought … As far as I know all plasmas are wall mountable... but then I thought there were no 32" plasma TVs being made (come PJR give me a link to one to humour me).


Well I was bored so decided to have a look ]http//ww…012

That there is a 32" Hitachi Plasma screen - of course you can buy it for £1,465.00 ex VAT :w00t:

someone shoot that high horse pjr is sitting on please,,,lighten up will ya

Plasmas are very nice, especially for video. Modern plasmas don't have the burn in issues of older plasmas, so they're probably good for games consoles and media centres as well. They will give you a far better image than an LCD - they usually have higher contrast ratios, and deeper colour depths.

Note that LCD backlights will also dim over time, so unless you have a new LED backlit LCD panel you will have the same dimming as plasma over time. Also if you have the TV on 12 hours a day it might not be the best choice because of power consumption, but if you are reasonable and use it for a few hours a day on average it's great.

There are some downsides to plasma - the resolutions are generally lower than LCD panels, but this is probably something that the average person will never notice at typical viewing distances.

By the time it doesn't look so hot (between 5 and 10 years), we'll probably have 100" OLEDs or SEDs or something for under a grand.

rd1701

Well I was bored so decided to have a look … Well I was bored so decided to have a look ]http://www.misco.co.uk/applications/searchtools/item-Details.asp?EdpNo=226529&sourceid=2012That there is a 32" Hitachi Plasma screen - of course you can buy it for £1,465.00 ex VAT :w00t:



Ah... that is a 2003 model and I bet they can't get hold of any stock - not being manufactured any more. I truely believe that there are no 32" plasma tvs being manufactured. And that the only current 37" is by Panasonic.

Thanks for looking. I get bored too which is why I end up on here a fair bit!

i've got a cheap plasma from ebuyer about a year ago and am more than happy with it. hope to buy a new tv soonish as the one i bought was'nt hd and now have a lot more hd sources to look at. the technology is changing so fast i will have to have a look at reviews for the two types as refresh rates are faster/ contrast is higher etc. its all different a year on. was worried about screen burn but never had any problems with that and seems just as good as the day it was bought. does get hot and worried about carbon foot print so will reconsider lcd as they seem to have developed more in the last year. wanted plasmas back then as wanted deep blacks in my mainly horror/action movie watching but looking at lcd as they seem to have good blacks now rather then greyish they used to have. (depends on make model though). want to keep to 42" so will keep looking at these forums till i see a good buy and good spec. keep saying to myself in 6 months the'll be better and cheaper so i'm no big rush at the moment.

I bought the latest issue (no 39) of "What Plasma & LCD TV" magazine yesterday as I am in the process of deciding what route to take for the upgrade to a HD TV. There is a very good (and neutral) article in their about the pros and cons of each format - shoots down a lot of the "problems" about each format that you hear from a bloke down the pub or under informed shop staff.

Probably worth checking out if there's anyone out there (like me) who is undecided about which route to take!

I've tried to summarise the points from the article here:

Plasma:
Better black level response
Better colour tones (86% of visible spectrum vs 75% for LCD)
Response time superior (less blurring/ghosting on rapid movements)
Better viewing angle before drop in quality
Power consumption lower for screens over 37"
Often better image with SD sources
Generally available in larger size screens
Generally lower price for equivalent size/quality of manufacture

LCD:
Can produce better HD resolution
Better brightness levels
Resistance to screen burn
Lighter and slimmer
Better power consumption for screens under 37"

Both have equivalent expected life span.

So overall it depends on what you're looking for in your big telly and which factors are more important as to which is a better option.

I'd say rather:

Plasmas have higher brightness (not important really, LCDs have plenty too)

Plasmas have higher contrast. In my opinion the key weakness of LCDs, particularly for films.

LCDs always have much better power consumption at the same size, it's just the nature of the tech. Expect half the power use or less.


Size isn't really an issue anymore - although you can get larger plasmas, they are stupidly expensive. In the normal price range, say up to 55", LCDs and plasmas are now roughly the same price. The major difference now is the LCD will be 1080p, the plasma will be 720p.

arfster

LCDs always have much better power consumption at the same size, it's … LCDs always have much better power consumption at the same size, it's just the nature of the tech. Expect half the power use or less.



I was always under that impression, but just quoting the info from What Plasma & LCD TV, they imply that this is not necessarily the case (and I assume they know more about this than I do!!!!).

"From the outside LCD appears to have a clear advantage on the power front. While plasma panels have to use voltage to light every single, separate pixel contained on the screen, LCDs use a single fluorescent backlight to 'power' the whole picture. While we wouldn't argue that LCD is more efficient than plasma up to 32in and possibly 37in, once you get above that plasma's method of darkening pixels by not applying a current to them starts to tip the energy balance back in plasma's favour. Most households watch a healthy mix of light and dark programming on their TV, so a plasma set can leave many of its pixels running with little or no power, thus saving electricity. An LCD has to drive a fluorescent bulb at a constant brightness, irrespective of what's on the screen."
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