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wAISEKMAo
05-11-2005, 04:56 PM
I am pondering to buy one of the plasma TVs. Can any of you folks advise the differences on some of the plasma TVs on the market .. AIC the cheapest whereas LG the cheapest among branded and how good are samsung, philips, sony and panasonic? what are differences between sdtv and hdtv? is hdtv better?

burntan
05-11-2005, 05:20 PM
I am pondering to buy one of the plasma TVs. Can any of you folks advise the differences on some of the plasma TVs on the market .. AIC the cheapest whereas LG the cheapest among branded and how good are samsung, philips, sony and panasonic? what are differences between sdtv and hdtv? is hdtv better?

One thing I know is, we don't have HDTV programs here in Malaysia, not even DVD deliver that, so the only use of HDTV is wait for Xbox 360 and SONY PlayStation 3 come out that support playing game with HDTV resolution.

I am planing to get one PlayStation 3 when they release, so if I were you I will prepare myself by choosing the HDTV.

wAISEKMAo
05-11-2005, 05:31 PM
One thing I know is, we don't have HDTV programs here in Malaysia, not even DVD deliver that, so the only use of HDTV is wait for Xbox 360 and SONY PlayStation 3 come out that support playing game with HDTV resolution.

I am planing to get one PlayStation 3 when they release, so if I were you I will prepare myself by choosing the HDTV.

What is HDTV?

usjfly
05-11-2005, 10:45 PM
HDTV = High Definition TV.

Here's some info, incase useful : http://forum.lowyat.net/index.php?showtopic=123247
http://www.nwfolk.com/hdtv.html

If you are buying a big TV i.e. > 40 inch, just be ready that Astro may not look so nice since it's an analogue source.

GreenBug
06-11-2005, 09:26 PM
If you are buying a big TV i.e. > 40 inch, just be ready that Astro may not look so nice since it's an analogue source.Errrr Fly, I just committed to a 42" Panasonic LCD, you mean my Astro won't be good eh? Quickly tell me because they have not delivered yet lah... alamak! :eek:

usjfly
06-11-2005, 10:48 PM
Hi Greenbug,

No, not necessarily, how good the video output can be depends on how good the onboard video processor on the plasma/lcd unit is AND the source of playback. You should have no issue on dvd playback especially if you use component video cables, even better if you use digital cable connection like DVI or HDMI.

However, Astro source is analog, it's best output on the Astro box is only S-video. It may not look as sharp on a big screen. I currently have a 43inch Toshiba Rear projection, there are some noise in the picture, so sometimes abit grainy esp. moving pictures. Best that you ask the shop to demo to you using Astro and see how is it like.

BTW, are you sure it's a 42 inch LCD?, as I know only plasma comes in 42 inch. Then again, I could be wrong... :D

FYI, always use the best video connection you can find, in general from worst to best in ranking :

composite (analog) < s-video (analog) < component video (analog) < DVI/HDMI (digital)

So moral of the story, make sure you get at least an S-video cable for your Astro box. Hope your new TV works out well for you.

CCY
06-11-2005, 10:55 PM
Errrr Fly, I just committed to a 42" Panasonic LCD, you mean my Astro won't be good eh? Quickly tell me because they have not delivered yet lah... alamak! :eek:

Are you sure it is an LCD 42" HDTV and not a Plasma 42"HD . It's a price bomb for 42" lcd now eh. More so Panasonic brand wat. You must be very loaded....:D:D

GreenBug
06-11-2005, 10:57 PM
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Hi Greenbug,

No, not necessarily, how good the video output can be depends on how good the onboard video processor on the plasma/lcd unit is AND the source of playback. You should have no issue on dvd playback especially if you use component video cables, even better if you use digital cable connection like DVI or HDMI.

However, Astro source is analog, it's best output on the Astro box is only S-video. It may not look as sharp on a big screen. I currently have a 43inch Toshiba Rear projection, there are some noise in the picture, so sometimes abit grainy esp. moving pictures. Best that you ask the shop to demo to you using Astro and see how is it like.

BTW, are you sure it's a 42 inch LCD?, as I know only plasma comes in 42 inch. Then again, I could be wrong... :D

FYI, always use the best video connection you can find, in general from worst to best in ranking :

composite (analog) < s-video (analog) < component video (analog) < DVI/HDMI (digital)

So moral of the story, make sure you get at least an S-video cable for your Astro box. Hope your new TV works out well for you.Geez... you are technical. I read your posting three times over and I AM WORRIED. Still thanks so I better go call the shop in Penang tomorrow first thing in the morning... Thanks nevertheless!

usjfly
06-11-2005, 11:10 PM
Don't worry too much, as we don't really have a choice right for now other than Astro currently (and also MiTV once it comes in proper).. so just make the best of it.. I thought I just sent the note out as a heads up, ever notice that the shops never ever demo a big tv with Astro feed :cool:

When testing, take a look for things like :
1) moving picture, is the motion smooth?
2) look for things like alphabets that appears on signboard, are the edges sharp or there are some fuzziness?
3) look out for things with lots of parallel lines, ie like a pin stripe shirt, are the lines clear and well defined.
4) does the colour looks natural, esp. human skin tone, etc.

Hope somewhat helpful, I'm no outright expert but have some interest in av, so just share what I look out for in av equipment...

GreenBug
06-11-2005, 11:14 PM
Are you sure it is an LCD 42" HDTV and not a Plasma 42"HD . It's a price bomb for 42" lcd now eh. More so Panasonic brand wat. You must be very loaded....:D:DYou had me here, I know its Panasonic, I know its 42 inches but God, was it Plasma or LCD? I dunno, now I'm confused. I know its for RM13,999 with free Home Theatre stuff and a DVD Player.... :rolleyes: No I am not loaded, just sucker for new electronics, even if I cannot really afford them... :D