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Old 03-22-2008, 04:49 PM   #1
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For someone who had a $1100 budget, I'm stretching as it is, and thus the $100 difference is critical. That said, I need to decide between these sets:

TH-42PZ700U - $1,399
TH-42PZ80U - $1,499

The difference is $100 - What I need to know is, is there any "Real World" practical difference that I will see or feel in these sets?

This is for a bedroom.
Viewing distance: 5' to 6'
Main Device Usage: SD Cable, XBOX360, HD-DVD, SD DVD's, HD Cable.

Room is usually dark - not too brightly lit or anything.

Would I really see a Worthwhile, Noticeable Difference (I'm basically only concerned about PQ Experience for my bedroom, not really too concerned about inputs, audio etc.) in going with the more expensive one instead of the lower one?

Thanks!!

PS: I'm planning on ordering tomorrow - so I'd really appreciate any help I can get!
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Ave,

For someone who had a $1100 budget, I'm stretching as it is, and thus the $100 difference is critical. That said, I need to decide between these sets:

TH-42PZ700U - $1,399
TH-42PZ80U - $1,499

The difference is $100 - What I need to know is, is there any "Real World" practical difference that I will see or feel in these sets?

This is for a bedroom.
Viewing distance: 5' to 6'
Main Device Usage: SD Cable, XBOX360, HD-DVD, SD DVD's, HD Cable.

Room is usually dark - not too brightly lit or anything.

Would I really see a Worthwhile, Noticeable Difference (I'm basically only concerned about PQ Experience for my bedroom, not really too concerned about inputs, audio etc.) in going with the more expensive one instead of the lower one?

Thanks!!

PS: I'm planning on ordering tomorrow - so I'd really appreciate any help I can get!
What exactly are you getting for the extra $100? What is the difference between the two?
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Old 03-22-2008, 05:03 PM   #3
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I am also looking for the differences between the TH-50PZ700U and the 50PZ80U. I have found a good deal on the 700U and i just didnt know if I should hold out for the 80U. Can the 700U handle a 24hz signal?
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I am also looking for the differences between the TH-50PZ700U and the 50PZ80U. I have found a good deal on the 700U and i just didnt know if I should hold out for the 80U. Can the 700U handle a 24hz signal?
Are you asking about true frame rate mulitplication like 72 Hz? Cause neither of the above sets will do that. They might accept it but they will add the 3:2 pulldown to get it to 60 hz.
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The price difference may be due to a new anti-reflective filter and the increase in HDMI inputs from 2 to 3. When I purchased my 700U a couple of months ago, the Panny 42 with the then available anti-reflective filter had a PQ noticeably less dramatic from the 700U, hence my choice then.

I'm extremely happy with my choice, and the component inputs from the HD STB work very well indeed.

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I wish I could compare these two panels in store (700U & 80U) - I mean $100 is not a whole lot, but I wouldn't want to pay $100 more just for an extra HDMI input.
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You can compare the model specs side by side at xxx.panasonic.xxx
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You can compare the model specs side by side at xxx.panasonic.xxx
http://www2.panasonic.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/vModelComparisonResults?storeId=15001&catalogId=13 401&catGroupId=75003&surfCategory=VIERA%26%23174%3 B%20Plasma%20HDTVs&cacheProgram=11002&cachePartner =7000000000000005702&items=221166|126557|

Interesting how Panasonic's web-prices don't reflect the $100 difference in the two models mickey79 was talking about:

TH-42PZ700U - $1,999.95
TH-42PZ80U - $1,599.95

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Costco has a deal starting today on the 42pz700u for 1099.
Check details at costco.com

I'm gonna go grab me one!
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Sonds like a good deal!

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Both great units, I would not kill yourself over the choice. I would go for the newer technoligy, TH-42PZ80U
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going with the new you gain the x.v. support and deep color support i believe. gthat may just be on the 50's.
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Agreed. From whatever I can gather, and from what a lot of other people are also telling me - I should go with the 80U, for the x.v. color, 100,000 hrs life, better blacks, 3 HDMI, and the 20,000:1 CR.

There's no doubts there are improvements, and it's a newer, 2008 model. Costco's deal is pretty good but I think at this point, I have to consider the fact that I'll be keeping this TV for a long, long time and using it more then the other sets in my house. I'm pretty much convinced to get the newer 80U.
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going with the new you gain the x.v. support and deep color support i believe. gthat may just be on the 50's.
Do you know for a fact that the color decoder in the set can actually process 10bit or 12bit color?

Having HDMI 1.3 does not mean that a display can actually decode deep Color.
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i'm not sure exactlt, i thought i read in a review that it does 10-bit, but in the specs for the tv on panasonics website it says it supports x.v. and deep color technology.
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