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New here and have some questions 30-34" Pannys

drag0nsfyre
10-10-2005, 09:22 AM
Hi everyone :hithere:
I've been browsing the forums for a while and I have learned ALOT just from reading posts, threads, and doing other research. :) I decided to finally join and not be a lurker any longer. :cool:
When I first thought about getting on the HD band wagon I was first thinking about a RP set. I have decided now to stay with a direct view CRT after reading many threads and other research about them.
OK now on to the newb opinions needed.
At the moment I have a Magnavox 27" 3:4 set I've had for a few years now.
I have been looking to get the Panny CT-30WX15 or the 34" model after seeing alot of good things said about it and many good reviews.
I have a tight budget of about a grand or so that I'd like to stay within..(since I'm saving for this) I know the 34" is slighty over that. I do however have about $500 or so towards a set since I'm rebuilding my credit.
Would getting the cheaper 30" (which I could get quicker) be a downgrade? as far as SD tv viewing goes? I know it would output a 25" 4:3 input where as it would stay the same as my 27" if I bought the 34" model. am I really going to notice that big of a diff.? or miss the lost inches? I looked at both models at CC and both looked great.
At the moment I have just standard cable. I also have a PS2 and XBOX and plan on getting a 360 eventually. This will also be for DVD viewing as well.
so any comments suggestions etc. would be great
especially those who own either of these models :) I know there are some out there. ;)
thanks!

Moab550
10-10-2005, 01:21 PM
:cool: Don't have an answer to your question. I'm in the same boat as you. I have a 27"(4:3)APEX-SDTV and I'm considering the 30" and 34" Panny or Toshiba. I plan on making the purchase next month but seem to be totally undecided at present. I want to keep the spend between $1000.00-$1100.00 as I can't justify, to myself, spending more on a television in addition to the fact that I live in an apartment and not a house with a huge living/theater room. Wish you luck on your purchase.

RSawdey
10-10-2005, 04:53 PM
You'll want a 34" or bigger... a 34" widescreen produces a 4:3 inset image of just over 27", which is what you're used to.

Obi Want Hdtv
10-10-2005, 05:05 PM
I bought the 30" Panny and it was replaced this morning by the 34". I have high definition cable so I was thinking the sporting events would look a little nicer with the bigger screen as well as DVDs. I had no problem with the quality on the 30" (although that remote sucks) but had to convince my wife to get rid of our old tv armoire. I don't know if it will make that huge of a difference on sd tv viewing but every inch helps eh?

My Circuit City pricematched the Wal-Mart price ($1048) on the 34" Panasonic and grabbed the old one when they delivered the new one. If you decided you don't like it in 30 days, they'll return or exchange no questions asked. I give huge props to Circuit City from all the guys and chicks I've dealt with at the store and down to the two who did the "fetch and grab" of the TVs - they kept saying, "We want to make sure the customer is happy". As for your credit, can you get a CC credit card? I know last week they offered three years no interest on all digital tvs.

drag0nsfyre
10-10-2005, 09:35 PM
thanks for the replies :)
Obi: I think I remember reading about you picking up the 30" let me know how it goes with the 34" :) As far as financing, thats a no go because of a bankruptsy I had about 2 years ago :( I had to clear out an ice debt left from an ex. :mad: I did however get a little credit (hence the $500) :) So I'll apply that towards the TV. I will deffenitly check into that price match! :eek: thanks for the heads up!

RSawdey: Yeah I figured as much so that's probably the route I'll take. It will just be a little longer to get the extra $$ together and I'll need a new stand as well. I think I'll be happier in the long run though going with the 34" :)

Moab: Thanks man :) good luck to you as well.

If I stumble across any other Q's that I hav'nt found answers to I'll be sure to ask. I'll let everyone know how it went too, once I'm finally able to buy it.

troublefan
10-10-2005, 09:35 PM
I picked up the Panasonic CT-34WX54 online last year for $1k and haven't regretted it for a moment. I too replaced a 27 inch Magnavox and was kind of torn between a 30 and 34 inch. Go with the 34, you'll see a HUGE difference :) You can't get bigger, though, 'cause 34 inch is as big a CRT as you can get (I think you can find a 36 from somebody somewhere, but it's a rarity). Look online for (reputable) A/V dealers, you can find some pretty good deals (cheap shipping, no tax).

RandyWalters
10-11-2005, 07:10 AM
I have been looking to get the Panny CT-30WX15 or the 34" model after seeing alot of good things said about it and many good reviews..... At the moment I have just standard cable. I also have a PS2 and XBOX and plan on getting a 360 eventually. This will also be for DVD viewing as well.The Panasonic does a great job with regular cable, but any widescreen TV will slightly degrade the picture when using a stretch mode. My friend's CT34WX54 looks great with regular cable and DVDs are spectacular (he doesn't have any HD channels).

One thing about the Panasonics though is they don't accept or upconvert 720p at all so that might be a problem for some XBOX games that are in 720p. I understand you can change the output of the game console to 480p or maybe even 1080i and if so then the TV will accept these resolutions.

drag0nsfyre
10-11-2005, 10:33 AM
Thanks Randy :) I know as far as the 360 goes the games will be required to run in both 720p and 1080i so that should'nt be a problem. I can always play in the 4:3 mode with the XBOX and PS2 for now if that is the case. As well as use that aspect for any SD cable viewing if need be. I just may upgrade my cable package as well later on. I get an unbeatable deal though at the moment. I have standard cable at a limited basic price. :eek: DVD viewing will be awesome from what you've said that will be great!
thanks for your input as well trouble :)
I also live in an apartment and my viewing distance is around 7-8' or so. :)

jsslifelike
10-11-2005, 03:49 PM
drag0nsfyre-

You will be severely disappointed if you don't go with the extra 4" of CRT. I didn't think it was really that much more until they were side-by-side. 30" is perfect for a bedroom or such smaller setup, but at your distance, 34" would be ideal. My room is 11' x 13'; 11' being the viewing measurement. The set is about 2' deep and my head is roughly 1' from the wall while on the couch, leaving me with about 8' between my eyeballs and the set. The bottom of my Tosh is about 16-17" up from the floor and it works out very well. Here's one of the pics I uploaded in the gallery:

http://www.highdefforum.com/gallery/data/505/medium/life_hd_02.JPG

Trust me, you won't be disappointed... :D

drag0nsfyre
10-11-2005, 09:43 PM
great pic jss! :cool:
Yeah I think I am going to save up for the 34" :) hopefully within a month or so I'll have enough to get it :D

Obi Want Hdtv
10-12-2005, 07:17 AM
One thing I'd say I'm very impressed with in the Panasonic model is the sound. I have a receiver with surround sound but I had to take it all apart to have them take out the old tv and bring in the new one. Still working on putting things back together but connecting comcast and DVD player have produced really nice sound. I don't know if it was any different on the 30 inch model but playing xbox games sounded a little canned on that model. I think the wx15 has the better sound set-up than the wx54 (older model but you might find it cheaper if you don't care about sound as much or have a receiver hook-up).

Good luck.