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sony 34 xbr or Panny plasma edtv?

12-05-2004, 03:03 AM
Now I understand that this is sort of a wierd question, as I'm comparing one of the the highest quality hdtv's with an edtv, but I was just in the store, and noticed the quality of an edtv, and it was barely distinguishable from the hdtv's around it. I had decided on the sony 34xbr960 as a great value and had wanted it over lcd or dlp rptv's, and my money hadn't even accounted for plasma or lcd's. But now I've found a great edtv the Panasonic43pd25u, that's a 42'', bigger than the sony 34'', and also much less bulky, for about 800 dollars more. What are some opinions on this, is it worth the extra pizzaz of the plasma tv over the raw quality of the sony?

12-05-2004, 04:32 AM
As long as you know what you're getting and don't plan on viewing HD quality on the plasma, the Panny would then make more sense for you.

12-05-2004, 07:28 AM
I agree with Maximus, but it's hard to respond to your question when you didn't state whether HD was important to you. If you do plan on watching any HD (I'm assuming that's why you were considering the Sony in the first place) the image isn't going to look too good on the Plasma you're quoting. Keep in mind that at the store, it's possible that none of the TVs were displaying true HD images as you viewed the EDTV next to HDTVs. :)

12-05-2004, 05:25 PM
Well, Borromini, I'm relatively new to hd, so I can't really say it's that important to me, but I know I'm gonna be pretty blown away once a start experiencing it, so I'm probably gonna want to watch as much of it as I can. But I think I'm going to be watching more sd and dvd's than the hd programming, so that wouldn't matter between the hd and the edtv. However, for the hd programming, as I'm not a video-phile or anything, I'm assuming it would be good enough quality for saving the premium one would have to pay for the hd screen of that size. ps. in the store, it was broadcasting in discovery hd, and the other tv's were hdtv, so I think the other tv's were broadcasting true hd, unless you're talking about full resolution.

12-07-2004, 05:41 PM
I have a 42PWD6UY Pany which is their prior year's EDTV plasma. It is in their commercial (vs. consumer) line and has received great reviews for PQ, contrast, etc. I paid $2800 to a local commercial Pany dealer. The current generation (7UY) is selling for significantly less. Go to b2b.panasonic.com for more on this commercial line.

I watch HD and DVD content almost exclusively and am very happy with the display's performance with HD content. For the price difference at the time, the selection (ED vs. HD) made sense and I don't regret not paying $1700 - 2000 more for the HD version of the same model (especially for a 42" 720p screen).

That said, my selection was heavily weighted towards a plasma for reasons other than actual content to be viewed.

If you're neutral on the type of box (direct view, plasma, DLP, etc.), you can certainly buy a true HD monitor for a price favorable to the plasma options.

However, I wouldn't buy a consumer plasma from Best Buy, etc. Price is too high. Look for quality commercial dealers near you at the above referenced website.