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panasonic widescreen sets

06-15-2005, 12:32 PM
I had my eye on this panasonic widescreen 30" hdtv for a while at walmart which was probably an older model. About 2 weeks later it was pulled off the shelf there and now I can no longer find it. I was looking around at Circuit City and Sears today at some HDTV's and spotted a few that I liked quite a bit. The Sony 30" widescreen SuperFine (costs more than the others), Samsung Slimfit (hear bad reviews about them), and the Toshiba 30" widescreen. I did happen to spot some kind of Panasonic 30" widescreen (or atleast I think its 30") in the section of Circuit City where you can test out the speakers for $849 but they didn't have anything playing on it. I would really like to get a Panasonic as they look good for the price compared to their competitors, but as far as what I see on there site it looks like they are making more 4:3 tv's than 16:9 widescreen. My eye is still really liking that Sony with the really fine pitch, but for 999 it's gonna take me a while to save up for it. Anyone got any suggestions on sets?

06-15-2005, 02:48 PM
Especially on a small set, the fine pitch mask will make a big difference... you'd be surprised what the hardware resolution of cheap COURSE pitch masks really is...

Horizontal res = width (in mm) divided by mask pitch (in mm) = pixels.

06-15-2005, 06:12 PM
Go with your eye and save yer money. You will regret it if you don't.

06-16-2005, 03:57 AM
I own that Sony 30" set that you have your eye on. Go with that. It does an incredible job on HD channels and makes Xbox look awesome. I use the Vivid mode for Xbox games which really brings out the color and detail. Hope this helps you decide!

06-16-2005, 08:13 AM
I own that Sony 30" set that you have your eye on. Go with that. It does an incredible job on HD channels and makes Xbox look awesome. I use the Vivid mode for Xbox games which really brings out the color and detail. Hope this helps you decide!

Whats the model number of it?

06-16-2005, 11:05 AM
I own the 34" Panasonic and could not be happier. Obviously thats a few bucks more than what you may have budgeted. When I compared the Panny to the 34" Sony, IMO I thought the price difference wasnt justified. Good luck!

06-17-2005, 07:21 AM
What do you guys think about the Toshiba 30HF85? I have liked Toshiba's older sets in the past but I haven't took a big look at there newer HDTV sets.

06-18-2005, 05:55 AM
The model number for my Sony 30" is KV-30HS420. Sony offers a newer version of this set that has a memory stick port and a built in HD tuner. It's about $400 more than my set which I paid $850.00. As far as the Tosh 30HF85, I wouldn't buy it. I had the Toshiba 30HF84, last years model, for a couple of weeks and it had noticeable problems. I had a bad feeling about the Toshiba. Even the display model had problems at the store. But the price was at $700.00. Problems I had right out of the box were poor geometry and an ugly picture. I noticed little digital artifacts, like small squares, throughout the picture while watching satellite and DVDs. My previous 4:3 Wega never showed this. Thus I bought a Sony 16:9 instead. Everything from Xbox to HD looks awesome.

07-03-2005, 04:59 PM
I went to Best Buy and Circuit City finally the other day and took my comparison of the hdtv 30" sets out right now. Now I noticed that I can't tell much of a difference between a bunch of tv's daisychained in hd which loses image quality. But I have to say I was impressed with the LG and the new Samsung SlimFit models. Samsung is my first choice simply because of the built in HD tuner but I'm just not sure I wanna fish out a grand to buy that. The LG I noticed was blocky during SD broadcasts and fast motion. There was a few other sets I looked at including a few Sony's and a Panasonic one that I talked about earlier that was at Walmart they want $800 for it at CC. I didn't get to see the Panasonic in action at CC though which would have been nice. I wasn't as impressed with the Sony's as I usually am, the image quality wasn't as great as the rest of the sets and it seemed that the image was pushed off to the side (probably not set up properly). If I were only to spend say 900 dollars, which sets out of the Panasonic, LG, or last years model Samsung would be best to get?

07-03-2005, 11:00 PM
Purchased online with Circuit City for $809.00 with delivery rebate of $39.99. What a great picture and a good looking cabinet (silver with black border). I almost got the 32" for $764.00 but for $45 more got the widescreen. It looks even bigger when you get it home and set-up. I sit about 10 feet from the TV and it almost overwhelmes me! I can't believe these stats about: i.e 5.5 feet from tv you should have a 40" TV etc. IMO that's bull. This TV has a much better pic than the Sony, Philips and Samsung. It is on sale through tomorrow at the CC website. The have a 27"(same great style and specs for about $529(not sure). I ordered it Friday at 10 AM and it was delivered Sat AM about 9:15. Love the convenience of internet purchases!! Good luck.