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  1. HI AdrianW

    Looking at the 86cm Pana at moment as well.  I can't get it below $3450 in Perth at present.

    Have you set it up and are you happy with your choice??

    I am also considering the 76cm fine pitch Sony which would be in the $2600 range.

    Appreciate your feedback.

    Lee

    Myer (Perth City store) had them marked at $3999 and at the beginning of their stocktake sale in June they had 20% off all widescreen TVs for a couple of days - and I picked mine up then.

    I was decifing between the Pana and the Sony fine pitch 86cm - but the Sony was still too expensive for me. Also I manage to alter my existing TV unit to fit the Pana, I would have had to purchase a brand new unit for the Sony making the total price even higher.

    I am happy with the TV, the image quality is fantastic with DVDs. I don't have an HD STB yet as I'm waiting for a high-def recorder (a Topfield if it ever gets released) so I picked up a cheap Teac SD box for now.

    The analogue picture was just terrible - worse than my previous Panasonic 68cm 4:3 TV on the same antenna - so I needed the STB just to get decent FTA.

    The following things concern me a bit - but the same things may apply to other widescreen TV's:

    • The screen has noticeable flicker when in PAL progressive mode (NTSC progressive is fantastic)
    • When the TV receives progressive input from my Sony 730P DVD player it goes automatically into 16:9 and can't be switched out of that mode (works fine if I select progressive on the TV instead of on the DVD player)
    • The TV doesn't seem to be able to automatically switch between 16:9 and 4:3 when displaying DVDs with both aspects (eg. I have to manually switch to 4:3 when viewing extras on movie disks) - do DVD players send a 16:9/4:3 flag to TVs?
    • As noted in other threads - it is almost impossible to get the bottom of the picture perfectly parallel (ie when using a DVD with the THX setup screens) - although when watching movies you'd never tell that the RHS is slightly lower than the LHS)
    • Only a 12 month warranty - but you can pay to extend this to a total of 3 or 5 years)

    Good things:

    • Screen size - with an 86cm screen 4:3 material is just a fraction larger than when viewed on a 68cm TV. (No way I could have gone to 76cm with the amount of 4:3 material we still watch in our house)
    • The 75/883i scan mode - this looks great and I usually use this for PAL DVDs and STB viewing,
    • Five different AV inputs (4 on the back). Two (both on the back) can be used as component, two as s-video (one front, one back) and all five can be used as composite.
    • Multi-pip (PIP, PAP & POP) is fun - but not a lot of use. But is good for watching analogue and digital at the same time to compare the lag between the two.
    • A number of diffent aspects to select from. I mainly just use 4:3 and 16:9, but Auto and 14:9 are not bad for stretching/slightly cropping 4:3 signals to get a bigger image. And Zoom1 is good for non-anamorphic widescreen DVDs (I have one or two in my collection :blink: )

  2. I grabbed the palsonic 86 and am now considering taking it back and upgrading to the 200a pana. Just depends if I can ignore the poor tuner and no teletext =/

    Good luck with your choices, those prices sound great.

    The Panasonic TX-86PW200A does have teletext.

  3. I have a new Panasonic TX-86PW200A (86cm widescreen).

    In the manual on the page explaining about the 3 different Scan Modes (75/883i, 100hz and Progressive) it has this note:

    When viewing a PAL transmission (other than PAL 60) with Scan mode set to Progressive, the screen will flicker. This is not a fault.

    Now, I never noticed any flicker on my previous 68cm 4:3 50hz TV. But with this new TV it is very obvious and annoying - I can't watch any PAL in progressive (either using the TV's progressive setting or directly setting my DVD player (Sony 730p) to progressive output. (With NTSC, progressive looks great).

    Is it just Panasonic TVs or do all progressive capable CRTs have the same problem with PAL?

    I feel much more comfortable purchasing R1 DVDs knowing that I can choose progressive and not have any flicker (even though most R1s I've played recently are automatically in progressive and I can't select any other mode - I assume they were encoded in progressive in the first place).

    Seven "HD"?

    When I eventually get an HD STB - will I have this flicker problem when watching Seven's so called HD programs (576P)?

  4. You are not required to physically do anything - this is your choice. 

    The manuals, menus, etc all say that the DV-B420 can output s-video - BUT it can't unless you manually open the box an FIX the incorrectly wired connections inside OR alter a brand new correctly wired SCART adapter.

    The box should output s-video with NO stuffing around with a screwdriver, soldering iron, etc.

    [iMO]

    TEAC please stop releasing equipment to the Australian market with European standard connectors (SCART) and more importantly stop releasing equipment with incorrectly wired SCART sockets.

    [/iMO]

  5. When using S-Video; the Y signal is expected on Pin19.  This however is composite video same as the RCA's.  The DVB420 therefore output's composite video x 2.

    So why is there a menu option to alter the output of the SCART? - choices being s-video, component, RGB and composite.

    I'm sure most people would assume that selecting s-video on the menu would actually cause the box to output s-video on the correct pins!

  6. 1) the unit comes with composite cables and I still have a vast picture improvement. Do people believe i will get a better picture if i buy component cables ?

    You may - BUT finding a correct SCART to component+audio cable or converter will be next to impossible (I'm still trying to find one).

    2) In the video setup, its default to RGB and im connected via composite, i didnt think this should work in this mode. any ideas why it does? btw it works in the other modes as well

    The various video setup options (RGB, component, etc) all apply to the SCART socket - the composite connectors always output composite. I want to use the compostite to connect to my VHS recorder and use component to the TV (but can't find the appropriate cables :blink: ).

    3) does anyone know the best way to setup so i can also flick to the old ch31 on public tv?

    Just use your TV's remote to switch from AV to (analogue) channel 31 and back.

  7. Am I correct in assuming that digital broadcast "frames" are always 4:3 in shape and are always expected to be stretched sideways by a widescreen TV?

    Therefore anamorphic widescreen content will be stretched to fill the whole 16:9 screen, and normal 4:3 also needs stretching back to the original 4:3 (because it is transmitted as 3:3 with black bars at the sides). :blink:

  8. I can't find a Scart to component+audio converter/cable anywhere - it's getting pretty annoying. Who decided to release equipment in Australia with Scart connectors anyway? what a stupid idea when the vast majority of A/V equipment (in Australia) uses RCA plugs for composite, component, audio, etc or s-video connectors.

    Actually I did find one cable - but I'm pretty sure it was for Scart input to a TV and not Scart output from an STB/DVD player.

    I'm thinking that I should have spent a bit more and got an STB with proper component connectors on the back.

  9. As newbie2dtv says - the 200A has "Just", but I don't know about the 60A.

    I actually find the "Just" mode on my 200A pretty annoying when the picture pans from one side to the other, it's very obvious when people and scenery stretch from wide to normal and to wide again as they pass by. It does look pretty good when the picture is steady though.

  10. Just got my (cheap SD) STB today and I noticed this delay as well.

    My TV can do picture AND picture (ie. 1 on the left & 1 on the right, both the same size) - I set it up to display digital on one side and the corresponding analogue channel on the other - very strange watching the same show with a delay of a second or two between the two images.

  11. Has anyone got a SCART to component+audio cable working with the DVB420? (both video & audio).

    I just bought my box and so far I've just connected it using composite - but I need to use that connection to my VHS video. So I need some kind of Scart converter for the TV connection.

    Any suggestions for stores in Perth that might carry that type of cable (or converter).

  12. I've been looking at the Omni DVB505 and the Thomson DTI 1500HD (as a stop-gap until an HD PVR is available).

    The main problem with the Thomson as I see it, is if I want to record to my VHS video, I'd have to change the switches on the back of the unit each time.

    What about the Omni, is there a front-panel or remote/menu option to switch between HD and SD to allow recording?

    I think I'd prefer the new Toshiba box which does HD and SD output at the same time, but the price is putting me off (especially considering I really want a unit that records).

    Do you guys have any suggestions for a cheap HD box that allows easy recording to VHS (one way or another)?

  13. OK, set your TV to 16x9 input and then set your DVD player to output 16x9 (widescreen). You must have the DVD player set to something else?

    That's the thing - my DVD is set to 16:9.

    When the DVD is outputting interlaced - I can select either 16:9 or 4:3 on the TV to correspond to the DVD.

    BUT, if I set the DVD to output progressive then regardless of DVD content OR TV settings, I get 16:9 on the TV.

    I'll just have to keep switching from progressive back to interlaced whenever I want to watch 4:3 DVD material.

  14. Thanks for the response...but...

    I have a 76cm 100a (older model) and I'm not an expert but here's my take.
    Question 1: I'm using a Sony 730P DVD player and I've noticed that if I select progressive output from the DVD player, I can no longer select an aspect ratio on the TV - it automatically switches to 16:9, even if the DVD is 4:3. Is this supposed to happen? So far I have to switch progressive off on the DVD to watch 4:3 DVDs.

    The TV loses its ability to do PIP and aspect changing when operating on the so-called HD modes, i.e. it can do PIP and aspect changing with 576i input but not with 576p and 1080i inputs. It says this in the manual if you look hard enough. This is not such a big deal if you buy a STB as the STB will likely do PIP etc itself.

    It wasn't really PIP I was interested in - the main problem (as I see it) is if I switch my DVD player to progressive output - the TV switches to 16:9 even if the DVD is 4:3 - so I get nice fat people. :blink:

    Question 2: Most 16:9 movies seem to come with 4:3 extras, and many 4:3 TV shows have 16:9 menus. So I need to switch between 16:9 and 4:3, is there a way to get the TV to do this automatically or do I have to do it manually myself? Never had this problem with my 4:3 TV (I realise that it was the DVD player doing the work before), and also I don't have this problem using WinDVD on my PC as it automatically resizes the window to accomodate 16:9 or 4:3.

    Not sure what you mean here but when using 576i input or the internal tuner then you could set the aspect selection to AUTO and it will "stretch" out the 4x3 material to your screen width. It will display 16x9 in its native format.

    AUTO seems to also adjust the size of 16:9 slightly, I'd prefer to get 4:3 as 4:3 and 16:9 as 16:9 automatically, so far it looks like I have to manually select the aspect to match the title on the DVD.

  15. A few questions about the 86cm Panasonic (I'm sure this relates to the 76cm as well, as they seem to have the exact same specs apart from the size).

    Question 1: I'm using a Sony 730P DVD player and I've noticed that if I select progressive output from the DVD player, I can no longer select an aspect ratio on the TV - it automatically switches to 16:9, even if the DVD is 4:3. Is this supposed to happen? So far I have to switch progressive off on the DVD to watch 4:3 DVDs.

    Question 2: Most 16:9 movies seem to come with 4:3 extras, and many 4:3 TV shows have 16:9 menus. So I need to switch between 16:9 and 4:3, is there a way to get the TV to do this automatically or do I have to do it manually myself? Never had this problem with my 4:3 TV (I realise that it was the DVD player doing the work before), and also I don't have this problem using WinDVD on my PC as it automatically resizes the window to accomodate 16:9 or 4:3.

    Question 3: I don't have an STB yet (I'm trying to wait for the HD toppy to be released). Anyway, I've noticed that analogue free-to-air TV looks noticeably worse on the 86cm screen than on my 68cm - is it just that any artefacts that were there are now larger and more easy to see?

    Question 4: This is related to Q3 - to get an improved FTA picture should I just go for a cheap SD STB box now and get the HD toppy when (if) it's released - or what? I must say that we watch virtually no TV live, most stuff is recorded (on VHS) and played back later, so I think a recorder of some description is a necessity.

  16. Doesn't the LARGE pixels on the Pana put any one off ?

    I though the Panasonic 200A was a "fine-pitch" tube - I'm sure it says something like that on the spec card that Myer has stuck on one, also on Panasonic's site it definetly says "Fine Pitch" (here: 86PW200A).

    Are you saying that the Sony screen is a *lot* finer that the Pana?

    I was considering the Sony, but the Pana is so much cheaper. I'm thinking that many of the features on the Sony I wouldn't even use (fancy Analogue tuner - ie scrolling pip; memory card slot; etc) - so why pay the extra for features that aren't going to be used.

    Is the picture that much better on the Sony? (a $1,000 better?)

  17. Are you sure you want it to taper close to the shape of the TV?

    I've had my 68cm Panasonic "The One Up" set for around 5 years - and the unit it sits on is pretty generic - but is slightly too narrow for an 86cm widescreen. So to get a new TV I also need to get a new unit.

    In five years time, you may be looking at upgrading to a large HD plasma or LCD (or whatever else is on the horizon) - and your custom stand will be too small.

    If I get something for my inevitable 86cm TV - I'll get a large and wide flat top unit that's capable of taking anything (well except an RPTV, that is).

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