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just payed for my hitachi 8800 plasma!!, i got bing lee casula to price match $2800, by the previous poster who bought theirs from bing lee castle hill, bieng delivered this friday!!.....

excedllent stuff arushan. Do post when you get it particualrly how you find it with your pio player.

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just payed for my hitachi 8800 plasma!!, i got bing lee casula to price match $2800, by the previous poster who bought theirs from bing lee castle hill, bieng delivered this friday!!.....

Great stuff Arushan you wont regret it....

I had mine delivered yesterday...man they were punctual....they arrived at 7.30am!!!!!

Cant complain though just happy to have the set delivered in one piece!!!!

Dont know how I got to work after that!!!! Man was I tempted to take the day off!!!!

But raced home from work and couldnt wait to get it all set up.....

Spent about an hour setting it all up the way I liked....I had previously downloaded the manual so was pretty easy... The set was quite heavy!!!(compared to my Samsung SD plasma anyway) my wife and I struggled to get it onto our TV cabinet!!!! Connected all my gear up...

Man was I impressed!!!!!!Even with just the run in settings things looked spectacular....

I had previously been very dissapointed with my Samsung SD plasma....piece of rubbish!!!!

The picture was terrible and the solarisation was unbearable!!!!

Now this was amazing!!! Watched both Prison break and NCIS....not the slightest hint of solarosation!!!

The picture looked amazing....even my wife commented on how good the picture looked (and she has always said that she has no idea about these things!!!)..

Overall Im so pleased I bought this TV....Cant wait till the weekend to do some major TV watching.

Cant wait to get it run in so I can tweak the settings...Already have 5-6 hours on it from yesterday!!!!!! :blink:

Thanks again to everyone here in helping me make the decisison...

And what a great price too....Less than what I paid for my piece of crap Samsung last year!!!!

Sunil.

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Overall Im so pleased I bought this TV....Cant wait till the weekend to do some major TV watching.

Cant wait to get it run in so I can tweak the settings...Already have 5-6 hours on it from yesterday!!!!!! :blink:

Thanks again to everyone here in helping me make the decisison...

And what a great price too....Less than what I paid for my piece of crap Samsung last year!!!!

Sunil.

Makes me want to reminisce about my 1st day with the 8800. Exciting stuff! Enjoy it mate! :D

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Makes me want to reminisce about my 1st day with the 8800. Exciting stuff! Enjoy it mate! :D

I remember my first day as it was only last week.

I love this sexy thing. :blink:

How can we access the hours menu?

Cheers

Struggo

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Great stuff Arushan you wont regret it....

I had mine delivered yesterday...man they were punctual....they arrived at 7.30am!!!!!

Cant complain though just happy to have the set delivered in one piece!!!!

Dont know how I got to work after that!!!! Man was I tempted to take the day off!!!!

But raced home from work and couldnt wait to get it all set up.....

Spent about an hour setting it all up the way I liked....I had previously downloaded the manual so was pretty easy... The set was quite heavy!!!(compared to my Samsung SD plasma anyway) my wife and I struggled to get it onto our TV cabinet!!!! Connected all my gear up...

Man was I impressed!!!!!!Even with just the run in settings things looked spectacular....

I had previously been very dissapointed with my Samsung SD plasma....piece of rubbish!!!!

The picture was terrible and the solarisation was unbearable!!!!

Now this was amazing!!! Watched both Prison break and NCIS....not the slightest hint of solarosation!!!

The picture looked amazing....even my wife commented on how good the picture looked (and she has always said that she has no idea about these things!!!)..

Overall Im so pleased I bought this TV....Cant wait till the weekend to do some major TV watching.

Cant wait to get it run in so I can tweak the settings...Already have 5-6 hours on it from yesterday!!!!!! :blink:

Thanks again to everyone here in helping me make the decisison...

And what a great price too....Less than what I paid for my piece of crap Samsung last year!!!!

Sunil.

Great stuff, i'm kinda acting like a little kid on the day before christmas!!...

can't i've already laid all the wires and even Cleaned up the place a bit!!!!!!, awaiting for the arrival,, will let you guys know how the bad boy settles in...

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I remember my first day as it was only last week.

I love this sexy thing. :blink:

How can we access the hours menu?

Cheers

Struggo

Is anyone using an upscaling DVD player with this TV?? If so what are your opinions??

Is it worth it?? Is there a significant difference in picture quality over the standard DVD player??

Cheers

Sunil.

Hey Struggo heres the details about accessing the service menu from a previous post.....

Hi,

Just got the service manual for the above plasma in the mail today.

There is a lot of info in there regarding settings etc.

One of the things someone asked here the other day was how to see the hours of usage.

It can be seen on the screen as follows:

1. Turn your plasma on

2. Turn your plasma off using the sub-power button on the RHS of the plasma

3. The plasma is now in standby mode

4. Press the sub-power button AND the input select button AND the down-arrow button at the same time and hold for more than 5 seconds

You are now in adjustment mode.

Here is where it can get dangerous so be very careful!!!!!!!!!!

Use the down-arrow button to scroll down until you see number 814 on the LHS on the screen

Next to that you will see a number between 0 and 65535 (max). That is the number of hours the panel has been used. Mine was 873 which is pretty much what it has done and also indicates to me that it basically starts at 0 hours when you first get it. (i.e no 100 hours factory run etc)

After seen it PRESS "Menu button" on remote or RHS of plasma to release "Adjustment mode and the set will return to normal operation.

WORD OF WARNING:

All care taken no responsibility accepted!

There are about 1066 possible fields where values can be changed accidently if you press the wrong button other then the down-arrow button to get to line number 814.

Note: The up and down arrow button selects the line you want to see

Important!!!! The left and right button changes the values of the highlighted line. DO NOT USE!!!

I would NOT recommend using the remote control although it does work. It is to easy to accidently push the left or right arrow button.

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I remember my first day as it was only last week.

I love this sexy thing. :blink:

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hehe same here

and yeah it is quite a heavy and such a well made thing isnt it :D

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Is anyone using an upscaling DVD player with this TV?? If so what are your opinions??

Is it worth it?? Is there a significant difference in picture quality over the standard DVD player??

Cheers

Sunil.

I am using the pana s-97. Hell yeah its worth it! Originally i had my old sony progressive scan dvd player hooked upto it via component and i thought the pq was amazing back then but entered the realm of upscaling and am using it on the 1080i setting via hdmi and believe me the pq is awesome when u use a 1080i source for this tv. To put it simply it was made for 1080i source, the internal scaler with this res really shines.

A 1080i feed and the tv switches to its native res and everything is sharper, clearer and much more vivid than any other setting. Still not exactly HD but damn its sexy!

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hehe same here

and yeah it is quite a heavy and such a well made thing isnt it :blink:

Hi Alebonau,

My wife just found a hair line scratch on my screen about 10cm long. You only see it when there is direct sunlight on it and at a certain angle. I wish she didn't tell me.

What do I do?

How can I possibly prove it was like that out of the box?

I might try that KLEAR SCREEN product. Has anybody used it?

http://www.softconnect.com.au/osCommerce/p...products_id=206

http://www.macmall.com.au/mall/customer/home.php?cat=435

http://www.klearscreen.com/faq.html

http://www.shopireland.ie/electronics/deta...2oz-LCD-Screen/

A shattered :D

Struggo

PS I still love her.

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Hi Alebonau,

My wife just found a hair line scratch on my screen about 10cm long. You only see it when there is direct sunlight on it and at a certain angle. I wish she didn't tell me.

What do I do?

How can I possibly prove it was like that out of the box?

I might try that KLEAR SCREEN product. Has anybody used it?

It's going to be very hard to convince your store that the scratch was from out of the box. They'll probably say you scratched it.

Try the klear screen and see how it goes. Sorry to hear that, mate.

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How can I possibly prove it was like that out of the box?

Not sure about proof - but you'll lose warranty coverage if you try first to fix it yourself. Try a Hitachi warranty call first - if you didn't do it, then it's up to Hitachi to fix.

Good luck.

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Not sure about proof - but you'll lose warranty coverage if you try first to fix it yourself. Try a Hitachi warranty call first - if you didn't do it, then it's up to Hitachi to fix.

Good luck.

Hi HDFAN,

I have got three little ones. So therefore I'm not really sure.

Cheers

Struggo

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Hi Alebonau,

My wife just found a hair line scratch on my screen about 10cm long. You only see it when there is direct sunlight on it and at a certain angle. I wish she didn't tell me.

What do I do?

How can I possibly prove it was like that out of the box?

I might try that KLEAR SCREEN product. Has anybody used it?

http://www.macmall.com.au/mall/customer/home.php?cat=435

http://www.klearscreen.com/faq.html

http://www.shopireland.ie/electronics/deta...2oz-LCD-Screen/

A shattered :blink:

Struggo

PS I still love her.

struggo I'd talk to the store you got it from.

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Is anyone using an upscaling DVD player with this TV?? If so what are your opinions??

Is it worth it?? Is there a significant difference in picture quality over the standard DVD player??

Cheers

Sunil.

Like Rokz0r I have the S-97 but unlike Rokz0r after calibration with DVD essentials I couldn't see a huge difference between 576p over component and 1080i over HDMI. The settings are quite different for the two inputs. That said I do watch Movies upscaled via HDMI because it was slighly "better" but I couldn't say why. I think the most improvement is with good deinterlacing. My mate has an cheapie LG upscaler on his Panny HD plasma and it looks terrible.

Philip

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Like Rokz0r I have the S-97 but unlike Rokz0r after calibration with DVD essentials I couldn't see a huge difference between 576p over component and 1080i over HDMI. The settings are quite different for the two inputs. That said I do watch Movies upscaled via HDMI because it was slighly "better" but I couldn't say why. I think the most improvement is with good deinterlacing. My mate has an cheapie LG upscaler on his Panny HD plasma and it looks terrible.

Philip

Thanks for the reply.

Seems on another thread that there are no more Panasonic S-97's left in major cities...

I tried ringing around my local JB stores but no luck!!! DOH...

Does anyone know if the Panasonic EH65 DVD recorder uses the same Faroujda chipset and circuitry as the S-97??

Sunil.

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hey guys just to update, just went out and picked up a toppy 7000 hdtv receiver to compliment the hitachi...., arriving at any time from 2-5pm today!!!

Hey Arushan,

can I ask how much you paid for the Toppy 7000 and from where??

I was at JB HiFI Liverpool yesterday and they had the LG LST5100 maked as clearence for $299..

Must be a new model coming???

Have fun setting up the TV....

Sunil.

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Hey Arushan,

can I ask how much you paid for the Toppy 7000 and from where??

I was at JB HiFI Liverpool yesterday and they had the LG LST5100 maked as clearence for $299..

Must be a new model coming???

Have fun setting up the TV....

Sunil.

yeah mate, i went to bing lee in casula (5 mins from liverpool), got it down to $440....

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hehe same here

and yeah it is quite a heavy and such a well made thing isnt it :blink:

Just put a deposit on my 8800 today. Was originally going to wait for the 8900 but at the run out price of the 8800 it was to good an offer to knock back. Bought from Clive Peters Moorabbin the last one on their system. They sold it at their cost price $2936 and i also got 6 months interest free !! I am so exited i have waited for almost a year to buy this plasma, almost did 6 months ago for $3900, so i have saved myself a grand for waiting 6 months.

Cheers Simon

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Just put a deposit on my 8800 today. Was originally going to wait for the 8900 but at the run out price of the 8800 it was to good an offer to knock back. Bought from Clive Peters Moorabbin the last one on their system. They sold it at their cost price $2936 and i also got 6 months interest free !! I am so exited i have waited for almost a year to buy this plasma, almost did 6 months ago for $3900, so i have saved myself a grand for waiting 6 months.

Cheers Simon

Top Stuff Simon. :blink:

Cheers

Struggo

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Just put a deposit on my 8800 today. Was originally going to wait for the 8900 but at the run out price of the 8800 it was to good an offer to knock back. Bought from Clive Peters Moorabbin the last one on their system. They sold it at their cost price $2936 and i also got 6 months interest free !! I am so exited i have waited for almost a year to buy this plasma, almost did 6 months ago for $3900, so i have saved myself a grand for waiting 6 months.

Cheers Simon

excellent stuff and a great panel really. Yeah I was thinking about the 8900 as well but dont think its that much better and worth the wait or the extra money. Thinking it woudl be a fair while before the 8900 would start going for the prices the 8800 and think I would have been pushign it with HN to get for the same cash as the 8800.

so yeah enjoy especially with interest free you dont even have to worry about payign for it till 6 months yet ! do post back what you think of it.

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excellent stuff and a great panel really. Yeah I was thinking about the 8900 as well but dont think its that much better and worth the wait or the extra money. Thinking it woudl be a fair while before the 8900 would start going for the prices the 8800 and think I would have been pushign it with HN to get for the same cash as the 8800.

so yeah enjoy especially with interest free you dont even have to worry about payign for it till 6 months yet ! do post back what you think of it.

Worth every penny :blink:

speaking about image quality, I cant wait until the Ps3 shcheduled to be launched in Aus by November. cant

wait to utilise the HDMI port. waiting in anticipation !!!

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Hey Struggo how did you deal with the "casualty" on your plasma? is everything alright now? or are you still

looking into ways to fix it? p.s best wishes~ :blink:

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Hey Struggo how did you deal with the "casualty" on your plasma? is everything alright now? or are you still

looking into ways to fix it? p.s best wishes~ :blink:

Hi Ivalice,

I wanted to go in yesterday, but I'm crook.

I will see them on Monday.

I have also ordered the Klear screen. Not expecting miracles, but I think it will keep the screen clean and static free.

Cheers

Struggo

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just bought one of these today (last one they had), paid $2950.

it arrives on tuesday, looking forward to hooking up my new s-97 and toppy 7000 :blink:

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just bought one of these today (last one they had), paid $2950.

it arrives on tuesday, looking forward to hooking up my new s-97 and toppy 7000 :blink:

Great News,

I will have the same set up once I get the Toppy 7000 also.

Have fun :D ,

Struggo

PS You may need to update the firmware on the S97,

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...20entry445474

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Hi guys, just spent the last night and this morning, with my new hitachi plasma, and WOW was it an experience....

The picture is just so vibrant yet natural, so impressed, and happy that i dished out the extra bucks for it over the 32 ind samsung lcd....., well theirs soo much good things to say about this unit, and i'm sure the other owners will know what i'm talking about, so i'm going back to play....

i'll leave you with a few pics i just took of my completed setup, will post more as my camera charges!!!.....

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...=0entry445742

oh btw Al, i'll do a review with the pioneer within this week..., its such a match made in heaven with 1080i HDMI output....

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Hi guys, just spent the last night and this morning, with my new hitachi plasma, and WOW was it an experience....

The picture is just so vibrant yet natural, so impressed, and happy that i dished out the extra bucks for it over the 32 ind samsung lcd....., well theirs soo much good things to say about this unit, and i'm sure the other owners will know what i'm talking about, so i'm going back to play....

i'll leave you with a few pics i just took of my completed setup, will post more as my camera charges!!!.....

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...=0entry445742

oh btw Al, i'll do a review with the pioneer within this week..., its such a match made in heaven with 1080i HDMI output....

congratulations on the hitachi arushan, glad to hear your impressed with it as I am.

~

oh btw Al, i'll do a review with the pioneer within this week..., its such a match made in heaven with 1080i HDMI output....

damn bugger that is not what I wanted to hear arushan re the pio 989 dvd :blink:

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congratulations on the hitachi arushan, glad to hear your impressed with it as I am.

damn bugger that is not what I wanted to hear arushan re the pio 989 dvd :blink:

hehehe sorry mate, is their supposedly problems with the pair???

i tried it for a bit last night, first impressions seemed excellent when sending 1080i via hdmi, then quickly switched to my htpc, which seemed better to my eye....i'll do a closer comparison and get back to you

i use the pio for my pj

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hehehe sorry mate, is their supposedly problems with the pair???

i tried it for a bit last night, first impressions seemed excellent when sending 1080i via hdmi, then quickly switched to my htpc, which seemed better to my eye....i'll do a closer comparison and get back to you

i use the pio for my pj

hehe jsut not sure want to be considering another dvd player ! but no do post back what you think overall with the pair. :blink:

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Just a quick thanks to all the contributors to this forum. You various views, comments and advice have pointed me to buy a Hitachi 42PD800TA plasma ($2800) and a Topfield 7000 HDSTB ($475). I'll be glued to them on Tuesday night..........

I'm sure that wthout this forum I would not have been able to make the same choices - or for the same money.

Thanks for all your input to what I'm sure is a good choice of equipment.

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Just a quick thanks to all the contributors to this forum. You various views, comments and advice have pointed me to buy a Hitachi 42PD800TA plasma ($2800) and a Topfield 7000 HDSTB ($475). I'll be glued to them on Tuesday night..........

I'm sure that wthout this forum I would not have been able to make the same choices - or for the same money.

Thanks for all your input to what I'm sure is a good choice of equipment.

congra Sailor, Im sure you wont regret your purchases, its definitely a wise investment :blink:

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Hitachi UK is offering an extended warranty promo.

Come on Hitachi Australia,

http://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/DMG/vie...p?productid=516

http://www.trustedreviews.com/article.aspx...6806&head=0

yep apparently its only for the little high street shops as all the chains have their own extended warranty programs.

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Hey Everybody,

I know I should really sift through the 30 pages of this thread, but is anybody using the Sony HD STB (DST-HD500) with their 8800 via HDMI? Any feedback on the results would be appreciated... Considering this as an option as opposed to the Toppy 7000...

PS: TV comes on Friday! =) Woohoo!

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