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I think I might have got the last 42PD8900 today. Bought Domayne's last unit off the floor for $1900 after a bit of bargining It is in perfect condition. They still had the $4399 sticker still on it?? Built 09-2006 so I assume was off the last batch's made or so

I had my mind set on either the new 960 range either 42 or 50, but to be blunt the new models just did not seem to do it for me, I guess the image processing is better on the 42PD8900. Since I have a HD PVR, the HD tuner was not that a big deal and I prefer the black surround anyway.

Got it hooked up and Foxtel via component just looks so much better than my 36 inch CRT. DVD looks a lot better as well. FTA looks different, so getting used to that. Having the direct inputs on the Hitachi are a dream and easy for the kids to use.

better late than never I guess!!

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I think I might have got the last 42PD8900 today. Bought Domayne's last unit off the floor for $1900 after a bit of bargining It is in perfect condition. They still had the $4399 sticker still on it?? Built 09-2006 so I assume was off the last batch's made or so

I had my mind set on either the new 960 range either 42 or 50, but to be blunt the new models just did not seem to do it for me, I guess the image processing is better on the 42PD8900. Since I have a HD PVR, the HD tuner was not that a big deal and I prefer the black surround anyway.

Got it hooked up and Foxtel via component just looks so much better than my 36 inch CRT. DVD looks a lot better as well. FTA looks different, so getting used to that. Having the direct inputs on the Hitachi are a dream and easy for the kids to use.

better late than never I guess!!

AWESOME :blink: ENJOY UR 8900!

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does anyone here have a loght behind there 8900? I keep reading about how it improves the picture quality, and viewing expierience......

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does anyone here have a loght behind there 8900? I keep reading about how it improves the picture quality, and viewing expierience......

Yep.. I have a light/lamp behind my 8900.. For me it does help the eyes.. and improves the PQ/viewing experience..

I got sold when I had a Philips lcd with ambilight, prior to the 8900

A few of us were having a chat about that back on pages 18 & 19.. lighting

--ThisIsAllToMuchFun--..gives some details as to type of bulb etc :blink:

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does anyone here have a loght behind there 8900? I keep reading about how it improves the picture quality, and viewing expierience......

Same here. Dimmer light. Works well. Have two set dimming settings depending on General TV viewing or movies.

Philip

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I have an 8800 rather than 8900, but .....

I had until recently been using regular incandescent lights on dimmers in the room corners behind the plasma - worked OK but this warm background colour (around 2500K) reduced the perceived intensity of red-yellow on screen.

I now use a 6W tri-phosphor fluoro (at 6400K) mounted on the back of the plasma. I've masked off the bottom and angled it so that all illumination reflects only off the rear (white coloured) wall, which further softens the light and virtually eliminates distractions casued by illuminating other objects close to the plasma. This setup works beautifully, and the perceived slight red-yellow weakness has been eliminated - so much so that I have been able to turn the colour setting down 3 notches without affecting perceived colour strength - as a result, colours look more 'balanced' - perfectly balanced in fact - seriously, as good as a real cinema. I got the lamp from Bunnings - it's Crompton brand. Including the foot switch and power cord, total project cost was $46.

My setup was great before - it's bl**dy perfect now. Click on link for picture:

http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=00002qc1.jpg

(PS: My 8800 was calibrated by Avical with the usual 6500K as the reference 'daylight' white)

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I have an 8800 rather than 8900, but .....

I had until recently been using regular incandescent lights on dimmers in the room corners behind the plasma - worked OK but this warm background colour (around 2500K) reduced the perceived intensity of red-yellow on screen.

I now use a 6W tri-phosphor fluoro (at 6400K) mounted on the back of the plasma. I've masked off the bottom and angled it so that all illumination reflects only off the rear (white coloured) wall, which further softens the light and virtually eliminates distractions casued by illuminating other objects close to the plasma. This setup works beautifully, and the perceived slight red-yellow weakness has been eliminated - so much so that I have been able to turn the colour setting down 3 notches without affecting perceived colour strength - as a result, colours look more 'balanced' - perfectly balanced in fact - seriously, as good as a real cinema. I got the lamp from Bunnings - it's Crompton brand. Including the foot switch and power cord, total project cost was $46.

My setup was great before - it's bl**dy perfect now. Click on link for picture:

http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=00002qc1.jpg

(PS: My 8800 was calibrated by Avical with the usual 6500K as the reference 'daylight' white)

Thanks for this HDfan

I might pop down to Bunnings and buy the lamp to try my el-cheapo ambilight. Do Philips have ambilight patened, or do other plasma manufacturers refuse to copy just to be seen as not copying. As ambilight does work a treat, unfortunately the Philips plasma's I have seen are not quite there yet on PQ and ease of movement.

HDfan, Could you give all your settings that Avical did on your 8800 ?? If it makes a positive difference, I'll contact them to calibrate mine professionally.

Interesting that the 8800/8900 does not have a fan, whereas the new models do have fan's. Is this another cost cutting excercise by Hitachi to match pany, samsung and Lg on price?? Pity, as if there new models have the same features as the 8900 and included the new master HD picture processing they would be the best plasma's on the market.

Hopefully next models

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I have an 8800 rather than 8900, but .....

I had until recently been using regular incandescent lights on dimmers in the room corners behind the plasma - worked OK but this warm background colour (around 2500K) reduced the perceived intensity of red-yellow on screen.

I now use a 6W tri-phosphor fluoro (at 6400K) mounted on the back of the plasma. I've masked off the bottom and angled it so that all illumination reflects only off the rear (white coloured) wall, which further softens the light and virtually eliminates distractions casued by illuminating other objects close to the plasma. This setup works beautifully, and the perceived slight red-yellow weakness has been eliminated - so much so that I have been able to turn the colour setting down 3 notches without affecting perceived colour strength - as a result, colours look more 'balanced' - perfectly balanced in fact - seriously, as good as a real cinema. I got the lamp from Bunnings - it's Crompton brand. Including the foot switch and power cord, total project cost was $46.

My setup was great before - it's bl**dy perfect now. Click on link for picture:

http://img525.imageshack.us/my.php?image=00002qc1.jpg

(PS: My 8800 was calibrated by Avical with the usual 6500K as the reference 'daylight' white)

any idea where I might be able to find one of these styles lights here in the U.S. ?

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Saw a 42PD8900 today in Bing Lee (Pitt St Mall, Sydney) for $2199 sticker price - floor stock only. That's a bargain for a great plasma, which IMHO, still has the most natural colours of any plasma out there.

If you're looking for a great plasma at a great price, then snap that one up quickly.

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Could anyone please tell me whether Hitachi 42PD8900TA and the new 42PD960DTA are manufactured in Japan?

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Could anyone please tell me whether Hitachi 42PD8900TA and the new 42PD960DTA are manufactured in Japan?

I've got a 960, and yes, it was manufactured in Japan.

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Thanks, but it could be that the panel might be manufactured somewhere. Does anyone know?

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Thanks, but it could be that the panel might be manufactured somewhere. Does anyone know?

Yes they are all made in JAPAN. Hitachi own the whole plasma factory in Japan after they bought out Fujitsu a while back

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it says made and manufactured in Japan on the back plate.

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Just picked up one of the last boxed 42PD8900TA's from Harvey Norman (HighPoint, VIC) for $2400 delivered (including 5yr warranty) :D

Besides the HD Tuner is there much difference between the 8900 & the new 960 series?

I noticed the quoted contrast ratio on the 8900 is only 4000:1 however it looked on par if not better than other 10000:1 units on display... :blink:

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Just picked up one of the last boxed 42PD8900TA's from Harvey Norman (HighPoint, VIC) for $2400 delivered (including 5yr warranty) :P

Besides the HD Tuner is there much difference between the 8900 & the new 960 series?

I noticed the quoted contrast ratio on the 8900 is only 4000:1 however it looked on par if not better than other 10000:1 units on display... :blink:

The 8900 has better processing :D

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I just have to say that HD Wimbledon with my 8900 and Sony HD PVR just looks stunning. I have never seen green grass look so damm sexy!!

Even the NRL on 9 looks great in HD

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Yello,

I recently got a 50inch Hitachi plasma tv (http://www.cnet.com.au/tvs/plasma/0,239035288,339274039,00.htm) And 360 games looks amazing on it (set on 1080i) though I've found that dvd movies become quite pixielated (spelling) and was wondering if anyone with a similar tv or just had the same issue knows why this is? I even tried out the 360 with a movie using RCA (red yellow white) cabling into the back of the plasma and the quality was still poor for dvd standards. I'm using the standard component av/hd cables that came with the 360. Any help or the such is appreciated.

Also, i tried it with a standard jvc dvd player and it still wasn't the dvd quality i'm used to and should get. Anyone had. same issues or know how to fix this?

Cheers

(sorry, would've started a new topic about this, if i'd had 'permission'. This topic seemed the most suitable.)

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Yello,

I recently got a 50inch Hitachi plasma tv (http://www.cnet.com.au/tvs/plasma/0,239035288,339274039,00.htm) And 360 games looks amazing on it (set on 1080i) though I've found that dvd movies become quite pixielated (spelling) and was wondering if anyone with a similar tv or just had the same issue knows why this is? I even tried out the 360 with a movie using RCA (red yellow white) cabling into the back of the plasma and the quality was still poor for dvd standards. I'm using the standard component av/hd cables that came with the 360. Any help or the such is appreciated.

Also, i tried it with a standard jvc dvd player and it still wasn't the dvd quality i'm used to and should get. Anyone had. same issues or know how to fix this?

Cheers

(sorry, would've started a new topic about this, if i'd had 'permission'. This topic seemed the most suitable.)

It may be the upsampling in the unit is not that great converting the standard DVD signal to 10801?.

Buy a Sony upsampling player from some where like Dick Smith ($199) and use the HDMI input. The Sony has very good upsampling and see if this looks better. If it doesn't you can return it easily and get a refund.

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Thanks turntable. I didn't think the unsampling would matter considering I tried just a regular dvd player using RCA, and component hd and both weren't good, and the xbox 360 dvd player with rca and component as well. But i'd say you're right, hence games and all other xbox related things look amazing except for dvd movies. Even mpeg files i've downloaded through xbox live look great full-screen. Definitely the signal and conversion then i think. Disappointing of the 360 though... I'll try out the unsampling player in a week (after i've done a shitload of fiddling - refund or not i hate spending money heh)

Cheers.

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