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Hi,

Bought the 700A yesterday from Penrith Myer - $1890. Myer has really stepped up their game since Coles Myer got removed from the picture.

Looks great, very impressed with the speakers. Got new furniture and had no place to put my old surround speakers, so these speakers should do a great job of filling the void (best alternative anyway).

As for the picture - in store the 700A was alot brighter than other panels I saw. Haven't calibrated the TV yet (still setting stuff up), but very happy with the display regardless.

All in all, very happy with the 700A.

Please post your impressions as soon as possible hergs. Did you consider any other TV's when making your purchase? What convinced you to go with the 700?

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Hi again,

SCAT01 - lol, can't believe they couldn't give you any info on the 700A. Was standing right in front of it today in Penrith Myer while buying a DVD player!

Skin - I'm absolutely no expert at all when it comes to TV's, especially as this is my first LCD. However, main reasons I bought this TV were:

1. Needed to get 32" (size restrictions with furniture) - all reviews I've read on the 700 say this TV is the best you can get in 32"

2. 100hz

3. Looks great!

4. Sound - once again to do with my furniture restrictions (I know...get some new furniture)

5. Also decided to buy this from Myer due to their no questions asked refund policy

So this particular purchase was dictated by alot of individual circumstances associated with my living room!

Will post my impressions of the set as I use it some more.

Cheers

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Just to update - without calibration, channels 7 and 9 look absolutely phenomenal using the built in tuner. Absolutely brilliant.

Ten looks very good - just not as crisp as the others. Perhaps its not their 1080i channel...

Blacks are very good - you can still see some light shining through the panel, but it's only slight.

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Wow they have the 700a already? You sure its the 700a and not the 70a? Because $1890 is pretty cheap (I think that's the price for the 70a thats why) But if you did get the 700a post up some pics please :)

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Hi mate,

Definitely the 700A - box is right next to me.

2 HDMI ports. Completely black. Yep $1890 for the 32" (not cash either).

2 component. 2 S video (one on the side of the unit). 3 RCA (one on the side of the unit).

1 PC / RGB connector. That's pretty much it I think!

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Hi,

Yeah definitely negotiated...but you're quite right the RRP is $2199. Didn't mention the RRP.

Went to JB Hifi in Penrith also, wouldn't do any better than $1960 - they had one left. Myer Penrith had 4 left of the 700A.

http://img225.imageshack.us/my.php?image=700a1hs6.jpg

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Images aren't the best I know - but just to prove it's the 700A!

If you wanted to get the 70A they said there was even more room to drop the price...Obviously though you have to ask them if it's their best price!

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Hergs, this TV should have 3 HDMI ports. There should be a third in the front of the TV. ;)

That is such a nice looking TV. I can't stand the grey floating glass look of the Sony Bravia's. I'm trying to decide between the 32 inch 700A LCD and the 42 inch 70A Plasma. The 32 would fit a lot easier into my current viewing room and would make an easier transition to the bedroom when I upgrade again in a few years. My only concern with the 700A is black levels and motion. I am hoping when my local stores get the 700A they will put it fairly close to the 70A so I can compare pictures. Can you watch some really dark DVD scenes and describe the picture? Do it in normal and dark lighting conditions if possible. I realise black won't be completly black because of the LCD backlight, but it's more shadow detail that I'm looking for.

Congrats on an awesome buy nevertheless.

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Hi Skin,

Thanks mate. Definitely only has 2 HDMI ports. I actually asked Panasonic about this last week - apparently the 700 (note not 700A) has 3 HDMI ports, whereas the 700A only has 2. The 700 is an overseas model or something. Also just checked the manual - only 2 HDMI ports.

No idea why. Look, saw the 70A plasma today and that is an awesome TV. If I could get a bigger TV I would probably get that.

But due to a number of reasons, 32" was simply the way to go, and this was the best out there.

Black levels are very good - you're right, they're not completely black, but its only slightly less black than the actual unit itself. As for motion - only motion I have seen so far is some golf on channel ten - a little bit of blur, but in fairness the unit hasn't been calibrated and channels 7 and 9 looked much much better.

Watching SBS saw some ads for Tour de France and images of moving graphics looked absolutely awesome. Not live action though...

Whites look bright as anything. Will let you know how the DVD goes.

Cheers

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Hi Skin,

Thanks mate. Definitely only has 2 HDMI ports. I actually asked Panasonic about this last week - apparently the 700 (note not 700A) has 3 HDMI ports, whereas the 700A only has 2. The 700 is an overseas model or something. Also just checked the manual - only 2 HDMI ports.

Oh that's balls! I guess it keeps the costs down or something.

Can you do me a huge favour and tell me the depth and width of the swivel stand. Ideally my new TV should sit on my centre speaker and I want to know how big the base of the stand on the 700A is. Cheers. Do you have a games console by any chance? A Xbox 360 or PS3?

I'm going to go look for this TV on the weekend. My local stores should have it in stock by then and my Tax return should be well on the way. ;)

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Could you possibly put up the receipt?????? (You can blank out the payment stuff eg credit card,etc)

Need to see the The store, the amount paid for it,etc.

Thanks

SCAT01, it really isn't difficult to haggle prices down on things like TVs. You shouldn't need a receipt. Ring around all your local stores first leaving the big name stores last. Get a "Best cash price" from the first store - knock $50 or so off it - and tell the next store on your list that they offered you that. Repeat. By the time you get to the last store - Probably Harvey Norman or something you should have a nice price. Next wait a week and then start again but this time in person and starting with the lowest price you managed the week before. Trust me, this method works better than you would believe! I have saved hundreds of dollars doing this. The secret is you must be prepared to walk away if they say no. If that happens. Give it another week and try again. Trust me, it works a treat.

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SCAT01, it really isn't difficult to haggle prices down on things like TVs. You shouldn't need a receipt. Ring around all your local stores first leaving the big name stores last. Get a "Best cash price" from the first store - knock $50 or so off it - and tell the next store on your list that they offered you that. Repeat. By the time you get to the last store - Probably Harvey Norman or something you should have a nice price. Next wait a week and then start again but this time in person and starting with the lowest price you managed the week before. Trust me, this method works better than you would believe! I have saved hundreds of dollars doing this. The secret is you must be prepared to walk away if they say no. If that happens. Give it another week and try again. Trust me, it works a treat.

Problem is the fact that the sales people in my area are smarter than the average sales person . The lowest I could get them down to in my area was $1750 for the 600A :wacko: and that was pure luck :blink: .

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Hi Skin,

Dimensions directly from the manual

"Dimensions (WxHxD)

836 mm x 592 mm x 248 mm (With TV stand)

836 mm x 540 mm x 107 mm (TV only)"

Hope this helps. Oh and yes I have a 360, but haven't got around to hooking it up. Stuff is everywhere at the moment!

Cheers

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Hi Skin,

Dimensions directly from the manual

"Dimensions (WxHxD)

836 mm x 592 mm x 248 mm (With TV stand)

836 mm x 540 mm x 107 mm (TV only)"

Hope this helps. Oh and yes I have a 360, but haven't got around to hooking it up. Stuff is everywhere at the moment!

Cheers

Thanks, the depth measurement helps but how wide is the base on it's own, not the TV. I need to know the size of the part that contacts the ground, not the TV itself.

Great, let me know how the 360 looks.

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Problem is the fact that the sales people in my area are smarter than the average sales person . The lowest I could get them down to in my area was $1750 for the 600A :wacko: and that was pure luck :blink: .

If your in Vic PM me

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Hi,

Width of the base is approx 48.5cm from end to end.

Cheers

Thanks heaps mate. My centre speaker is about 42.2cm wide and about 25cm deep, so the 700a should sit on in fine with a little hang over on the sides. At least it won't be balancing precariously or anything. I would have had to buy a separate stand for the 70a as the long 'H' shaped base is totally unacceptable for my current setup. :blink:

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saw this tv in action today and no doubt it is a very nice panel, that $1890 price is an amazing price for this TV and well below JB's cost price, they rang all over the place for me today and wouldn't go below $2000, which made me think that i wouldn't bother and just go for the samsung R81 but if i could get the price down that far i'd be tempted, still don't see it happening in adelaide, not for quite a while anyway.

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saw this tv in action today and no doubt it is a very nice panel, that $1890 price is an amazing price for this TV and well below JB's cost price, they rang all over the place for me today and wouldn't go below $2000, which made me think that i wouldn't bother and just go for the samsung R81 but if i could get the price down that far i'd be tempted, still don't see it happening in adelaide, not for quite a while anyway.

I was considering the R81 but was very unimpressed when I saw it in the flesh.

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I decided to go out today and get a few prices. Only found two stores with them in my area, Bing Lee and Harvey Norman. At Bing Lee I didn't even have to ask about a best price, the salesman just turned around after finding out if he had any in stock and told me he could do it for $1960. He isn't expecting them in until the first of next month but said if I were desperate he could get one in for me today. Aparently has 25 on order and has already presold 23 of them. Went to Harvey Norman and managed to find them in boxes and without haggling was told by the salesman he could do it for about $1950. So it's definately possible to get it below $2000. Harvey Norman were setting a set up this afternoon so I'll pop in tomorrow and get another close look at one.

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I'm sure I could and once I get to spend a bit more time looking at one I'm definately considering buying one. It's at that point that I'll attempt to get a cheaper price. I doubt there would be too much room left to go though. Might be able to get them down to $1850.

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Found this TV on display last Saturday next to a 70A and a Bravia V3000 at Keith Bowden in Adelaide on the offchance it was in. Apparently it arrived last Wednesday afternoon.

They were showing some nature shots, which looked very good on the 700A and V3000 - but no motion to speak of. Got the salesman to put on the Red Bull Air Race on 10 on all 3 panels. The 70A had the most motion artefact, the 700A and V3000 were neck and neck, but the 700A was sharper overall with almost no jaggie type backgrounds (particularly with the white wings sweeping over the background). Colours were brilliant too - richer than the Bravia (but that could be setup).

The other half also thought that its styling was cleaner and better than the other two, and not as "Japanese" looking as the Samsung R81 we'd looked at weeks ago. That's just too shiny - not our taste at all. Its a TV, not a piano! :D

In the end, rather than wait again, we ordered it for $2063 - delivered, installed, and our old broken TV taken away. (I know should have haggled somewhere else, but after 6 weeks of our old 30cm CRT as substitute, enough is enough).

Due for delivery Wednesday afternoon. Will post first impressions later this week.

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I've been shopping for one now for 18 months. The problem that I always run into is that the second I decide on one model of TV that looks to be perfect, some new technology like 100Hz or x.v.Y.C.C. gets mentioned and I wait a bit longer. Then you wait for something with one more HDMI port. Then all of a sudden a new model appears of the horizon that looks better than the one you're looking at and it's only '2 months away', so you wait. It's a never ending struggle. What I'd give to be able to upgrade every 6 months. :)

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Well I can confirm that DVDs look stunning on the 700A. If anyone is concerned about motion blur, don't be, because from what I could see there isn't any. Seems like the 100hz handles motion really well.

Dark scenes - overall I'm very impressed with how the TV handles blacks. Of course they aren't pure blacks and in really dark scenes you can tell. Once or twice in a dark scene with alot going on, the TV would go from a dark black, then change to light black, then back, depending on the scene, but bear in mind this was very very rare (only happened twice in a 2 hour span). I imagine this is something that would occur with all LCD Tvs simply due to the fact they are LCDs.

But clarity, colours, motion are all absolutely amazing, and this is still without calibrating the TV. Also, the DVDs I tested were all compressed DVDs (i.e. once a dual layer disc compressed onto a single layer without special features etc), so a full commercial disc I imagine would be even better. When I inserted the disc into the player, the TV said "component 576p" so a proper commercial DVD would (I'd imagine) display at 1080i. But even at this quality it looks amazing.

The sound - it's quite amazing how good the sound quality is from the two thin speakers. I've replaced a full 5.1 system with just these speakers, and they do a very respectable job of filling the void.

Hopefully will get around to testing proper discs on it soon, and my 360, but just haven't had the time.

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Hehehehehehehehehe. Got the best price ever for the 700A today.

Went into Myers (I will give the store name after it arrives) and ask them if $2199 was their best price on the 700A. I then said to them that myers Penrith sold it to a customer for $1890. Ask the sales person if they could do a bit better. The guy got onto the phone, to who knows who, and came back and said that they could sell it to us for $1750 plus $50 for the delivery on saturday (meh I am not that bothered by the amount charged as long as I get it this week). My face went probably like this :blink: . And said deal, how the hell could I say no to that price.

Also the $50 also probably is because I bought a second item(cabinet for the LCD to rest upon) as well.

NOTE: My memory is some what a blur so some peices might be missing because of the shock. :wacko:

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Hehehehehehehehehe. Got the best price ever for the 700A today.

Went into Myers (I will give the store name after it arrives) and ask them if $2199 was their best price on the 700A. I then said to them that myers Penrith sold it to a customer for $1890. Ask the sales person if they could do a bit better. The guy got onto the phone, to who knows who, and came back and said that they could sell it to us for $1750 plus $50 for the delivery on saturday (meh I am not that bothered by the amount charged as long as I get it this week). My face went probably like this :blink: . And said deal, how the hell could I say no to that price.

Also the $50 also probably is because I bought a second item(cabinet for the LCD to rest upon) as well.

NOTE: My memory is some what a blur so some peices might be missing because of the shock. :wacko:

Well done dude, awesome price! You have set a new benchmark. :D

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Hey hergs,

You keep mentioning that you haven't calibrated your TV yet. Give these settings a go. They are from the TX-32LXD70 review at www.hdtvtest.co.uk and should at least be a good starting point for you.

"The following settings are optimized for HD broadcast and HD DVD performance via HDMI input. There are several reasons why they won't work for you, as they can all affect final picture quality.

* Personal preference

* Ambient light

* Source material

* Players

* Intramodel variation

Cinema mode

Contrast At Default

Brightness: -2

Colour: +5

Sharpness: -1

Tint: -4 (if available)

Colour Temperature: Warm

P-NR: Off

Colour Management: Off

All the controls above are denoted as presses from default values, hah...I didn't make the rules...blame Panasonic. I can already hear the disapproving cries from the angry mob because of my colour temperature choice, but at least give it a chance ;) Your eyes will remember..."

Let us know if it looks any better. :D

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i've been looking at the panasonic website for more info on this 70/700A LCD, but aparently it still has the 60/600A model on it....how come they don't show the new model on their website + no advertising campaign on them?

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Because Panasonic are not on the ball. You'd think they'd have info on the website at least 1 month before release hyping their new product. If you search on google there is a .pdf which outlines their entire new range (including plasmas). Shame they don't put more effort into promotion.

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this is probably the tv we're all going to chip in for my daughters Christmas present. just moved out and has a 51 cm crt. i won't be buying till decembed {warranty dates} but will be watching prices.let see how low you can go.thankyou.and yes i'll be giving Myers a very BIG CHANCE. they're really great.

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this is probably the tv we're all going to chip in for my daughters Christmas present. just moved out and has a 51 cm crt. i won't be buying till decembed {warranty dates} but will be watching prices.let see how low you can go.thankyou.and yes i'll be giving Myers a very BIG CHANCE. they're really great.

Wow! Next new benchmark. :D

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