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It's going to make it very tough for the new Sony D3100 coming out in October. RRP is $2299, and I cant see anyone getting it for under 2k initially. There's no way its worth an extra $500 over the Panasonic.

Agree, but the RRP's are only $300 apart, and street prices differ greatly from RRP's as we have all seen! The new V300's were no sooner out and you could get them for 20% off normal retail.

What I had read about the Sony's version of the 100Hz tech (at least on an overseas version, US I think) is that the level of effect is adjustable. This, according to the review, was important in the context of different viewing/panel uses, with the full 100Hz (120Hz in the US) being excellent for gaming, but creating a slightly artificial effect with DVD's (I think "Skin" called it a fast forward effect). Once they turned it down a notch, the effect was much more realistic.

You'd think most would find it hard to spend the extra $300 just for this though.

Sorry I haven't posted the link to the Sony review, but I didn't bookmark it and I really need to get back to work!

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i was told today that there is possibly a new model coming out and if i wanted this one, to buy it in the next month or two.

A new model? Why, when this one has just come out? What improvements would a new model offer? Who was the source of this info?

It sounds like rumour and innuendo, but stranger things have happened! :rolleyes:

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One thing I have noticed with this TV is how usless 1080p would be with a 32 inch TV. I have to stand about 1m away from the screen to start seeing pixels so I would have to get even closer to see them on a 1080p screen. The difference between SD and HD is far less pronounced once you move back past this 1m sweet spot. From my current sitting position (3-4m) SD just looks softer than HD as picture quality for both is brilliant! I have to say again though, the Xbox 360 looks insanely good on this TV. :D Bring on Halo 3!

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One thing I have noticed with this TV is how usless 1080p would be with a 32 inch TV.

The 1080p new Panasonic 37" LCD may likely also not be useful. I'd think 40" and more likely 42" would be the minimum screen size to be able to appreciate 1080p, taking into account the normal distance away when viewing.

It would be good to hear from others who have 1080p screens re what would be the minimum practical size.

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One thing I have noticed with this TV is how usless 1080p would be with a 32 inch TV. I have to stand about 1m away from the screen to start seeing pixels so I would have to get even closer to see them on a 1080p screen. The difference between SD and HD is far less pronounced once you move back past this 1m sweet spot. From my current sitting position (3-4m) SD just looks softer than HD as picture quality for both is brilliant! I have to say again though, the Xbox 360 looks insanely good on this TV. :D Bring on Halo 3!

Loving the fact that it looks tops on the xbox 360. :wub: Will be using it quite alot with this. Little worried though about purchasing it due to these 'sound problems' im reading in the other thread with the panasonics. A few ppl who have the 70A have experienced this so im guessing the 700A would also be affected. Can anyone confirm this who has it?

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Loving the fact that it looks tops on the xbox 360. :wub: Will be using it quite alot with this. Little worried though about purchasing it due to these 'sound problems' im reading in the other thread with the panasonics. A few ppl who have the 70A have experienced this so im guessing the 700A would also be affected. Can anyone confirm this who has it?

I haven't used TV speakers for about 10 years! You should look at investing in some quality loudspeakers and an AVR...Even if you only start with a stereo system or a cheaper all-in-one-box 5.1 solution. Trust me dude, why miss out on surround sound on the Xbox? It's one of the most immersive factors of modern games. Don't waste your time with TV speakers.

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Hi All,

I went into my local HN the other day to look at and potentially but this TV however I was a bit disappointed with what I saw.

With the way the local HN is setup I could really only view this tv from about 1m~ away, possibly less, they were showing a marathon of some sort and I could see all sorts of jaggies around the edges of the runners, I compared it to the LG lcd next to it and it was alot better then the LG but still not what I would tolerate for this sort of spending.

Will these jagged edges be noticable at a more realistic viewing distance? (I want it for around 3 metres at the moment).

Should I just go with a 42 inch plasma? -- They are a bit big for my bedroom at the moment, but I can forsee myself moving out in the next 18 months and would be far better in that scenario. Burn In worries me alot, I realize its not a big deal but just need to be careful for first 200 or so hours, however 200 hours is a long time in my reglular viewing (<5 hours a week).

Any comments/opinions or answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi All,

I went into my local HN the other day to look at and potentially but this TV however I was a bit disappointed with what I saw.

With the way the local HN is setup I could really only view this tv from about 1m~ away, possibly less, they were showing a marathon of some sort and I could see all sorts of jaggies around the edges of the runners, I compared it to the LG lcd next to it and it was alot better then the LG but still not what I would tolerate for this sort of spending.

Will these jagged edges be noticable at a more realistic viewing distance? (I want it for around 3 metres at the moment).

Should I just go with a 42 inch plasma? -- They are a bit big for my bedroom at the moment, but I can forsee myself moving out in the next 18 months and would be far better in that scenario. Burn In worries me alot, I realize its not a big deal but just need to be careful for first 200 or so hours, however 200 hours is a long time in my reglular viewing (<5 hours a week).

Any comments/opinions or answers to my questions would be greatly appreciated.

Well 1m is an unrealistic viewing distance for any TV. That distance is about where I can just start to see the pixels on my TV so I guess that would make pictures seem 'jaggie'. The TV was most likely running from a central STB in store, not its own internal tuner. I wouldn't worry about seeing any 'jaggies' at 3m, I sit about that far away and see none.

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WOW! The Ch 9 HD demo loop looks awesome! Any idea what resolution it is broadcast in? Is it 720p or 1080i?

It is so smooth, crisp and clear. Some of the best pictures I have seen on the 700a yet.

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Loving the fact that it looks tops on the xbox 360. :wub: Will be using it quite alot with this. Little worried though about purchasing it due to these 'sound problems' im reading in the other thread with the panasonics. A few ppl who have the 70A have experienced this so im guessing the 700A would also be affected. Can anyone confirm this who has it?

Im using the speakers on the TV, modtly playing PS3, and have had no probs with the speakers, in fact it sounds superb.

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I haven't used TV speakers for about 10 years! You should look at investing in some quality loudspeakers and an AVR...Even if you only start with a stereo system or a cheaper all-in-one-box 5.1 solution. Trust me dude, why miss out on surround sound on the Xbox? It's one of the most immersive factors of modern games. Don't waste your time with TV speakers.

Yeah true. Im looking at the Logitech Z-5500 with the 700A. Can pick them up now for around $400 now. Will these do a good job or is my money better spent elsewhere? I know very little about speakers. Had on old set of logitechs and they did a pretty decent job :D Sorry to go alittle off topic here.

Logitech Z-5500

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers...24&cl=au,en

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Ramski, I was contemplating the exact same thing!

But I've decided to go with the Yamaha YHT-185

http://www.yamahamusic.com.au/products/avi...ems/YHT-185.asp

RRP is $599, I'm hoping to pick them up for closer to $480.

I think they will provide a much more balanced sound than the Z-5500's. My friend has the Z-5500's, and although the sub is absolutely amazing (I think it will out punch the Yamaha sub), it comes at the cost of limited mid and high range response. The Logitech's are a high-end PC speaker, while the Yamaha is an entry level Home Theater System.

I also like the fact that the Yamaha has a dedicated amp which would give you the ability to upgrade the speakers later on if you decide to.

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Ramski, I was contemplating the exact same thing!

But I've decided to go with the Yamaha YHT-185

http://www.yamahamusic.com.au/products/avi...ems/YHT-185.asp

RRP is $599, I'm hoping to pick them up for closer to $480.

I think they will provide a much more balanced sound than the Z-5500's. My friend has the Z-5500's, and although the sub is absolutely amazing (I think it will out punch the Yamaha sub), it comes at the cost of limited mid and high range response. The Logitech's are a high-end PC speaker, while the Yamaha is an entry level Home Theater System.

I also like the fact that the Yamaha has a dedicated amp which would give you the ability to upgrade the speakers later on if you decide to.

haha great minds think alike. thanks for that mate. I was alittle unsure as they are mainly used for PC's. My limit is defintely around $500 so will check out those yamaha's. If you can pick them up for less than $500 they will be on the top of my list :)

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Im using the speakers on the TV, modtly playing PS3, and have had no probs with the speakers, in fact it sounds superb.

That's what I have, sounds excellent. Their is a slight echo however when the tv is turned up it sounds like theirs a delay between the tv and the logitechs (the logitechs play the sound a split second before the tv) but that can be adjusted but I've only had an hour or two playing with both of them as I was buggered.

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BEST SCREEN SIZE AND RESOLUTION?

In relation to the Panasonic's 700A 32" and the new 1080p 37" LCD that's being released, it's worth reading this article about what screen size and resolution would be optimum at various viewing distances. The link is :

http://www.carltonbale.com/2006/11/1080p-does-matter/

Here are some statements made about screen resolution and our ability to detect it:

"...Based on the resolving ability of the human eye, it is possible to estimate when the differences between resolutions will become apparent.

...For a 50-inch screen, the benefits of 720p vs. 480p start to become apparent at viewing distances closer than 14.6 feet (4.5m) and become fully apparent at 9.8 feet (3m).

...For the same screen size, the benefits of 1080p vs. 720p start to become apparent when closer than 9.8 feet (3m) and become full apparent at 6.5 feet (2m).

...In my opinion, 6.5 feet (2m) is closer than most people will sit to their 50" plasma TV (even through the THX recommended viewing distance for a 50" screen is 5.6 ft (1.7m)). So, most consumers will not be able to see the full benefit of their 50-inch 1080p TV."

...The Imaging Science Foundation states the most important aspects of picture quality are (in order):

1) contrast ratio,

2) color saturation,

3) color accuracy,

4) resolution..... Resolution is 4th on the list."

This supports what I've experienced regarding other aspects of a TV being far more important than the resolution. It IS a factor, but less so for smaller screens (under 42"), and moreso for large projector screens (65" and above).

Of interest, a chart in this article shows that to fully detect 1080p on a 32" screen (eg 700A), the viewing distance would need to be around 1m.

For a 37" screen, it would be 1.2m, and for a 42" screen it would be 1.7m.

I watch my 700A at 3.5m, as this is comfortable for me. So is certainly food for thought when considering a TV's screen resolution.

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As of September 1, 2007, Japanese customers will be able to purchase a brand new 37-inch Full HD, Panasonic LCD television. It is the only 37-inch offering in the Panasonic Viera line-up to offer 1,920×1,080 resolution.

The new 37-inch LCD TV, TH-37LZ75, features the Full-HD IPS Alpha Panel, offering consistently clear pictures even when viewed off-center. The panel displays crisp fast-moving images, with a moving-picture resolution of over 600 lines, thanks to the new Full-HD W Speed that achieves a refresh rate of 120 frames per second, twice as fast as the typical rate. The new Full-HD W Contrast AI also gives third-dimensional appearance to images with a high 7,000:1 contrast ratio.

The 37LZ75 will reach other shores by the end of the year.

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Yeah true. Im looking at the Logitech Z-5500 with the 700A. Can pick them up now for around $400 now. Will these do a good job or is my money better spent elsewhere? I know very little about speakers. Had on old set of logitechs and they did a pretty decent job :D Sorry to go alittle off topic here.

Logitech Z-5500

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/speakers...24&cl=au,en

I was about to make the same recommendation of brett174. Go the Yamaha system over the Logitech for sure.

And on the topic of 1080p...A resolution that high on a TV that is 32 or 37 inches in size would most likely create a WORSE picture than a screen with a native res closer to 720p. Don't get caught up in all the 1080p hype. It really only comes into its own for screens larger than 50 inches. Resolution is a minor factor in overal picture quality.

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And on the topic of 1080p...A resolution that high on a TV that is 32 or 37 inches in size would most likely create a WORSE picture than a screen with a native res closer to 720p. Don't get caught up in all the 1080p hype. It really only comes into its own for screens larger than 50 inches. Resolution is a minor factor in overal picture quality.

Well said. Here are some comments from owners of Samsung's M81 series 40" LCD with 1080p. It also comes at a premium price compared with the 720p R-series:

"Just bought the 40" M81 2 days ago and maybe I was expecting too much, but i'm dissapointed with the picture quality. Similar to what others have said, some programs are great (like House) but other programs are terribly blocky / grainy like Big Brother.

Any ideas cause i'm dissappointed (moreso) cause I just dropped $3k on something I had high expectations of."

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" It is all to do with source quality.

"House" is a high quality HD broadcast and shows the screen in very good light, blu-ray would show it off even better.

SD and even some poor quality HD broadcasts are not handled as well by the M81, but that is a problem that seems to be inherent with LCD. Plasma is more forgiving of less than perfect source, especially with the lower resolution 720p.

I 've also noticed a few shows that look rubbish. However, a DVD played through the Beyonwiz is upscaled and looks alot better than I was expecting on the M81."

In my side-by-side test with a 42" plasma 720p, the Panasonic 700A produces a much better picture with all but high quality SD and also HD source material. Then they are both very close.

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Aaaarrrggghhhh. Shock! Horror! :o

Last night while doing the late night shopping thing around town, I was kicking tyres on a couple of sets and saw a brand new 700A being unpacked and guess what? MADE IN CHINA! :(

I think this explains the price drop, as I had previously understood that these sets were JAP MADE!

The race will now be on to get the JAP MADE version at the new low price before they are all gone. A similar thing happened to me when buying my Panasonic plasma.

Some people don't think MADE IN CHINA is such a big deal, but I know what I'd be doing (something about a 10 foot pole).

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Aaaarrrggghhhh. Shock! Horror! :o

Last night while doing the late night shopping thing around town, I was kicking tyres on a couple of sets and saw a brand new 700A being unpacked and guess what? MADE IN CHINA! :(

I think this explains the price drop, as I had previously understood that these sets were JAP MADE!

The race will now be on to get the JAP MADE version at the new low price before they are all gone. A similar thing happened to me when buying my Panasonic plasma.

Some people don't think MADE IN CHINA is such a big deal, but I know what I'd be doing (something about a 10 foot pole).

This TV was NEVER made in Japan.

They have been china build ever since they were first released.

Sheesh,

You have to wonder where people get their facts from??

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Cinema mode

Contrast At Default

Brightness -2

Colour +3

Sharpness -1

Tint -4 (if available)

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This TV was NEVER made in Japan.

They have been china build ever since they were first released.

Sheesh,

You have to wonder where people get their facts from??

I couldn't be bothered looking through a heap of old posts, but someone somewhere on this forum stated Jap made (should have known better than to trust, eh?).

Regardless, this has turned me off this set. Sorry to those that have bought one already and I hope that you get many years of trouble free service.

I am going to struggle for a long, long time to be convinced that Chinese made anything = quality, but maybe that's just me.

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I am going to struggle for a long, long time to be convinced that Chinese made anything = quality, but maybe that's just me.

a good mate of mine is made in china.

hasn't broken down once.

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i dont think you can apply such a blanket statement as everything made in Japan must be top quality while everything made in China is bad-average quality.

Agree. I wasn't quite generalising to that extent I thought, but yes it is a bit of a generalised view to a certain extent.

I know I don't need to invite comments about Made in China being okay from those that don't have a problem with it (in fact I'm almost expecting to be accused of being ignorant), so perhaps we can instead have people with tech/repair experience comment on whether they have noticed a difference in failure rates from quality manufacturers (like Panasonic) on Chinese made stuff versus Japanese made stuff.

I'm happy to be proven wrong, as I guess it's soon going to be hard to find anything that isn't Chinese made.

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I'm happy to be proven wrong, as I guess it's soon going to be hard to find anything that isn't Chinese made.

Yes, but hopefully not on this forum, as would be good to discuss the Panasonic 32in LCD :) :)

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Yes, but hopefully not on this forum, as would be good to discuss the Panasonic 32in LCD :) :)

Okay, fair enough.

Does anyone think that the fact that this model Panasonic TX-32LXD700A being made in China is a detraction from what is otherwise the best specified 32 inch LCD around at the moment?

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Okay, fair enough.

Does anyone think that the fact that this model Panasonic TX-32LXD700A being made in China is a detraction from what is otherwise the best specified 32 inch LCD around at the moment?

Well I brought this TV to watch it, not to worry about where it was made.

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Okay, fair enough.

Does anyone think that the fact that this model Panasonic TX-32LXD700A being made in China is a detraction from what is otherwise the best specified 32 inch LCD around at the moment?

Dude, I knew it was made in China right from the start. Not considering the TV because of where it was made is worse than the 720p v's 1080p argument! If the TV is awesome...It's bloody awesome no matter where it was put together. All the components are made in Japan, it's just put together in China.

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40-50 yrs ago, everyone cr*p on Japanese brands. Now look at where they are at. If the tech is done in Japan, and the factory is Japanese-owned but in China I wouldn't have many problems with it. Look at Toyota, Sony, Panasonics etc.

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Okay, fair enough.

Does anyone think that the fact that this model Panasonic TX-32LXD700A being made in China is a detraction from what is otherwise the best specified 32 inch LCD around at the moment?

i DIDN'T REALISE PEOPLE STILL THOUGHT THIS WAS AN ISSUE, THE TELEVISIONS ARE ASSEMBLED IN CHINA BY COMPUTER DRIVEN ROBOTS, AND THE PANASONIC QUALITY CONTROL OUT OF THE FACTORY IN CHINA IS EXACTLY THE SAME AS IT WOULD BE IN JAPAN, AUSTRALIA, EUROPE OR ANYWHERE ELSE.......UNLESS SOMEONE HAS ACTUALLY SEEN FIRST HAND THE PRODUCTION PLANTS IN CHINA AND IN JAPAN THEN THIS IS SURELY A POINTLESS DISCUSSION...............I ABSOLUTELY LOVE MY 700A AND COULDN'T CARE LESS WHERE IT WAS MADE.

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I got the 700A at Clive Peters Richmond VIC yesterday for $1,499, no questions asked even though their ticketed price was $1,699.

wow $1,499 nice price. Seems everytime I check somebody is getting it for cheaper. Decisions Decisions :rolleyes: Do i wait for another couple of weeks hmmm

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wow $1,499 nice price. Seems everytime I check somebody is getting it for cheaper. Decisions Decisions :rolleyes: Do i wait for another couple of weeks hmmm

There will always be someone who got something cheaper, waiting two weeks just means you will not have it for 2 weeks if you really want one. I didn't get one for $1499 but I was happy with my price and now have a great cardboard box which I assume has an LCD inside :D at home to be moved to our new house as a second set to the50" Pio

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