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Old 11-21-2005, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default Polaroid PLA-4205 42" Widescreen Plasma EDTV Ready TV

Anyone care to comment on the quality of this plasma?

I thought that you want something that is 1080i, and 16:9 is pretty standard. I could care less about the speakers, as I will plug it into my own.

http://www.tvsdepot.com/product.php?id=40774

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- 42" 16: 9 widescreen ED-ready plasma monitor
- 1080i/720p/480p/480i digital compatibility
- Progressive Scan
- 3: 2 and 2: 2 pull-down with motion compensation
- MTS and BTSC sound complete your home theater viewing experience
- NEC 3D digital Comb Filter
- Detachable stereo speakers
- Four mode audio (user/cinema/music/news)
- Auto volume control
- Bass/treble/balance audio control
- Trilingual on-screen display (English, Spanish, French)
- Sleep timer, channel labeling, closed captioning
- Includes full-function remote control
- DVI with HDCP input
- 1 D-sub input
- 1 Component Video inputs (YPbPr)
- 1 composite video inputs (YCbCr)
- 2 S-video inputs
- 1 A/V RCA input
- 1 TV/CATV coaxial RF input
- 3 RCA video outputs
- 4 stereo mini phone jacks
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Old 11-21-2005, 09:58 PM   #2
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Default Polaroid PLA-4205 42" Widescreen Plasma EDTV Ready TV

EDTV = Suckage. EDTVs take a high def signal and downconvert it to around 480P. Not worth the money. The key specification you have to look at is here:

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Resolution

852 x 480
Don't bother there are much better sets out there for the money than what they're asking.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:01 PM   #3
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EDTV = Suckage. EDTVs take a high def signal and downconvert it to around 480P. Not worth the money. The key specification you have to look at is here:

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852 x 480
Don't bother there are much better sets out there for the money than what they're asking.
Ignore that price, it will be on sale on black friday for $997, that's why people are asking about it.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:01 PM   #4
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Isnt that the TV at Wally World for $997?
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:02 PM   #5
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I don't know about this particular model but looking at LCD based Polaroid TVs, their deinterlacers really suck. A moving object across the screen looks like an sprite from the old days of graphics.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:04 PM   #6
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Doggie, that's LCDs, which are a huge difference than the Plasmas from what I understand.

I was a little worried about that resolution. I don't want a POS, even for $400, if it is going to be crappy, I would rather wait a year.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:06 PM   #7
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44" Panasonic HiDef Rear Projection LCD 1299 at CC

Video
Display type HDTV
HD tuner Yes
Projection technology LCD rear projection
Widescreen Yes
Comb filter ? Motion-Adaptive 3D-Y/C
3:2 film correction Yes
Convergence type ? Automatic
First surface mirror ? Yes
Built-in screen shield Info unavailable

Audio
Audio enhancement ? BBE® ViVA HD3D Sound
Variable audio output jacks ? Info unavailable
Auto volume correction ? Yes

Inputs and outputs
# A/V inputs (composite) 3
S-video inputs ? 3
Component video inputs ? Same as HD component inputs
DVI (Digital Video Interface) ? No
HDMI inputs Yes
VGA/SVGA input ? Info unavailable
CableCard Yes
# RF inputs 1

Convenience
Channel labels ? Info unavailable
PC compatible Yes
Remote control Universal
Picture-in-picture Yes

General features
Screen size 44"
Cabinet color Silver / Black
Warranty Parts 12 Months
Warranty Labor 12 Months

Dimensions
Height 30.3 inches
Width 41.3 inches
Depth 14.8 inches
Weight 69
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:07 PM   #8
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- Four mode audio (user/cinema/music/news)
1. It's nice that the speakers are detachable.
2. What is up w/ the different audio modes?
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:08 PM   #9
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1. It's nice that the speakers are detachable.
2. What is up w/ the different audio modes?
it could be dsp they are doing to provide sound.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:51 PM   #10
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mzkhadir,

$1300 is more than I would want to spend. The most I want to spend is $500, but you don't really get anything decent until you reach about $1000. I would rather wait for a sexy deal in a year, than buy something now.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:53 PM   #11
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What are you going to be watching on it?

If it's DVDs mainly, this might be perfect for you.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:54 PM   #12
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Doggie, that's LCDs, which are a huge difference than the Plasmas from what I understand.

I was a little worried about that resolution. I don't want a POS, even for $400, if it is going to be crappy, I would rather wait a year.
The chips that deinterlace like the Faroudja are still the same though.

My DLP projector is EDTV and once in a while, like last week's HBO boxing match, look remarkably like HDTV. I can't explain it but there are some movies and shows that look just as good as my HDTV LCD RPTV.
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:55 PM   #13
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nevermind linked to the wrong model.
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Isnt that the TV at Wally World for $997?
Nope.

It's this model
:Q Are you serious? That's one hell of a deal.
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:01 PM   #15
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:24 PM   #16
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Nevermind linked to the wrong TV, ignore my previous post
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:25 PM   #17
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:28 PM   #18
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go kill yourself! AIM Prank bot 4 life.
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:44 PM   #19
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go kill yourself! AIM Prank bot 4 life.
That's what you get for that AIM prankbot you fscking nimrod
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:49 PM   #20
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lol, got me back much better. I was already telling everyone I know that I am going to have sex with that tv when I bring it back home.
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:57 PM   #21
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So now im confused, Ross, the Magnavox is NOT the Walmart BF Plasma?
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Old 11-21-2005, 11:59 PM   #22
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To hell with that

$1700 37" 1920x1080p 8ms

Sweetest purchase I ever made. Check out World of Warcraft
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:07 AM   #23
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So now im confused, Ross, the Magnavox is NOT the Walmart BF Plasma?
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:16 AM   #24
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lmao, 37" for $1700... I think I will pass up on that one. Do you honestly think that someone who was inquiring about the 42" plasma earlier, would even be instered in a $1700 tv that is 5" less?
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Old 11-22-2005, 12:26 AM   #25
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If you care about "HDTV"ness at all...

Native resolutions:
852 x 480 vs 1920x1080.

5" bigger won't make up for your panel looking like @ss next to mine. The highest progressive scan input your panel could take is 480p (feed it higher than that, great, but its still limited to 852x480), whereas mine can take 1080p.

Anyways, no need to contest the obvious inferiority of that panel, I just thought I'd let you know what I consider the hottest panel on the market.
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