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Good: Looks - Picture Quailty - Limited Crosstalk - Bundle Deal - Comparison against D8000
Bad: Plasma - I feel I'm moving backwards
Comment: We have been looking this Christmas for a new TV and have whittled it down to the 40/46 D8000 of Samsung or this 42VT . I have tripped to Tottenham Court Road, the electronics heaven of London and have traipsed the stores of MK. One of the down sides to Samsung and some pretty damning personal reviews make me lean to the panny, Samsung do a 1 year guarantee and the panny in MK are offering 6 years, that's faith in your product. Albeit John Lewis offer a 5 year with all TV's. But the deal that I think may clinche the sale is:
Panasonic TK P42VT30 with 2 pairs of active 3D glasses
Panasonic 110 Blue Ray 3D player
2 further pairs of the glasses
1.4 HDMI 2m Cable
6 Year warranty by Panasonic
All in stock and picked up tomorrow for £1350.00
Next time I comment it may be to say I own one !
Good: Great picture quality for a Plasma, probably the best on the market
Bad: Styling, Design, Media Support, Smart TV Features
Comment: Whilst I agree that the Panny does have a very good picture, you cannot keep marking it so highly when it is so obviously falling behind in so many other facets of modern TV.
For example Panasonic have the worst codec support for digital media files of the big 4 manufacturers, also they have been very slow to adopt the Smart TV functionality and convergence of peripheral devices for media sharing. Finally the design of the thing is now looking very dated and more and more consumers are looking for something that looks good off as well as on. If Pana want to continue the good work they do in producing TV's with just good picture quality then that is fine, but don't charge a fortune for them and don't expect high review scores when the total TV package is wanting.
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