View Full Version : A bit OT: The Cheapest Plasma Screen TV in Auckland

15-08-2003, 01:08 AM
Do any of u guys know where i could get the cheapest PLasma TV 42inch in auckland and preferrably either Sony, Phillips or samsung. price range is $6000-$12000


15-08-2003, 02:33 AM
You could try the Sony seconds store, they have factory seconds etc...

They probably have a list a mile long for Plasma seconds, but you could try...
From memory they are just off Khyber Pass.

A word of warning, do not go in to browse....you can end up with several large boxes in the middle of the lounge (this is from personal experience :) )

Does it have to be Sony, Phillips or Samsung?

The latest Tone magazine has a section on plasma screens and a number of alternate brands...LG etc



15-08-2003, 02:42 AM
I'd be inclined to say don't get one. I think you'll be disappointed greatly if you purchase the cheapest plasma TV. Unless you're only after the hang on a wall aspect of it a good CRT (Loewe, Metz) will be much better.

15-08-2003, 10:26 AM
>I'd be inclined to say don't get one

I agree,still early days for Plasma,wait a couple of years.
Still a toy for the rich at mo.

15-08-2003, 10:34 AM
I read somewhere that plasma screens start to fade after about 4 years.....anyone know if there is any thruth in this?

Greg S
15-08-2003, 12:54 PM
I saw an ad in last weekend's Herald for one that cost $4700 - sorry can't recall which store - one of the major chains I think

15-08-2003, 04:42 PM
yo there's a samsung 42inch plasma tv for $7,999.99 at noel leeming more info at: http://www.noelleeming.co.nz/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=10001&catalogId=10001&productId=19251&crumb=10003-10137-10138-10702

Phillips 42 inch for 1000 bucks more info at:

15-08-2003, 04:47 PM
why dont u find one u really want...take it to a shop and some would...they would knock 10% off the price..could be a good saving there...

Chris Randal
15-08-2003, 05:13 PM
How about Smiths Sound in Mt Eden Road?

15-08-2003, 11:55 PM
THanks to everyone tht replied, now wot are the pros & cons for buying a PLasma TV, e.g will they become better in the future, degenerate quickly...etc.


15-08-2003, 11:58 PM
Plasma have very poor resolution.

I see they are making LCDs up to 42". Good resolution but many $$

16-08-2003, 12:08 AM
if plasma tv's have poor resolutions then why do people buy them?

16-08-2003, 12:13 AM

Available resolutions on plasma screens....

Non-HDTV resolution: (480p signals)

853 x 480 typically found on non-HDTV 40", 42", 43" & 46" plasma screens

HDTV plasma screen resolution:(720p and 1080i signals)

1024 X 852 found on 32" plasma screens
1024 x 1024 found on 42" & 43" plasma screens
1024 X 768 found on 42" & 43" plasma screens
1365 X 765 found on 50", 61", & 63" plasma screens
1365 X 768 found on 50", 61", & 63" plasma screens

All plasma screens are considered HDTV compatible or HDTV ready in that will all convert the signal somewhat and display it. Most manufacturers including Panasonic and NEC offer two versions of their 42" screens, one with the standard 853 x 480 resolution and the other with a 1024 x 768 or 1024 x 1024 HDTV resolution.

gleaned form the ten steps to buy a plasma tv article


16-08-2003, 12:27 AM
> if plasma tv's have poor resolutions then why do
> people buy them?

You would have to ask the people that buy them.
I could guess:

They are the only flat panel technology readily available in large screen format.
They are an expensive status symbol

Common resolution is as low as 853x480 for a 42" screen.
Whereas your monitor mas a dot pitch of about 0.25mm, the 42" plasma will have a dot pitch equivalent of about 1.25mm, or about one fifth of the resolution of the monitor.

On TV signals at a distance, its not that noticeable but up close it is. They are not really suited for PC monitors at that resolution as you can imagine. Its barely better than CGA

Lifetime isn't too bad, about 2 - 3 years continuous use before the brightness falls to half. You need to guard against continuous display of static images which cause "burn-in".

16-08-2003, 12:34 AM
So wot should i buy for a tV, i want 42inch
but i dont want the really massive chunky tv's. No projection tv's either. I wanted something sleek and small, so wot can i get now?

16-08-2003, 01:04 AM
The only affordable flat panel is the Plasma. Thats why people buy them?.

Other options include a projector system, but resolution and brightness are a limitation with them as well.

Oh, dont forget that some Plasma panels don't include the TV tuner, they are just the display itself. For me, they just are not a clean image. Too fuzzy. But I don't want one, so thats OK.

There is a ton of info on the web on the various technologies, just make Google your friend.

16-08-2003, 02:02 AM
If they were sharp and cheap would you want one?

16-08-2003, 03:17 AM
At the moment the only point in going to a plasma TV is because of space issues and being able to hang it on a wall. Unless you're just wanting to brag that is.

16-08-2003, 08:36 PM
If they were sharp and clear i would buy them, and i would buy them even to brag :D well i just want a really good tv with optimum viewing, no small screens only big windows.

16-08-2003, 08:54 PM
Man if your looking to pay big money for a tv, pay for a decent projector, and screen thing. PCW mag has a few reviews on them these days