Re: OT. I think our TV is about to go pop.
- From: "DanB" <iridiumdan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sun, 19 Oct 2008 03:23:23 +0100
"john" <chris1234@xxxxxxxxx> wrote in message news:nwlKk.69847$0t2.10072@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Get what you pay for with those.... I'm still running a 7 year old 32in panny wide-screen, still perfect.
Basically I'll be running it till it blows as I hate plasmas...
I'm not running an old Panasonic like you, that I can say is still reliable, but my approx 5 month old Panasonic 1080p full-HD 42" plasma is really the bees knees. It replaced an LG that was 18 months old, and faulty, and LG kept sending out the same dumb-fuck engineers who couldn't see a fault (they were a contracted non-LG company from York), even when I showed them it when they arrived to pick it up one time.
The fault was that very often when you had had it turned off a long time (say, over night), if you turned it on and had left it on AV1, it just froze, had to pull the plug. Also if you turned it on on the normal DTV built in freeview channel it fired up everytime - then if you flicked to AV1 it just did the same thing. I kept telling the engineers this, and they kept bringing it back saying "It's been on AV1 all day, and it's never gone wrong.....". Not to mention they damaged the edge of the built in swivelly stand and stuck some hugely sticky stuff that was insanely hard to shift on the surround... Did LG care? Nah. We even told them the, true, circumstances I was in where I was pretty much bed bound on treatment at the time - not looking for special treatment, just explaining why we were ringing so often and so keen to get it fixed. But no, nothing helped, we just gave up in the end seen as all they were willing to offer was the same repairers, who clearly had MASSIVE problems reading what THEY wrote on the job sheet when they came to pick it up....
Anyway, when I got the bad diagnosis, I thought wtf, and just bought a much, much better TV to replace it. The Panasonic picture, even displaying the output from the same freeview PVR as the LG was, is much better. To the point where people actually comment on how good the picture is unpromted. And when playing a Blu-Ray of a film (new films on BR seem to be better than older films converted to BR, presumably as they were recorded in higher quality or something?) they look really awesome, I never thought it would be that noticeable over DVDs but it really, really is :-)
So, in summary, Panasonic TVs have really good pictures, and this one came with a 5 year warranty - hoping after the LG joke I never have to use it... But surely they can't be *as* bad...? And, on from that, LG TVs have pictures that aren't as good, when displaying from the same scart connected freeview box as the Panasonic. And also, the customer support is truely beyond useless, as are the people they 'hire' to 'fix' (supposedly not damage...) your TV... Also, mine was unreliable at just a few months old. I could be unlucky of course. I'd never buy an LG again, or recommend one to *anyone* - even people I don't like. I'd only buy a Panasonic again (so far) and I'd recommend them to everyone :-)
But the Panasonic does have a better screen so I guess that's to be expected, even though I suppose they're displaying the same thing, and both the same way as the Panasonic isn't using it's HD advantage, they're both just scarted, and the PVR won't output any different? Can anyone confirm/deny that?
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