Originally Posted by markeisen
Brand new to forum. Read most of this entire thread, so I get it. I don't like risking the fact the new Panasonic Neo-PDP 58" in August may not be as good, or may be as good or better than the Pioneer, because it's the first year of the technology, and may in fact not be any less money than a 600M. I watch a lot of broadcast on cable but do not need the cable box, but a stand alone tuner/receiver with QAM. So I've been researching those like crazy. Found the most common Samsung 260 (looks like it is discontinued), but I did find Totevision has a new model just coming out, ATSC-100, that looks like it will work with an antenna and cable. It is $165, so if I add that to the cost of a 600M, I think I'm still comfortably way under the price of a 151FD Elite (haven't shopped the 600M yet), but maybe for me that would be better for me, although I would get my own speakers for surround. Either unit would meet my needs, but saving money and putting it towards the entire system I need is very attractive. Comments? Second question, I'm not familiar at all with the Signature model. Is that something available here in the USA? Thanks, Mark
I will try and answer some of this, but I hope others will also add there input too. The Signature model is indeed sold in the United States, and is more-so available to the general public by being sold in bigger retail stores like Best Buy/Magnolia and such. The Signature 60" model you speak of is the 141FD. It is more physically stripped down version of the 151FD, meaning no speakers, no tuner, no stand, etc..You will need a surround speaker setup and a home theater reciever to run those speakers. You will need to buy a stand or wall mount. Lastly, you will need some form of tuner to bring in the television channels, such as cable, satellite, FIOS, etc...On a side note, the 600M does have the ability to hook up attached speakers using the built in audio circuitry, where-as the 141FD does not have this capability. That would eliminate the need for a surround sound setup, but I would want a surround sound setup with a tv like this anyways
The 600M is "FOR THE MOST PART" a 141FD, with a few differences, with the main one being the lack of an ISFccc interface. For specific differences, please see this comparison chart:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1126267
It has everything you need to know about any differences there are between ALL the models. Make sure you get a quote from various vendors/sponsors on here for the 600M, as you will be surprised at the savings
. If you must have ISFccc though, the 600M will not give you what you want unfortunately. However, if pure mode is what you want, the 600M is as good as it gets and is identical to the 141FD in the picture quality department. Good luck with your decisions and keep us posted if you buy something.
EDIT: Someone beat me to it...lol....I am a slow typer. I'll leave mine up also