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post #181 of 2454 Old 11-24-2004, 08:32 AM
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Go back to the "Plasma and LCD Flat Panel Displays" page and enter "extended warranty" into the "search this forum" area. There are a number of threads you can work your way through to get a feel for the number of extended warranties available and the experience of some of the forum members who have had to use them for their purchases. One of the best is "Importance of extended warranties". You can also go to "Home Theater General" and do a search for "Extended Warranties" from there.
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Go back to the "Plasma and LCD Flat Panel Displays" page and enter "extended warranty" into the "search this forum" area. There are a number of threads you can work your way through to get a feel for the number of extended warranties available and the experience of some of the forum members who have had to use them for their purchases. One of the best is "Importance of extended warranties". You can also go to "Home Theater General" and do a search for "Extended Warranties" from there.
Thanx BFJones :D
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I had mentioned earlier that I saw this unit at a Dell kiosk. When I walked up the tv was not turned on. I asked the guy if I could see it on, and why it was not on to start with. He told me he would have to turn a couple of things off around the kiosk in order to turn it on. He did, turned it on and to me it looked great. I asked him just how much power does the tv require?? He kind of blew off the question. I walked by the kiosk again today and again the tv was off. I'm a noob in this arena so I'll ask the same question here: How much of a power drain is this plasma, or all plasmas in general? Should that be a real concern or am I reading too much into it?
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42" plasmas eat about 350W. Its way more than a regular TV, but not newarly as much as a hair drier. The guy in the booth is probably running a bunch of hi-end PCs that also eat considerable power.
Your power bill will go up a little, but i would not be concerned.

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The speakers are listed in some of the tech specs as detachable. Does this mean that they will also attach to the plasma (without separate mounts). I am going to hang the plasma on the wall and would prefer that the speakers are attached to the screen.
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That is precisely how it was shown at the Dell kiosk: hanging on a wall with the speakers attached to the sides.
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Meaning did some people get their unit before or after the estimated delivery date.
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I got an email today saying that mine had shipped; original shipped date was 12/1/04. (An issue as like many folks I'm not going to be back home this week..)
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Mine arrived 2 weeks earlier than expected. My second one has a shipdate of Dec 9th.... I will let you know if it ships earlier.
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Quick question: Anyone know what the maximum elevation is for proper operation of this unit? I live a t 7200 ft and an wondering if it will work okay here. I called Dell and they are looking for an answer. Tried to download the owners manual but can't seem to get it to open. Thanks in advance.

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Anyone reviewed this unit yet? How does it do with SD/ satellite? Does it compare w/ the equivalent Panny?
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There is a very brief review from an owner on the Dell forum at http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...=si_hmtheatre. The owner seems quite pleased.


**********see corrected link below***********

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Kim, I can't get your link to work or find it on Dell Forums. Would you please post the link again?
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Kim, I can't get your link to work or find it on Dell Forums. Would you please post the link again?
Period (.) at the end of the link that shouldn't be there.

Try here:

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...d=si_hmtheatre

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Tried that before I posted and it didn't work. Your re-post did. Thanks.
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Quote:
Originally posted by grodgers
Period (.) at the end of the link that shouldn't be there.

Try here:

http://forums.us.dell.com/supportfor...d=si_hmtheatre
Sorry for the problem. Thanks for the fix.:)

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Had a chance to see the Dell at the Kiosk. It was wall mounted, no feet attached, speakers set down on the counter. The picture was quite comparable to good 42 inch sets I've seen before: Panny, Pio, Sony, ect...

They had it running some PC HD video, don't think they had SD material available, but the set did look quite nice. Looking forward to hearing from owners when they get they set up in home.

Anyone know how many colors this unit can display?

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Ok, Can someone please try to convince me...

Why should i buy this PDP over the lower priced Vizio or ByD:sign 42'ers?

What features or other options might this unit have over those?

Getting this unit might cost nearly $1000 more than the others when factoring in 3 yr extended warranty. Would it be worth it over the no names?

Tried getting those answers by opening a thread but it has since lost interest from the crowd....
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The value of a deal is very subjective to the buyer...here are the questions that pushed me towards the dell, your answers may be different

1. Vizio vs. ByD vs. Dell, who has the best "flat panel display track record"....
Vizio...no information on the 42HD model is available (I don't count forum hype, actual owner reviews only)

ByD...no knowledge easily available of the brand or its products

Dell...historically has picked a decent display vendor to outsource to for their LCD and CRT monitors, e.g Viewsonic, Samsung etc.

2. What does it look like in person....Only one I could see in person was the Dell, and that sold me on it since it looked comparable at WORST to the LG plasmas i saw at bestbuy

3. What is the support infrastucture if I need to return it to the manuf.
That one is pretty simple

4. Warranty.
They all have a 1yr warranty, Dell's is a 1yr "replacement" warranty.

5. Given all these factors what is the price difference.
Remember this is a level playing field consideration, so not the "nearly 1000 more when factoring a 3 yr warranty", unless you want to factor a 3yr warranty into the price of the other 2 players, the difference is closer to around $400-500. Given that difference and those factors to consider, I chose the dell.

Also the dell i think is the only one of the 3 with an integrated HD tuner, which would imply additional engineering went into it, though I may be off base.

Anyway, that is my 2 cents. I have yet to see pics of the Vizio reviewer on this forum but he seems to be happy, so go ask him about it. Princeton graphics used to make some solid monitors so chances are they/their sister company won't execute poorly on a plasma display.
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Also, I do hope you were not factoring in Dell's extended warranty cost... What a bunch of highway robbers!

More like it is the about two Benjamins cost for a RepairMaster extra 4 year warranty.
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Thanks to all of you for your questions and imputs. I had canceled my DELL W4200 HD plasma system 2 days ago, just too leary of spending that amount of money on a system with simply no reviews. This has been very helpful and I have resubmitted my order today to get this TV. Only difference is now I shoulod be receiving it Dec 13 as opposed to Dec 7 like before.
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I purchased and received this plasma HDTV earlier this week.

I spent about two months looking for a wall mountable HDTV set with decent specs for around $3,000-3,500 and was about to give up for the holiday season when Dell released this set. Given the feature set, this was a done deal, and I'm very favorably impressed.

Most notably, the contrast rato of 2700:1 is very impressive for this price range, as are the sheer number of video hookups and the dual tuners. The additional of decent(!) speakers and all necessary cabling, including component video cables(!), *included* in the package is also quite nice.

I looked at literally dozens of plasma and LCD sets over the past two months, and Dell did their homework. The HDTV picture quality rivals that of some Sony Grand Wegas I tested, and it quite honestly looks as good or better than most of the sets I saw in the $4,000-6,000 range, save perhaps Pioneer 's outstanding line.

Playing with the controls and the excellent remote, this unit feels much more like a professional display panel than consumer HDTV, and there is nothing wrong with that.

When I watch football in HDTV on this set, I pinch myself to make sure I'm not dreaming and got this 42" HDTV for the price I did.

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Does anyone know how many colors this set can produce? 8bit, 10bit
16.7M or more?
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Any info on hours to half-brightness on plasma glass?
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Xorg,

Any comments on the PQ of SD material, DVD (480p) material, and of the HD tuner?

Thanks, and congrats.
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Xorg, I have heard of like 3 people getting this set for $$$$ What gives?? Is there a coupon combination going on here I am not aware of or do you work for dell? Just curious, thanks for the review,
J

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5. Given all these factors what is the price difference.
Remember this is a level playing field consideration, so not the "nearly 1000 more when factoring a 3 yr warranty", unless you want to factor a 3yr warranty into the price of the other 2 players, the difference is closer to around $400-500. Given that difference and those factors to consider, I chose the dell.

Actually i did factor in extended warranties on the other two and its just short of 1000, maybe more like 800 but still substanstial.

I guess i'll have to look into that Repair Master 4 year deal for 200, anybody have links? That will probably convince me to get it.
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I have found that the best way to purchase equipment from Dell is to not use their website. Instead call them.

There are various divisions in Dell including, Home/SOHO, Small Business, website, etc. These divisions all compete against each other (even on price). I know it sounds silly but it's true.

The best thing you guys can do is pull out your Rolodex and see if any friends/family purchase equipment from Dell on a regular basis. Have them get a quote from their rep.
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Thameth, sent you a PM.
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