Join Date: Dec 2004
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WOW! It appears I've tapped into a wellspring of unrequited NEC lust! (am I allowed to say things like that on this site?)
Tmac145 and Luzer thanks for the PM's. I've responded to you in that format. BTW, as a total newbie to this posting thing I'd like to congratulate the person(s) who designed the AVS Forum site. I'm not the sharpest tool in the shed when it comes to computer programs but let me tell you, this one, especially the PM function, is simply amazing and highly intuitive. Hats off (well OK, its a John Deere tractor cap - I'm a canuck after all) to the nameless, faceless wonderkids who created and maintain this site.
For all the other canuckleheads out there I called the AV Unlimited store that tmac refers to here in Vancouver but they're closed Monday. What the @*&%* kind of business closes on a weekday 12 days out from Christmas in the busiest retail period of the year!?! I'll follow up with them tomorrow and see if the NEC is available here. Their website simply states that you have to check each store for products as they all carry their own models!?! What th'!?! Tmac also provided another possible source to view the VM4 in Vancouver which I'll pursue as well to see if they have a "5" series display.
Since there is much more interest in the NEC than I ever imagined, I'll keep this post going with my thoughts assuming I purchase one, including an assessment of PQ etc. Might as well contribute what I can to the body of knowledge here, especially since it has been such an incredible source of info for me (thanks folks!) . If I wind up with the Panasonic I'll refrain as there is so much info already about that unit on the forum.
Re: the question of the LG HD 42" Hurricane, which I could purchase for essentially the same in Canada as the ED Panasonic or NEC, no one has responded that it would be a better choice to buy the HD. I think most of the HD vs. ED question has been covered in previous threads, but the premise is always that the HD will be about $1,000 to $1,200 more (US) than ED. But if they are the same cost, as in this case, what then?
It seems to me that the NEC is still #1 in my books and the Panny #2 due to colour fidelity/processing and the simple specs - 16 million colours for the LG, 3.6 billion for the Panasonic and 68 billion for the NEC. That's not the only consideration by any means, but the NEC certainly has the opportunity to provide a more true-to-life picture it would seem. But with respect to ensuring that the display is future proof, under the circunstances is the HD a better choice, especially paired with an upconverting DVD player as in my earlier test? Comments anyone?
BTW, the 60,000 hour panels all models have is more than anyone will ever need. For instance, I will use this panel to watch roughly 2 DVD's per week MAX. And if I added 2 hockey games per week that would total maybe 10 hours/week - which is more than I EVER watch. That's 520 hours/year. Lets say I'm out by a factor of about 2x. That gives you more or less 1,000 hours/year = 60 years to half brightness! Just thought I'd make that point.
Thanks also for the many comments re: warranty coverage, especially north of the 49th. I'll pursue that issue when/as I buy my plasma and keep y'all posted. Ciao amigos.
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