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Opinons on Multi-system vs. NTSC with "Tuner" in a PAL Country

post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Greetings,

New to the group and I am struggling with a question that I hope you can help with. I am relocating to Bangladesh this summer (a Pal B country) and need to buy a new plasma. Looking at the 50" models.

Since there are no local cable boxes at my new home,(co-ax out of a wall), I am attempting to decide which is better: a multisystem TV with fewer high end options like decent motion capabilities and 1080P OR a NTSC TV, which is cheaper, and will have more high end features, BUT will require a "tuner box" to convert the incoming PAL co-ax to VGA that my TV can accept. The NTSC will also require a dedicated voltage converter.

Questions:
Will the external "tuner box" degrade the signal?

I assume a VGA signal is better than composit or s-video, but not as good as HDMI...correct? I have no idea why.

Are there any boxes on the market that can accept a PAL signal and transform to an NTSC signal, but via HDMI 1080P connections?

Any other advice for my situation is appreciate as I am new to the flat screen/overseas world.

Many thanks,

Chris
post #2 of 16
I personally would not buy an NTSC set for use in a PAL country. PAL converted to NSTC is likely not going to look good and there are just too many variables. Really you are better off getting a real PAL TV.
post #3 of 16
Thread Starter 
The problem with a PAL only TV is that I've been told that they are very expensive in Dhaka and it is better to pick up a Multi-system in the US that can handle both.

Do you foresee any issues with a mult-system TV versus a PAL only?
post #4 of 16
You may run into a bigger problem other than NTSC/PAL conversion and compatability, and that's voltage. What do they have in Bangladesh? 220V? Most NTSC sets for the N. American market run on 110V.
post #5 of 16
Thread Starter 
Yes, they run 220v in Bangladesh, and that would mean a dedicated voltage converter to 110v if I buy a NTSC TV. There are plenty of voltage converters on the market. A multi-system TV seems to be able to accept 220v or 110v.
post #6 of 16
Any PIoneer KURO will work in PAL and 220/240V automatic no converter needed
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
The Kuro series is nice, but WAY out of my price range.
post #8 of 16
The Panasonic industrial models can do PAL, but not too sure on voltage requirements.
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by sonko2010 View Post

The problem with a PAL only TV is that I've been told that they are very expensive in Dhaka and it is better to pick up a Multi-system in the US that can handle both.

Do you foresee any issues with a mult-system TV versus a PAL only?

Yes. There are relatively few true multisystem TVs sold in the US because virtually no one in North America watches PAL content (while in PAL land there's a fair amount of NTSC content due to the dominance of the US and Japan).

Of those TVs that do accept PAL signals, most (maybe all) will convert the 50hz to 60hz because they are unable to run natively at 50 or 100hz. That is not ideal at all.
post #10 of 16
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Originally Posted by Wasabi Shiba View Post

The Panasonic industrial models can do PAL, but not too sure on voltage requirements.

Yup but not consumer.
post #11 of 16
I did say Industrial.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
So is what I am hearing that you suggest buying a PAL only plasma, perhaps after I arrive in Dhaka. The only drawback is that I can't take it with me back the the US when my contract is up. Another benifit for a mulit-system. Some of the multisystems are built in Japan so one hopes that they do a good job honoring the PAL conversion.

Is it a big deal with converting from 50 to 60 hertz? The "tuner box" that I would have to buy if I go the NTSC only route also claims to do this, but I would rather not sacrifice signal
post #13 of 16
Thread Starter 
Here's a link to the tuner box I have been eying if I go the NTSC only route. They guy I spoke to said it delivers a great signal via VGA, but I won't expect him to say otherwise.

http://www.barrel-of-monkeys.com/gra.../ttb1205.shtml
post #14 of 16
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Originally Posted by sonko2010 View Post

So is what I am hearing that you suggest buying a PAL only plasma, perhaps after I arrive in Dhaka. The only drawback is that I can't take it with me back the the US when my contract is up. Another benifit for a mulit-system. Some of the multisystems are built in Japan so one hopes that they do a good job honoring the PAL conversion.

Is it a big deal with converting from 50 to 60 hertz? The "tuner box" that I would have to buy if I go the NTSC only route also claims to do this, but I would rather not sacrifice signal

50 to 60 hz conversion means that every single thing you watch will have judder.

I think you should get a PAL TV while overseas. Get a smaller one if that's necessary, there will be headaches associated with a "multi system" TV that I would hate to deal with.
post #15 of 16
Thread Starter 
Just had another thought. Does anyone sell PAL only plasma TV's in the US? My thinking is that I might have more selection at a lower cost.
post #16 of 16
From what I know, ALL HDTVs sold in Asia-Pacific already have multi-system analog tuners.

Heck, even my Samsung LCD TV has one (supports PAL B/G, I, D/K, M/N, SECAM B/G, D/K, NTSC M/N). Basically every analog TV standard the world has ever seen.

Even this PIONEER KURO (KRP-500A; Asia-Pacific model) has one as well:
http://www.pioneer.com.sg/storefront...40&CatId=,64,6

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