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post #1 of 539
Thread Starter 
For the money, this thing is LOADED. Should I get this instead of an ED model?

Vizio P42HD

Large 42" Diagonal Widescreen (16:9 Aspect ratio) providing a larger viewable area than traditional televisions
Hight Definition television (HDTV) with a native resolution of 1024 X 768 pixels, enabling full-screen viewing of high-definition broadcasts and DVD videos
DVI (Digital Video Interface)- HDTV Interface with HDCP (High Definition Content Protection) support allows the tranmission of uncompressed, copy-protected digital content to your high definition display with stunning image fidelity and clarity
High Brightness Display to provide a more vivid, brilliant picture in any environment
Superb Contrast Ratio providing an incredible picture with deep blacks and bright whites in any environment
Multiple video accessory support with component video, composite video, S- DVI, D-Sub, and RF antenna inputs allow you to enjoy video from a variety of sources and accessories
Built-in NTSC cable ready tuner so that you can watch TV right out of the box
Side-by-side PiP (Picture-in-Picture) viewing for ultimate video enjoyment while watching content from multiple sources simultaneously
Ultra Wide viewing angle(160 degrees) so that you can view the picture from practically anywhere in the room
BBE sound enhancements create a thrilling surround sound experience with deep rich bass to provide audio quality that is fuller, richer and wider
Table top stand, remote control, and external speakers included
Dimensions: 48.7" x 27.2" x 10.6"
Weight: 85 lbs.
Panel: 42" Diagonal, 16:9 Aspect ratio
Resolution: 1024x768 pixels
Pixel(DOT)Pitch: HDTV (720P) Native
Signal Compatibility: 480i (SDTV), 480P (EDTV), 720P (HDTV), 1080i (HDTV)
Brightness: 1000 cd/m2 typical
Contrast: 3000:1 typical
Viewing Angle: >160 degrees (horizontal)/ >160 degrees (vertical)
Speakers: External 2x 15W
Voltage range: 100-240 Vac at 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption: 440W average
Video Inputs:

1x RF (1x F Connector for internal NTSC Tuner)
2x Composite Video (1x RCA) & 2x S-Video (1x DIN)
1x Component (3x RCA, YPbPr)
1x Component (3x RCA, YCbCr)
1x Analog RGB (1x 15-Pin D-Sub)
1x Digital Video (1x DVI)
1x RS232 Control
Special Features:

PIP
POP
CC
V-Chip
3D Comb Filter
3:2 Pull down
Gamma Correction
Freeze
Motion Adaptive De-interlacer
NTSC Video decoding via RF (Antenna, cable or Satellite [Set top Box may be required] or Video (CVBS, S-Video or Component YCbCr)
Progressive Scan Video via Component YPbPr
VGA or DVI (Set Top Box may be required)
Computer 640x480
800x600
1024x768 via VGA or DVI
MTS
BBE Sound enhancements
Noise reduction
Aspect Ratio conversion
post #2 of 539
well this thing is pretty cheap too

www.overstock.com

not that i know anything about it

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post #3 of 539
Thread Starter 
Post the model/brand number please without pricing
post #4 of 539
Thread Starter 
I'm reading over this thing ... this HD plasma really seems like a good deal. Definitely best bang for the buck.
post #5 of 539
sorry for the direct link did not realize at the time
post #6 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by DominoGold
Vizio P42HD
I could only find info on the ED model:

vinc.com

Have you seen the HD version in person? The ED shows a 2000:1 contrast ratio. If you click on where to buy, you can see what B&M store they sell at.

Pretty amazing price and the features do look good. But, I would want to see it in person as I could find no reviews on this set.

JCPZero
post #7 of 539
I don't know, that HiSense HD model from overstock.com for a few hundred less looks pretty good.
post #8 of 539
buellwinkle I think Hisense makes not much sense to me (no pan intended) since this brand is unknown. I think I read somewhere that it is some Chinese brand. If Chinese are coming with Plasmas to the US, it is a good sign, because just like with DVD players, they will quickly drive the prices on plasmas down.
post #9 of 539
Where can you pruchase this Vizio 42 inch Plasma?

Thanks,

Chris B
post #10 of 539
Hhhhmmmm... This sounds interesting... But doing a google search on this PDP only came up with one hit... Linky below...

http://www.avguide.com/inthenews/exc...lcd_plasma.jsp

AV Guide's website... Scroll down towards the bottom for a little snip-it of this Vizio 42HD PDP... Other than that, I can't find any other info on it... Domino, where did you find all that info from?

- Air B
post #11 of 539
sam's club... on the website... not in stores....
post #12 of 539
made by v inc.? that's interesting...
post #13 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by brunoflipper
sam's club... on the website... not in stores....
Thanks Bruno... I'll check it out...

- Air B
post #14 of 539
looks like shipping is included at that price...
post #15 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by brunoflipper
made by v inc.? that's interesting...
Interesting in a good or bad way?


JCPZero
post #16 of 539
depends... some reviewers like the vizio p4s, some don't.... the bravo has had more than it's share of trials/tribulations but is still a popular product because of it's performance 9but that is a whole 'nother topic)...
i just wish someone could lay eyes on the real deal... with the sam's "no hassle" return policy at a local store for internet purchase at that price shipped it may be too good to pass up...
post #17 of 539
Thread Starter 
Yep it's Sam's Club online. I can't seem to find a flaw with this other than it's an unknown brand/untested. Wish someone had a review!


I think Vizio changed their name to V, Inc or that is short for it or something.
post #18 of 539
I too am anxious to see this Vizio HD display. THere are things to be concerned about though. 1st, vizio was a hot little company a year ago, since then their "buzz" has faded. Their website doesn't even list the HD plasmas, yet they released press releases in January announcing the availability of these new HD displays. Interestingly, they announced the HD displays at the January CEDIA show, yet they didn't display the actual models at the show.

I suspect they ordered up a certain number of these displays and for whatever reason, didn't think they could move the product. SAMs Club comes along and agress to buy the entire lot.

I also worry about warranty, so even if I do like the display I would want a third party warranty company in case Vizio goes belly up.

bradsep
post #19 of 539
> Resolution: 1024x768 pixels

can someone clarify how HD is defined? I thought it had to be at least 1280x720 to be HD.
post #20 of 539
1024X768 sounds like XGA resulution. I think it probably does quality as HDTV
post #21 of 539
they fixed the website today and it now shows that there is an additional shipping charge (not to mentio taxes)...
post #22 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by shunx
> Resolution: 1024x768 pixels

can someone clarify how HD is defined? I thought it had to be at least 1280x720 to be HD.
Definition of all the available transmission resolutions:
SD is (704x480 16:9 and 4:3 sets or 640x480 4:3)
HD is either 720p (1280x720 16:9) or 1080i (1920x1080 16:9)

I have no input on the display in question though....haven't seen one.
post #23 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by brunoflipper
sam's club... on the website... not in stores....
I don't see anything that says web only. Are you sure they are not in the stores?
post #24 of 539
Thread Starter 
I wish someone had one of these. This is by FAR the best bang for the buck right now.

http://graphics.samsclub.com/images/...8000040_L4.jpg

http://graphics.samsclub.com/images/...8000040_L3.jpg
post #25 of 539
Quote:
Originally posted by crbaldwin
I don't see anything that says web only. Are you sure they are not in the stores?
my two local stores only have a 42" hdtv toshiba and a 46" edtv daewoo
post #26 of 539
Just curious, how can this TV be branded as HD? 1024x768 is not capable of any HD resolution.
post #27 of 539
Thread Starter 
I haven't seen it in local stores.

I think in plasma anything over 852x480 is generally considered "non ED" which is classified as "HD"?
post #28 of 539
I went to a local store last night and all they had were 2 Philips models.
post #29 of 539
This unit is made in Thailand. Seriously considering returning my newly purchased (from Sam's Club) Phillips HD ALiS panel and ordering this one. Already got the green light from their desk even though purchase is over 30 days (amazing). Main issue is Vizio's 3000:1 CR vs. my Phillips 1000:1. Plus I'd be pocketing $600. Next question is will the Vizio display NTSC programs as well as the Phillips line doubling "pixel plus"? We've thoroughly enjoyed and gotten attached to the Phillips unit now and don't want to exchange for something unknown.
post #30 of 539
While we are discussing deals, check out the NEC px-42vm5 at the computers4sure site.

This can't be the price on a HD set!!!
Whats the catch.
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