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Hello all. I have been browsing this forum for awhile, and am considering a plasma display. However, I am not a technophile and it seems as though from reading this forum that installing a plasma, getting components, configuration settings, etc. are fairly complex, and thus I have some very basic questions/advice requests.


1) If I get a plasma (such as the 42†Panasonic) are there any other components I *have* to buy? I already have a receiver for sound and digital cable.

2) I use TiVO and digital cable. Will my picture quality be much improved over the current 32†Sony Trinitron I currently use?

3) Is installation relatively straightforward?


My main consideration for getting a plasma if to have a good picture in a minimal amount of space, and thus I don’t want a big box tv. Ideally, I would get a plasma out of the box and hook it up as easily as a normal tv. Any help with these questions would be much appreciated.
 

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Welcome to AVS Zaphod2. All of your current gear can be hooked up to a plasma with little to no problem. What you read here in this forum is everyone trying to squeeze ever last ounce of picture quality out of their plasma. IOW, people taking it to the next level.
 

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Zaphod,


Plasma is very easy right out of the box. The picture on my Panasonic 42" was incredibly good without any adjustments. I would suggest a progressive scan DVD be added. If you are using component connections on the Panasonic, they are connected via BNC instead of RCA plugs. Adapters can be used with RCA plugs for about $5
 

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Let me comment on the Tivo... The picture will improve in some ways and worsen in others. The Tivo introduces some serious MPEG artifacts and the line-doubler on the Panny will magnify those. That will be offset by the fact that film-based sources in particular look great thanks to the deinterlacer.


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