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I purchased a 42" BenQ. I had some problems with that specific unit, so BenQ is offering to replace it. I am thinking of paying the difference and getting the 46" instead. The 46" has exactly the same specs as the 42".


Can someone who actually owns this BenQ 46" Plasma post some opinions?


Do you use a component video to component video wire? Do you have digital cable/dish/etc.. ? Would you buy the 46" BenQ again? What do you like and what don't you like about your BenQ?


Thanks a lot for your replies!!!
 

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mgplasma,


Well, from all the recent threads I think you know I like my BenQ Plasma. I liked the price, the size, the PQ on HD and cable,. DVD ( I have digital cable). I like the bezel. I do not like the one RGB connection, meaning you have to buy a special box or a receiver that does component switching. I wish the unit was lighter cause it is hard to manuever around without 2 people. I have a panny progressive scan DVD Player, a digital HD box hooked up.


Yes, I would buy it again.


Was your problem with the 42" the cable connection problem?
 

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When I received a special "component video to RGB" cable from BenQ, it did not work either :(

I think the problem was in the cable. I decided to stop "playing games" and to replace this plasma. It looks like BenQ has a good customer support.


So, I'm getting a 46" BenQ instead.


LisaJ, do you use a "component vide to component video" or "Component video to RGB" connection to connect the plasma?

Did you need to get any additional cables or everything came with the TV?


Thanks!
 

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Did anyone talk to BenQ re: their support or upgrade path for HDCP? Does BenQ have an upgradeable video card?


Is that even an issue with EDTV monitors? If the source providers will downrez the signal to 480P, well that's what EDTV monitors will display anyway. But if they chose not to provide the downrez option then does BenQ fall into the unsupported HDCP category?


I guess one upgrade path is to buy cheaper and more often...
 

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I am using component RGB from HD box to Plasma. I am using svideo right now from dvd player to plasma until I get a new receiver.


I am in communication with BenQ about HDCP and PIP capabilities ( outside computer use). They asked me if I felt that there was a need for PIP (of course I feel that there is a need). I am impressed that any manufacturer cares what I think. So I will let you know what I find out or maybe I can coax him into coming to the forum to explain things in his own words.


So stay tuned..I will post as I find out more as he is contacting headqaurters..keep your fingers crossed!
 

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I recently received this press release email from BenQ - the 46" plasma now has a built-in TV tuner:


BenQ Now Shipping Its Popular Plasma Displays With Built-in TV Tuner


BenQ 46W1 Plasma DisplayCity of Industry, CA (April 14, 2003) - BenQ, an industry leader in digital lifestyle devices, now offers it plasma display, the PDP 46W1, with built-in TV tuners. Previously, a separate option, the TV tuner allows the BenQ plasma display the full capabilities to function as both a presentation display and television set.


The BenQ PDP 46W1 plasma display has long been a popular product to add to any multimedia system, and now with the built-in TV tuner, its versatility is limitless. Instead of just being used for commercial applications, consumers can use their plasmas as true television sets with HDTV compatible functionality.


"With the addition of the built-in TV tuner, the BenQ plasma display can now be the centerpiece of a home theater system," said Stephanie Wang, product manager of the Digital Media division at BenQ. "By adding the TV tuner to our plasma display, the display is no longer just for presentations and industrial functions. The television tuner makes the BenQ plasma display into a true plasma television."


BenQ PDP 46W1

The BenQ PDP 46W1 is a 46-inch, 16:9 wide-format display screen with a brightness of 700-cd/m2, a WVGA resolution of 852 x 480 (it can support up to XGA 1024 x 768) and an 850:1 contrast ratio. It features 3D Comb Filter application, 3-2 pull-down recovery, de-interlacing, low gray level correction and BenQ's unique dynamic white balance connection.


The BenQ PDP 46W1 is HDTV compatible and uses the latest digital imaging technology featuring BenQ's proprietary Digital Signal Processing technology. The plasma also provides a user-setting image that automatically protects the plasma from burning in images from a static picture. Weighing 78 pounds (without its stand) and only 4.2-inches thick, it can be hung anywhere.


The BenQ PDP 46W1 Plasma Display with the built-in TV tuner is available now, and has a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $5,995.


BenQ offers a full one-year warranty on all of its plasma display products and provides unlimited online technical support, as well as, one-year toll-free technical phone support.
 

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Thanks Bill..


The tv tuner is only good for coax input to allow you to view Cable TV/Television on the plasma, if you are connecting that way. What some of us are looking for would require new cards from either BenQ or outside vendors addressing HDCP and PIP.
 

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BTW- you cannot use a CABLE to convert Component to true RGB (with HV sync)


For that you need a transcoder to convert component into baseband RGB with sync signal (sep H & V, or Sync on Green) check out audio authority. I've used on with my CRT projector (take a look over there since it's more common on CRTs)
 

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I've had a 46" BenQ I purchased from Electrified.com for $3700 for about a month now. I think the picture is just fine but then I could hardly tell the difference from one to the other when browsing at a retailer.

I like:

The size

The picture

Customer support

At first I had some issues with the slight background "buzz" that seem to plague some plasmas, but it actually does not bother me now. It does throw off a fair amount of heat, though. I also wish it had a few more inputs. I had not used a VCR tape with it until the other night and I found when FFing it would completely lose the picture and try to search for a signal. I'm waiting for an answer from support on that one.
 

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do any of the beng owners know if it has a wobbler feature to move the image to prevent (unlikely) burn-in.

also, how many viewing modes(stretch modes)if i watch alot of 4x3 cable
 

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Originally posted by adamty1
do any of the beng owners know if it has a wobbler feature to move the image to prevent (unlikely) burn-in.

also, how many viewing modes(stretch modes)if i watch alot of 4x3 cable
yes, there is an adjustable wobbler built in to prevent burn in.


I think there are 4 modes of stretch, I use "full" mode most of the time


no complaints so far
 

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My friend has a thin line dark line running through the middle of his 46 BenQ. Problem started after installation of Direct TV. He has the HDTV cable box through RGB, DVD through S-Vid and DTV through component (?- AV1 he says). Problem occurs with all components. Anyone have any ideas?
 

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Anyone?
 

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I saw a think dark line running down the middle of a Tatung 46" unit. As discussed probably OEM of the BenQ. Basically it needed repaired or replaced. They took it off the floor and hasn't been replaced.
 

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Thank you Amorica. Told my friend to give BenQ a call. I'll report back.
 
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