Panasonic pt-56wxf95 - Old model?

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  1. Ron S

    Ron S Stunt Coordinator

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    I'm about to buy a rptv, and all the reviews I've read seem to indicate this to be an exceptional performer. I've demo'd it in stores, and the picture blows all the other sets away. My problem is, this set is not listed on Panny's site, and I'm wondering if it is a discontinued model?
    If so, is there a replacement model coming that will outperform it in picture/features? Would hate to get one just to see a beter model come out a week later...
     
  2. John Kotches

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    Yes it is an older model, and one of the few (maybe the only) RPTV set that can display 720p native, ie no conversion to 1080i.
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    I think you'll get more info in the TV and Projectors area...
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  4. Ron S

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    John,
    Thank you for the info. Let me down a bit to hear it, but honesty is the best policy.
    Would you think that getting a discontinued model is inadvisable?
    The dimensions of the set are smaller overall than many other new, smaller, sets. Still thinking of getting it, but not sure if the native 720p is a good trade-off for the hassles that might come with buying a model that isn't made anymore (at least past the initial break-in period).
    Thanks,
    Ron
     
  5. John Kotches

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    It's a pretty good set, and the 720p feature would well be worth it in my opinion.
    Is it warranteed? [of course]
    RPTVs are the only thing that I'd consider an extended warranty on.
    I use FPTV because even a 56" TV messes up the front soundstage too much!
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  6. Will

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    If you watch mostly HDTV it's a good set, especially
    since it does 720p natively. But if you watch lots
    of regular over the air or regular cable, the picture
    is often terribly artifacted because the line doubler
    isn't very good. You may wish to look into an external
    line doubler if you watch lots of regular over the air
    or regular cable on this Panasonic model.
     
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    I had one and was satisfied for the most part with its picture, but mine suffered from a problem where bright areas in the picture frequently caused a light horizontal band to appear from the bright area across to the right side of the screen. Panasonic supposedly has a fix for this, but it's like pulling teeth to get them to agree to apply it to your set. Definitely check this out on any set you plan to buy, or have an agreement with your dealer that they will handle this if it shows up. The trouble I had with this ultimately caused me to trade it in.
     

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