PT-47WX42 (and other PT-47-series models) owners: long-term assessements?

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  1. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    There are simply too many good deals on this model available in the SoCal area. Way tempted.

    I'd appreciate any feedback, vis. living with this particular model. Any annoyances to report? Any potential long-term issues?

    How was the set out of the box, grayscale-wise?

    If you were deciding between this and a direct-view Sony KV-32HS510 WEGA, where would you go?

    Thanks!
     
  2. JeffLl

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    I know nothing about that Sony model but I have the one in question and I'm perfectly happy with it. It was decent out of the box but needed some adjustments after a week or two. Since then it's been doing great!
     
  3. Tim Jin

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    How much are they going for these days?

    I'm very happy with my Panny.
     
  4. Jeremy Allin

    Jeremy Allin Supporting Actor

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    Mine looked alright out-of-the-box, but after much tweaking it looks fantastic. I adjusted overscan, e-focus, m-focus, 64pt. convergence and I think it looks incredible. I have performed all the user-level adjustments through AVIA as well. I've had it for almost five months and have had no problems with it.

    One of the only problems I can think of is that the blue gun doesn't focus quite as tight as the red and green ones. This can result in some minor blue blooming in some case. However after doing the focus adjustments it is hardly noticeable.

    Panny.tv is an invaluable resource.
     
  5. EugeneR

    EugeneR Second Unit

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    I've had my pt-47wx42 for about a year. It looked great out of the box. I often feel like kissing it, but I'm afraid to leave smudges.
     
  6. Jack Briggs

    Jack Briggs Executive Producer

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    Thank you, gentlemen. Now I am further tempted.

    Does the unit lock into wide mode with 480p sources? And, Jeremy, the 64-point convergence mode: Is that user-menu accessible, or strictly a service-menu option?

    Again, thanks!
     
  7. Tim Jin

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    $1200 at Best Buy. Wow, it's a no brainer.
     
  8. Chris Duran

    Chris Duran Stunt Coordinator

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    Jack I do believe that the TV does lock on, on a 480p source, and the 64 point convergence is done through the service menu, but it's not that complex.
     
  9. JohnnyG

    JohnnyG Screenwriter

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    The WX42/WX52 does NOT lock into Full mode with a 480p input. The WX51 did, however.
     
  10. Jeremy Allin

    Jeremy Allin Supporting Actor

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  11. Hugo

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    Hi, I had that TV for about a year. Excellent unit, one of the best pictures I have ever seen after tweaking.

    Hugo
     
  12. ManW_TheUncool

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    I've had the 53" model for almost 6 months now and love it although it's certainly not w/out its own flaws. For one, the TV Zoom mode is mediocre, which is why I bought a player that could scale non-16x9 DVDs. If you sit far enough away, say >=9ft from the 47", it might be fine. I sit 8ft from my 53" eyes-to-screen, and find the scan line gaps too visible and distracting in Zoom mode. So this might be something you want to check out before buying.

    Also, seems like a lot of units have flawed geometry along the top 2-3 inches of the display for SD viewing where the image is bent somewhat toward the left. It seems fixable, but requires a lot of effort from what I understand, and I simply have not bothered w/ my 53" since I rarely ever notice it. This doesn't seem to be a problem for 1080i signals, which is a big reason why I rarely notice it since my HD cable box upconverts everything to 1080i.

    The TV linedoubler is not bad at all and quite serviceable for film-sourced content. In fact, I was quite pleased w/ the PQ for the 5 months before I settled on a progressive scan player (Panny RP91).

    The older Panny models had the evil pop problem, but the current wx42/52 line doesn't seem to have it. I've seen maybe 1 post about the evil pop for the wx42/52 line where as the older models seemed highly susceptible. That's probably no different than any other RPTV from other makers.

    And I agree w/ most of what's been said already as well.

    _Man_
     
  13. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

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    PT-47WX49 owner for 2 years (almost). Love it. Was okay out of the box, better w/ AVIA, stellar w/ ISF'ing. I paid around $1500 at the time because I'm on good terms w/ a dealer (it was streeting for $1999). For close to a grand, I would be tempted to buy a bedroom set...if I wasn't broke. [​IMG]

    Pros: Great calibrated picture, very tweakable, lightweight (and with casters it's movable w/ one man), no protective screen (my model) which I prefer.

    Cons: Not strong enough to hold up a weighty center speaker, kinda cheap plastic body feel - but for the price you have to expect that, takes time to switch between inputs - like 3/4 of a second, but it ain't near istantaneous like other high end models.

    Would buy again at the price I paid, would buy it (or the InFocus X1) if I were in the market right now.
     
  14. Kimo Bonnelycke

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    Well, I just got my 53WX42 today, and it has been an awesome. The first thing I did was turn down the brightness/contrast and let the TV warm up. Then ran VE in 4x3 mode to setup the TV (I think I did it right [​IMG]. Then put in Toy Story 2, and pushed play on my new RP62 DVD player. WOW That is all I can say. The picture looked fantastic. I also played the movie on my very very old Sony DVPS300 player, and I could really see a difference.

    I am a little scared to do any "service" modifications, and I haven't figured out what the whole convergance thing is... Guess I got a lot of reading to do.

    Kimo B.
     
  15. Andrew Pezzo

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    I am thinking about getting one of these and is wondering how the PQ when watching regular non-HD TV. Since the majority if my viewing is TV I want a decent picture for that even though I also want the best PQ for movies.
     
  16. Bill Will

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    Brands Mart in Flordia had the 47" Panny for $ 999.99
     
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  18. Sean Moon

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    I have had my 47wx49 for a year now and love it to death

    The bend problem inthe top I notice on 2.35 movies

    I do have an odd problem with mine though. Near the top edges I cant completely line up the convergence like the rest of the set. Also on the middle left and right sides, there is this banding...its so subtle my roomies dont see it. Almost looks like circular grooves on the screen, but the arent.
    Any clues?
     
  19. Rajeev_s

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    I bought my 53wx42 at local BB for a great price ($1460 + tax) in Nov 02. I have been very happy with my purchase. Out of the box PQ was excellent. Tweaked with AVIA and service menu tweaks. PQ is awesome.
    I agree the cabinet build quality is not all that great. For the price its great, I didnt think it was important to shell out another $600-800 for better cabinet on other make HDTV.
    About the bend problem in top, I have seen it on my TV, I tried to correct it in service menu, but its not that easy to do that. Things can go out of control. As far as I can tell, it looks better than before.
    I still have to do manual and electronic focus. Once those are done, I should be all set. For now, I love the PQ.
    I think this has been a great investment, why pay almost twice as what I paid for the same PQ and also I will upgrade in 4-5 years to a DLP FP/RP or Plasma or LCD flat panel.
     
  20. Gregg Loewen

    Gregg Loewen Video Standards Instructor, THX Ltd.
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    Ive seen this set advertised at Frys for $999 (a no brainer).

    Just keep in mind that the sets made after the price reduction do not have ANY black paint internally. You will have to either paint the inside or install duvetyne to help with black levels.

    I will be back in LA in July and am at your service, just let me know if you buy.

    Regards
    Gregg
     

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