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Panasonic Plasma TV vs. Monitor Decision

by mblack18 / April 2, 2006 8:14 AM PDT

I'm still trying to decide between the Panasonic TH-42PX60U plasma TV and the Panasonic TH-42PHD8UK plasma monitor. The price tag for each is almost identical. We have digital cable service and a substantial sound system, so will I get more bang for my buck by getting the monitor instead of the TV? Need to decide real soon. Help!

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input, inputs,,,,
by jcrobso / April 2, 2006 9:02 AM PDT

The TH-42PHD8UK has limited inputs, the stock inputs are composit and RGB. The TH-42PX60U has HDMI wicth will work better for comsumer needs. I doubt that you could tell the difference in picture quality. john

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by stewart norrie / April 3, 2006 5:53 AM PDT
In reply to: input, inputs,,,,

If that monitor has no hi-def inputs then what good is it? I would go for t.v. if you want hi-def please explain I would like to more about a hi.def monitor thjat has no hi-def inputs

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Buy what you need
by steve.trelease / April 4, 2006 5:20 AM PDT

The Panasonic industrial plasma *do* have component inputs. If you want HDMI or DVI, you can purchase an input module which supports it.

Remember these sets were designed to be computer-driven displays, but they can be configured to play nicely with consumer components.

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can we add inputs?
by DonPope / April 15, 2006 4:49 AM PDT
In reply to: input, inputs,,,,

once we've added the inputs we need, is there any difference left? because from what i understand you can buy and add extra inputs on the monitor. if i don't need all these other extra inputs, it would then be an economical choice to buy the monitor?

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by BONSPEED / April 2, 2006 9:23 AM PDT

traditionaly, the only difference between a ''tv'' and a ''monitor'' was the price. the monitor being less expensive. today, with so many people using programing providers (sat/cable), the built in tv tuner is more form then function. manufactors cant call their hd units ''tv'' unless it has a tv tuner. if you can save a few $$s and the all specs are the same, go with the ''monitor'' version.remember when cable was first introduced, subscribers were told to leave their channel knob tuned to 3 / 4. same difference.

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monitor vs tv
by tommytahoe / April 3, 2006 1:01 PM PDT

The panasonic monitor can have boards added for inputs so you can hook up a cable line via hdmi or dvi into the monitor and use it as a "TV". The monitor also will be easier to use as a true monitor for the PC/web etc.

The new panasonic TVs have 10000 to 1 as opposed to the older yr model (monitor)

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TV vs Monitor Specs
by itchief / April 15, 2006 7:10 AM PDT

The 42PHD8 is of last years generation (8th) the 60 series TVs are 9th generation. The industrial versions of the 60 series haven't been released yet. The newer panels are thinner and have a better contrast ratio (4000:1 vs 3000:1)at normal contrast settings (They quote 10,000:1 at max contrast but i don't know anyone who watches their TVs that way!. The HDMI card you'd need for the monitor costs around $150. None of the manufacturers seem to release their industrial models in conjunction with their consumer models - can be confusing. Another consideration---if the price drop we've seen on this years consumer models, compared to last years, holds up, then the new industrial models should be much less expensive that the comparable consumer models??

Cheers Jon

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