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Oct 29 2008

Well, Panasonic did say that their 32in and 37in LCD’s with Freesat built-in would launch in October, just didn’t realise it would be so late in October!

We have created the price comparison pages for them, so if you are interested in purchasing, take advantage of the current discounts available from a few of the major retailers. Visit…

Panasonic TX-32LZD81 32in LCD Price Comparison

Panasonic TX-37LZD81 37in LCD Price Comparison

20 Responses to “Panasonic Freesat LCD’s Now Available”

  1. Al Catraz Says:

    You missed John Lewis from your comparison – they sell the 32″ for £899 and the 37″ for £999 – includes a 5 year guarantee on both.

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  2. admin Says:

    Thanks Al, reason being that the search isn’t finding them, damn you John Lewis :D

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  3. Al Catraz Says:

    No worries – I only know because I’ve been looking at these with some interest!

    OK experts, I have a new question that I would value your opinion on:

    It is claimed by many that Panasonic “internals” are some of the best on the market and as a result it gives a better picture than many of it’s competitors, so does it also follow that the HD picture from one of these TVs is going to be better than the Panny TH-32LZD85 with a non-panny HD box attached?

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  4. Phil Says:

    Don’t you mean TX-32LZD81 (not TH-32LZD81)?

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  5. admin Says:

    Good spot Phil, have made the changes, appreciated.

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  6. Dave Says:

    N.b. The manual for the TV does not show correct connection details (ie. Satallite RF connection) or satellite TV operational / end user details.

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  7. Juan Pablo Says:

    As I mentioned in another thread earlier.
    Now that finally they are out. We can see the 42″ Plasma is cheaper than 37″ LCD.
    Why would somebody go for the LCD one?Unless they find 42″ to be very big compared to 37″ I see no reason.
    Do these LCDs have any features not found in the Plasma ones? Or the LCD in them gives better PQ than Plasma? Thanks.

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  8. Al Catraz Says:

    Juan Pablo – space (the final frontier) is my reason for choosing LCD.
    Power consumption is a secondary reason.
    I think you could argue all day about PQ between the two – most would favour plasma I suspect, but I personally don’t think there’s that much difference these days.

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  9. Steven Says:

    Great! Thing is, it’s quite likely that at £899 for a 32″ (if that’s the price) you might get a better deal buying a separate satellite receiver and screen. For me, this is a better option and doesn’t have all it eggs in one basket.

    For me, I would prefer to choose which Freesat and Freeview receiver I use. If the screen fails in any way I still have my Freesat and Freeview box rather than loose the lot . .

    I don’t suppose you can buy a screen without some kind of tuner these days? Shame . .

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  10. Big Adam Says:

    [QUOTE]I don’t suppose you can buy a screen without some kind of tuner these days? Shame . .[/QUOTE]
    You certainly can. Pioneer have traditionally been the best “commercial” screen producers and unlike previous generations, they have HDMI and DVI inputs built in making them perfect for HTPC use.
    Take a look at their KRP-600M and KRP-500M models.

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  11. sheppy124 Says:

    Great, finally can send my list to santa

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  12. Chris Says:

    I’m looking at the 37″ LCD because…I prefer LCD and the 42″ plasma would be too big.

    It might be cheaper to buy a screen and separate STB, however I’m looking at the convenience. I want the Freesat DTR but don’t want to have it powered up all the time just for general viewing, so a separate box or built-in tuner is best. A separate box would have an additional remote control and I’m not convinced that the Foxsat and Foxsat HDR remote codes wont clash. OK, all the eggs are in one basket, but if something does go wrong with the internal Freesat receiver and the TV is out of guarantee then you’ve still got the options of getting a new up-to-date TV or just a separate receiver anyway to tide you over. It’s sometimes not ALL about money!

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  13. Michael Says:

    Because of rapidly changing technology I opted for the separate Freesat tuner. I recently upgraded to the 37″ Panasonic 800 series LCD TV that Which? magazine recommend as top of the range in that size. (it’s also worth noting that John Lewis also threw in £150 off a Panasonic DVD recorder, in addition to their standard 5 year guarantee)

    If I had waited for the latest set with the integral Freesat tuner it means that when I upgrade to the Humax PVR I would have been left with a redundant internal tuner.

    At least I will be able to use my current Humax for the second tv upstairs, after upgrade.

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  14. admin Says:

    Would appear that the price of the 42in plasma is on the way up, as Dixons and Currys have already raised their price to just under £1k. Might just be a distribution problem for them, but generally they lead the way and the others follow!

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  15. Juan Pablo Says:

    This what I like about forums. Sometimes you think something is quite obvious but find out that is not always what you think.
    Still… some things.
    1. Lets suppose Plasma and LCD where the same PQ, no difference between them. Then is paying more for a smaller set. The power consumption is a good point have to admit it.

    2. Then I always thought having one box instead of five (and five remotes and all the clutter and cables..plus the extra power consumption) would be ideal but some people disagree.
    Steven says: “For me, I would prefer to choose which Freesat and Freeview receiver I use. If the screen fails in any way I still have my Freesat and Freeview box rather than loose the lot . ”
    You can still choose because these TVs have all the connections. You can use whichever external box you want. And if the screen fails.. what is the point of having the boxes?You will have to get another screen. I can’t see the logic behind that. It is true it would be cheaper a TV without the Freesat tuner.
    Also he said: “I don’t suppose you can buy a screen without some kind of tuner these days? Shame . .”
    Hmmm. I can’t think of someone 10 years ago asking for a TV without and analogue tuner and buying an external box for it. If TV manufacturers had done that I think people would have complained. Freeview boxes are very cheap and I don’t think they add much to the price of the TV…GBP 10.maybe, probably less?

    Of course I see the point for people who already have an external Freesat box.But redundancy is always going to happen. I have the 42PZ81 and I waited for it because I didn’t want to add an extra box. When I get a HDR for Freesat the TV tuner may be redundant or not, because if I am not recording I save some energy not switching on the HDR. I guess the same hapened to people who got a PVR for Freeview if they had a Freeview TV.

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  16. Juan Pablo Says:

    @admin: I think is normal the price goes up. I think is the 37″ LCD what is pushing it up. I don’t know if the term in English is correct or if it even means something but to me is like a price segment placing…
    As I was trying to say don’t understand how the 37″ could be sold when the 42″ is cheaper. And lets think about the people who go to buy at Currys or some general store. Conversation:
    Customer: Why is that the 37 is more expensive than the 42? What is the difference?
    Seller: 42 is Plasma, 37 is LCD.
    Customer: I always heard or thought Plasma was better. Let me see. I will take the 42.

    Probably he is not aware of the power consumption. And if he is not restricted by the size the choice is clear to me. Probably this happens again and again…
    Then the 37 are not selling if they are near the 42. You can’t push down the price of the 37.. lets move up de 42.
    Does it make sense?

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  17. Juan Pablo Says:

    An user inthe AVforums has this theory about the price going up:

    “I think as we are in the run up to Christmas all the retailers will increase their prices. Supply and demand.
    But of course they need some extra margin in order to give us their ” Massive Sale ” January Sale prices and of course when they have a sale the price has to have been at the higher price for 30 days.
    Me being a cynic this means that the January sale prices will probably be around the same price as we have now.”

    I think if that was the case, not only the 42 but all of them would go up in price.

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  18. admin Says:

    DSG Group have increased their price on the 42in and 46in. We might just be at the very start of the price increase, especially considering Comet usually follow Currys around on price!!! It’s of no surprise they do this though, Currys originally offered free delivery on televisions, but then changed it to £19.95 and sent out a FREE DELIVERY discount code! Dirty tricks :D

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  19. Steven Says:

    Big Adam said: “You certainly can. Pioneer have traditionally been the best “commercial” screen producers and unlike previous generations, they have HDMI and DVI inputs built in making them perfect for HTPC use.
    Take a look at their KRP-600M and KRP-500M models.”

    Thanks Adam.. I’ll definately take a look . . With Freeview HD just on the horizon also how many screens with built in Freeview are DVB-T2/MPEG4 compliant? Absolutely none at the moment I suspect . . I’m in a state of flux as to which purchase to make . . Hence, wanting a ‘tuner free’ screen…

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  20. John Says:

    I have the 32″ internal freesat pic quality is brill HD fantastic, terrestrial digital OK, analogue acceptable. SKY via scart acceptable.

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