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Just wondering, anyone else here own a Panasonic PT47X54 RPTV? I have it hooked up to a Cogeco DCT-6208 and it looks amazing so far, especially the HD channels.
 

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Cool, pretty sweet unit eh? I compared the PQ between a Sony and the Panny and the Panny wins hands down. Looks like Sony really let the ball down on it's entire product line except the new Grand Wega's. I hate when companies don't stand behind their whole product line. I was a Sony buyer exclusive for the past 16 years and this is the first Panasonic I ever owned (owned the Panasonic 3DO system). I'm sold on Panasonic for life. :)
 

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I own last year's 47WX53. I saw last week Costco is selling the 47WX54's for $1599.
 

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I paid $2200 last Sept. Prices sure do drop.

Have you set it up with an Avia or DVE disc yet? Made a big difference with mine.
 

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I bought the 47x54 about 2 weeks ago, so far Im very pleased with it. I've been feeding it mostly standard cable, with the odd dvd. I plan on picking up a HDTV OTA STB (love the shortforms eh?) this week to finally see what this HDTV hoopla is all about lol.
 

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I did my own calibration and the tv looks superb so far. The defautl setings have the color and brightness way too high. Talk about turning an HDTV into a Microwave. :)
 

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being a Panasonic, Sony, Toshiba and LG dealer I can tell you this is a smart choice for todays projo. In the last three years the Panasonic PT47" has sold more than any other TV in its category. We sold more of that TV than we did any 27" tube TV! It is a good bang for your buck and Pani stepped up to the plate for 2004 and added some looks to their cabinet that where definatly lacking in the past. They also stepped up and added auto converg. which was a big item for todays consumer. Even though these auto buttons are not what they are said to be, Panasonic's is the only one that also does adjust the green gun. Out of the box they are bright due to set up for floor display, this can easily be adjusted. I would highly recomend that anyone that has one of these sets get a service tech to come and do a service convergence and go over the fine grid of each section of the screen. It will drastically reduce shading and shadows that are common with any CRT projection TV and this is covered under Panasonic's warranty for the first year. Future shop best buy, and cosco buyers be aware: there is a drop in model for this TV that future shop has always had and it is cheaper but as usaul you get what you pay for! It is usually a drop in exclusive model that will be lacking a screen protector and also is lacking two speakers that that standard model has. They make this special for these dealers and I would suggest spending the extra money (screen protector is valued about 200 bucks) the actual two screens that are behind it are from 6 to 800 bucks if you reck it.

Over all This TV Rocks once set up to perform, feed it with HDTV and progressive scan DVD and you have a great set up for a really good price.
 

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Hi DFDGUY, I bought the PT47X54 at Best Buy in Oakville. How would I know if I got the special drop in model that lacks a screen protector? Looking at it right now, I can't tell the difference between a none-protective screen and one that has one.

Thanks for the help.
 

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I have the model from Futureshop without the screen protector and cheaper remote. Last year it was the PT47WX33 so this year I assume it would be the PT47WX34. The main reason I bought it was because it didn't have the protector. Far less glare.
 

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The screen protector will feel smooth and yes will have more glare however any screen that is flat drastically reduces glare. The screen protector does have an anti-scratch and anti-glare spray applied to it at the factory. If the screen feels "ribbed" you got a drop in. Usually it will have an odd ball model number like the 33 that Peano has. But the speakers are a big difference. If using surround sound not a big issue but put a strong cleaner on the actual screen and you will find out how expensive it is to replace. When cleaning these spending 30 bucks on Monster's Screen cleaner is a wise idea. Don't use harsh cleaners or you will strip the coating off of the protector or if no protector damage the screen. If you can't get your hands on this stuff take a very small amount of windex and add lots of water so you can just see a little colour too it.
Good luck guys and good TV. Since Pani introduced the 47" wide screen I have had one customer that was not happy with it but also has Pani's 34" wide screen CRT HDTV that he compared to and well........ no comparison.
 

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DFDGUY ..... Some thanks from me too -- appreciated seeing and reading your comments. I'm presently looking and trying to decide, the positive comments in this thread have sure helped!! Cheers to all!!
 

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Johnp, what size are you looking for? If you are looking to step it up at notch I also am a strong beleiver in the 53TW54, it does offer, shorter better CRT guns. the looks are close to the same but you add some speakers on the side of the screen. Once you go bigger you will always slightly loose PQ however with the better lenses the 53TW is very comparable to the 47. These two in my eyes are number 1 for ProJo and hands down eat every other manufacturer in my opinion. Don't forget cables, I hate seeing people spend a fist full of cash on the ultimate TV and use the cheapest and wrong cables to connect it. The free cables that come with your home theater components are free for a reason!
 

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Thanks for the tip re: the 53TW. Agree with your comments re: cables. I have a box full of those 'free' cables, collected over the many years I've been into this hobby!! Cheers.
 

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FreeBSD said:
Hi DFDGUY, I bought the PT47X54 at Best Buy in Oakville. How would I know if I got the special drop in model that lacks a screen protector? Looking at it right now, I can't tell the difference between a none-protective screen and one that has one.

Thanks for the help.
I'm pretty sure if you order the 47X54 any where, you'll get the same TV. I think he was just pointing out, that you could be fooled into buying the 47WX54 at Futureshop since the model numbers are almost identical. I've heard that the latter (the 47WX54) is just last year's model (47WX53) with a DVI input added, or something along those lines.
 

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I would highly recomend that anyone that has one of these sets get a service tech to come and do a service convergence and go over the fine grid of each section of the screen. It will drastically reduce shading and shadows that are common with any CRT projection TV and this is covered under Panasonic's warranty for the first year.
So you're saying I can call up Panasonic a few weeks after I have this TV and they'll send out some service tech for free to do the service convergence... Or what were you getting at by saying this is "covered" under the warranty?

[I'm asking because I just bought one of these last night. $1725 at FS] :)
 

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Yes as far as the service convergence, I actually send a tech to most of my customers to have it done. Just call the dealer you purchased from and find out who the authorized service depot is. Complain that you find when you pull up your menu or guide you have some shadowing or colour seperation. All you need is your bill of sale and it will be covered under warranty. These are factory set when they leave and by far are not aligned very well, plus shipping and delivering knocks them all over the place. If you look hard enough you will see red, green or blue lines down the side of faces and on lettering. Get this done is well worth it. And it won't cost you a cent!
PS: good price.http://www.panasonic.ca/english/customercare/customercare.asp
This link has service depot locator
 

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I'm pretty sure if you order the 47X54 any where, you'll get the same TV. I think he was just pointing out, that you could be fooled into buying the 47WX54 at Futureshop since the model numbers are almost identical. I've heard that the latter (the 47WX54) is just last year's model (47WX53) with a DVI input added, or something along those lines.
Yes I actually see the 53WX54 on FS website and it does have a protector. the WX33 they had last year did not. I can't find the 47 but if you look on Pani's website they have the 47/53X54 and then the 53TW54, they don't even show the WX54. I have not compared the two but just on the cosmetics I would buy the X model.
 
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