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Old 23-11-2013, 09:03
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Is this a good TV to replace my Sony KDL-40W2000? the Sony has lasted me so many years and still going strong (picture quality and sound still beats lots of modern TV's), but maybe it's time to upgrade? the Sony is very big and bulky, one of the big old school LCD's. This Panasonic looks perfect with added 3D and ability to play my media through it.
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Old 23-11-2013, 09:20
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If a new TV adds facilities you actually NEED, then by all means replace with a new set - and Panasonic and Sony are on a par, as the best two manufacturers.

But do you really need 3D?, in my experience few people use it after the first few weeks.

Personally I'd probably wait until the old set fails, and then buy a new one.

Incidentally, the 40W2000 was one of the first Full HD sets, and was manufactured for far longer than most Sony models.

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Extra thought! - have you considered a larger set?, a modern 42 probably looks smaller then the older bulky 40 inch one - a 46 or 47 might be a better move?.
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Old 23-11-2013, 09:57
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Thanks for the reply.

Apart from 3D, I can get around most issues I have with the Sony, I can get a WDTV to stream my media through it (and access Netflix), I can get a HDMI switch to add more HDMI ports (I only have 2) and use a Freeview HD/Sky/Virgin box to get HD channels.

I know people who are telling me that HD is still the best platform to watch TV and they are probably right. It seems pointless getting a new TV and then selling the old one for peanuts when it cost me over 1K when it first came out.

They do have a 47" in this Panasonic model too.
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Old 23-11-2013, 10:25
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Thanks for the reply.

Apart from 3D, I can get around most issues I have with the Sony, I can get a WDTV to stream my media through it (and access Netflix), I can get a HDMI switch to add more HDMI ports (I only have 2) and use a Freeview HD/Sky/Virgin box to get HD channels.

I know people who are telling me that HD is still the best platform to watch TV and they are probably right. It seems pointless getting a new TV and then selling the old one for peanuts when it cost me over 1K when it first came out.
If you want HD then Sky is the way to go, although you do get a few free HD channels on Freeview HD, Freesat, and also on a Sky HD box. But to get any decent quantity of HD channels you need a Sky HD subscription.

The 40W2000 is a Full HD set, a pretty high-end one for the time, and will look great fed from an HD source.
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Old 23-11-2013, 10:29
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The ET series is getting quite short supply but is a very good screen when showing HD with good contrast and blacks -- you certainly won't be disappointed after that old TV .

My only concern is after a 40" huge frame TV going to either a 42" or 47" "micro frame" tv it may look a little lost ?

55" is the way to go or perhaps compromise on a 50"
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Old 23-11-2013, 11:14
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I could always get the 47 inch TV and put the Sony in the bedroom, it might look abit out of place though! but I'd rather do that then sell it for peanuts.

The picture quality of the Panasonic is outstanding, I see lines and details on people's faces I never noticed before with my Sony. And if it's in short supply now might be the best time to get it?
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Old 23-11-2013, 11:42
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I could always get the 47 inch TV and put the Sony in the bedroom, it might look abit out of place though! but I'd rather do that then sell it for peanuts.
I agree, pointless selling the set for peanuts.


The picture quality of the Panasonic is outstanding, I see lines and details on people's faces I never noticed before with my Sony. And if it's in short supply now might be the best time to get it?
That sounds like you're comparing HD to SD, most shop demonstrations are in HD - SD on the Panasonic isn't likely to be any better than your old set (the W series had good scalers).
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Old 23-11-2013, 12:13
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Just a thought...
I'll bet the old Sony sounds much better that anything you'll get now - at least it looks as if it has the space for decent sized front mounted speakers
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Old 23-11-2013, 12:41
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Just a thought...
I'll bet the old Sony sounds much better that anything you'll get now - at least it looks as if it has the space for decent sized front mounted speakers
That's true - the W2000 has 'reasonable' sized speakers, and far better sound than current sets.
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Old 23-11-2013, 15:41
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Me likes this one too..... But concerned about it having poor blacks
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Old 24-11-2013, 21:20
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Me likes this one too..... But concerned about it having poor blacks
The screen changes from "e" to "et" in the pana range see to it that blacks are far better on the et . If you are ever able to see the 2 variants side by side its a very marked step up .
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Old 25-11-2013, 01:31
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Is this a good TV to replace my Sony KDL-40W2000? the Sony has lasted me so many years and still going strong (picture quality and sound still beats lots of modern TV's), but maybe it's time to upgrade? the Sony is very big and bulky, one of the big old school LCD's. This Panasonic looks perfect with added 3D and ability to play my media through it.
I have what I think is the 32 inch version of this tv i doesn't have 3d though ..I'm delighted with it.
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Old 26-11-2013, 08:53
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I have what I think is the 32 inch version of this tv i doesn't have 3d though ..I'm delighted with it.

would this happen to be the panasonic tx L32e6b? If so, I bought one last week. i am happy with it, although the picture is 'softer' than a previous panasonic I had, despit eputting the sharpness to maximum. Admittedly on the old panasonic I used a humax pvr as a receiver, perhaps the softness is due to the difference between a pvr tuner and the tv tuner, rather than the display?
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Old 26-11-2013, 09:03
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would this happen to be the panasonic tx L32e6b? If so, I bought one last week. i am happy with it, although the picture is 'softer' than a previous panasonic I had, despit eputting the sharpness to maximum. Admittedly on the old panasonic I used a humax pvr as a receiver, perhaps the softness is due to the difference between a pvr tuner and the tv tuner, rather than the display?
Can you try the Humax on it?, this would prove it.
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Old 26-11-2013, 10:19
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Can you try the Humax on it?, this would prove it.
The Humax is currently at another house, but yes, I will try it and that will prove it one way or the other.
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