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Whats the basic Spec/Price?

Price is $1,998

Specs were a bit short in the add and didn't have a brochure although 10,000:1 contrast, lots of connection options (including DVI, 2 scart ports).

As mentioned uses a Samsumg tuner. JB say RRP $2,998 although they were doing them for $2,398 last week looking at the sign.

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Price is $1,998

Specs were a bit short in the add and didn't have a brochure although 10,000:1 contrast, lots of connection options (including DVI, 2 scart ports).

As mentioned uses a Samsumg tuner.  JB say RRP $2,998 although they were doing them for $2,398 last week looking at the sign.

Might have to go and have a look... another option with the DSE Trio Panel...

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Like the Soniq 32" LCD it is a Samsung Panel... The 32" is a bargain MO I haven't struck any downsides like the smearing AWA panel, so it owuld not shock me if the Soniq plasma is also a quality TV

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Ok I am actually writing this using my Ibook hooked up the Plasma.

So far so good, picture quality has been good through Foxtel and DVD. Very easy to set up (although I forget to connect the speakers at the back so no sound at first).

Seemed to moving a lot of them at JB today.

After I bought it the guy was saying that the Samsung Tuner was actually the latest one, which Samsung are about to start using (so may explain the $2,000 Samsung Plasma before Xmas rumour).

Will keep you posted if we have any issues.

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Ok I am actually writing this using my Ibook hooked up the Plasma.

So far so good, picture quality has been good through Foxtel and DVD.  Very easy to set up (although I forget to connect the speakers at the back so no sound at first).

Seemed to moving a lot of them at JB today.

After I bought it the guy was saying that the Samsung Tuner was actually the latest one, which Samsung are about to start using (so may explain the $2,000 Samsung Plasma before Xmas rumour).

Will keep you posted if we have any issues.

Hi there,

Could you post any specs of this unit please?

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I have a friend that bought one of the Soniq 42" Plasmas. It has DVI input so I was wondering if it was a SD panel or HD panel.

The manual is a joke and doesn't say much. the salesman sold then a Teac DVB420 STB with it.

Anyone know?

Cheers.

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Had a look at one of these at JB HiFi $1998

Sticker on the back said Samsung panel.

This is an SD panel 852x480 - but will accept HD signals.

It had DVI, VGA, 2xcomponent, RCA, S-video & 2 scarts.

(not sure whats available through scarts)

It was playing a THX DVD loop Star Wars I & Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Considering the really bright environment it was setup (under tons of flouro lights)

I thought the fast action scenes were handled really well.

Looked like a nice unit.

Speakers on either side are NOT detachable.

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Saw the Sonic plasma this morning. Seemed to have a very good picture for the price!

BUT there is a down side - and it's not the plasma - it's the service.

Be careful. I paid for my Soniq plasma yesterday and when I went to pick it up, the guy at JB said it was accidentally sold to someone else. HOW COULD THEY STUFF THAT UP? Anyway, I don't blame them inidividually, but JB management in general. JB are always understaffed, overworked and running around like headless chooks! If you have the cash for the unit, buy it there and then. Don't order it because you may have to wait longer than you thought.

But they will do 6 months interest free which sold us over. When you work out the figures, we worked out that over 5 years the unit with a set top box, 5 year warranty and cables came to under $9.80 a week. That is cheap entertainment in my money!

GO FOR IT! THEY WILL SELL OUT THIS WEEK

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I bought one of these at JB today. Won't get it delivered till the weekend, but generally speaking when I had a look at the image quality alongside the other standard SD panels, this baby was at least an equal. It was uncalibrated, but hooked up via component to an HD STB playing the 10 HD loop.

Beat LG SD image quality, matched Samsung and Hitachi and was bested by NEC slightly. Of course this is all subjective, but I have some idea what to look for.

I also bought the 5 year warranty for $330, so I don't see the downside of what is basically a samsung panel plasma with all the required inputs (incl. DVI but not HDMI) for around $2K. By the time HD source becomes common on DVDs (HDDVD/BluRay) and HD Tv resolution increases, I'll simply buy a new LCD HD or SED panel.

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If you believe the www.overclockers.com forums it's much better than the trio.

hmmm

I played with both and IMOP the Trio wins hands down on PQ. The Sonic has no blacks. its grey city man!. Seemed odd cause of the 10,000:1 CR. Maybe Maquarie have a bad one but no amount of adjustment could get a great picture. Certainly nothing like the 10,000:1 SD LG up the back of the shop (my pick for best blacks anyway)

I did like the black frame and the screendoor on the Sonic was much better than the trio.

all my views. take it with a grain of sand and go see for yourself!

:blink:

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Just bought this TV on the weekend from JB , very pleased with it for the price.

One problem I have is that the remote controls (2 of them) just don't work very well. One minute it works the next is doesn't seem to . You can walk up close to the panel and still no good. The manual says they might not work around bright lights etc , which shouldn't be an issue in my opinion, I have never know remotes not work because of that. My living room is not bright.

Anyway I want to use my home theatre remote control .

Does anybody know what the 4 digit manufacturer code for Soniq TV's is so I can program my remote. Have searched the web . Also tried all the Samsung codes in my Yamaha manual but no luck. Maybe it is the TV sensor rather than the remote.

Any advice ???

Jon

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I'd love to know how they decided that ?

I played with both and IMOP the Trio wins hands down on PQ. The Sonic has no blacks. its grey city man!. Seemed odd cause of the 10,000:1 CR. Maybe Maquarie have a bad one but no amount of adjustment could get a great picture.  Certainly nothing like the 10,000:1 SD LG up the back of the shop (my pick for best blacks anyway)

I did like the black frame and the screendoor on the Sonic was much better than the trio.

all my views. take it with a grain of sand and go see for yourself!

:blink:

Hey mybrains - love your work!

It's worth a trip over to the pc overclockers forum to have a look at the soniq threads. Clearly, the soniq is a quality television when set up properly. As with all no-names, the potential downside of course will be reliability. I must say I haven't seen the a DSE trio myself but there's enough in the trio threads in this forum and enough on the soniq in a variety of forums to sway me towards the soniq.

Had a very careful look at the range of HD and SD screens at JB last night and the soniq was the equal of most of them. Running over component and tweaked a bit the picture was good enough for me to order a couple (at that price, why not?).

Didn't run with the 5 year warranty because I figure that if anything is gonna go, it will happen sooner rather than later. If either of the screens does decide to crap out on me after the one year warranty is over, then I guess it will be interesting to see whether the cost of repair will be more than the $500 cost of the long term warranty but hey, I probably shouldn't be going there yet!!

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I just had the philosophy that the extra warranty being only $330 (you can bargain them down easily, to even $250 I hear), and the set being a unknown cheapo brand, something is likely to break sometime, and I'll just keep getting replacements until I can get a decent next-gen HD set.

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I played with both and IMOP the Trio wins hands down on PQ. The Sonic has no blacks. its grey city man!. Seemed odd cause of the 10,000:1 CR. Maybe Maquarie have a bad one but no amount of adjustment could get a great picture.  Certainly nothing like the 10,000:1 SD LG up the back of the shop (my pick for best blacks anyway)

While I haven't seen the Trio I also thought the 42" Soniq had very poor contrast and black levels. I'm not sure how well it was calibrated or whether it was connected via composite but I certainly wouldn't have bought the TV with that demo.

BTW, I saw it at JB-Hifi Modbury, SA.

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While I haven't seen the Trio I also thought the 42" Soniq had very poor contrast and black levels. I'm not sure how well it was calibrated or whether it was connected via composite but I certainly wouldn't have bought the TV with that demo. 

BTW, I saw it at JB-Hifi Modbury, SA.

Not sure how you can increase the black. Most shops have default settings which is 100% contrast.

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On a plasma I normally set the brightness to 50% and contrast to 100%, and then up the saturation just past 50 to about 60%. This works a treat on the factory Trio (default all 50%)

When I tried this on the sonic plasma I found 100% contrast made the image go oversharp looking, so i backed it to 85% and lowered the brightness below 50% but it all went dark.

Mind u I was doing this bent over cause the friggin sales guy gave me the BS about the remote being 'out the back'. I should have told him i'd buy one, and once he had written up the sales docket, i could say "sorry, i left my wallet /out the back/" lol

The overclockers forum requires membership, so if u could paste a few choice morsels about how they set them up, the guys here would be much obliged :blink:

PS dont get me wrong. I dont work for DSE. I'd happly reverse my view if I could get the sonic to look better. I did appreciate its black case (I have a thing for black cases. silver however - eek)

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It's very odd that you guys mention the black level, because the display model I saw seemed quite bright and had pleasantly deep blacks. This is in comparison with many other plasmas near it (mainly LGs, Pioneers and Panasonics).

The only down side I saw was that the image was not as sharp as the HD plasmas, but that's a given with an SD set. Compared against LG SDs it was actually better IMHO.

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Im starting to wonder if there is different stocks going to different stores?

When the new JB opens at brookvale I will check out their stock. Im sorta in the market for a cheapie plasma (as well as a LCD) cause I need a xmas pressie for the father in law. If this dosent win me big brownie points, dunno what will :blink:

Sould be sub $1500 by xmas i hope. Dont think this is an unreasonable expectation. We didnt think they would hit <2k this quick after all...

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While I haven't seen the Trio I also thought the 42" Soniq had very poor contrast and black levels. I'm not sure how well it was calibrated or whether it was connected via composite but I certainly wouldn't have bought the TV with that demo. 

BTW, I saw it at JB-Hifi Modbury, SA.

:blink: I saw that one running some Star Wars THX demo and thought it looked alright! You're talking about the one set up just inside the front door?

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Im starting to wonder if there is different stocks going to different stores?

When the new JB opens at brookvale I will check out their stock. Im sorta in the market for a cheapie plasma (as well as a LCD) cause I need a xmas pressie for the father in law.  If this dosent win me big brownie points, dunno what will :blink:

Sould be sub $1500 by xmas i hope. Dont think this is an unreasonable expectation. We didnt think they would hit <2k this quick after all...

It's a bit of a worry about the different stocks. On overclockers, it's coming out in the soniq thread that there are two different batches - one batch with scart sockets and one without. Now this could also mean that the soniq badge has been applied to two very different products - one with crapola blacks and one batch that does good blacks!

I could get very nervous about my investment very fast, very soon unless this all gets clarified sooner rather than later!

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Next time someone sees one, report back on what you think but also post what input was being used (i.e. component, composite, etc.), and the source.

What I saw was component input direct from an HD STB running the 10 HD loop, and IQ and blacks looked totally fine to me.

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:blink: I saw that one running some Star Wars THX demo and thought it looked alright! You're talking about the one set up just inside the front door?

That is the one. It was playing an animated movie (I think it was Shark Tale). Usually animated movies look great on plasmas and LCDs but the first thing that hit me were the poor black levels.

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On a plasma I normally set the brightness to 50% and contrast to 100%, and then up the saturation just past 50 to about 60%. This works a treat on the factory Trio (default all 50%)

When I tried this on the sonic plasma I found 100% contrast made the image go oversharp looking, so i backed it to 85% and lowered the brightness below 50% but it all went dark.

Mind u I was doing this bent over cause the friggin sales guy gave me the BS about the remote being 'out the back'. I should have told him i'd buy one, and once he had written up the sales docket, i could say "sorry, i left my wallet /out the back/"  lol

The overclockers forum requires membership, so if u could paste a few choice morsels about how they set them up, the guys here would be much obliged :blink:

PS dont get me wrong. I dont work for DSE. I'd happly reverse my view if I could get the sonic to look better. I did appreciate its black case (I have a thing for black cases. silver however - eek)

OK...cut and pasted from a review by a guy called mxlaser over on overclockers (got his permission first):

SONIQ 42" PLASMA (Samsung PDP & Samsung HDi Scaler) from JB HIFI

Specs:

Cost:

$1998 @ JB HIFI

Contrast Ratio:

10,000:1

Resolution:

852x480

Supported Resolutions:

480i/p / 576i/p / 720p / 1080i

Connections:

DVI / RGB / 2 x Component / RCA / S-Video / 2 x SCART / UHF/VFH

Internal:

Built in Speakers (not detachable) 2 x 7.5w.

Built in Analogue Tuner (Why oh why….)

Misc:

No internal fans (does make a very slight hum in silence)

Black Fascia (Looks awesome.)

Comes with:

PDP (You’d hope so )

Power Cable

2 x Remotes

RCA Cable

S-Video Cable

Batteries

Manual

Stand.

REVIEW

This plasma TV runs virtually silent. It is fan-less and has one of the low power consumption rating. I could not hear the unit running unless very close.

The onscreen graphic user display on this plasma television is excellent and easy to use. There are options available for colour temp adjustment, sharpness, colour, picture, brightness and tint. There is a sound adjustment menu if you are using the built in 7.5 watt speakers that alters the sound for custom, normal, music, movies and speech. For simple speakers they do produce a good mid sound level, and a nice level of bass which is surprising.

The five aspect ratios options include Zoom x1, Zoom x2, Normal, Wide and 14:9. I like to adjust the colour on almost any input signal I'm watching and I found the Soniq’s colour adjustments for red, blue and green to be simple and easy to use.

The PDP has a nice, easy to navigate menu system. It can be a little time consuming for some actions, but generally, the day to day chores are quick and easy. The navigation to select your AV source, for me, is amazing! Previous TV’s and plasma had to cycle through your selections, where this Plasma, you bring up a list, then select it. Very quick and very convenient.

I've tested it with various sources (DVD PLAYER / HDSTB / SDSTB / VCR / XBOX) and using various connections for each, where I could. Where this panel is let down is when using a RCA source. The seem to come out with the most issues (to be expected being RCA) but it to me, is to a point it’s not watch able. However, using the same sources, through S-Video/SCART or component, and its fine.

The inbuilt analogue tuner is IMO a complete waste and I doubt many, if any at all will ever use it.

Both RGB and DVI produce some exceptional images… I can honestly say, they are on par with some HD LG/Panasonic and Samsung panels. Also, component produces to my eye, the best colour images. I don’t quiet know how to explain it, the just seem a little more natural, softer and vibrant through component.

The panel handles fast action, and very dark scenes (action: Ronin & Transporter car chase scenes, and AFL / dark: Doom 3 & some Horror movies) fantastic. Its grey and black tones seem to display very well throughout. Action suffers very little from any blurring or banding in the images during high movement and even quick colour changes. I am thoroughly impressed.

I could not honestly say you would get a PDP of this image quality, build, finish and features for under $3k from any other supplier. Its only price competitors are either the DSE Trio and the Teac 1060 (which I owned) and it beats both hands down. It’s not actually a competition. It’s like putting a Mazda 2 up against an RX-8. The only other screens it may compete with are the emerging 32" LCD's. You will lose out on 10" inchhes of realestate, and IMO a much more natural image, especially for television. Hoever the LCD's do have the benifit of higher resolutions, important if your connection a computer to them. That was of no importance to me and pure image quality and size are the largest factors for me.

You won’t get better PQ, looks and features for this price currently with any other plasma. If your in the market for a sub $3.5k or SD PDP, seriously have a look at one of these before buying something else, or you’ll have buyers remorse once you do see one.

Hope you like my first ever, real review… I won’t be quitting my day job

Image Quality 9/10

Sound Quality 6/10

Features 10/10

Ease of Use 9/10

Value for money 10/10

Overall rating 44/50

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Just bought this TV on the weekend from JB , very pleased with it for the price.

One problem I have is that the remote controls (2 of them) just don't work very well. One minute it works the next is doesn't seem to . You can walk up close to the panel and still no good. The manual says they might not work around bright lights etc , which shouldn't be an issue in my opinion, I have never know remotes not work because of that. My living room is not bright.

Anyway I want to use my home theatre remote control .

Does anybody know what the 4 digit manufacturer code for Soniq TV's is so I can program my remote. Have searched the web . Also tried all the Samsung codes in my Yamaha manual but no luck. Maybe it is the TV sensor rather than the remote.

Any advice ???

Jon

I am Identical with this purchase:

1. Searching for 4 digit codes and

2. The remote sux, it is the worst remote ever, but

The TV is brilliant, I totally agree with the review above. I have matched it with a LG Lst 5100p HD STB, and everything is perfect, I cannot fault it. I am not an expert on Plasma yet, but I am very particular, so I am very pleased with it.

So my questions are this: has anyone else had problems with the remote, if there is one here already it will help for when I chase service.

Cheers

Puttikan

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Image Quality 9/10

wow that doesnt leave much room for improvement, or for comparison between the "brand" models???

from what I have seen of the Soniq panels, I would have to say that rating is somewhat dubious.. although I have probably not seen them at their best (knowing how panels are normally set up in stores, ie badly)...

cheers :blink:

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wow that doesnt leave much room for improvement, or for comparison between the "brand" models???

from what I have seen of the Soniq panels, I would have to say that rating is somewhat dubious.. although I have probably not seen them at their best (knowing how panels are normally set up in stores, ie badly)...

cheers :blink:

Hi

That was actually my review. It was discussed more where it was originally posted (OCAU Forums) however, that PQ was based on comparisons of ONLY other SD sets, and also with price->performance in mind as well. Its not just a be all end all indicative score of overall PQ against the world of plasma's, im not at libiterty to test them all (although i wish i was)

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

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Hi

That was actually my review. It was discussed more where it was originally posted (OCAU Forums) however, that PQ was based on comparisons of ONLY other SD sets, and also with price->performance in mind as well. Its not just a be all end all indicative score of overall PQ against the world of plasma's, im not at libiterty to test them all (although i wish i was)

If anyone has any questions feel free to ask.

fair enough dude :blink:

and welcome to this forum!

cheers :P

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Can anyone advise what it’s like running a VCR via composite into the Soniq?

I’ve read its pointless running any composite sources into a plasma, but my VCR doesn’t have Svideo and I aint buying another one.

Im not expecting anything better than what I currently get on my CRT, but will I get worse ? Will a RCA/Svideo adapter improve anything?

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Can anyone advise what it’s like running a VCR via composite into the Soniq? 

I’ve read its pointless running any composite sources into a plasma, but my VCR doesn’t have Svideo and I aint buying another one.

Im not expecting anything better than what I currently get on my CRT, but will I get worse ? Will a RCA/Svideo adapter improve anything?

I haven't got one, but I would expect a 840x480 plasma to perform on composite probably the best out of the flat panel devices

I doubt the adaptor will change the result btw.

PS suggest the way to go in future, save some pennies for a PVR (digital set top box receiver that records to hdisk). There are no name ones going cheap. I think JB has some for like $300?

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cheers,

I had a look at the Soniq again just then, and although the picture was clean, they were playing The Matrix and it was as you stated - grey.

will have to look at third JB store setup and also the trio again.

The VCR is for a tapes I own. Call me nostalgic, I dont have a desire to burn them to disk, nor re purchase as dvd's, I just dont require everything to be in the highest quality format available - I sometimes still use my turntable :blink:

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