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In my experience with new TVs, you should be able to pick one up for 20% below RRP on the day of release!

For the 700a, that's about $1,920...So we are already well below that.

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Went shopping for one of these today, best price I could get from Good Guys, JB Hifi and Domain was $2000!

They were whinging and ****ing about $1900odd being their cost price...

Do you people who got it from Myer for $1750 in Sydney reckon they would match that price up here in Newcastle? Even around $1850 I would be bloody happy!

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Hehehehehehehehehe. Got the best price ever for the 700A today.

Went into Myers (I will give the store name after it arrives) and ask them if $2199 was their best price on the 700A. I then said to them that myers Penrith sold it to a customer for $1890. Ask the sales person if they could do a bit better. The guy got onto the phone, to who knows who, and came back and said that they could sell it to us for $1750 plus $50 for the delivery on saturday (meh I am not that bothered by the amount charged as long as I get it this week). My face went probably like this :blink: . And said deal, how the hell could I say no to that price.

Also the $50 also probably is because I bought a second item(cabinet for the LCD to rest upon) as well.

NOTE: My memory is some what a blur so some peices might be missing because of the shock. :wacko:

I've rung my local Myer store and they won't price match other shops unless they have receipted proof, any chance you could take a picture of your receipt or invoice and post it on here (Just blank out your details)? Would be great if you could as the best price I can get elsewhere is $2000...

Also if anybody else could post their receipt that has a better price than $2000 that would be awesome!

Thanks in advance guys.

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Ok so I've managed to get Myer in Charlestown (Newcastle) to agree to the $1,750 price but only if I get an extended warranty on top.

They want $229 for a 3 year warranty or $399 for a 5 year warranty.

Can anybody say whether these are good value warranties? I was thinking of going for the 3 year warranty, anybody had any experience with Pana LCD's in the past? Any issues? Should I really be going for the 5-year one?

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In my opinion its a rip off that you have to buy the warranty to get the Tv at that price.

Havent had any problems yet with the 600A nor the 700A. Have had panasonic products ( for example DVD recorders, etc) for a longtime now and havent had any problems.

I would say that if you dont want to get the warranty tell them you will meet them half way and get it for $1850 OR just walk out and tell them to get stuffed.

Buts your money and you should make the decision whether you want the warranty or not.

I dont know why they wont match the price seen as its Myers in both cases

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where are these LCd's made?

Whats it look like with a Bluray or HD-DVD source interms of motion blur ?

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Tested the 700A with my PS3 (Blu-ray included) :wub:

I am now able to up to 1080P both in games (if avialable) and movies. Ridge Racer 7 and Virtua Tennis 3 both look stunning in 1080P and no moition blur.

The contrast is great and is a great improvement over the 600A because the 700A has darker blacks.

In terms of blueray movies, they look great and no motion blur so far. Even if you set the aspect to Zoom 1 on the TV while watching a blu-ray movie it still looks stunning.

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In my opinion its a rip off that you have to buy the warranty to get the Tv at that price.

Havent had any problems yet with the 600A nor the 700A. Have had panasonic products ( for example DVD recorders, etc) for a longtime now and havent had any problems.

I would say that if you dont want to get the warranty tell them you will meet them half way and get it for $1850 OR just walk out and tell them to get stuffed.

Buts your money and you should make the decision whether you want the warranty or not.

I dont know why they wont match the price seen as its Myers in both cases

I tend to agree but the reason behind it was that the other people that have gotten the $1,750 price point have purchased warranties and other items to get that price.

I ended up going with the deal because I was going to grab a warranty anyway, just wasn't real sure what sort of prices people were paying for warranties these days.

To anybody that wants the same deal I got you can get the TV with 3 years warranty for $1,979 at Myers. They were willing to give me a price of $1,899 for the TV without the warranty but I figured I may as well get the warranty on top to be safe.

Can't wait to bust it out tonight and give the Xbox360 a whirl on it. :)

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I did not have to purchase extended warranty to get my price of $1749. As you may already know extended warranty is paid out to an external insurance company who then pay Myer a commission. These warranties are often not honored - especially if there is a major problem! Read the fine print and tread carefully.

Before purchasing from Myer its not a bad idea to get a Myer1 card. This is a free card that accumulates points from every purchase. The points from the 700A are worth about $25.00.

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The remote for this television seems to be using the same frequency as the Panasonic TH-50PV500A plasma that I have in the same room.

Is there a way to use different frequencies for each TV/remote or are they stuck using the same??

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Hi Guys,

I'm new to this forum, it helps me alot to choose my next HDTV purchase.

Btw, I decided to buy this Panasonic 32"LCD 700A after reading the forum and looked at the Dispay. I got it for $1749 at Myer in Chadstone, hopefully I can pick it up today.

What I did yesterday just called couple of Myer stores, and told them that one of the guy in Sydney able to get this 32" 700A for $1749! The sales rep had to discuss with her manager, then two more calls later they agreed to sell it at this price, wooooohooooooo!!!!!! I did not expect gonna be this easy to negotiate the price down! Then I gave my CC details over the phone. I reconfirmed wih sales rep the product code etc...., and YES it is the new 700A!!!!!

Also, Myer at Hightpoint willing to do it for $1800 cash, but I did not try hard enought becuase they said I only able to pick it up Thur or Friday. Harvey Norman in Chadstone not willing to negotiate over the phone and when I asked whether they can match the $1749 price, they just told me to come to the store... #$%#$!!!

I will let you guys updated once I picked her up!!! :)

Cheers,

Bez

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Awesome price bezita!

I'll be in a position to buy in September so hopefully I will be able to go even lower than that.

I look forward to reading your impressions.

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Yay, I picked her up this afternoon. Installed the unit straight away. My first quick impression, PQ is VERY good IMHO and the sound is very good as well. Btw, on the receipt they wrote the price is $2199 minus discount $450 = $1749.

I'm glad picked this 700A. Before, I was going to get samsung R8 but after comparing them side by side..., I think everyone can tell the PQ on this Panasonic 700A is much better than samsung R8. Also before, I was also interested to get Philips 32" LCD, but I cant get any stores to lower the price below $2000, as far as the PQ Panasonic vs. Philips, I think they are on par. Glad did not buy the Philips because I can save lots $$$!!!

I will play around with the settings, but I think even out of the box the settings are good enough for my eyes.

Cheers,

Bez

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...Havent had any problems yet with the 600A nor the 700A. ...

Do you have a the 32" in both the 600a and 700a? If so how do you find the backlight and true blacks between the 2? Whilst I can't fault my 600A generally for what it is, I do find that the blacks arn't good at all, and was hoping that the 700A would show a good improvement.

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Good to see these prices, been looking today and best I got was $1999, looks like I will have to pay a visit to Myer, which Sydney store was offering it at that price, closest to me is Chatswood but the city is only a short train ride.

First though who can convince me to spend the extra money over the 70A. Im looking to get this unit for the start of English premiership so will buy next weekend so it has to be in stock.

I've looked at the website and compared the two and it seems to list different picture technology.

Help me get this unit at a good price, especially with the cost of the cables, to wrap it all up for 2k would be great!

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Good to see these prices, been looking today and best I got was $1999, looks like I will have to pay a visit to Myer, which Sydney store was offering it at that price, closest to me is Chatswood but the city is only a short train ride.

First though who can convince me to spend the extra money over the 70A. Im looking to get this unit for the start of English premiership so will buy next weekend so it has to be in stock.

I've looked at the website and compared the two and it seems to list different picture technology.

Help me get this unit at a good price, especially with the cost of the cables, to wrap it all up for 2k would be great!

Go the 700A. For not that much extra, you get better sound, and the motion picture pro, which is (apparently) a step forward for LCD's and how they handle fast motion (ie sport!). The other main difference is the aesthetic, but that is obviously a personal thing. Oh, and the SD card slot can be handy to show the rellies your digital photos.

Remember that with a TV, you will (hopefully) own it for a long time. If you buy the 70A and are not quite happy with it in say 3 months time (though I'm sure it is an excellent set), you'll be wishing you spent the extra.

Just my 2 cents worth, from experience. I bought a 42 inch HD panasonic plasma - wish I'd spent the extra on the 50 inch!!!!!! (I need to let it go, I know, but at times it just bugs me :wacko: )

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Do you have a the 32" in both the 600a and 700a? If so how do you find the backlight and true blacks between the 2? Whilst I can't fault my 600A generally for what it is, I do find that the blacks arn't good at all, and was hoping that the 700A would show a good improvement.

The blacks are balcker on the 700A. the picture on the 700A is amazing.

Although I cant complain about the 600A still a good LCD TV

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They just don't make them like they used to. The 700a is made in China. That justifies the low price tag. This is a step backward for Panasonic LCD TV's. The 600a was made in Japan. Damn you Panasonic I hope this trend doesn't continue. I'll wait patiently for the 800a.

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They just don't make them like they used to. The 700a is made in China. That justifies the low price tag. This is a step backward for Panasonic LCD TV's. The 600a was made in Japan. Damn you Panasonic I hope this trend doesn't continue. I'll wait patiently for the 800a.

Doesn't matter so much what country it is made now days because its all robotic, human hands don't touch them during assembly.

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Why does it matter where it is made if the quality is still top rate? I haven't read one person complain about the 700a yet or any stories of dead pixels, backlight bleeds or any other faults. Plenty of TVs "Made in Japan" have had terrible track records. Not buying a TV purely for where it was made is a bit silly if you ask me.

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I went TV shopping yesterday with this set in mind. At JB it was clearly the best looking 32" LCD TV, however when i went to the Good Guys it looked horrible! They were both running the same source (Channel 10 Red Bull Air Race) so I can only assume it was setup poorly at the Good Guys. I just wish stores would use a better source than crappy HD FTA, it makes it hard to compare because it just looks so average on all of the TV's.

Seeing it next to all the 37,42,50" screens though, it looks so small. The 42" Panasonic Plasma 70A also looked pretty good (and is around the same price). So now I'm back to the age old LCD vs Plasma decision.

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I went TV shopping yesterday with this set in mind. At JB it was clearly the best looking 32" LCD TV, however when i went to the Good Guys it looked horrible! They were both running the same source (Channel 10 Red Bull Air Race) so I can only assume it was setup poorly at the Good Guys. I just wish stores would use a better source than crappy HD FTA, it makes it hard to compare because it just looks so average on all of the TV's.

Seeing it next to all the 37,42,50" screens though, it looks so small. The 42" Panasonic Plasma 70A also looked pretty good (and is around the same price). So now I'm back to the age old LCD vs Plasma decision.

I disagree with your comment of retailers using "crappy HD FTA" in demonstrations. When I'm selling a panel I always show a set in its poorest form especially if a customer has foxtel as well as in its best. I think seeing the majority of viewing for the average buyer is FTA HD its important to show the panels with this source rather than setup a blu-ray or animation source showing the tv in its best form, which in the end can be misleading.

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I went TV shopping yesterday with this set in mind. At JB it was clearly the best looking 32" LCD TV, however when i went to the Good Guys it looked horrible! They were both running the same source (Channel 10 Red Bull Air Race) so I can only assume it was setup poorly at the Good Guys. I just wish stores would use a better source than crappy HD FTA, it makes it hard to compare because it just looks so average on all of the TV's.

Seeing it next to all the 37,42,50" screens though, it looks so small. The 42" Panasonic Plasma 70A also looked pretty good (and is around the same price). So now I'm back to the age old LCD vs Plasma decision.

I haven't bought yet, but I have now decided on the 700a. I was trying to make the same decision as you brett174. I was trying to choose between the 32 inch 700a LCD and the 42inch 70a Plasma. I really, really like both TVs but this is roughly how my decision process went in the end.

Budget <$2,000

Current Viewing Area = LCD 2/3

Viewing distance = 3.5m (better suited to 42 inch screen)

Lots of vertical blinds with leaking light day and night = high reflections (better suited to non-reflective LCD screen)

TV needs to sit on current centre speaker = small footprint (700a fits fine, 42 inch plasma does not because of "H" shaped stand)

Future Viewing Area (Bedroom) = LCD 1/1

32 inch is a good bedroom size, 42 inch is too big

Viewing Content = Plasma 4/7

DVD, HD-DVD, 360, Laptop, FTA SDTV and HDTV, Digital Photos (The 700a excels in all these areas. The 70a Plasma clearly looks better for deep blacks and shadow detail but the SDTV quality is pretty bad, also rectangular pixels are an issue for PC viewing)

Ascetics = LCD 1/1

I hate TVs with silver on them and love the all black look of both these sets. (Personally, I think the LCD looks better up close. The Plasma looks a little cheap and plastic)

Other issues

Burn in - Did not even consider this. Quality panel + sensible viewing = no problem with burn in.

Resolution - Did not consider this other than with PC connectivity (I can not tell the difference in resolution on normal viewing material)

Fragility - Did not consider even though I move at least every two years because of work. I'm always insured so if they break it, they replace it.

Extended Warranty - No thanks (personal preference)

Viewing angle - Not an issue, will never be more than 45 degrees.

Purple snakes - What a marketing disaster for Panasonic. Never seen any and have looked very closely. Yet to here someone complain about them in Australia who isn't just repeating something they read off the internet.

TV Speakers - Will never use them - EVER

Therefore for my circumstances and preferences, 32 inch LCD wins 7/12, over 42 inch Plasma 5/12

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skinXBWAU, thats quite a scientific evaluative system you've got there, I'm impressed :)

I agree with everything you said there. One thing I would like your opinion on is black levels. As I like to watch movies in the dark, how much difference is there between the LCD and Plasma (especially with the 700A suposidly being the best LCD out there for black levels)? Obviously Plasma is better, but is it really that noticeable that it would affect my viewing experience when watching movies in the dark. It's impossible to tell in the brightly lit stores.

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skinXBWAU, thats quite a scientific evaluative system you've got there, I'm impressed :)

I agree with everything you said there. One thing I would like your opinion on is black levels. As I like to watch movies in the dark, how much difference is there between the LCD and Plasma (especially with the 700A suposidly being the best LCD out there for black levels)? Obviously Plasma is better, but is it really that noticeable that it would affect my viewing experience when watching movies in the dark. It's impossible to tell in the brightly lit stores.

That's a hard question because black levels are one of those areas that improve every year with every new version of Plasma or LCD. When comparing for example, the 700a LCD with the 70a Plasma it's not like all black areas look grey on the 700a or anything that drastic. It's more subtle than that, but when you specifically look for it, it becomes more noticeable.

Some scenes for example may show many areas in the dark or covered by heavy shadow. On an LCD these will mainly look like dark areas on the screen, they don’t necessarily look greyish, they can still look very black, but the area will have very little variations in blackness. The same scene on a plasma can show a lot more detail in that black or dark area. It may look blacker in areas but the image difference you really notice is the detail in the shadows that isn’t there on the LCD.

LCD’s on the other hand, really excel showing bright scenes with lots of colour and perform particularly well in bright viewing conditions (such as a store showroom). If you only ever watch your TV in complete darkness (such as a home theatre room that can be blacked out) then you really should go with a Plasma and in this environment you will really appreciate the shadow detail and lack of backlight.

If you are planning to view the TV in a normal lounge room with a reasonable amount of daytime or lights-on viewing, then the short comings of a quality LCD will be less noticeable. You will also become accustomed to your TV overtime.

So if you are trying to decide between these two particular TVs I would do a similar test to what I did. Pay particular attention to your viewing area at home.

How far away from the TV do you sit? (the further away the bigger the screen you should get)

How bright is the room during the majority of your viewing? (LCDs like bright rooms, Plasmas like dark)

Are there any light leakages from windows or doors etc that will cause reflections on your TV screen? (Most LCD have non-reflective screens, most Plasmas have reflective screens)

How much SD material do you or are you likely to watch on the new TV? (SD content looks average or worse on most screens 42 inch and larger)

Will this TV live in your lounge room for the next 6 – 8 years or are you likely to replace it sooner than that? Where will it go when that happens? (if it moves to a smaller room in 2 years, will it be too big?)

Are you going to use the TVs speakers at all? (if you have a home theatre speaker system then the TV speakers are useless)

How will it fit your current entertainment furniture? (do you have any screen or stand size restrictions?)

Will you connect a PC or games console to the TV bearing in mind this is really the only time native resolution or pixel structure ‘may’ be an issue? (LCDs generally look better in this area and rectangular pixels on some plasmas can cause problems with picture sharpness when connected to PC sources)

Both of these TVs are excellent and you will be more than happy with either, the question is ‘What TV suits your requirements the best?’ I hope what I have written will help you make that decision because when it comes down to it, you are the only one who can make that final call.

Good luck.

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Hey guys, new here and just picked up this TV from MYER at Tea Tree Plaza (SA)

I read through this thread beforehand and told them about the $1749 price from MYER in Sydney and Melbourne

i asked them what the best price they could offer me, and bought it for $1749

Thanks for all the info, certainly made my choice much easier when he offered it to me at that price.

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I went to our local Good Guys store in Melbourne who are advisting the telly at $1999 with the less of cash deal on it. So i asked them what discount can you give me for cash, after the usual crap they always tell you about the item being near cost he said $1950. Anyway some back and forth talk between salesman and him dashing to his manager and the most could get it down to was $1910 - which got the normal line of its below cost that they always give you, i told them the most i would pay is $1850 - and walked away.

I haven't tried Myer yet, what did you guys say exactly to get the price down to $1749??? Thats a huge difference from their $2199 list price.

Is there anywhere else doing good deals on these TV's?

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I havent been able to get anyone below $1900 even, thats an amazing price ($1749). Also, how much should I be paying for a 3 or 5 year extended warranty?

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After 18 months of seaching and comparison I've finally taken the dive and decided to buy this television. I've also in the process mananged to set a new lowest price. $1700! I couldn't believe it. Pick it up in the morning. Can't wait. :D

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