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Old 12-31-02, 12:33 AM
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Sole' 42" Plasma at Costco

Who makes it? I don't recognize the model as a rebadged anything. Help??

http://www.costco.com/frameset.asp?t...direction=left

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Featuring a stylish, contemporary brushed aluminum cabinet, the solé 42" plasma television comes ready to go; just plug into your cable outlet or satellite box and let the home theater experience begin. Dual built-in 181 channel TV tuners with MTS stereo decoder, 10 watts per channel sound system and included matching speakers mean this is a true TV, not just a monitor. Of course it is also HDTV compatible. Via an advanced internal scaler, the solé can accept HDTV signal inputs - 480p, 720p and 1080i. All you need is a decoder box to get a crisp, precise picture through the HD/STD component video inputs. The incredible 700:1 contrast ratio along with superior 700 cd/m2 brightness makes this television the perfect choice for your next home theater upgrade.
Display:

Screen Size: 42" Diagonal

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen

Native Resolution: 852 (H) x 480 (V)
Brightness: 700 cd/m˛
Contrast Ratio 700:1

Output Color: 16.7 million colors

Viewing Angle: 160° (L/R)

PC Input Support: Up to 1280 x 1024 @75Hz

On Screen Display: English, Spanish, French, German and Italian

Signals:
Video System Compatibility: NTSC

HDTV Compatibility: 480i, 480p, 1080i, 720p
(requires optional external HDTV decoder)

Inputs:
HD Component (Y, Pb, Pr, L, R): RCA set x 1

Component (Y, Cb, Cr, L, R): RCA set x 1

S-Video: 4-pin Mini-DIN x 1

RGB (Analog): 15-pin D-Sub x 1

Composite: RCA-Pin x 1 set

RF Antenna x 1 (NTSC)

Outputs:
Audio: Cinch Conn Type (L/R) x 1
(4 cinch connectors type)

Control Port:
RS-232: 9-pin D-Sub x 1

General:
Power Requirements:
90 ~ 264V AC, 50/60Hz

Power Consumption: Under 400W typical

Dimensions (W x H x D):
42.52" x 26.38" x 3.92" (panel only)

Weight:
72.6 lbs. (panel only)
101.4 lbs. (with speakers and stand)
Warranty: One year parts and labor

Additional Features:
Picture-In-Picture (PIP): Dual NTSC TV/CATV tuners allow PIP with four selectable window positions and multiple input choices

Digital 3D comb filter (NTSC): 3D comb filter converts analog signal to digital for enhanced video performance

Onboard Sound: Built-in 10W x 2 channel amp with MTS stereo decoding powers side mounted color-matching stereo speakers

Included Accessories: Full-function remote control, side mounted speakers and color matching tabletop stand
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What I *really* like about it, is that it contains two built in tuners and comes with speakers and a stand. Unlike most plasmas, it is a replacement for a standalone set. Which makes it simpler to operate if one just wants to see Oprah in 42" widescreen glory.

And the price is good. And it's Costco, so you can take it back to any of their stores and get a full refund.

BUT WHO MAKES IT?? ANY REVIEWS? Bueller??
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Randy...I think there's a discussion on this over at the avs forum...looks like it's a Sampo.

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Originally posted by lordzeppelin
Randy...I think there's a discussion on this over at the avs forum...
Yes, and last post by me a couple days ago asking if anyone has any knowledge or experience.

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I *really* don't want to be the pioneer here (no pun intended) and try out a $3500 gamble. I might otherwise just go with the highly rated Panasonic with the claimed 3000:1 contrast. You can get that for about $3700 shipped. No tuner. No speakers. I would have to feed it via the VCR or TIVO. And always use the speakers on my receiver. And have someone I am related to, asking me every day how to turn on the TV so they can watch a show.
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The other question I have is the overall length with the speakers attached. It says 42.52" but panel only. I have a limited space.
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Originally posted by RandyC
Yes, and last post by me a couple days ago asking if anyone has any knowledge or experience.
Oh yeah...now I see. LOL
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That's not very good resolution if you want to use it in business. We're talking 640x480 with bars on the side. Its scaling for anything better computer-wise would probably look like crap. Even a TV can natively do 800x600. It would be interesting to see what it does with a "1280 x 1024 @75Hz" signal.
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Old 12-31-02, 01:19 AM
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I too would be interested. The business use would admittedly be quite limited to occasional trade shows as a monitor.

Some more info. If you look at Akai's web site, it looks exactly like the existing Akai 50" plasma, though not like their 42" set. Go figure.


http://www.akaiusa.com/products/pdp50s50.htm



The Akai also has two built in tuners and a sound amp and the connectors seem the same.
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According to a thread at fatwallet, Costco is mailing out coupons to it's members with a deal on a 42: Akai that normally would be $3499...just like the above one!

The only difference I can from this, is that it references a wall mount, not a table mount.

42" Akai Plasma Monitor w/Wall Mount ITEM:622616 (1/20-1/26)
$3499.99 - $300 coupon - $200 rebate = $2999.99

Obviously the item number is different.
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Oh yeah, I got that coupon today. Guess I missed it while looking at the pork chops.
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RandyC, is this the 42" in store or only at website. I'm looking at 50" Samsung (another thread). The 42" in store (and I failed to note brand) has very visible pixels due to the limited resolution, you have to stand a long way back to not see them. The 50" Samsung has 1366 x 768 native resolution and looks a lot better at about 6' (of course, it costs more)
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No, the 42" that is in most (if not all) stores is a Daewoo.

Still, it's is known that a 42" with 852 x 480 will have a visible cell or lattice effect when closer than about 4-5 feet. From 7-8 feet away, it should not be visible. The Daewoo is not considered a very good plasma.
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Pretty sure these are all made by the Chinese company BenQ. They have a state of the art manufaturing plant that has a lot of other manufactures scared.

I think gateway also had a deal on this size/resolution for ~3K
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Gateway's will not do HDTV.
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Gateway's will not do HDTV.
neither will this one. the specs randyc posted indicate the native resolution on this set is 852x480. minimum hd resolution is 1280x720.
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It's a Daewoo. My friend works there, and last week when I stopped in to see him, they had one. The remote is garbage, but the picture wasn't too bad. And I believe the price on it was around $3,200
 
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neither will this one. the specs randyc posted indicate the native resolution on this set is 852x480. minimum hd resolution is 1280x720.
Right. "doing HDTV" is not quite exact. The resolution of the screen is not high enough. But will it accept HDTV input? Yes. Will is handle 16:9 stuff? Yes. Will it show a stunning picture? Yes.

Well, not sure about this one set. But reviews of the non-HDTV Panasonic plasma indicate that when you put it next to the HDTV version (42"), the difference is almost impossible to see, unless you are standing very close. And the NON-HDTV looks better when fed non-HDTV (SD) feeds.

Thanks deathstick. I will look into the Daewoos.
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