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Old 09-27-2005, 07:38 PM   #1 (Print)
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My New Plasma

Well I have been putting it off for ages, but tonight I got my new Plasma.

It is the Pioneer 505 XDE

50" HI DEF Ready Plasma with int freeview and media box.

Manage to get it at a bargain under 2k price. About half the price it was last month.


First impressions are, well it is fantastic.. Yep, really cool.

It looks great and is being wall mounted tomorrow.

have only had a little play with the settings and values. The tivo output is a little soft, but will set it up.

VGA inputs and Xbox are really good. Maybe a call for the MCE route??

I have the Mode 0 hack running, and have the IICSET changing values at startup, I will have to experiment with this I think.

Since the Mode 0, I get the white flashes at the bottom all the time?? Did anyone have a fix for this???

Anyways, I must go to bed, tomorrow I have a major drilling and room move around to do.

Night Night, and if anyone can offer any good or bad advice, please give?

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Old 11-02-2005, 03:32 PM   #2 (Print)
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1080p

I see the Pioneer plasmas are one of the few to handle 1080p on sale in the UK.

My Panasonic "HD Ready" TV does not and I see Blue Ray & HD DVD will all offer 1080p

Does this mean its time for another new TV?

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Old 11-02-2005, 05:10 PM   #3 (Print)
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The HD Ready is an interesting sticker. I personally don't know the standards and only have a slight understanding of the i and p standards and resolutions.

My main reason for the Pioneer 505 XDE was the digital separate media box for the connections, the connections on the media box, inc the VGA, and full component for the Xbox 360. It also has the Optical out on the media box for easy connection to my amp and no sync problems for any of the inputs.

And the bargain price, a 50 Inch Pioneer Plasma for 2K. Right place right time.

Have it wall mounted now, and have some ambiance lighting to improve the contrast levels apparently (ask Philips).

The lights you can see around the screen are from Ikea @ £21, they are White LED's in strips (also come in Blue and green).
Ikea LED Link

Please note the plasma picture has been resized to get on the forum, so is a little blurry. And yes, I do need to redecorate and change the fireplace...
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:26 PM   #4 (Print)
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Very nice! I might get some of those Ikea lights for my TV, even though it's a CRT fattie.
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Old 11-02-2005, 06:31 PM   #5 (Print)
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The HD Ready is an interesting sticker. I personally don't know the standards and only have a slight understanding of the i and p standards and resolutions.


See http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/article/ds18570.html . As far as the display part goes, it's a pathetic standard because it doesn't include how good the horizontal resolution of the display is. You could have a display resolution of 1x720 and it would be awarded "HD ready" status . In reality I expect the market to be flooded with 640 (that's lower than PAL) x720 devices, or "a tiny tiny bit better than PAL" devices - not the leap forward we were promised.
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Old 11-03-2005, 06:52 AM   #6 (Print)
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Very nice! I have had the 43" version of the Pioneer screen for 18mths or so now and am very pleased with it.

I've been looking for lights to go round it, but I would prefer battery powered ones, as I originally wall-mounted the screen and hid all the cabling in the platerboard, so dangling one power lead just for the lighting is not what I want.

I take it those Ikea lights are mains powered? Anyone know of any battery powered ones? The only ones I've found so far have been cheap and cheerful LED's and they simply aren't powerful enough.

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Old 11-03-2005, 07:18 AM   #7 (Print)
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Maybe a IEC splitter for your mains problem??

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx...=31093&doy=3m11

They are low voltage, 5 Volts I think?. Use a very small converter (white little unit on the ikea pic)

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Old 11-03-2005, 07:20 AM   #8 (Print)
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Someone on a different forum asked for side views, so if you are interested take a quick look at

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=259856

Apologies for the dust on the top...

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Old 11-09-2005, 07:14 AM   #9 (Print)
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I see the Pioneer plasmas are one of the few to handle 1080p on sale in the UK.


I am not sure that they handle 1080p. Certainly 720p and 1080i. Don't you need a horizontal resolution of 1080 to handle 1080p?

I also believe that the media box scales the input anyway to map it 1:1 with the screens native resolution 1280x768.

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Old 11-09-2005, 08:03 AM   #10 (Print)
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I am not sure that they handle 1080p. Certainly 720p and 1080i. Don't you need a horizontal resolution of 1080 to handle 1080p?

I also believe that the media box scales the input anyway to map it 1:1 with the screens native resolution 1280x768.


I suspect the OP meant that it can handle a 1080p input (though not display at 1080p resolution) - which is quite rare even for 1080p displays.

(Most 1080p displays can only accept 1080i and 720p inputs...)
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