I am now in the market for a plasma, but have been looking for along time since way back to when the Pioneer 43" plasmas were king. Of course, I am now in a quandary as as these new Pioneers are over £600 more expensive than the Panasonic 42PX70's. I had budgeted for around £1500 but once I consider a AV table/cabinet, the swivel Pioneer table stand and connection I will be looking at well into £2000. I am wondering if the extra cash really is worth the investment?
Then there is the case of the slightly different Pioneer models - the PDP4280XD (as reviewed) and the PDP428XD with extra features and connectivity.
I would like to know if the extra controls on the later model is again worth an additional £200, and if so why? I am a bit of a computing geek so will be linking the screen to the home network via a media PC and networked amp, but I am wondering if the USB connection is really worth it, and I also believe that there are additional picture control settings which I'm not sure are necessary?
Maybe I should wait until September when 1080p models are expected (I think) and the prices of these units may dip. The vast majority of media I will be watch will be SD, however, I am certainly intent on getting HD sources at some point in the future, even if the first port of call will simply be an upscaling DVD player.