SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV

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The SVA 42″ Plasma TV creates a moving, um, movie experience, rather than just another movie night. Stylish and elegant, the TV is just over 3″ deep and never detracts from the ambience of the room—yet it’s always the center of attention. It combines HDTV compatibility (720p/1080i), integrated home theater audio, built-in TV tuner, futuristic developed panel, widescreen viewing, high brightness, and a superior 700:1 contrast ratio. Features 852×480 resolution with a 16:9 aspect ratio, progressive scan, and 160° viewing angle. The separate AVC (Audio, Video and Computer) system holds all inputs and outputs, and a PC connection, reducing the cables, thus eliminating any unsightly distractions. TV is wall-mount compatible with the purchase of wall-mount brackets (sold separately). 110 lbs. (with stand). 25-1/2Hx46-1/4Wx3-3/4D”. Once demanding tens of thousands of dollars, gas-plasma flat-panel displays have entered the realm of current real-world HDTV prices. One such newly affordable plasma display is SVA’s widescreen HD4208TIII, a 42-inch set using a Samsung plasma screen with 852 x 480 native pixel resolution. The set gives you true EDTV (480p, progressive-scan) resolution as well as inputs compatible with full-resolution 720p and 1080i HDTV signals (optional set-top box decoder/receiver required) as well as analog PC signals up to 1,600 x 1,200 through a VGA input.

A plasma screen gives you vivid colors like you’ve never seen before, extremely wide viewing angles (wider, even, than those of most LCD screens), and easy placement due to a plasma monitor’s slim profile–the HD4208TIII is a mere 3.9 inches deep, perfect for desk or wall mounting. Brightness tends to be extremely uniform across plasma screens, which are also impervious to the picture distortion and negative color balances that afflict CRT monitors when placed near lighting or sound systems. The HD4208TIII offers 160-degree viewing angles, high 700:1 contrast, and typically luminous 600 cd/m2 brightness.

On this display, SVA uses a dissymmetrical unit structure from Samsung for the optical elements, which greatly improves tricolor illumination balance over previous models. Moreover, the set’s advanced plasma AI system can automatically increase the discharge frequency on gray and dark scenes to precisely control brightness levels. Thus, images become clearer, more natural, and generally more vivid. The set also features a pure-black driving system to enhance black-level regeneration and pure-gamma rectifying technology, which produces 1,024 gray levels for extremely detailed home theater viewing. The 24-bit real-color display can realize 16.7 million colors with good reducibility.

SVA’s 72 Hz line-by-line scanning technology thoroughly eliminates any flickering of 60 Hz NTSC TV pictures. And, unlike many plasma sets, the HD4208TIII doesn’t need an RF commutator between it and your cable box; you’ll be able to enjoy pristine, high-contrast cable images (at standard cable resolution) right out of the box. The unit’s stereo speakers are powered by a generous 12 watts per channel.

Inputs consist of the above-mentioned VGA computer input, one each composite, S-video, RF (for antenna or VCR/cable box signal), and HD component-video, and four accompanying stereo analog (left/right) RCA inputs for your associated source components (DTV set-top box, satellite receiver, PVR, VCR, DVD player, etc.). An composite-video based audio/video output lets you feed an SD (standard-definition) interlaced video signal to a PVR or VCR.

SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV

Features SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV

  • 42-inch gas-plasma display with EDTV (up to 480p) native resolution; 46 x 28.9 x 14.9 inches (W x H x D) with stand
  • High 700:1 contrast ratio, luminous 600 cd/m2 brightness
  • 852 x 480 native pixel resolution; accepts 720p and 1080i HDTV signals
  • PC input with image scaling for up to 1,600 x 1,200 resolution
  • Wide, 160-degree viewing angles; proprietary cable-TV RF interface offers pristine images right out of the box
Overall Rating: Rating=4.5
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  1. Altruism Is Dead "Random reviewer" says:
    69 of 72 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Just bought., July 4, 2004

    This review is from: SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV (Electronics)

    I recently bought this tv acouple days ago. I had been wanting a plasma screen television for quite some time, and when I seen the price of this for alittle bit under $2,000 in a local advertisement I had to take a look at it.

    When I went there I was quite impressed with it, visually it looked great, the design of the case and the picture quality itself. I asked the sales person alot of question but he didn’t really know too much about it so it made me question the integrity of SVA, a brand which I had never heard of at the time.

    I went online to try and find some reviews and information about it, but could only find these same reviews below on abunch of other websites, which didn’t really help at all since you have 2 people saying they like it, and 1 person that posted twice about how it sucks and not explaining a reason why. After abit more research I read that the picture tube is made from a Samsung picture tube. I heard of this before where other companies like Dell import pieces of plasma screen tvs and construct them in one of their factories to keep the price down.

    After visiting the store again, this time with my brother to decide on final purchase, me and him went over all of their plasma tvs and gave them our own bare eye inspection. Both of us thought that the SVA had a great picture quality compared to all of the other plasma screen tvs they had on display, and in alot of cases it looked even better than alot of the tvs on display.

    When I bought it, the only thing that was bad was the stand was broken on it (which we recieved another stand) and for being a plasma screen tv and how thin it is, it is very heavy. The other thing is that it has no controls on the tv itself, there is no volume, channel, video select or even a television power on! (Although there is a main power turn on/off) So if your remote control breaks (and you don’t have a universal remote programmed for it) it sounds like you’ll have to order a new remote.

    I read from a different review that someone was having problems with the remote control and that it had a “mind of its own”. I haven’t came across this problem at all, either that person had a faulty remote control, or was talking nonsense.

    But still, like I mentioned before, I have recently bought this plasma tv, I haven’t had any problems with it yet, and I had been looking up information about preventing burn-ins since I hear it plagues plasma tv’s and I play alot of video games and intend to use it as a pc monitor as well.

    Also another nice addition was that included ALL the hook ups you need. I am not sure about the exact amount of cords, but it include acouple of the same ones like 2 a/v cords, 2 normal left/right audio cords, 1 component, 1 s-video, 1 pc cord, 1 pc to component (which is really cool), 1 analog(?) cable, and 1 audio (you know like a head phone jack) to left/right audio cord. I thought that this was very cool since alot of tvs I had bought and other people bought didn’t include, or only included maybe 1 or 2 cords.

    I gave this a rating of 4 because like I said, I had just recently purchased this tv and still am testing it out. I wrote this review to help people get alittle bit more knowledge about this tv since I couldn’t find much help about it online either. My biggest suggestion for anyone interested in this tv is to go to a store and take a look at it and compare it to other plasma tv’s, make sure to check for burn ins and everything. When I was checking it out at the store they did not have the audio set up, only the picture cables were hooked up, when I got it home and tested out the audio, I was quite surprised at the quality of it since I heard alot of plasma screens with speakers didn’t give good quality. But still I run all my audio through my reciever for surround sound, which the majority of people that purchase plasma tv’s do as well, so you wont be worrying much about the audio on this… which I believe by looking at it, it has 4 sets of speakers, I could be wrong… but it did give off some nice sound for when I was testing it out.

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  2. Linda Kirk says:
    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best priced EDTV plasma with everything you need., May 2, 2004
    Linda Kirk (Middletown, NJ United States) –

    This review is from: SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV (Electronics)

    First off, I’m not new to plasma’s. I bought my first HDTV plasma more than a year ago! It is the Pioneer 433cmx with approx 1072×760 pixels. This is true HD, but although the Pioneer works great, it cost me $4,200 total. So now I’ve learned that the difference between the EDTV units and the HDTV units is the pixels. When you watch a DVD on a EDTV plasma like the SVA unit, it will look slightly better than a HDTV plasma because the pixels on the EDTV unit closely match the DVD and when you play HDTV signals on a HDTV plasma, the HDTV will show a slightly better picture than the EDTV. So is the HDTV worth $2000 more?? I used my eyeball test and compared the SVA Plasma to the other EDTV plasmas in a local store and decided on the SVA. Amazon has a great price and the unit comes with everything, cast iron desk stand, great speakers with base and treble controls, a tuner for cable or RF signals, 2 composite video inputs, 1 component and 1 15pin computer monitor input. I don’t use the PIP feature but its there. I use this in the bedroom and its great! comes with a 1 year warranty. Thanks Amazon! I gave this a 4 only because of its weight. With the stand it weighs 135lbs and I needed help lifting it on to its viewing table.

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  3. Tom Schwab says:
    20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    On balance, quite a great way to spend 2k, August 10, 2004
    Tom Schwab (Seattle, WA) –

    This review is from: SVA HD4208TIII-PDP 42-Inch Flat-Panel Plasma EDTV (Electronics)

    I have owned my SVA for about three months now. It is on for at least 8 to 12 hours a day. We have not had a single issue at all so far. I run a replay dvr unit into this plasma and it looks great. DVD’s look great at 720.

    I have friends who have much more expensive units that they bought last year, including Sony and Dell. They are all very impressed with the picture quality.

    The replay has a slide show on ‘pause’ and it looks great on the screen. The static picture (10 second slideshow) gets excellent reviews with no flicker or dead pixels. It really looks great. Even in fast action scenes in adventure movies do not cause image issues on the screen.

    I almost bought a Sony or a Fujitsu since I didn’t really want to think or do research about the quality of the unit. One of the costco home workers said that over a 100 had left the warehouse and only one was returned (and it was not returned for a failure). I cannot speak to other issues about customer service since I have not had to deal with them.

    I have been saving a lot of money by buying dvd’s and watching movies at home with this plasma and the surround sound. It is really awesome and I wish I had bought this thing last year when I first saw it.

    The only issue I have is the component video input via the 15 pin dsub. One of the two silver retaining screws (just like any pc card has) fell out. Therefore the vga connection is not super tight but it still works. As another reviewer mentioned, this unit is heavy and I have it about 5 feet in the air on a hearth. So, only when I have someone help me lift it down will I replace it. Other than that, it is pretty cool.

    Buy this unit and save the money you would spend for a name brand!

    Over one year later and still going strong. I don’t detect any burn in or any dead pixels either.

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