May 1, 2008
Dear CNET members,
A recent Crave blog post by CNET News.com staff member Erica Ogg reported that Pioneer is ending its in-house production of plasma panels and will be working with Panasonic to produce panels for their plasma TVs. Wow, that's big news to me! I have always seen rave reviews by experts about Pioneer and how their plasma TVs have always been regarded to be some of the best. Why would Pioneer discontinue manufacturing plasma panels when they are so highly regarded? Well, according to the Crave blog, Pioneer's plasma business continues to lose money and it would be more cost effective to go with a third party manufacturer. That makes sense from a business perspective, but are we getting the whole picture? I mean, to have a big player such as Pioneer outsource their plasma panels to someone else makes me wonder where the future of plasma TVs lies. Is this recent news just the beginning of the end of plasma TV technology (we've all seen what happened when Warner Bros. pulled out of releasing HD DVDs)? Will LCD TVs eventually rule, putting plasma TV to grave? It took a while for LCD TVs to catch up with plasma TVs in terms of size and competitive cost, but look at them now. LCD TVs are getting slimmer with larger displays, yet weigh less, and consume much less energy compared with plasmas. As far as costs go, they have gone way down in price and now it sure seems as if LCD TVs outnumber the amount of plasma TVs in retailers.
Personally if you asked me if plasma TVs are going to be dead soon, I will tell you, I hope not! If they did die, I would be very sad to see them go. Why? Because I love my plasma HDTV. While I do own a LCD HDTV of almost equal size to my plasma, in my opinion the plasma TV picture is far superior to that of the LCD (remember folks this is my personal opinion). While it's not comparing apples with apples, my eyes do tell me what's true. My plasma TV is brighter, the blacks are blacker, and colors are not washed out like my LCD TV. Until LCDs can produce a picture like my plasma, I will say that plasma will be sticking around for a while. Enough of what I think, what do you think? Do you think plasma TVs will be dead soon? Why? I know there are a lot of die-hard plasma TV and LCD TV fans out there and I would love to get your perspective on this. So join us in the latest Screening Room discussion and let us know what you think the fate of plasma TVs will be.
This week's hot topic:
Are plasma TVs on
the way out?
With the recent reports that Pioneer will stop making plasma panels, we've started to wonder if plasma technology itself is on its way out. Will plasma still be a factor in 2009, or will LCD take control of the HDTV market? When we asked our members if they thought plasma TV are on their way out, many told us what they thought.
"I hope not..."
"Plasma's are harder to find in stores--but they have such a better picture than LCD's I hope they stick around for a while. Pioneer not making their own glass is a bad sign but the new Panasonic Plasmas are priced low and have great pictures..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member BrodieB
"Plasma is the ultimate TV that combines the quality of CRT with the profile of LCD. Unfortunately, it's gotten a lot of bad rep in the past from an immature technology and misconceptions. I know a lot of people got turned off by burn-in which is rarely an issue nowadays and having to refill the plasma which is just a straight up lie..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member thesmilkman
"Plasma not leaving"
"wow...I couldn't believe what I was reading...I do graphic art and CRTs are still king...there is only one LCD that I know of that's better, but very expensive (its a 4 color system)...plasma technically is by far the best for TV...better luminance tracking, much better viewing angle, better gamut and greater usable..." (Read more)
--Submitted by: CNET member hlee
Now it's your chance to tell us if you think plasma TVs is a dying breed that will eventually be on its way out! Speak up; we are all watching closely!
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