Are Plasma HDTV's really dying ?

#1 Posted by LexLas (4770 posts) -

I have a Plasma HDTV, and it looks awesome, i get many compliments when someone comes over my house. I read this article today saying its a dying species. Would you guys buy a plasma today ? Or is this article true ? I know LED is the best i guess, but plasma isn't dead right ? If they had great deals on Plasma, wouldn't you buy one ?

This be the article below: " Plasma Tv's are just about dead ! " Wow !

http://money.cnn.com/2014/07/03/technology/plasma-tvs/index.html?iid=SF_T_River

#2 Posted by Master_Live (15832 posts) -

No, plasma is the best and yes I would buy a plasma today. Why Panasonic why, why did you leave us!!!

#3 Edited by indzman (20179 posts) -

Nope i'd rather buy a 3D TV

#4 Edited by LexLas (4770 posts) -

@indzman:

@indzman said:

Nope i'd rather buy a 3D TV

My plasma is a 3D TV ? What you mean Indzman ?

#5 Posted by Boddicker (3288 posts) -

I thought the reason LED TVs filled Plasmas role because they got really hot and used a lot of electricity. I've never had experience with a Plasma so I may be wrong.

I ass-umed LED's are just as bright as Plasma and that's why you hardly ever see them anymore. Is that wrong too?

#6 Posted by indzman (20179 posts) -

@LexLas said:

@indzman:

@indzman said:

Nope i'd rather buy a 3D TV

My plasma is a 3D TV ? What you mean Indzman ?

I meant LED or LCD 3D TV's :P

#7 Posted by killerfist (19984 posts) -

I think it is a dying tech. Only LG and maybe Samsung (?) are the big players that are producing plasma's these days, and both are pushing their new tech (OLED) now so yeah.. only a matter of time.

#8 Posted by Mercuria1_King (278 posts) -

Plasmas are dying.

#9 Posted by TuuPumpChump (99 posts) -

Plasma will always have the best pic. You just have to worry about image retention on the panels...ie. HUD's on video games

#10 Posted by Xeno_ghost (696 posts) -

Weren't plasma tv's the first flat screen tv's to go on the consumer market nearly 20 years ago? They have had a good innings.

#11 Posted by thehig1 (3533 posts) -

Yeah they are very power hungry and get hot. But they have the best picture when I get another TV it will be another plasma

#12 Edited by Master_Live (15832 posts) -

@tuupumpchump said:

Plasma will always have the best pic. You just have to worry about image retention on the panels...ie. HUD's on video games

Yep, when I play Vice City (I do weekly) I just turn the HUD off since I basically know the game by memory. With GTA4 I don't do it so sometimes I get some retention with the map :(

#13 Posted by foxhound_fox (91108 posts) -

Plasma is by far the best display type available. Period. It has unmatched refresh rate and colour reproduction (blacks are actually black, and not a dark shade of grey).

It only had problems in the market due to the whole "burn in" problem that was remedied a long time ago (and anyone stupid enough to leave their TV on for extended periods of time without some sort of energy saving mode or screen saver is deserving of whatever damage it causes).

Most plasma sets these days only have image retention issues (which means after being warmed up and on for a longer period of time, when you go to turn it off, it keeps ghosts of the image that it last displayed and will show them again when restarted... but they clear after it warms up again and starts processing new images).

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I own a 42" 720p Panasonic Viera plasma from Jan 2010 and the manual recommended a decreased brightness mode and conscious effort in keeping the picture in motion for the first 500 hours of screen time (which, at two hours a day is about 8 months). I ignored the decreased brightness setting and just kept an eye on the motion of the picture (which meant limiting my play time of HUD-heavy games). To this day, all I've ever noticed is image retention (which I thought was burn in at first, then I did some reading).

Unfortunately, most manufacturers have stopped making them (Panasonic made the best sets on the market, and they have 50" 1080p sets going for $500 or less in stores these days, if they still have them) and won't ever again. Which is a real shame, because they are the only good display for touch tables or interactive white boards. It's one of those "Betamax is the better technology by leaps and bounds but the market responded differently" situations.

#14 Edited by ShepardCommandr (3348 posts) -

unfortunately yeah

it's a shame cause you can't beat the blacks of a plasma

#15 Posted by MonsieurX (31982 posts) -

Plasmas have been dead since Panasonic stopped manufacturing them.

#16 Edited by KHAndAnime (14917 posts) -

They aren't being made anymore, so they are extinct in that regard.

Having said that, I picked up a $400 42" Plasma last summer (Panasonic's newest and only Plasma 42" of '13) and it absolutely kills any television I've seen in person. I already owned two Panny Plasma's (a 42" and 50"), but this one still blows me away every time I see it. The image is so sharp, accurately colored, and has incredibly deep blacks. If you picked up a Plasma near the end like me, you fucking scored.

#17 Posted by juboner (604 posts) -

Supposedly it cost too much R&D to make plasmas 4k or the sets themselves will cost too much so they are just going with lcd and oled. I have a Samsung plasma from like 2008 650 series and there is some image retention but as long as you dont do something stupid you should have no problem with burn in.

#18 Posted by Chutebox (38626 posts) -

It's the best picture out there, but it is dying.

#19 Posted by Chutebox (38626 posts) -

@Master_Live said:

@tuupumpchump said:

Plasma will always have the best pic. You just have to worry about image retention on the panels...ie. HUD's on video games

Yep, when I play Vice City (I do weekly) I just turn the HUD off since I basically know the game by memory. With GTA4 I don't do it so sometimes I get some retention with the map :(

I'm pretty irritated with plasma. I bought a vt60 panny and after 1300+ hours i'm noticing that the 4:3 bars are there. VERY irritated

#20 Posted by BSC14 (4185 posts) -

Panasonic did not make the best, Pioneer did.

#21 Posted by Master_Live (15832 posts) -

@BSC14 said:

Panasonic did not make the best, Pioneer did.

Well, but those Pioneer's were like from the land before time. Panasonic was widely recognized as the heir apparent.

#22 Posted by comp_atkins (32168 posts) -

they're dying. not because they're bad. LCDs are "good enough" and cheaper.

#23 Edited by sSubZerOo (44391 posts) -

I honestly prefer the LCD/LED's.. Sure Plasma looks better, but it isn't that huge a difference to warrant the negatives plasma has imo.

#24 Posted by KHAndAnime (14917 posts) -

@sSubZerOo said:

I honestly prefer the LCD/LED's.. Sure Plasma looks better, but it isn't that huge a difference to warrant the negatives plasma has imo.

I haven't experienced any of these negatives on any of my 3 sets :p

#25 Posted by Allicrombie (25580 posts) -

I guess the real question is, is it worth it to buy one now, what with all the other options available?

#26 Posted by GoogleAndroid (153 posts) -

Plasma is much better than LCDs and LED-LCDs for a variety of reasons. Deeper black levels, more accurate color reproduction, better viewing angles, less ghosting/motion blur, etc. However, plasma market share has been decreasing. The only three manufacturers left the last few years were Panasonic, Samsung, and LG. Panasonic quit production a few months back, and Samsung just announced they will be doing the same. This leaves only LG, which will probably follow suit and end production soon. Plasma is basically dead.