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Plasma market getting smaller and higher-end, but it's still alive

Lee Stewart
05-13-2009, 01:33 PM
Plasma market getting smaller and higher-end, but it's still alive

by Nilay Patel, posted May 13th 2009 at 2:07PM

Pioneer's decision to axe the Kuro earlier this year set off a wave of gloomy predictions about the future of plasma, but we've never really bought into it -- and it sounds like the product planners at LG, Samsung, and Panasonic haven't either. HD Guru asked reps from each company for their thoughts on the state of the plasma market, and the responses were pretty similar across the board: plasma remains the connoisseur's choice overall, and it still makes up just about half of 50-inch and bigger sales. Of course, that means that plasma's niche is shrinking and moving higher-end while LCDs more or less take over the rest of HDTV market, but until something like OLED develops into a true competitor we think plasma's around for a while. Check out the full company responses at the read link

http://www.engadget.com/2009/05/13/plasma-market-getting-smaller-and-higher-end-but-its-still-her/

BiggNewt
05-14-2009, 11:52 AM
I went to Best Buy and they pretty much told me that Plasma was "crap", that it was too fragile to be a TV and that it's blacks aren't as good as advertised.

I laughed and walked away and went to Sears where they said the exact opposite :)

CoachZ
05-14-2009, 03:08 PM
Yep...QUALITY vs quantity... MICHELOB vs bud-light.....there are fewer Bentley's sold than Hyundai s ...there's still a maket for the Bentleys !!!

daleb
05-14-2009, 03:09 PM
I went to Best Buy and they pretty much told me that Plasma was "crap", that it was too fragile to be a TV and that it's blacks aren't as good as advertised.

I laughed and walked away and went to Sears where they said the exact opposite :)

From the same folks telling you Monster cables are better.. why should we be surprised?

I think the mfrs simply find LCD easier to sell to the masses, most of whom do not know the difference. They just want a light, thin and large screen they can hang on the wall if they get the urge.
No wonder companies like Pioneer (and Vizio plasmas) are hanging it up.

If you have a good plasma now just hang on to it! Then when something tops the technology we can jump to that...too bad.

BiggNewt
05-15-2009, 05:06 PM
I had no problem buying a Plasma, even if they are falling into the background of the HDTV world. I'm not buying something because everyone else has it, I am buying something with an amazing picture and theater-accurate presentation, Plasma is the only TV (aside from maybe LED) that does that.

PFC5
05-15-2009, 08:07 PM
I had no problem buying a Plasma, even if they are falling into the background of the HDTV world. I'm not buying something because everyone else has it, I am buying something with an amazing picture and theater-accurate presentation, Plasma is the only TV (aside from maybe LED) that does that.

+1000

I want the better PQ, and at a more affordable price for 46"+ screen sizes. I do not have to pay twice the money to get an LED based LCD to get good black levels. :D