Is Plasma TV dead?? I think so, yes.
Samsung and Panasonic have been the main two players for the last couple of years and they’ve both confirmed that they’ll be ceasing production and development of their Plasma products.
You may not have already known, but Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) technology is actually older than plasma. Not in the form of flat screen TVs for home use, but certainly older. Though, since it was brought to market after Plasma in this form, it is perceived to be better – newer is always better.
Over the years, LCD TVs have improved significantly – certainly since the introduction of LED backlighting. But most will agree Plasma is still better. Better blacks, better motion, more natural colour range and better definition in dark areas. So what’s the reason for their decline? From what I’ve come to understand, it’s mostly that sales have dropped as LCDs have grown to be more popular.
Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely some advantages on the LCD/LED side of things. They’re thinner – much thinner, they use a whole lot less power, they’re a LOT brighter and don’t suffer at all from image retention (burn in). Despite all that though, LCDs on the whole are really only just getting close to being on par with what we’ve seen from plasma’s in the last 5 odd years in terms of image quality.
So what now; what’s the tech for the future of TVs? OLED? Potentially… I feel like LCDs have a shelf life as Plasma’s have had. When that will be I’m less sure of. Keep your eyes peeled in the next few years as OLED technology improves and gets cheaper to produce.
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