Why I bought a 1080p plasma instead of a 4K LED LCD
As I see it, I'd rather invest in tech that's at its zenith than something that's going to be totally obsolete in a year or two thanks to ever-changing standards in the format. Picture quality trumps pixel density for me, and there just isn't enough of a reason (or native content) to justify the sizable investment required to get into 4K.
Yeah, my TV was a little on the expensive side but it's going to be quite a while before UHD picture quality on a LED set can match my plasma for the same price. For example, at last year's HDTV shootout, Sony's 55-inch UHDTV may as well have not even been there (www.soundandvision.com/content/value-electronics-h...). I'm excited about OLED screens, but I'm really not sure that many people have the room in their homes necessary for the sizes that have been shown off.
So I upgraded to a ST60 (would have loved to go for a ZT60) and I know I'll be set for some time. Much like when KURO's came off the market I knew grabbing a ST60 would serve me well just like my previous Panny plasma did.
I'm sad to see the tech fade out, especially with a brand like Panasonic.
I'm loving it, the picture is amazing compared to my first 2008 Panasonic plasma.
Anyone in the market should check the BB website, they show the inventory for their floor models/returns/open boxes available at your local stores. They're really dumping them now to make way for the new models coming in Feb/March, great deals to be had!
i have always been a huge advocate of plasma tvs. I was rather surprised by the public perception that LED was the better tv to purchase. When I would tell my friends or coworkers that plasma's had better picture quality, they were rather uneducated in the matter.
I have loved my two Samsung plasmas. I recently added a pioneer audio video receiver along with a tivo roamio to my setup and all I can say is wow. I am not sure what happened, but my picture quality improved drastically even more so after adding the avr. It might have to do with the 4k/1080p up-scaling of the avr. It brought the best picture quality possible out my plasma, and it rivals any 4k tv on the market. I had noticed all the 4k tv's on display at frys, best buy, etc and knew without a questionable doubt that my plasma still had the better picture. Don't get me wrong, the 4k picture is impressive. It just doesn't beat the picture my plasma gives. great article, keep up the good work.
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I won't be buying a new TV for a while, when I do I expect it will be an OLED, as that will have replaced plasma in the market for image quality and black levels, but the lack of 4K content and the fact that my current TV is still fine might mean that is a long while off.