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Craiglist, I have a love/hate relationship with it.
I like to peruse the free section, and on occasion, something comes up.
So what did I get? a 50" Panasonic plasma tv with original and functioning remote!
Great picture, all functions work perfectly, model TH-50PX6U, see link if you're interested.
Not bad for free!
For those that know about such things, what do you prefer, CRT, Plasma, LCD/LED, OLED.
I know that the more modern choices, such as LCD/LED have been steadily improving, and what I've heard is that Plasma was discontinued because of it using more energy. I personally prefer a tube display over a LCD display.
a 65" Pioneer Kuro. I read Pioneer got out of the tv business directly because they were so expensive to produce that the business model seriously failed. When Panasonic bought the tech from Pioneer, the same thing occurred. I read this in several sources, though I'm uncertain if it's actually the reason. At any rate, I loved the set and would still have it if not for a cross-country move and the fragile nature of the set, it's weight... Burn in, btw, never in all those years was an issue.
I've got a 42" Panny that looks just like that one. It's a heavy sucker requiring two people to move it reasonably, unlike a new 55" LCD that I can pick up with one hand and mount it on the wall myself. But, the picture on the plasma is much better even at 720p though the last of the Samsung plamsas that I bought in 2012 (?) is better, mostly because it's bigger. ;)
I have a 42 inch last gen Panasonic plasma. My neighbor got a 55 inch (I don't know what) 4K TV and he always plays the 4K nature channel (which one?). It looks great. The plasma has been terrific. The colors are great. The smoothness is great. It was a challenge mounting it (because of it's weight) and because it is in a confined space (42 inch max, maybe a couple of inches more if I'm creative).
No reason to upgrade actually. If I had the space for a 65 inch, that's what I would have, though.
The power consumption is a big drawback, but since we hardly really watch TV except for our PBS specials, it is really no big deal at all and did I say, the colors are great :-)
I still love my 12 year old Panasonic plasma. The picture quality is still so good. When it does finally die, I will probably replace it with one of Samsungs QLED sets. They look almost as good as OLED, buy less expensive and no blue problem, and no burn in (although burn in has not been a problem with my plasma).
I have a last gen. Panny Plasma. I really like it, and hope it lasts a while. As Sondek said, 4K was the nail in the coffin for Plasma. I do like OLED, but it has some potential issues inherent in the technology. Specifically image retention/burn-in. It's an issue with all emitting technologies, and I did have it with my plasma too. That said, LCD/LED has come a long way.
Hi Jack & Sondek,
Thanks for the replys.
I too read about the death of Plasma because of 4K.However, I also read that it was more complicated. Seems that they used more power than other formats, and the sales were dropping off because of the higher cost. (Kind of reminds me of Laser vs inkjet.)
I also read that a 4K Plasma was built but not sold, for the aforementioned reasons.
I recently changed my 2010 42" Panasonic Plasma for a 2018 55" OLED with supporting Technics soundbar (TX-55FZ952).
I loved my old plasma but I cannot believe how superior the OLED is. There is not a single issue upon which I would want to return to the plasma.
I note that one inmate has mentioned the issue of screen burn. The above set has a program that automatically cleanses/conditions the screen upon switching to standby. It runs around every fourth or so session for about ten minutes. Incidentally I have read several reports that acknowledge the potential for screen burn but have not found it to occur in practice - I'm just reporting :-).
The Technics soundbar is also excellent. No it is not as good as my dedicated audio system but is nevertheless the best TV sound I have come across. I feel no need to search for an improvement. Unfortunately this feature has been dropped by Panasonic for the 2019 models (at least for those offered here in the UK).
Noting the other replies and the fact that all of you are USA residents I understand that, in any case, Panasonic no longer services your country with televisions. So that, unfortunately, would seem to put getting a Panasonic OLED out of question unless maybe you could get one from Canada? Are the transmission standards the same?
I still have a 50" Panny plasma. No issues to report at all. My guess is the black level has deteriorated (like during the battle in GOT) but I barely notice.
Power consumption was red herring. At 9 or 10 cents a kw hour, just not a valid concern, IMO. However, cost was the one that took the most out of plasma sails. LCD got dirt cheap, but there was still a market for plasma ... until 4k drove the killer nail in the coffin.
BTW, if that 4k plasma was actually built, I wonder how much it weighed. Hundreds of pounds I would suspect.
The 152 inch 4K that Panny actually did make weigh(ed) 1,272 pounds. Wow!
Edits: 07/07/19 07/20/19
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