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Panasonic's 103-inch Plasma compared to a 50-inch Plasma and a lady in a red dress
Panasonic will hold the title of 'World's Largest Plasma', for now

In a move to 1-up itself in the plasma display market Panasonic showcased its 103-inch plasma TV at the New York Stock Exchange yesterday for its Closing Bell. At 103 inches Panasonic's product will be seen as the world's largest plasma display, for now.

According to the press release Panasonic had to take measures to ensure the same reliability and quality in the 103-inch plasma as is in smaller screens because of the size. The screen is 7.5 x 4.2 feet with the standard 16:9 aspect ratio and a 1920x1080 (2.07 million pixels) resolution which will run at 1080p as we all would feel it to be necessary in all new high-end products from now on. The distance between the centers of adjacent pixels, or the pixel pitch, is assumed to be about 3.8mm, though noted in the press release as 3.8'.

Panasonic currently offers a wide range of televisions from LCDs to DLPs to Plasma screens which start at 37-inch and currently go up to 65-inches. The 103-inch panel will expand the range of screen sizes for those enthusiasts who want it all.

There has not been any word on pricing yet however Panasonic did hint at a December 2006 launch in its press release. However, this date is tentative so don't hold your breath or your money in your hand, for that matter. This plasma definitely will not come cheap as we saw LG's 71-inch plasma earlier this month announced and priced at about $28,000, with an actual price almost as much as $45,000 to $70,000 at some retailers.

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By LukFilm on 4/19/2006 6:46:13 PM , Rating: 2
I have the exact plasma that's on the right and while it looks huge on my wall above the fireplace, it looks absolutely puny on that picture. I can't imagine how awesome watching HD material on that must be.

RE: Wow
By Peacemaker on 4/20/2006 2:19:04 AM , Rating: 2
Plasma is overrated and therefore way too expensive. I'm typing this on a 115" image from my PLV Z4, just on the wall. THis is a 720p projector and I do not see the difference in image compared to plasma. Go to HT projector store and have them play content for you in the demo room.

RE: Wow
By Furen on 4/20/2006 2:50:19 AM , Rating: 2
You cant have projectors everywhere, as they do require quite a bit of space, not to mention dim lighting for good contrast.

RE: Wow
By JNo on 4/20/2006 5:56:19 AM , Rating: 2
I agree with Peacemaker - I have a Panny AE700 with 100+ inch diagonal and have seen the PLV Z4 too. You can't have 100 inch plasmas everywhere either!! Dim lighting is a drawback true, but I go £10 thick blinds for the windows if I want to use it during the day and it costs a fraction (<5%) of the cost of that plasma! Hell, you could even get a 1080p projector for a fraction of that cost... (hate to know how you'd feel if you accidently let burn in occur with that thing too :)

RE: Wow
By Peacemaker on 4/21/2006 2:23:27 AM , Rating: 2
CRT's,plasma,LCD's,none of them are perfect. You know that this set will be more expensive than Qualia, right?
Plasma is overpriced, bottom line.It's just that I 'll never understand how people are willing to spend $6-7k on a TV set yet never even consider other options. With that money you can eliminate all the disadvantages of a projector, have a superb size and image quality and still have some money left...

RE: Wow
By Devil Bunny on 4/22/2006 12:46:54 PM , Rating: 2
Not to mention that plasmas burn out after time. Ill stick with my Sony Wega lcd's, atleast you can replace the lamp.

well it is big?!
By lethalchronic on 4/19/2006 2:49:02 PM , Rating: 2
i'm gonna have to pass considering i might need to knock down a few walls for this?

RE: well it is big?!
By Bluestealth on 4/19/2006 2:56:59 PM , Rating: 2
Don't worry if you can pay that much for a TV, you can afford the walls...

In the modern world
By Wwhat on 4/20/2006 8:11:18 AM , Rating: 2
that comes down to 2.61 meters FYI.

That's not a lady....
By Homerboy on 4/19/06, Rating: 0
"And boy have we patented it!" -- Steve Jobs, Macworld 2007
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