Quick Note: Panasonic Tipped to Exit Plasma TV Market
March 18, 2013 9:38 AM
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Panasonic might give up on Plasma TVs
Reports are circulating that TV maker Panasonic has halted the development of plasma TVs and is considering exiting the market altogether. Panasonic wouldn't be the first major TV manufacturer to exit the sagging plasma TV market, as
threw in the towel on the segment back in 2009.
The move is part of Panasonic's plan to turn around its ailing TV business. For its part, a Panasonic representative was more nebulous about the company’s intentions, stating, "We are considering a number of options regarding our TV business. But nothing has been decided yet.”
in November of 2012 that it has plans to shed 10,000 workers by the end of March 2013. And last summer, Panasonic
that it was teaming up with Sony to share costs and to collaborate on the production of next-generation OLED panels for TVs and other large displays. Many see OLED as the next big sreen technology in the TV industry.
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3/18/2013 6:08:03 PM
Projectors are front-projection devices. That means their black levels directly affect their white levels because they're both reflecting off the same surface. Want bright whites? Then you'll have poor blacks because of ambient lighting reflecting off the same surface. Want dark blacks? Then you'll have dim whites because the screen is dark. The only work-around is to reduce the ambient lighting.
LCD, Plasma, and rear-projection DLP are all rear-projection devices. The front of the screen can be pitch black, but still light up fully when the rear light source is let through. So you can have the inky blacks along with bright whites that you can't get with a projector. The blacks are generated to (lack of) light reflecting off the front surface. The whites are generated by light
the front surface.
So no, it's not a simple matter of switching to a projector if you want 70"+.
3/18/2013 6:58:09 PM
Yes, and that is something I already stated elsewhere here. You do need a dedicated home theater setting to truly reap the benefits of a projector, AND a quality projector with comparable contrast ratio capabilities. But still, some would argue it's the best route if you're really looking for such a large image.
In a well lit room, LCD and Plasma are fine. For a true theater experience, though, I'd say pitch black room and a projector is the only way to go.
But like I said before, people are such dicks.
3/18/2013 7:01:51 PM
Myself included, as I write this edit post...
And upon re-reading what I posted, it's clear that I did not speak of having the desired ambient lighting to make a projector's PQ comparable, but it was in my head when I forgot to type it :)
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