Say Goodbye to Plasma TVs

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Plasma televisions appear to be headed to the tech graveyard, joining dinosaurs like the VCR and floppy disk.

Despite being praised by sites like CNET for having the best picture quality available in a television (Samsung PNF8500), the demand for plasma televisions has dropped. According to CNN Money, plasma TV shipments plunged 16 percent globally in the first quarter of 2014 compared with a year ago.

Plasma televisions have largely been replaced by LCD TVs, which are thinner, more energy efficient and cheaper, Vox said.

The death of plasma is an incredible success story for LCD technology, but it’s also a sad reminder that disruption doesn’t always mean the best products win: No LCD TV has ever looked as good as the best plasma TVs.

Panasonic quit making plasma TVs in 2013. Samsung recently announced it is pulling the plug on plasma TVs in November, leaving LG Electronics as the last major international plasma TV manufacturer. But LG plans to halt production later this year, CNN Money said.

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  • mibtp

    I bought a 42″ Plasma in 2007 for $1200 from Costco. Crazy price now. It’s still just as sharp as ever. But if I were in the market for a larger screen, I would go the cheaper LCD route.

  • yodaboy

    Plasmas are the lesser technology, hence them being dead. Main issues include 1) dead pixel issue (I had one till 3 pixels around the center of screen caused such an annoyance I got rid of it). 2) burn in issue, will have ghosting if paused to long. 3) weight–too heavy 4) calibration needed. LCD’s do not have any of these issues. ByBy Plasmas, hopefully 720p will be resting beside you before long.

    • ProudPlasmaOwner

      I haven’t seen an LCD do a decent 720p; how ironic. LCD have calibration issues whether you like it or not. Now if you are stupid and don’t run your air conditioning or your plasma tv at a lower contrast, you will get burnin. Not everyone knows 65 degrees farenheit is an ideal temp to operate it at. I hope you enjoy your blurry framerates.

  • transmitterguy

    My Sanyo 50″ plasma tv I bought on 9/01/09 (Wally World) is running flawlessly. No bad pixels, color good, sound good, runs 6-7 hrs a day. Good job Sanyo. I paid $800 for it at the time. $0.43 a day, cheaper than bottled water.

  • Jack Mabry

    Plasma Tvs use way too much electric. Led Tvs give a very similar picture and use a whole lot less juice. Plus, led’s will last a long time.

  • Y2KJillian

    In November our “giant” fat heavy TV died, and we ran down to the TV store and looked at the arrays of thin TVs. The richest color was showing on the one plasma they were offering–for the same price as the same size LED or LCD TVs…we chose the plasma, which my husband could lift by himself in its box with no trouble–the old big fat TV was like a wrecking ball! We fitted the new plasma TV into our TV room on a little stand 1/4 the size of what had supported our big fat old TV, and we mounted the stand on wheels so we can roll the whole thing easily into the best position for everyone to watch and avoid glare from a large sliding door. We LOVE it. When it dies we’ll get whatever’s available, I suppose, and will probably like that, too. But for the moment, we know it was the prettiest picture in the store. (AND we know it was prettier there than it ever has been here–closed circuit showings and perfect lighting that we’ll never replicate. But still….)