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Any one know why Sony got out of the Plasma Market ????? (Locked)
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widescreenforever
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????  I know it has been over a year,, but wanted to know what their reasons were?  Price,, or the fact that HD is more prevalent to the consumer.
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????  I know it has been over a year,, but wanted to know what their reasons were?  Price,, or the fact that HD is more prevalent to the consumer.



More profit in LCD flat panels?  Just a guess 
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I think the only reason Plasma ever made it to the market was the limit in size that they had with LCD's, now that they can make them larger at more or less the same price there is no reason to keep both technologies.

I think most manufacturers will drop Plasmas.  It's probably a good thing anyway, having only one technology will probably make the prices go down.
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On the other hand, I'm becoming aware of a thread of advertising pushing plasma and saying why it is so much better than LCD.
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On the other hand, I'm becoming aware of a thread of advertising pushing plasma and saying why it is so much better than LCD.


I'm definitely not a specialist but for what I know, if LCD had been available in 42" 3 years ago I would never have bought a Plasma.  There's 2 major reasons for that.

1: Plasma have the burn-in (which is actually not burn-in but uneven phosphore wear) image problem.  I don't like stretching images when they're in standard format and the black bars on the side started to be permanent after only 6 months.

2: Plasma are almost useless as computer screen.  I have a PC in my living connected to mine and I just can't use high resolutions, I compare with LCD's at friends and theirs are much better.
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Quoting Touti:
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I think the only reason Plasma ever made it to the market was the limit in size that they had with LCD's, now that they can make them larger at more or less the same price there is no reason to keep both technologies.


Absolutely right. Plasma was a flat panel stopgap measure while LCD was being developed. We bought 20 60inch plasma panels for a project in 2003, knowing that they would only have a 5 year life and be replaced by LCDs.

Looks like my time estimate was about right.
dannocron
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Disagree completely!

Sony could not compete in the plasma market. As a matter of fact, until just recently, they were considered "behind the times" with all of their televisions and they were losing market share...big time! Their products were considered stale. Trinitron was GREAT in it's day. (Have had three XBR Trinitrons.)

There are just three major producers of the "glass" for plasma televisions. (NEC, which was bought by Pioneer, LG, and Panasonic.) Sony, along with other manufacturers had to purchase this "glass" from other companies. The only way for a company to differentiate themselves was the electronics they put into the cabinet. Sony did not do a good job of this.

It is true that the LCD technology has basically caught up with and in some peoples eyes surpassed plasma. There are pluses and minuses to each technology. One of the biggest problems for plasma producers is that it is cheaper to produce LCD's then plasma.

As far as using plasma as a computer screen, I am doing it successfully, although it is really a Windows Media Center PC.

You will continue to see plasma televisions in the market, although LCD's and newer versions of LCD (Sony's version) may take over the market. (That remains to be seen.) Pioneer and Panasonic do not produce LCD's, and I think that they will dominate the plasma market as they are the only ones that continue to improve the plasma sets.

I have been a plasma fan for a few years and I still like the picture that the plasma puts out, although I am very impressed by the improvements in picture quality of LCD sets and it is possible that my nest set could be an LCD.
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I have recently bought a Pioneer plasma TV and all i can say is its a stunning tv. I weighed up the pros and cons of both and opted for a plasma. My xbox360 is amazing on it!
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