Pioneer plasma televisions going the way of the ghost

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Pioneer has confirmed that they are leaving the television business, shipping their last televisions in March 2010 and focusing on car electronics and home audio-video lines. This is sad news: they make some of the best plasma HDTVs on the market, and with Vizio also dropping out of the game, plasmas are getting rarer and rarer. That’s a shame: while plasma will eventually be made obsolete by OLED displays, we’re still a few years away from that… and in the mean time, LCD blacks just aren’t quite there yet. A quality player leaving the market is something to be mourned.

Pioneer exits TV business as losses mount [Twice]

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3 Responses to Pioneer plasma televisions going the way of the ghost

  1. Anonymous says:

    Plasma panels are our generation’s Betamax – beaten by cheaper, cruddier technology.

  2. technogeek says:

    I’ve seen burn-in on a plasma screen (admittedly one that was going 24/7 on a relatively static image); that was enough to put me off plasma pretty much permanantly. If I’m gonna pay that much for a screen, I want it to be more robust than that.

    OLED would be great, but meanwhile I’m far more interested in LCD.

    YMMV. Void where required.

  3. Doomstalk says:

    The burn-in issue has been mitigated. Newer screens are less prone to burn-in, and a lot of manufacturers include anti-burn-in countermeasures– essentially they shift the pixels ever so slightly to make sure no phosphor is burning the exact same color for too long.

    I just got my first plasma screen about a month ago (replacing a cheap 42″ Westinghouse LCD), and I must say I love it. The blacks are much deeper and the colors and brightness are more even. It’s well worth any extra precautions I have to take.

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