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Cheapest Place To Buy Plasma Tv

R.I.P. Plasma TVs - 7 Reasons for the Death of Plasma TVA recent interview at CES 2014 reveals the worst; plasma TVs are gone for good. Following, we analyze the reasons and hope to provide some insight as to why. Read More...

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LG 60PB6900 ReviewThis is the only plasma TV in the 2014 lineup to have a fully loaded feature set. The 60PB6900, only available in the 60 inch size, has all of the standard smart TV features, 3D playback, voice controls, and the Magic Remote. We are happy to see plasma TVs still in production after Panasonic has pulled out of the race. Read More...

Samsung PN60F8500 vs Panasonic TC-P60VT60 Plasma TV ComparisonWe thoroughly enjoyed reviewing and evaluating these two exceptional TVs which share top quality ratings on our site among all TVs, not just plasma TVs. Both have exceptional picture quality performance and feature attributes. Read More...

Samsung PN51F8500 ReviewSamsung may have unwittingly created an OLED, 4K TV killer in the PN51F8500. If a plasma TV like this can produce such deep blacks (400% improvement over the prior E8000 series) then why do we need to spend $15,000 on a 55 or 56 inch OLED TV? Read More...

Samsung PN60F5300 Review The Samsung PN60F5300 is a value plasma TV with excellent picture quality for the price. Samsung plasma TVs have one of my favorite picture renditions among all TVs today. I like the color space even more than Panasonic plasmas once calibrated. Read More...

Panasonic TC-P60U50 ReviewFantastic picture quality is what this plasma is all about. If you dont care about the bells and whistles like Smart TV and 3D then this might be the perfect TV for you. See our calibrations page for this model to achieve a much better picture. Read More...Ultra HD Sensor now in digital optics - Best rifle scopes with Full HD camera

Samsung Plasma TV ProblemsSamsung Plasma TVs have had a unusually high number of problems lately according to an extended warranty company.Samsung and Panasonic have the best selling plasma TVs...Read More

Amazon leads the way in TV often has one of the best selections of TVs in the market. The company famous for the Amazon Kindle eReader, is also a great place to shop for TVs of all sizes and technologies. Read More...

Plasma TVs Above the Fireplace?Living room configurations often put the fireplace as the central focal point. Since we all know that the real focus of your living room is the television, we hit upon the question of integration Read More...

How To Buy A Plasma Television in 10 easy stepsWhether you're looking for a plasma television for your home or for business, these 10 steps will guide you through the key factors in deciding which plasma is right for you. Read More...

Jan 30, 2023: Replaced the Hisense U6H with the TCL 5 Series/S555 2022 QLED, as it's a bit better overall for around the same price. Also replaced the Insignia F50 QLED with the Hisense A6H, as the Insignia is discontinued and hard to find.

A manufacturer once told me they get one, maybe two reviews out of a plasma (as in sending it to one reviewer, then sending the same TV to a second reviewer), and after that they're toast. With lighter LCDs they get two or three reviews per panel. TVs in general and heavier plasmas specifically just don't survive multiple shippings in the original box.

One email I still get regularly is from those who want to buy a used Pioneer Kuro, the former champ of picture quality. While it was definitely the best thing going for a long time, that doesn't mean a used one is today. The most recent Kuro is ancient now by TV standards, and presumably has many hundreds (thousands) of hours on it. It's also, in many ways, not as good as the most recent Panasonic plasmas.

Panasonic's recent plasmas, on the other hand, are generally better than the current TV offerings (OLED aside) available today. Especially the 2013 versions, the last and best of their kind and, let's not forget, the ones most likely to be lightly used. You might get lucky and find one that, for some unfathomable reason, the current owner doesn't want any more. If you trust the seller and it's a good enough deal (see below), it might be worth the risk.

I'd say the most important thing, when even considering buying a used plasma, is being able to see it. Does it have any image retention or burn in, is it dim, or have any weird discolorations or dead pixels? Do all the inputs work?

Got a question for Geoff? First, check out all the other articles he's written on topics like why all HDMI cables are the same, LED LCD vs. plasma, active versus passive 3D, and more. Still have a question? Send him an e-mail! He won't tell you what TV to buy, but he might use your letter in a future article. You can also send him a message on Twitter @TechWriterGeoff or Google+.

A plasma display panel (PDP) is a type of flat panel display that uses small cells containing plasma: ionized gas that responds to electric fields. Plasma televisions were the first large (over 32 inches diagonal) flat panel displays to be released to the public.

Until about 2007, plasma displays were commonly used in large televisions (42 inches (110 cm) and larger). By 2013, they had lost nearly all market share due to competition from low-cost LCDs and more expensive but high-contrast OLED flat-panel displays. Manufacturing of plasma displays for the United States retail market ended in 2014,[1][2] and manufacturing for the Chinese market ended in 2016.[3][4] Plasma displays are obsolete, having been superseded in most if not all aspects by OLED displays.[5]

Plasma screens are made out of glass, which may result in glare on the screen from nearby light sources. Plasma display panels cannot be economically manufactured in screen sizes smaller than 82 centimetres (32 in).[9][10] Although a few companies have been able to make plasma enhanced-definition televisions (EDTV) this small, even fewer have made 32 inch plasma HDTVs. With the trend toward large-screen television technology, the 32 inch screen size is rapidly disappearing. Though considered bulky and thick compared with their LCD counterparts, some sets such as Panasonic's Z1 and Samsung's B860 series are as slim as 2.5 cm (1 in) thick making them comparable to LCDs in this respect.

Fixed-pixel displays such as plasma TVs scale the video image of each incoming signal to the native resolution of the display panel. The most common native resolutions for plasma display panels are 852480 (EDTV), 1,366768 and 19201080 (HDTV). As a result, picture quality varies depending on the performance of the video scaling processor and the upscaling and downscaling algorithms used by each display manufacturer.[24][25]

Early plasma televisions were enhanced-definition (ED) with a native resolution of 840480 (discontinued) or 852480 and down-scaled their incoming high-definition video signals to match their native display resolutions.[26]

Early high-definition (HD) plasma displays had a resolution of 1024x1024 and were alternate lighting of surfaces (ALiS) panels made by Fujitsu and Hitachi.[27][28] These were interlaced displays, with non-square pixels.[29]

Later HDTV plasma televisions usually have a resolution of 1,024768 found on many 42 inch plasma screens, 1280768 and 1,366768 found on 50 in, 60 in, and 65 in plasma screens, or 19201080 found on plasma screen sizes from 42 inch to 103 inch. These displays are usually progressive displays, with non-square pixels, and will up-scale and de-interlace their incoming standard-definition signals to match their native display resolutions. 1024768 resolution requires that 720p content be downscaled in one direction and upscaled in the other.[30][31]

A panel of a plasma display typically comprises millions of tiny compartments in between two panels of glass. These compartments, or "bulbs" or "cells", hold a mixture of noble gases and a minuscule amount of another gas (e.g., mercury vapor). Just as in the fluorescent lamps over an office desk, when a high voltage is applied across the cell, the gas in the cells forms a plasma. With flow of electricity (electrons), some of the electrons strike mercury particles as the electrons move through the plasma, momentarily increasing the energy level of the atom until the excess energy is shed. Mercury sheds the energy as ultraviolet (UV) photons. The UV photons then strike phosphor that is painted on the inside of the cell. When the UV photon strikes a phosphor molecule, it momentarily raises the energy level of an outer orbit electron in the phosphor molecule, moving the electron from a stable to an unstable state; the electron then sheds the excess energy as a photon at a lower energy level than UV light; the lower energy photons are mostly in the infrared range but about 40% are in the visible light range. Thus the input energy is converted to mostly infrared but also as visible light. The screen heats up to between 30 and 41 C (86 and 106 F) during operation. Depending on the phosphors used, different colors of visible light can be achieved. Each pixel in a plasma display is made up of three cells comprising the primary colors of visible light. Varying the voltage of the signals to the cells thus allows different perceived colors.

Control circuitry charges the electrodes that cross paths at a cell, creating a voltage difference between front and back. Some of the atoms in the gas of a cell then lose electrons and become ionized, which creates an electrically conducting plasma of atoms, free electrons, and ions. The collisions of the flowing electrons in the plasma with the inert gas atoms leads to light emission; such light-emitting plasmas are known as glow discharges.[35][36][37]

Contrast ratio is the difference between the brightest and darkest parts of an image, measured in discrete steps, at any given moment. Generally, the higher the contrast ratio, the more realistic the image is (though the "realism" of an image depends on many factors including color accuracy, luminance linearity, and spatial linearity). Contrast ratios for plasma displays are often advertised as high as 5,000,000:1.[41] On the surface, this is a significant advantage of plasma over most other current display technologies, a notable exception being organic light-emitting diode. Although there are no industry-wide guidelines for reporting contrast ratio, most manufacturers follow either the ANSI standard or perform a full-on-full-off test. The ANSI standard uses a checkered test pattern whereby the darkest blacks and the lightest whites are simultaneously measured, yielding the most accurate "real-world" ratings. In contrast, a full-on-full-off test measures the ratio using a pure black screen and a pure white screen, which gives higher values but does not represent a typical viewing scenario. Some displays, using many different technologies, have some "leakage" of light, through either optical or electronic means, from lit pixels to adjacent pixels so that dark pixels that are near bright ones appear less dark than they do during a full-off display. Manufacturers can further artificially improve the reported contrast ratio by increasing the contrast and brightness settings to achieve the highest test values. However, a contrast ratio generated by this method is misleading, as content would be essentially unwatchable at such settings.[42][43][44] 041b061a72


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