After recently signing the joint venture deal with Hitachi, Pansonic is going to release big screen LCD’s in addition to it’s big screen Plasmas. Until now, Pansonic has had only small screen LCD’s, and big screen Plasmas (there was no overlap in model sizes). The roadmap for LCD shows that it would be cheaper than Plasma. Plasma has some technical advantages over LCD, but price-wise, LCD has a brighter future. So I think that from now on, Panasonic would turn Plasma into a premium high end product, and not a mainstream one. Panasonic is one of the biggest and most dominant producer of Plasma screens, so its moves would certainly effect all the industry, and others would follow them. Personally, if I hadn’t seen the new prototype from the Pioneer “Project Kuro” - Full HD 50" size, 9mm thick and with an infinite contrast - I wouldn’t have thought that Plasma has any prospect at all. But after seeing it - I think that plasma still has great technical potential. The only big problem could be its price.
This message was edited at: 16-02-2008 14:42