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Q. My friend is a TV
nut, meaning he knows a lot about TVs. He keeps telling me to
buy a Plasma set because it has the best picture. But I read at
your site that Panasonic may exit the Plasma business so I'm a
little nervous. What do you think? Is Plasma going out of
business? -- David, Forestville, Maryland.
David, you're right. Panasonic, which is having financial
issues, is reviewing its Plasma TV business and may actually
stop making Plasma sets in the next few years. The reason:
Plasma sales have been just so-so in the last few years as
consumers have gravitated towards new LED and LCD sets.
Now, that said, in my view, the Plasma TV still offers the best
picture on the market, particularly when viewed in a darkened
room. The set displays deeper blacks and more vivid colors than
the LCD or LED models. (See:
Of course, I have to qualify that statement. Many HD fans think
the LCD and/or LED set does a better job in a well-lit room and
I wouldn't disagree. But I tend to watch TV in dimly lit rooms
so I am partial to Plasmas.
As for the Plasma going away, Panasonic is not the only
manufacturer in the category, although it is the leader. But you
can find Plasmas from Samsung and LG and a few others. And so
long as sales don't get worse, they will probably continue
making them for the foreseeable future. And Panasonic itself
hasn't made any final decisions.
Bottom line: The Plasma TV isn't going anywhere anytime soon.
And even if it were, it wouldn't affect your purchase of a
Plasma TV today. Purchased from a top brand like Panasonic, LG
or Samsung, the Plasma TV would give you an outstanding picture
for years to come, regardless of what happens to the business as