Panasonic plasma is dead. I’d like to take a moment for everyone to express their feelings at its passing. Next March, Panasonic “will end sales of plasma TVs for consumer use and PDP-related products for commercial use,” in the company’s own words. They’ve been CNET’s favorite TVs for years, and we’re not alone. Other reviewers, editors, consultants, calibrators, engineers and picture quality aficionados of every stripe have studied, designed, lauded, picked apart, recommended, purchased for themselves and/or enjoyed countless hours watching a Panasonic plasma. I asked a few industry experts, many of whom I’ve worked with over the years and all of whom care deeply about picture quality, for their reactions at the exit of these flat-panel televisions from the market. I told them I’d like to publish a sort of eulogy. The response was overwhelming. I’ve been recommending Panasonic plasma TVs to friends and family since the mid 2000s. Compared to LED and LCD TVs, plasmas (particularly Panasonic plasmas) simply produce a more realistic-looking, enjoyable image. I am undoubtedly sad to see Panasonic leaving the plasma business, particularly in light of the excellent performance of their 2013 crop of plasma TVs. I look forward to see what the future… Read full this story
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