- spatial discharge happens (currently on three electrode discharge), and;
- OLED is too expensive to make in large screens (possible) and PDPs are repositioned as a mid-range low cost product in between LED-LCD and OLED.
Problem with 4K is the plasma cells are much smaller so very hard to make stable. I think even if it does happen, the smallest you will have is around 60" diagonal.
As you can imagine, they were extremely expensive and more technology demos than practical TVs, though you could buy the 152" for a mere $800,000.
The 152" consumed as much as 7,500W in operation...!
My guess is that 4k projectors will get down into the sub $2k range quickly.
I have a 55" sit about 8 feet back could definitely go larger. There are folks here that sit 6 feet back from a 65'
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50" is consider the norm here in North America. Anything smaller just goes to the bedroom.
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I can remember way, way, way, way back in the day watching a 13" CRT TV in my bedroom... now I have a 50" PDP. I also have a 60" PDP in my living room and would definitely prefer a larger display.
I don't see 4K plasmas happening. Plasmas won't be around for too much longer. But on the bright side, the future is all about OLED (or as I call it "the next plasma").
Personally, I'll be waiting for 8K OLED to be in affordable price range before getting any sort of next-gen panel. 4K is going to be the 720 of higher resolution displays.
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Yes, sadly I remember a 13 or 19" black and white in the basement with crank knobs, and constantly adjusting the vertical hold every time you turned it on. Now 4K is just good enough - motion on LCD is not fit for a dog and 65" seems pretty wimpy unless it is going into the bathroom.
Also, I don't see LG and Samsung dumping tons of money into PDP considering each have significant LCD production capabilities and the existing LCD screen tech will make 4k relatively easy for large panels compared to the work required to create a 4K capable PDP.
I am just glad that Panasonic put together a fantastic product line for their final year of PDP production. It is a fitting (if though sad) end to Panasonic PDPs.
The closest I have found for measurements of the 60" 6020FD show that it is between 388w-434w with no power saving settings and 302w-330w on Mode2. That is just from some guy and his Kil-a-Watt but only thing I could find at the moment. CNet measured their 60" ZT60 after calibration at 360w and the 60" EU ZT65 was measured at 279w (2D mode) by Dave MacKenzie. The 9.5g probably improved on that but I don't really feel like scouring google or AVS to dig it up. The numbers suggest that during this span Panasonic brought down power consumption of their PDPs by 7%-17% vs the 9G Kuro. With such gains over a 4-5 year period, it would seem to indicate to me that it would require reimagining and redesigning PDP tech to yield any significant additional energy savings. Unfortunately, just another reason why PDP tech is heading to EOL since 4k would require 4x the number of cells versus 1080p with a substantial increase in power consumption. As much as I love PDP, the increase in power required would make me consider whether a 4k PDP was worth it.
If someone has better / more controlled measurements of the Kuro vs. the ZT60 it would be interesting to see. I consider the numbers above anecdotal at best since there is no common control between the measurements recorded from the three different sources. Thanks for the pseudo-research project Vinnie.
Here are the links to the info I found on them,
The Sears Black Friday ad it on the last page.
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