Originally posted by BruZZi
Panasonic states that they are 8th Generation Models.
Well, I'm still curious to know what is really new on those models (compared to the 7G Onyx) to be considered a Newer Generation.
And what happened to the Non-High End 7th Generation Consumer Models ?!?!?!?
Wild, uninformed speculation here, but...
Maybe Panasonic quietly switched to 7G panels in the middle of the 25 series production run. Such things are not unheard of. I never saw many claims about 7G improvements in PQ, only in longevity and burn-in resistance. The 7Gs had been alleged to offer a 60,000 hour half life vs the 6Gs' 30,000.
In November 2004, while 25's were still in full production, Panasonic issued a bulletin that rated their plasmas at 60,000 hours. No qualifiers such as "up to" or "most," just an unequivocal statement. It never seemed to make much sense for them to be building two different kinds of panels at once - in each of about five different configurations - especially at a time when they were selling the sets as fast as they could make them.
As for the 8th generation, we may be seeing the inevitable evolution in technology where the most significant quality issues have been largely addressed and emphasis switches from major improvements to maintaining existing quality while finding ways to reduce manufacturing costs.
Most plasmas are already very good and future improvements are more likely to be in small increments rather than dramatic, much as they have been in CRT's in recent years. On the high end, I'm sure the goal is to provide 1080 x 1920 pixel panels, but the mass market would be content with current quality at half the cost. Sooner or later that's where manufacturers will turn their attention. The Koreans seem to be trying to move in that direction. Maybe Panasonic is too, starting with 8G.
As I said, just unfounded conjecture, but from someone who has lived inside corporate executive suites.