Originally Posted by Nuance
Last time I checked, LCD's at a comparable performance and size to a Plasma cost more than plasma's. Where are you getting your #'s?
I can't say for sure my numbers are right. In my mind, I was going on what I saw the plasmas going for at Circuit City and Best Buy, compared to what I could get the LCDs for on Amazon. So obviously that's not a fair comparison. But here are the Amazon numbers as of today:
MODS: This is a thread on how the lines are priced, so hopefully the below numbers will be taken in that regard. If this violates the rules, please leave the rest of my post and edit out the numbers.
So the current Panasonic 50" 1080p costs less than the 71 Sammys but more than the 65 Sammys, and the same as the 46XBR4, which displays much, much better in the stores despite the screen size difference. Any consumer worth his or her salt and who has a decent set of eyes would pick the 46XBR4 over the 50PZ700U BASED ON how the sets look in Circuit City or Best Buy and with the feeds they are receiving. Of course, when you get the set home, take it out of torch mode, and live with it, the 700U will be nicer to most of us. But Panasonic's goal has to be to get it purchased in the first place.
So I'm distinguishing here between typical consumers and enthusiasts.
The one thing plasma has going for it with typical consumers is that CR encourages people to buy plasma and rates the Panny 700U as their top set.