this is so sad. i wonder what the REAL reason plasma's aren't being produced. because it can't be due to lack of sales. just go try and buy an ST60 right now, you probably can't find one...
and even though LCD sales exceed plasma, that's not on the tech, that's on marketing. when was the last time you saw a commercial for a plasma? i can't even remember. if sharp can sell 'quattro' which scientifically can't help color, then companies could surely sell the best picture quality available today.
my conspiracy theory is that they don't want plasma's to compete with OLED because plasma would win. who would buy OLED for 5x the price if there's only a slight if any increase in picture quality. they know OLED isn't going to steal sales away from LED. ppl who buy LED aren't looking for the best blacks obviously, or color reproduction. the only ppl who would consider spending 6-10grand on a 60" OLED are the ppl currently lining up to buy zt60's.
it's very unfortunate that the best value in flat screen displays has to be killed (not die) for the next great thing to be successful.
i hope samsung rides the success of the f8500 for at least a couple more years and basks in the unchallenged market of best plasma tv.
Displays: Samsung PN64F8500/JVC X35
AVR: Pioneer VSX-1018AH, 5.1 audio
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