Originally Posted by Stereodude
Yeah, if you have an A/C unit with an EER of 4.
That's actually a good point. Window A/C units are all about 10.8 EER, based on the definition, that's 10.8 BTUs out for every BTU of electricity consumer (OK, weird units for electricity, but it can be back-converted to KwH). Not sure where the 1:4 thing came from, but that's definitely wrong. The best modern central A/C system are running somewhere around 15-18 EER (converted from SEER), while the best mini-splits are running over 20. So scratch that. But plasmas are still huge hogs!
Originally Posted by xvfx
How is it ridiculous? Peoples high end gaming PC's use over 1000W with their dual/quad SLi and hex core CPU's.
I remember one of my 26" Toshiba CRT's with built in Dolby Surround that was a space heater, used up to 800W.
Playstation 3's used 380W and nobody whined about it until all the awareness of energy saving and so on… http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_3_hardware
Now the majority of people are crazily obsessed with power consumption. All because of todays awareness. Nobody cared back then to the crazy extent today.
It's so bad some people are even switching off their broadband/cable routers before bed that use no more than 10 - 18W.
Ok, switching off the router is nuts. But at the same time, very, very few PCs use anywhere close to that much, and even those only use it during the most intense gaming, and are significantly lower when not running 3D games. I remember when my dual CRTs heated up the whole room several degrees. Luckily, we've moved past that. Just like we've moved past energy hog plasmas.
Originally Posted by trab37
Is that tongue in cheek or are you serious? I bought a Sony X900A last year and a ZT60 and in several ways I prefer the ZT60. The 4K content on the Sony looks amazing, but is limited to what is available through the media server. For normal viewing its hard to beat the PQ of the ZT60.
On my predictions about plasma dying, I was kind of joking. I knew it would come eventually, I didn't think it was a week or two away for Sammy!
As for 4K vs. plasma, I'm dead serious. 4K is the way to go.
Originally Posted by hpp8140
I also thought so coming from my 55" LCD to 64" F8500, but it didn't add much to my electric bill. I hooked up a watt meter and the F8500 uses 300 watts average and goes up to 600 on full white screens. Costs less than $2 a month to run this plasma. I would focus my attention on other monthly costs. /shrug
It does raise the room temp a degree or so during the hot summer, but it is a good heater during the cold months. It all evens out
Well, it doesn't all even out, unless you have electric baseboard heat, since anything else is cheaper to run than secondary heat. But that aside, they still use a ton of power, kick off a ton of heat, and whether practically, or just in principle, it's ridiculous when there is a clearly superior technology available that uses a fraction of the power, i.e. 4K LED-LCD.