Originally Posted by Dry Bones
I have an older Pany Plasma, I believe one of the first 1080p models, purchased roughly in 2005-2006 I believe? 50 inch....
What is your TV's model number? (it's on the sticker on the rear cabinet).
FWIW, the first 1080p Panasonic was the PZ700U series which debuted in spring of 2007. If your TV was bought in 2005 or 2006 then it's a "720p" model as the 1080p models didn't exist yet.
I was curious how Plasma technology has changed since then. I am looking for a new TV, probably slightly bigger, maybe 55 inches, and the majority of what I'm seeing out there in terms of popularity are newer LCDs.
Hondas and Hyundais are very popular too, but that doesn't mean they perform better than BMWs and Lexus. The big stores all push LCD and LED TV because they make higher profit margins on them, and they look better in harsh store lighting so it's easier to talk people into them. But in a home environment, a good Plasma looks better than any LCD or LED LCD. That's not to say that a good LCD/LED LCD won't look good in your home, but a good Plasma will look even better. So those folks that end up buying an LCD/LED LCD don't realize that a Plasma would have looked even better in their living room.
And a good Plasma costs a lot less than a comparable LED LCD of the same size and performance category.
I definitely do not want an LCD, so I am wondering if newer plasma's, like a GT30, are really any different then my 6 year old Pany Plasma. I would hate to spend the money on a 55 or 60 GT30 and have virtually no difference other then size to a 6 year old tech
I own a 2005 720p Panny and a 2007 1080p PZ700U as well as a 2009 G10 and the G10 blows my older TVs away. And the new ST30 and GT30 series are even better than my G10. Plasmas have progressed a lot in the last 6 years. Huge improvement.
Oh, I should note that I am speaking specifically on 2D picture quality. I don't care about internet connectivity, 3D, audio, etc.
3D ability is being automatically included in the mid-to-high-end models so if you want a good to great TV, it's going to be 3D capable whether you utilize it or not. 3D tech does benefit regular 2D viewing though so that's a good thing.