Originally Posted by shobuddy
Are you saying that the panny does not play mkv files? I assume both play avi?
On a separate note, I've read the pros and cons of LED vs Plasma. With plasma being cheaper and offering better picture, why is it being abandoned by companies? Is it a dying technology?
Plasma is an older evolved technology that is still evolving with brand new improvements. LCD/LED is a relatively new technology which is cheaper to set up manufacturing plants and cheaper to make. Plasma factories costs billions of dollars and the reason they are "thicker" is because there is more to it. The "thinness" of LCD and LCD/LED is a marketing ploy to try to get the public to reject plasmas. Plasmas have a 600Hz data processing sub-field while most LCD/and LCD/LED have a 60Hz or 120Hz sub-field. That is why they don't handle motion as well. Plasmas have a color spectrum in the billions of colors and gray scale about 6,144 shades which gives hues and shades to colors producing a depth effect not seen in the majority of LCD and LCD/LED TV's except where they have electronics designed to produce it artificially. However, the color gamut issue with LCD and LCD/LED displays still exists. All you need to do is watch an animated feature and you will see that the LCD based televisions will not produce multiple shades of a color on an animated bears fur while a plasma may produce 4 or 5 different shades on the bear's fur, giving a "depth" to the bear's fur that is missing in the LCD display. A passed ball in football and cameras panning down field almost always has LCD displays displaying artifacts and unable to stay up with the display signal...too much data because they are 1/10th to 1/5th as capable in handling the throughput as a 600Hz plasma.
Sales people in retail stores often spread the false information that plasma is dead. The principal reasons are many: they were directed to say that by management because there is a larger markup to be made with an LCD TV.
They have more LCD/LED stock on hand. They think because some companies left plasma that the technology is done, but with the exception of Pioneer, the other companies did not actually manufacture their plasma TV's...they farmed the job out to one of the big three. LG, Samsung and Panasonic have invested billions in this technology and they will force LCD and LCD/LED to drop prices (as they are doing right now, this year). Plasma TV's costing $500 can best LCD/LED's costing $800 in picture quantity and match them all the way to $2000. The energy issue is really a non-issue and plasmas TV's do last longer because they are based upon phosphors emitting light just like cathode ray TV's except plasmas have many more phosphors in them (the "plasma" part). Plasma purchasers tend to be more knowledgeable and more difficult for sales people to deal with, with a lower markup and a lower commission for the sale. Its no wonder that sales people say that plasma is dead. Plasma is the superior technology. I have a Panasonic Plasma, a Vizio LCD, an AOC LCD/LED monitor, a Panasonic LCD frontal projector and an Hitachi LCD frontal projector. LCD projectors are better than LCD TV's because of the way they are designed. In flat panels. plasmas are less expensive and beat LCD/LED displays in every way except total light emitted. That is because LCD/LED displays have back lights to enhance their light output while plasmas have no need of a back light to artificially make them appear brighter. LCD/LED also make themselves appear blacker when there is no signal to give the impression of the ability to produce an inky black which is another gimmick to mislead the buying public that an LCD/LED display can be as black as a plasma when they cannot unless they turn off their back light to misrepresent blackness. LCD/LED have a limited color gamut that is around 82% of the color spread available and they have a smaller gray scale and are unable to produce as many shades of color. In spite of these deficiencies, manufacturers of LCD/LED charge more for an inferior product that sells pretty well to an unsuspecting , less informed public.
Recently, my wife and I were in a store and I asked her to pick out the best displayed picture in a row of televisions all displaying the same signal. I advised her that brightness was not an indication of a better picture any more than a photographed illuminated under a brighter light was a better photograph. I suggested that she look for color accuracy, color shading, complexity of color, contrast and a depth of field as opposed to a "flat"" display that appeared to be an animation of a live environment that was missing its own natural depth. She gradually eliminated one display after another and arrived at her final choice: a 50" LG plasma...the only plasma in that line of displays. Satisfied that an untrained viewer, unimpeded by sales person pressure, was able to tell the difference, I then put back all the descriptions and prices of the TV's that I had hidden from her view so that other customers could tell what they were looking at. Pretty smart lady, I was quite proud of her ability to discern video quality and knew for certain that nothing other than a plasma would suffice. And why not, when superiority costs less.Edited by Panoppolite - 11/22/12 at 11:01pm