Originally Posted by mike2004
I'm curious. Did any of you owners of this Panny plasma consider power consumption when deciding on your purchase?>
The specs on this 50 inch Panny tell me it draws a bulging stupendous tremendous 695 whopping watts. In comparson to some 50 inch LCD displays, which draw half that amount, it makes me pause as to which technology is the most affordable in the long run. I'd say I like the picture quality of the Panny plasma more than any LCD I saw at the store, but the watts, the watts, the watts.....
I am assuming we are all aware that this is a peak power consumption number on plasmas vs. LCD.
A plasma does not sit there drawing 700 watts all day or every moment it is on.
Plasma does not use a backlight like LCD does. LCD's backlight is always on and drawing the big watts all day long.
Perhaps someone else has some per year ratings that compare the actual apples to apples wattage averaged out over a year of typical viewing. My "guess" is they are closer than one might think to the point that power consumption is not even an issue. Certainly less of an issue compared to the price of LCD, the motion blur and the poor black levels and lack of contrast and depth on LCD.
Be sure to unplug your cell phone charger when its idle as well if your concerned with power. etc. etc. etc.
Maybe this thread should read "did anyone consider the gas scam going on before they bought thier Yukon or Hummer".