Long live Samsung Plasma TV production!
This is quite sad indeed.
My Home Cinema Pioneer KRP 500A, Yamaha RX-V1900, MA Radius R225HD LCR, R90HD rears, AW12 sub, Panasonic BD60, PS3, Boxee Box, Sky HD, Boxee Box, Logitech Harmony One, Logitech PS3 Adapter, Sonos ZP90
Bedroom Samsung UE32C6510, PS3 slim white, Apple TV, Sonos S5, Sonos ZP90, Audioengine 2, Oppo OPDV971H
Miscellaneous: Synology DS212J + 2 X WD Red 2TB drives, WD 1TB NAS, Sonos ZoneBridge, BT HH3 as modem & AirPort Extreme router
It seems like all Panasonic wanted to do was to beat the Kuro. They finally did it, and now this?!
AV System - Panasonic 42VT30 ¦ MA Apex 5.1- 4xA10 1xA40+ AW-12 Sub ¦ Van Damme UP LCOFC Speaker Cable ¦ Pioneer SC-LX85 ¦ OPPO 95 ¦ Mark Grant G1500HD Precision audio cable ¦ Sky+ HD(1TB) ¦ Chord Active HDMI ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Belkin PF50 mains conditioner.
Bedroom - Sony KDL-40W2000 + Archos 7 streaming from Windows Home Server 2011, Altec Lansing inAir 5000.
Dining Room - Sonos S5.
Music - HP Proliant Server running WHS 2011 ¦ streaming FLAC to Sonos ZP90 and OPPO 95 via SC-LX85.
Hi Fi - Cyrus 8 XPd QX amp ¦ Cyrus PSX-R power supply acting as Pre Amp ¦ Quad 909 Power Amp ¦ Speakers - Spendor A3 ¦ Logitech Squeezebox Touch upgrade by Fidelity Audio ¦ power supply upgrade by Mains Cables R Us ¦ Furutech Mains Cables ¦ Power Plant Premier mains regenerator.
Controlled by – iPad2 and Harmony 1100.
Story so far: Panasonic plasma TV saga
We're waiting on an official comment, which may reveal a little more information...
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Our understanding is that there'll be no more R&D on new plasma panels - this year's panels will be the last - although Panasonic plasma TVs will continue to be manufactured and sold (for now).
Andy Clough is Brand Editor of What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision and whathifi.com
I suppose on the bright side at least everybody has time to buy one.
Main AV Setup: Panasonic 50VT65 TV, Pioneer Bdp-lx71, Pioneer Vsx-lx70, B&W FPM Series, B&W PV1, Optimum AV300 AV Stand, QED Silver Anniversary XT Speaker Cable & Chord Silver Plus HDMI Cables. Gadgets: iPad Air & iPhone 5S
'on the bright side' he he.....
but then not so long to get them replaced several times.....
A year is plenty of time to have fun on the merry go round.
I'd have considered Russian Roulette to be a more apt game analogy !!!
Very sad indeed, but unfortunately not surpricing.
Now I have to replace my TV this year, as I believe it could take several years until equally good picture quality (and affordable) will be available.
Rumours by the way says, that Samsung stopped the development of plasma panels several years ago. They just didn't make any announcements about it.
Panasonic TH-42PZ800 | Yamaha DSP-Z7 | Oppo PDB-83SE | YouSee HD box | B&W XT-series
I don't think that is true. Otherwise, the F8500 plasma wouldn't have been significantly better than Samsung's previous plasma efforts, as the early reviews indicate. It does pack in some technology not seen in previous Samsung models, like proprietary Deep Black Algorithm and Real Black Pro II.
Copy pasting from another site: Real Black Pro II is a carbon-nano coating that absorbs ambient light, making the blacks blacker, even in brighter spaces. At the same time, the added brightness touted by Samsung is the result of efforts to make the sub-pixel walls in the plasma cells thinner, allowing each cell to hold more phosphor. An added benefit to this approach is improved brightness, which does not come at the expense of energy efficiency.
I would love to be wrong, and as said it is only a rumour. Just think Samsung has been standing more or less still on the plasma front for the last couple of years, not like Panasonic who have made some drastic improvement in the same period. But would be nice if Samsung have some real improvements this year.
Early reviews do indicate that Samsung has made some significant progress with the F8500. Check this thread & the links posted by Strapped for Cash:
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