Samsung to cease plasma TV production later this year

By Shawn Knight ยท 43 replies
Jul 2, 2014
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  1. If you're like me and love the many benefits that a plasma television affords (great viewing angles, superb contrast, excellent motion tracking, etc.), you've probably noticed that such sets are getting harder and harder to find.

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  2. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    That's because Panasonic was making better plasmas. They are still in shops, offering the best price-to-quality ratio out there.

    The incredibly over-priced OLED is the only thing that beats picture quality of Panasonic plasmas, but their lifespan is worse.

    So who cares if those plasmas do not have Netflix in them or some other needless stuff, they are still the best 1080P deals, although the latest generation of Smart Plasmas from Samsung do have all kinds of extras in them, and overly nice, so it would be a close call between them and Panasonic.
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  3. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    It's a shame plasmas are dying. Nothing else currently can compete on an IQ front.
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,890   +1,224

    They also are over 100 lbs and double as a space heater. The weight isn't a big deal, but having a heater in my family room in the summer isn't cool. They suck so much power they almost made them illegal in California. Granted, they look great, but I'm not surprised they're on the way out.
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  5. risc32

    risc32 TS Addict Posts: 209   +96

    I must be old. I remember when plasma monitors came out. they were neat but their IQ was junk compared to the other tech of the day. it's weird, I think those other devices are all gone, and here was are lamenting the demise plasma and it's great IQ.
  6. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    Happy to see them go, heavy inefficient heaters. The difference in quality between a good Plasma and LED is so small its not worth having a Plasma given the disadvantages. Clearly Samsung feel the same way.
  7. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

    Who needs a plasma TV to heat the room. I have a 40" "Proscan" , with standard fluorescent back light which pulls 200 watts from the line. Spectacular brightness and great color though.

    It's too expense to fire up, so I bought an LED TV. I like to sit in front of the Proscan though, from time to time, and stare at my own reflection.;)
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  8. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    Well knew this was coming based on earlier reports.

    And Glad I picked up my Samsung plasma when I did.

    Weight is about 75lbs and its wall mounted so not really a concern and it only comes down if I move. As for being a space heater maybe for older gen models anything in the newer gen of plasma models (2011+)are more efficient. Still uses more power than a LCD but you are getting a better picture also so decent trade off if you ask me.

    I watch alot of sports on my tv and that fits right into the strengths of plasma.

    totally agreed VitalyT .

    I own the Samsung PNE8000 which was the highend model for 2012 and most of the smart features I've turned off since I don't use them including the netflix app. I have a HTPC hooked up below so no need.

    I've had a few friends recently pickup some 2013-14 LCD sets and they still don't compare to the picture I get when playing back Blu rays or anything high quality.

    I really hope they fix the OLED lifespan issues because thats next step up.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

    Dude, get with the program. Everything's illegal in California, with the exception of Bitcoin. And that's only been legal since Monday.
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  10. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    Why wouldn't it be legal? It is after all a form of gambling.
  11. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    I can provide you with as good of proof as you'll get, that the LCD manufacturing line is not mature and/or manufacturers are heavily cutting costs to push out stock. I went through three LCD's before kicking them out for good for a Pana plasma.

    It'd actually make a really good article, but I believe that it'll be highly 'controversial' since it will expose LCD TVs for the trash they (currently) are.
  12. Thank goodness. Soon, all the Plasma fanbois will only be able to brag about their 'out of date' tech that you could toast a marshmallow over.
  13. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    I guess they will have to go back to watching, the even further out of date fireplace!
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  14. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

    Um, because California is not Nevada? Just a stray thought....:confused:
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  15. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    Damn, I always forget that fact.:confused:
  16. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    I have an original 26" Samsung LCD and I still have a pair of 55" LED models that are quite a few years old now still going strong.
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  17. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,664   +1,949

    They slimmed down a lot and consume much less in the latest generations, while offering visibly better screens. Both Samsung and Panasonic stopped manufacturing them because plasmas have no future, compared to OLED-s, which offer a far better margin right now. In the meantime, the latest plasmas for consumers is the best spent money for a TV right now.
  18. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    They could't get the cost down for a 4k plasma screen. If they could then production wouldn't stop. And I totally agree with you if you care about image quality grab a 2012/13 plasma set and sit on it until OLED get affordable. And since there is still no content for 4k doesn't seem like a bad idea.

    Anyone that still thinks plasma's are space heaters haven't used any of the last gen plasma's so their opinon is outdated.

    When it comes to picture quality OLED > Plasma > LED/LCD
  19. cmbjive

    cmbjive TS Booster Posts: 777   +138

    About damn time.
  20. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

    Actually, there's a Christmas show called "Yule Log", where the picture on the TV IS a fireplace!

    So, you crank up the ol' plasma TV / heater, and turn that on.

    After which you can proudly proclaim, "no actual logs were harmed in the heating of this den".
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  21. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    They don't heat my room with a LED LCD monitor. Damn I have upgraded to the point of loosing my heating capabilities.
  22. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 13,010   +2,536

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  23. Lionvibez

    Lionvibez TS Evangelist Posts: 1,266   +436

    Lol you guys are killing me in this thread :)
  24. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 9,728   +3,701

    @captaincranky, Lionvibez was no substitute for a tree!
  25. St1ckM4n

    St1ckM4n TS Evangelist Posts: 2,922   +630

    Oh, I don't doubt that! My 'evidence' is more to do about anything 50 inch and above being a risky buy. Why? They just can't get the backlight to be anywhere close to perfect. Backlight bleed, flashlighting, uneven backlighting - all of these are issues on the big TVs and manufacturers either dont' want to or cannot fix these problems.

    Samsung 8000 series (newest at the time) have massive problems too, people just don't see it until it's pointed out to them.

    I went through 3x LCDs that had severe issues, even issues with the LCD panel itself. I lodged warranty claim and manufacturer said there was no problem (from engineer). The photo/video evidence I have shows everything clear as water.
  26. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,869   +2,038

    I am not sure what constitutes as 'severe issues' but I really like mine, great value and great picture as far as I am concerned. I mostly use them with HTPC's and Windows looks as nice on the 55" screens as it does on my Dell 30" IPS panels. I might be partially blind though.

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