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Old 03-08-2007, 12:14   #1
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Anything wrong with the (just over £1000) Plasma's?

How times have changed eh?

Looking down my local superstore and they have four (or poss 5) 50" Plasma's on the wall (all being fed from the same HD demo source)

I think there were two LG models, a Samsung, a Philips, and perhaps one other (though may have just been those 4)

They all looked superb. Great viewing angles, bright colours.

What I was trying to do was to look and see which one I thought was best, but to be honest, with the demo videos (various movie trailers mainly) it was impossible to tell any real difference.

One was a bit lighter (as though brightness was up) but it was minimal.

I'm almost looking at these and thinking, these are too cheap. From about £1100 to £1400 ish price range (roughly)

Is there any reason NOT to go for one of these (apparantly) bargain 50" Plasmas?
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Something tells me they are still overpriced and prices have some way to fall yet.

I'm still not personally that impressed with the quality of many plasmas (and less so LCDs) but they are infinitely better than a few years ago.

That said - standard def on a 50"
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Well, I can remember looking at the Panasonic's 37" PX60 back in 2006 when it was £1,300. It's replacement in 2007 can be picked up for £700 now so that's quite a change!

I suspect that prices will continue to fall though; for example, the only-just-launched Samsung 50" 'P96' (full 1080p) plasma was around £1,800. It can now be picked up for under £1,600. I doubt it'll be too long before these are under £1,500. LCD televisions do tend to put a lot of pricing pressure on Plasma models as well as strong competition between manufacturers and online stores. Samsung is being pretty aggressive with launching new models and trying to grab market share - they're a big improvement on their older ones. There will be some new LCD models from Samsung in August/September (F86/F96) which I imagine will put further pricing pressure on the current range.

Perhaps you'll find this thread of use.

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Thanks for the replies.

Whilst I agree prices will always fall, I can't help but feel sizes over say 42" are always going to be high, just due to quantity sold.

I can't see many (sorry for saying this!) Women allowing a 50" screen in the home (I think enough guys have problems getting a 42" past their better half!)

If the 50" stays a minority size (which I feel it will do for a long time) I don't see the prices dropping much, unlike the 28", 32" and to a lesser extent the 42" models which are selling probably 10-1 or 50-1 against say a 50" screen.

I may be talking balls, of course, but I can't see the "General" 50" screens every really being much less than the grand mark due to this.

Of course, I hope I'm wrong and we all have £99.00 60" screens by Christmas
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LCD televisions do tend to put a lot of pricing pressure on Plasma models as well as strong competition between manufacturers and online stores.
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Indeed, I think it's taken everyone by supprise the price drop of flat screens over the past 2 years or so. Everything I've heard had said how no-one (not even the makers) expected such a BIG drop so fast.

Good for all of us of course

I bet the Plasma Makers are not too happy, when you think how much they were only a short time ago.

Wonder how the prople feel now that paid out £6000+ for their 42" models a few years back?
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