In the rough and tumble world of commercial products, the best doesn’t always win. Sometimes,
bad marketing triumphs over good products. The most famous example is probably Betamax versus VHS. Although the Sony standard had a visibly superior image, it was VHS that eventually
sold more units.
Perhaps a more recent example is the LCD versus plasma TV debate. To my eyes, a good plasma TV is
superior to a good LCD. Now, don’t get bent out of shape if you prefer
LCD. If that’s what works for you, great. But to me, plasma
has better color, faster response times, better contrast, truer blacks, and you don’t need to
worry about the angle you are viewing from nor closing the curtains to
make the room dark. If we were looking to buy a high definition TV,
which we aren’t, I wouldn’t hesitate to get a plasma.
Unfortunately, the manufacturers seem to be going in the opposite direction. This CNN
article says plasma TV sales will peak in 2008 and begin to decline in 2009. I think this could lead
to fewer choices and, perhaps, prices being held higher than it would be if
there was more demand, selection, and competition.
Obviously, no one, including CNN can predict the future. But if the forecast is correct, I guess we
will get a plasma sometime in 2008. YMMV. Insert disclaimer here. Feel
free to buy whichever you choose.