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Panasonic 150" Plasma

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With a display this big, youd think wed have had an easier time getting this picture

With a display this big, you'd think we'd have had an easier time getting this picture

Summary

  • Product Name: 150" Plasma
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Review Date: January 14, 2008 15:16
  • MSRP: $You can't afford it
  • First Impression: Mildly Interesting
  • 2160x4096 pixel (4K) resolution
  • 1080p support
  • 100,000 hour panel life

Executive Overview

While it seems that we should be excited about an 150" screen, we're really not. It isn't like prices for these are going to come down to the prices of a front projection system any time soon. It's big, it's bad, it's beautiful and we wouldn't kick it out of bed for eating cookies but don't expect a review any time soon. A few well placed questions indicated to us that these displays were really only viable for sports venues (like stadiums), cinemas, and other commercial installations as their cost and size are prohibitive for just about every other application. With a 4096 by 2160 native resolution, it was a very nice picture and is the equivalent of nine 50-inch PDPs with an effective viewing area of 11 ft (3.31 m) (W) x 6 1/4 ft (1.87 m) (H).

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Recent Forum Posts:

AVRat posts on January 20, 2008 14:20
I guess announcements on upgraded pre/pros was skimpy/non-existent since nothing was reported, eh?
The Chukker posts on January 16, 2008 00:28
Tom Andry, post: 358149
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony.
Yikes. It would be interesting if someone used the average price points for LCD or Plasma tv's (from say 27“ to 60+”) and then applied that sliding scale model to OLED tv's to give a “rough” idea of what the larger panels would cost in comparison. I know this logic is inherently flawed but geez, $2500 for an 11" tv? pfffff.
Do you get the feeling these guys are just showing off for it's own sake?
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 11:10
Scratch that - when I wrote that article, I was converting from Yen to $ and came to $1800. Turns out it will cost more like $2500 according to Sony. I'd love to see this tech mature but I have a feeling that no one is going to want to invest in it enough to get the infrastructure to the point were they can be produced cheaply. With the majority of the public rolling their eyes at me when I tell them that there is a difference between SD and HD, I can't believe that we're going to convince them that a high contrast ratio is reason enough to spend 5x on an OLED display.
Tom Andry posts on January 15, 2008 09:43
The Chukker, post: 357718
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?

Sony just released their first 11" OLED at $1800
Toshiba isn't going to release any at all based on manufacturing costs
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Samsung didn't talk price (heck, they didn't have a price tag on a single item in their booth) but many times these tech showcases are just stuff they are exploring.
The Chukker posts on January 14, 2008 18:44
“there is ample evidence that OLED will never come down in price enough to be a serious contender against LCDs.”
So what kind of price differential are we talking about here? Did Samsung actually have an MSRP for the 31" model? If mass production were to indeed start in 2010 of mid to large sized models, what price point is Samsung shooting for and what was the maximum size they were touting?
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