Plasma is far from dead.
Plasma TV technology has been said to be on the way out many times, but LCD and even the new LED LCD technology is still doesn't match the Plasma image quality. I am a big Plasma fan and apparently Samsung is seeing the success Panasonic has with their always strong Plasma line-up. The 2011 line represents Samsung's broadest range of plasma TVs, with 15 new models across six product series. Its new Plasma+1 narrow bezel design delivers larger screen sizes than previously available.
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Do not get me wrong, premium LED LCD TV panels deliver outstanding image quality, but there is something about Plasma that appeals to me more. It is more organic. LCD technology is "cold". A good comparison is that people prefer a regular light bulb over the cold light LED lamps are emitting. In any case I appreciate the new strong line-up of Samsung Plasma TVs to keep Panasonic on its toes.
The Samsung Plasma D8000 and D7000 Series TVs feature Samsung’s signature brushed metal bezel design that was widely popular with the 2010 LED TV line, while the D550 series sports the trademark Touch of Color design. New in 2011, Samsung’s unique Quad Stand will be introduced to the plasma D8000 series to offer the elegance associated with a luxury product. Samsung says the new Plasma TVs are only 1.5-inches deep.
The new D8000, D7000 and D6500 are equipped with Samsung Smart Hub. The Samsung Smart Hub offers Search, Video recommendations, web browser and Samsung Apps. Connecting to Smart Hub and the Internet is easy right out of the box. Built-in Wi-Fi is included across Samsung’s ultra-slim plasma portfolio – the D8000, D7000 and D6500 Series.
Samsung will include 3D in three-quarters of its plasma portfolio in 2011. If I needed to buy a new TV right now, I would still say no to 3D. 3D lost quite a bit of its steam. I really wonder if the industry will manage to drum up interest again for Q4 and the crucial Black Friday shopping season.
The 15 new Samsung 2011 Plasma TVs will be available, depending on the model, this and next month. Below is a table with the list prices of all new Samsung Plasma models. Amazon will offer the new Samsung Plasma TVs way below list price as soon as they become available.