The death of plasma is an incredible success story for LCD
technology, but it’s also a sad reminder that disruption doesn’t
always meant the best products win: no LCD TV has ever looked as
good as the best plasma TVs. Just go down the list: Pioneer’s Kuro
plasmas were so amazing that CNET still uses them as a review
reference years after they were discontinued in 2008. Pioneer
couldn’t make any money and sold the Kuro technology to Panasonic,
whose high-end plasmas were widely considered the best until late
last year, when the company stopped making them in favor of LCDs.
(The remaining stock is in high demand; used 55-inch sets are
selling for $3,000 and up on Amazon six months later.)
Sad news for anyone who cares about image quality. I’ve got a Pioneer from 2008, and love it. I’m generally appalled when I see LCD TVs, and never impressed.