Should your next HDTV be a Plasma?
Remember the good ole days when plasma was something you sold to pay your way through college? Well these days, plasma TVs are all the rage and they keep dropping in price. So why should you invest in an plasma HDTV? DigitalHomeCanada has a nice article that tells you why you should invest in a plasma, starting with lifespan:
Engineers at Panasonic have told DHC that a plasma set has a half-life of approximately 60,000 hours and some think the number might be as high as 100,000. A CRT rear projection is said to have a half life of 20 to 25,000 hours.
DLP rear projection and LCD rear projection typically have bulbs which are said to last about 10,000 hours and then need to be replaced at a cost of $300 to $600. Many DLP and LCD projection owners have complained of bulbs burning out annually so the cost can add up.
The result is that despite a higher upfront cost, plasma is generally expected to last longer and cost less to maintain than competing technologies.
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Posted by William Hungerford at October 11, 2005 2:42 PM