Picking Plasma Now

He who has more computers than he has a right to often doesn’t have other advanced toys that he has craved.

When it comes to big-screen HDTV, though, that’s about to end. (My hybrid car and fourth Mac will have to wait, I guess.)

Cyndy, my wife, will tell you that my HDTV decision is directly the result of my two favorite sports teams looking up this year — in a big way. One has a leading record and the other is having a very productive off-season. I learned long ago: Don’t bet against my wife!

But there’s another reason I’m finally breaking down and getting ready to spend money I don’t have yet on a 50-inch flat-screen TV. I’m talking about the confluence of the high-resolution 1080p standard with plasma display technology. Pioneer and Panasonic both announced 1080p plasmas early this year, and they’ve been shipping for a few months. Other manufacturers have them too. It’s finally the right time to buy a big-screen plasma TV.

I’m not going to get into a long discussion about plasma’s strengths and weaknesses versus other display technologies. But suffice it to say that I also like the best of the LCD technology for big-screen TVs too. For two products I picked late last fall in Computerworld’s 2006 Holiday Gift Guide, see this story.

The plasma TV I’m giving strong consideration to is Panasonic’s 50-inch 1080p HDTV model TH-50PZ700U.

If you have experience with this plasma TV, or any other 1080p plasma, I’d be very interested in your input.

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