Plasma Television

Plasma screen televisions are the coolest. They might not run the coolest, but man, Plasmas sure look the coolest. I’ve wanted a plasma screen television since the very first time I saw one. I’m not positive what it was that first attracted me, but I’d reckon that it was the flatness of it all. I’ve dreamed of a television that I could hang on the wall ever since I was a little kid. Of course it was mere science fiction, back then. I remember watching Star Trek for the very first time–amazed at the huge television screen at the front of the the bridge of the Starship Enterprise. Now if that huge screen wasn’t a premonition of a plasma TV, I don’t know what was.

And I remember walking into a Gateway store and seeing an (almost) affordable flat screen plasma television for the very first time. It was at that moment when I realized it was only a matter of time until plasma TVs would be truly affordable to the masses …

Gateway put the pressure on to lower plasma television prices. And I’m heartened to see that the prices continue to drop dramatically. I’ve seen entry-level 42″ screens for a good bit less than $2500. Of course, the high-end HDTV models can easily cost twice that amount, it’s great to see the prices move downward, overall.

Walking into a Best Buy (or other big box electronic store) these days is a bit like walking through Times Square–or through a gargantuan Las Vegas casino hotel sports book. The lure of the giant screen televisions is inescapable.

But I’m not ready to buy a plasma television just yet. Quite honestly, there are still thousands of reasons why not … and just about every one of those reasons has George Washington’s picture on it.

LCD televisions are putting pressure on the plasma screens in smaller sizes. And really nice conventional flat screen monitors have become incredibly inexpensive when compared to the LCDs and plasmas. Prices on conventional widescreen projection TVs have plummeted and the Digital Light Projection (DLP) TVs look to be a sweet alternative to the bigger plasmas.

But it’s not just about the money.

There’s a buzz that the picture quality of some early plasma TVs isn’t holding up over time. It’s one thing to spend the cash. But it’s quite another to have a piece of technology that won’t just be outdated in short time, but shabby.

“Gee, remember that Superbowl when your plasma TV was brand new and the picture was crisp? How many years ago was that?”

The electronics industry has gotten really really good at producing conventional televisions. The oldest TV here at ranchero indebto is over twenty years old … it’s never been in the shop and it still works just fine. When the new plasma and LCD technology can boast that reliability, I’ll get right in line to flash the plastic.

Until then, I’ll just be browsing (and slobbering) …

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