Plasma TVs still deliver some of the best images of any current TV technology available. I’m personally still a big fan of plasma displays and have come to appreciate the very accurate and natural images they produce.
As many of you already know, plasma TVs will soon be a thing of the past with manufacturers discontinuing production on this great technology. Panasonic stopped production earlier this year. Samsung recently announced they will stop production later this year.
This will leave LG as the sole manufacturer of this technology. However, there is talk in the industry that LG will soon follow and end plasma production.
So in the meantime, these displays are still readily available. One of these is LG’s 60PB6900 and is the topic of this review.
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Samsung’s H7150 Series of 1080p flat screen TV’s is near the top tier of their 2014 line-up, second only to the company’s top-of-the-line H8000 Series. So if you’re looking for top-notch picture quality you will definitely find it in the UN55H7150 which is the focus of this review.
Plasma HDTVs have enjoyed a long and great run as one of the best display technologies ever made. And since Panasonic announced at the beginning of this year they would no longer be manufacturing plasma TV’s, came as a disappointing announcement for consumers and enthusiasts such as myself who really enjoy and appreciate the excellent picture quality these displays produce. So with Panasonic out of the plasma game, that leaves only LG and Samsung as the only major manufacturers of this technology.
Samsung has carried over its 2013 HDTV line-up and has only introduced one new model for 2014 which is the PN64H5000 and is the topic of this review.
OLED HDTV’s were introduced to the US market in July of 2013 with only a couple of models to choose from: The Samsung KN55S9C and the LG 55EA9800 which is the focus of this review.
Fast forward one year later and these are still the only two models available in the US. Well, actually there are three if you count the LG 55EA8800 which is essentially the same set as the 55EA9800 but without the curved screen. It also has what LG calls a Gallery Screen which is a frame that surrounds the set to give it the appearance of a painting. This frame also houses several speakers for better sound quality. For info on OLED technology click here.
Vizio TV’s have been known as a no-frills low-cost brand with mediocre picture quality ever since they hit the market. And it was one of the cheap brands that I stayed away from and would not recommend to anyone looking for an HDTV with good picture quality.
Over the past couple of years, the company has stepped up its game and is now producing HDTV’s with good to excellent picture quality and overall respectable performance. Starting with the E-Series, you get solid performance along with good picture quality.
Moving up to the M-Series will get you a noticeable improvement in image quality. Now to get the performance of the better performing Samsung, Panasonic, Sony and LG models you will have to move up to Vizio’s P-Series and Reference Series. These models (once released) will be able to compete with the higher end models of the brands I mentioned above.
Vizio is the #1 selling LED-LCD TV brand in the US, and with the quality of their TV’s on the rise, I’m sure the brand will continue to gain more of the market share.