In times of increasing LCD panel prices, it may seem hard for price-conscious customers to find an appropriate bargain when buying a TV. However, if possible, the increasing drop in plasma television prices in the USA is now offering customers a more cost-efficient alternative to established LCD displays.
As the American Wall Street Journal reports, a considerable drop in plasma television set prices is currently taking place in the United States. Though these were a good 30 percent more expensive than their LCD rivals until now, the tables have now completely turned on the American electronics markets. Here, plasma TVs are currently a good 200.00 to 300.00 dollars cheaper than LCD models of the same size. Thus, for example, a 50-inch plasma display is available for 1,200.00 dollars, whilst the 50-inch LCD equivalent is disproportionately more expensive at 1,500.00 dollars.
The reasons for these enormous price changes on the display market include the recently increased prices for LCD panels and the outsourcing of plasma panel production by companies such as Pioneer or Samsung, which has made it possible to reduce prices. Aber auch der allgemein zunehmende Trend zu LCD-Displays, wird an diesen konkurrenzfähigeren Preisen nicht ganz unschuldig sein.
Despite the dominating trend towards LCD models, plasma displays are currently offering an extraordinarily good price-performance ratio in the USA. And even though LCD model manufacturers have been better and better at bringing their technological advances closer to customers in the past few years, the technological enhancement of plasma displays has by no means come to a standstill. Thus, for example, the much-criticised burn-in effect has been as good as eliminated in today’s plasma screens.
At the moment, it is still unclear when exactly this price drop will take effect in Europe. Nonetheless, a speedy reduction in prices can be expected in Germany for plasma displays within the coming weeks.