The King is Dead. Long Live the King.

There was a time, not that long ago, that plasma display panel (PDP) technology ruled the earth. Not only because it dominated in picture quality, but because it also lead when it came to value as well. There was an area where PDP could not compete, and its power consumption ultimately proved the stake that killed it. OEMs were unwilling to invest in making the jump to 4K, and figuring out how to make 4X the pixels consume legal amounts of electricity. Fortunately, all hope is not lost – at least on the picture quality side (we have a lot of ground to make up on the value…) with a new king emerging.

Even though the last plasma TV went on sale in 2013, the ill-fated screen technology still has a massive place in the hearts of many serious home cinema/AV fans. They argue that no LCD TV to date has got close to the sort of contrast and colour accuracy plasma screens can produce. A new public TV tech shoot-out, though, has suggested that it’s finally time to let plasma rest in peace and embrace its natural successor: OLED.