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(Reuters)   Panasonic cuts annual profit forecast by 39% on news that 98% of consumers thought they went out of business in the late '80s   (reuters.com) divider line
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2008-11-27 05:13:13 AM  
Actually, they probably make the best plasma screen TVs you can buy these days.
 
zz9
2008-11-27 05:31:00 AM  

ElPresidente: Actually, they probably make the best plasma screen TVs you can buy these days.


I came her to say exactly the same thing.

/But in LCD I prefer Samsung.
 
2008-11-27 06:28:17 AM  

ElPresidente: Actually, they probably make the best plasma screen TVs you can buy these days.


Isn't that akin to saying, "I was forced to eat the least horrible turd,"?
 
2008-11-27 06:45:37 AM  
Plasma picture quality is what all other formats try to aspire to. LCD, DLP and projectors all have good pictures these days but a state of the art plasma will give you your best picture.

But only for a dimmer room.
For a bright room you still want to get LCD though.
 
2008-11-27 07:22:14 AM  

Occam's Chainsaw: Isn't that akin to saying, "I was forced to eat the least horrible turd,"?


You're kidding ?

Nothing matches CRT yet in bright light, but have a look at a Viera with a decent signal source. Even upscaled animated Lego bricks Freeview looks pretty good.
 
zz9
2008-11-27 07:33:40 AM  
LCDs are way better than they used to be but plasma is still better. Response time, contrast ratio (real, not "Dynamic Contrast") etc is still better.

And if you're going to bounce your Wiiremote off the screen a plasma has a far better chance of surviving.
 
2008-11-27 07:53:55 AM  
Guys, guys, life is WAY too short to know that much about flat panel television sets.
Just buy the damn one you can afford and enjoy it.

Fortunately, the coming depression will make plasma purchases rare indeed.

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2008-11-27 08:03:16 AM  

FarkinNortherner: You're kidding ?

Nothing matches CRT yet in bright light, but have a look at a Viera with a decent signal source. Even upscaled animated Lego bricks Freeview looks pretty good.


Yeah, I was more referring to life-of-use issues, "oops, you tilted it too far and bricked your TV", and general cost of ownership. Plasma screens themselves are great; owning one can suck.
 
2008-11-27 08:28:39 AM  

ElPresidente: Actually, they probably make the best plasma screen TVs you can buy these days.


They also make the best electric shavers on the market.
 
2008-11-27 08:34:03 AM  
I have a Panaphonic myself.

/went with it over the Sorny or the Magnetbox
 
2008-11-27 08:34:18 AM  

Occam's Chainsaw: Yeah, I was more referring to life-of-use issues, "oops, you tilted it too far and bricked your TV", and general cost of ownership. Plasma screens themselves are great; owning one can suck.


Fair comment, although they are improving.

michaeld5: Guys, guys, life is WAY too short to know that much about flat panel television sets.


You're posting on Fark to complain about people being nerdy...
 
sn0
2008-11-27 08:52:09 AM  
I just bought a Panasonic 46 inch Plasma 2 weeks ago. And I've gotta say I'm not disappointed in the least. It's worth it.
 
2008-11-27 09:11:16 AM  
Last year I got a Samsung 42" plasmaa and aside from being very hot, it's a terrific television. HD looks great, video games look great, movies look great, I really can't complain at all.

I was always told that if you're going to get a flat-screen, get a Panasonic, Pioneer, Sharp, or Samsung. Don't get Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba, or LG. Thoughts?
 
2008-11-27 09:13:39 AM  
LG is a tier one brand. They also manufacture some of the other brands... but you don't know it.
 
2008-11-27 09:18:20 AM  
I like all of the Panasonic stuff that I own, the cordless drill (had it for nearly 5 years and still has plenty of torque/battery life), the CRT TV (again, nearly 5 years old), the radio (I'm not sure how old it is because I bought it from a garage sale, but if I had to guess from the styling and the fact it's mono sound, it's about 20 years old), the stereo in my cubicle (it's about 3 years old; one of their 360 watt five disk shelf units... I once kicked the receiver across the room... it looks all farked up but still works fine)... I am of the opinion that Panasonic makes an excellent product.

What's with the hate?
 
2008-11-27 10:10:05 AM  
I love my Panasonic Lumix camera. The 10x optical zoom rules.
 
2008-11-27 10:27:17 AM  
Pioneer Kuro is better than Panasonic. It's also twice as expensive. However, a 50" 1080p native for £1100 is ridiculously cheap, as far as I'm concerned (the TH50PZ80B), I just wish they had opted for a black panel on the front instead of the plasticky silver. I paid £2,500 for my 42" Panasonic a few years back...
 
2008-11-27 10:53:00 AM  

GavinTheAlmighty:
I was always told that if you're going to get a flat-screen, get a Panasonic, Pioneer, Sharp, or Samsung. Don't get Sony, Hitachi, Toshiba, or LG. Thoughts?


Sony LCDs are very nice, but a bit overpriced. Toshiba Regza sets are top notch (Sound and Vision magazine always ranks them very high), and LG sets are darn nice too. LG actually makes the LCD panels that most other TV manufacturers use. Hitachi is another brand that seems to be overpriced a lot, but their TVs are not bad.

Honestly, none of them make a bad set in my opinion. Some just have better features than others, while some have some odd design quirks.
 
2008-11-27 10:57:02 AM  
Pioneer Kuro is the best Plasma bar none. I could never own a plasma though because I can't stand watching stretch-o-vision, so I'd burn in the "barn door" side bars really quickly from watching 4x3 content. If every last bit of programming were in HD it'd be another story, but too many programs are still produced in SD.
 
2008-11-27 11:05:32 AM  
wow, been alot of Subtards in the last few days on fark. Didn't Panasonic make the first Discman in that Sony Co-op thing they had going? That would make them a rather significant player in the 90s!! They were the first in my area to break the 100$ cost on DVD players. Oh and they are generally considered to be "the other sony", whom I assume Subby thinks went out of business in the late 90's.


/Maybe he's got them confused with ZENITH
 
2008-11-27 11:08:19 AM  
yep, they're actually making some great products. The LX3 camera is the best P&S around.
 
2008-11-27 11:10:30 AM  
My bicycle, of all things, is a Panasonic. I guess they played around with road bikes for a time. I heart it
 
2008-11-27 11:26:43 AM  

PersistantRash: Oh and they are generally considered to be "the other sony", whom I assume Subby thinks went out of business in the late 90's.


I always thought Aiwa was the "other Sony".
 
2008-11-27 11:32:46 AM  

Hagbardr: PersistantRash: Oh and they are generally considered to be "the other sony", whom I assume Subby thinks went out of business in the late 90's.

I always thought Aiwa was the "other Sony".


Aiwa is owned by Sony.
 
2008-11-27 11:57:49 AM  
They make the best television one can buy for less than $3000.

//Panasonic 42700U. 1920x1080, 60Hz, hooked up to my computer.
 
2008-11-27 12:03:58 PM  
My Dad worked for Panasonic for 30 years. They were always over the bar with respect to productivity, but they really took care of their employees too. What other company flew every employee with over 20 years out to Napa Valley to celebrate their 75th year in business (Granted, this was 20 years ago)? My dad would get a huge discount for all their products. Plus, he could pick out a huge stereo or TV every 5 years out of their employee anniversary catalog. They had model pension plans and benefits. I think it was an example of the best corporate-worker relationship us stiffs could dream of...unlike now where it's ALL "Take, take, take" (your personal time too) in Corporate America.

Annual summer picnics with the Japanese families were a perk too. They knew how to throw a Picnic.

Besides, no one has ever complimented me on a TV before. I love my TH-50PX600U.
 
2008-11-27 12:49:39 PM  
Submittard is clueless....

Just the division of Panasonic I work at has over a billion/year in revenues, and that is a small division....
 
2008-11-27 12:58:40 PM  
For all you Samsung plasma fans out there, Samsung's technology is based on what they stole from Panasonic a few years back...
 
2008-11-27 01:55:17 PM  
Panasonic is using and licensing a new plasma technology next year that is twice as bright with half the power consumption. And LCDs are shifting towards led displays. Next year is going to rock for tvs.
 
2008-11-27 03:04:33 PM  
They make the best glass CRT television screens too.
 
2008-11-27 03:25:30 PM  
Panasonic's broadcast cameras, recorders, and switchers kick all kinds of ass.
 
2008-11-27 03:45:33 PM  
The DVX/HVX series is quality.
 
2008-11-27 05:51:10 PM  
Glad to see everybody is already busting subtards chops. I've never been disappointed in a Panasonic product. Wish I could say the same about other manufacturers.
 
2008-11-27 08:26:02 PM  
they also make a lot of great industrial grade stuff, also. factory automation of all kinds. they are a really well-diversified company.

Maybe submittard shouldn't talk bout chit he/she don't know bout.
 
zz9
2008-11-28 12:04:35 AM  
My amp, let me show it to you.

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/Let me show you my amp.
//Technics SU 8080 made by Panasonic in the seventies. I bought it from a friends dad twenty years ago and it still rocks.
///Weighs a ton as well.
 
2008-11-28 12:40:31 AM  

PersistantRash:


/Maybe he's got them confused with ZENITH


Zenith was purchased in the early 90s by LG.
 
2008-11-28 01:54:30 AM  
When in doubt, buy Panasonic.
 
2008-11-28 02:12:04 AM  
subby really needs to venture into the 21st century some day.

Companies similar to Panasonic in market cap and sales:

Company.... Mkt Cap.... Sales
Panasonic.... 30.3B.... 92.9B
Boeing......... 30.3B.... 65.7B
Target......... 26.5B.... 65.3B

There are large companies that make lots of money and aren't a household name in your neck of the woods.
 
2008-11-28 08:34:19 AM  
Panasonic is my favorite electronics brand. I used to sell electronics, Panasonic gave me the least problems with the most satisfied customers. Anyone who knows what they are talking about knows subby's a tard.
 
zz9
2008-11-28 10:01:54 AM  
Unless you want an AV amp, in which case Yamaha rule, and never break down.

/Sony AV amp? Hope you bought that warranty...
 
2008-11-28 01:28:54 PM  
I can't comment on the quality of their LCDs because my 10 year old Panasonic CRT is still going strong.
 
2008-11-28 02:16:31 PM  
Panasonic? The electric toothbrush company?
 
2008-11-28 04:28:50 PM  
Came for the Panaphonics, MagnetBox, Sorny references. Only saw one, so shame on many of you.
 
2008-11-28 07:51:05 PM  
Panasonic's pro video stuff is fantastic. I simply love it. Sony's stuff is an exercise in frustration.
 
2008-11-29 03:25:04 PM  
Subby is a goober. Panasonic is one of the best electronics manufacturers in the industry, and their plasma TVs are simply without peer in their price range.
 
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