Panasonic Recently Announces High-Contrast Plasma Display
Panasonic will soon be shipping its new TH-50PHD3U, a 50-inch diagonal high-definition display with a 16:9 aspect ratio and UXGA resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels. The unit offers panel brightness of more than 500 cd/m2 and a contrast ratio of over 2000:1, with an astronomical number of possible colors and a viewing angle of more than 160 degrees, which might cause you to say goodbye to the sweet spot.
Due to arrive at dealers this fall, this family-friendly monitor will be followed by others with even better specifications. Panasonic's parent company Matsushita has delivered 42-inch plasma displays promising a 3000:1 contrast ratio, similar to the best CRT monitors. Matsushita will build a new fabrication plant for volume production of plasma displays, according to a recent announcement. At the present rate of improvement, plasma may become the dominant display technology for home theater within a few years.