Vivaldi & LG Plasma Flat Screen TV Reviews

By: Stephen Morgan

People are quite often of the opinion that Plasma Displays are very much the latest in a series of technologies in use within the Flat Screen TV industry of today whereas in fact it is one of the oldest of the technologies available

If we look at the basics of the technology behind it we find that in its simplistic form it is the heating up of tiny cells with inert gasses trapped between two panels of glass that comprise a Plasma Display Screen.

If we take a look at couple of Plasma Flat Screen TV?s we can see exactly what there is in the marketplace right now.

The first Plasma we will take a look at is the LG 50PC1D?

The 50PC1D is a 50in Plasma TV and the prices for these would be in the region of 1500 pounds sterling or 3000 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD Ready the answer is yes. The LG has 3 (2 RGB) scarts and the type and number of Multimedia interfaces the 50PC1D uses is HDMI and 2. The type of Tuner for this TV is Analogue and Digital and the LG is available from a wide variety of outlets.

So to take an initial view how would we rate LG 50PC1D?

Well to start with our score for the picture quality is 6 out of 10, and closely tied in to the picture quality is the sound quality and our score for this would be 8 out of 10. With regards to the availability and number of relevant connections, our score would be 8 out of 10. If we take a look at the overall "featureability" our score would be 8 out of 10 if we then take a look at the ease of use and overall value for money then our scores would be 6 and 6 out of 10 respectively.

The overall verdict would be that the overall performance of this Plasma we felt was rather good if not let down slightly by a noisy picture but on the other hand compared against similar machines this is on the cheap side so that has to be a plus also.

(The next Plasma Flat Screen TV to look at would be the|Next up amongst the Plasma Flat Screen TV?s to look at would be the} Vivadi Saturn HD50.

The Saturn HD50 is a 50in Plasma TV and the prices for these would be in the region of 8000 pounds sterling or 16000 US dollars. The resolution of the screen is 1366 X 768 and with regards to being HD Ready the answer is yes. The Vivadi has 1 (no RGB) scarts and the type and number of Multimedia interfaces the Saturn HD50 uses is HDMI and 2. The type of Tuner for this TV is Analogue and Digital and the Vivadi is available from limited outlets only.

So to take an initial view how would we rate Vivadi Saturn HD50?

Well to start with our score for the picture quality is 10 out of 10, and closely tied in to the picture quality is the sound quality and our score for this would be 10 out of 10. With regards to the availability and number of relevant connections, our score would be 10 out of 10. If we take a look at the overall "featureability" our score would be 10 out of 10 if we then take a look at the ease of use and overall value for money then our scores would be 8 and 6 out of 10 respectively.

The overall verdict would be when you look at the scores we gave it you get a fairly good picture of what our team felt when they reviewed. This may sound slightly stupid and very obvious but now and then you can give a Tva good score on a technical basis but not really "fall in love" with the entire package. In this case the big down side is the price it has to be said but if you have the cash or can get your hands (legally) on the money thenm do whatever you have to do to get one of these pieces of kit. The Picture quality alone just leaves most people speechless!

Since 2006, which according to analysts was very much a watershed year in that it was the year that LCD TV?s really started to take market share from the Plasma manufacturers, LCD TV?s have started to share the large screen market with Plasmas. One of the other areas of consolidation within the Industry has seen the Plasma manufacturing base very much consolidate with now over 50 brands being manufactured by only 5 companies ? this of course has led to economies of scale hitherto imagined where the technology of more and more screens can be shared and further help cut the overall cost base.

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