In a review where yet again the price was quoted incorrectly, the Planar was awarded a full five stars with comments such as - "Even more remarkable is how great standard-definition sources look..." and "..the sensational purity of its pictures, HD images look utterly pristine, with no grain, no noise and no processing glitches" and finally what is becoming the familiar wording for this panel "possibly the single most subtle and satisfying TV picture performance that money can buy".
Check out the full review here.
There appears to be no manufacturer left to speak out in support of Plasma.
In what has been a very rocky month or two for Plasma it would seem that our favourite panel format (not including the new Planar) could be set to die out.
Pioneer recently announced that it will soon be stopping making Plasmas in favour of LCD. This came as a major shock as Pioneer have always been the major proponents of Plasma displays. This has no doubt been fuelled by the announcement that Plasma inventors and the major suppliers of the best quality display panels to other manufacturers "Fujitsu" has decided that it "no longer sees a viable future financially in the manufacture of Plasma display panels". This also means that Hitachi (part owners of Fujitsu) are now unsure as to their role (probably none it would seem) in the future of Plasma, especially as they're set to bring out a new range of 42, 50 and possibly even 55" LCD's. It's possible that they are only denying that have yet to make a decision to avoid being stuck with stocks of Plasmas.
Recent reports worldwide about the substantial costs in making Plasmas compared with the decreasing costs and better profits of making LCD panels appear to be leading the market in only one direction. Further concerns that with the disappearance of the inventor of the breed and major supplier of the Panel Glass itself there will be a shortage of spares in years to come, will no doubt only exacerbate the situation.
LCD has always had a few advantages, no screen burn, which for people using them for gaming is probably the biggest boon, lower power consumption, no reflections off the screen for those in lightened rooms (Plasma displays must have glass fronts, which is prone to reflections) and perhaps longer life were the others. Certainly LCD panels are improving, and it would seem that they now have the capability to make one as good, and indeed better than a Plasma, but it's expensive to do, and expensive is not a place where major big sales manufacturing wants to be. As a rule we still believe that in most instances Plasmas are better to look at than their LCD cousins in the larger sizes. We only know of one exception to this rule, but it would seem that the end quality won't dictate what the manufacturers make. In these times of what is apparently a global recession, the only thing they are likely to follow is their pockets, and this is definitely telling them that LCD is the way to go.
Planar will not be known to many of you, but in reality they are one of the Worlds largest display manufacturers. Things like cash machine display, petrol pump displays, hospital displays, many of these are made by Planar.
As such there is no reason that you should pay any attention to this. It's not until we mention names like Runco and Vidikron that all of a sudden their name will mean more. Because Planar is the owner of these brands.
Those of you who read the mags will also realise that Planar make some VERY nice home cinema projectors. Very nice indeed.
However they also make a range of high end LCD monitors.
Now regular readers of our pages will know that large LCD's are as popular with us as, well....... let's not go there. But, it seems like we may have to re-think our position on this.
The PD470 is their flagship 47" LCD monitor. On the face of it you may think that there are already plenty of these out there, but not like this.
Planar has poured all of its substantial knowledge into this high flyer of an LCD. Motion blur is all but non-exsistent, Black levels are on par with the best Plasma, viewing angle is even decent. Further more it is fully HD with 1080 x 1920 resolution and 24P capable. It also has a very attractive picture frame surround in Piano Black, which aids the viewing experience. As it is purely a monitor panel, it has no speakers and therefore is very small relative to its picture size, so no need to take over the living room.
Why is it this good? The reasons are many fold, but in a nutshell, they have used the finest available panel coupled to a very high grade on board video processor. Higher than any other manufacturer has fitted to a panel up to now, and even higher than many stand alone scaling boxes.
The results are clearly evident, this panel has greater depth of field in its picture than any other panel, be it LCD or Plasma than we've ever seen. It really is a kind of 3D realism.
With this much on offer it certainly isn't a cheap option. But for the discerning viewer who wants the very best it is the only stop.
We urge you to check out the spec on Planars web page.
But more than that, come in and see it working, as seeing is really believing.