Panasonic brings innovation to television
Panasonic is a television company that cannot be dismissed. People don't generally give most Panasonic TVs the credit they're due, until they're actually reviewed and praised. The reason is that Panasonic seems to be all over the map, filling a variety of consumer electronic niches from the cheaper bargain televisions to some really nice high-end stuff. Although a lot of attention is given to Pioneer Elite's line of plasma monitors, it's easy to forget that some of the nicest and most colossal plasma displays have the Panasonic brand right on the front.
Panasonic was founded by Konosuke Matsushita when he invented a two-socket light fixture back in 1918. The simple design became a breakthrough and led to the founding of one of the world's largest electronics corporations, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co.
Today, Panasonic has deep experience with not only digital TV as a consumer item but the digital video broadcasts themselves. Panasonic was called upon by ABC when they wanted to broadcast Monday Night Football in HD and then the Superbowl. Panasonic broke new ground with a mobile HDTV production unit. Panasonic's example has been followed by networks for HDTV sports broadcasts across North America. It was Panasonic that released the very first universal format digital set-top box and the very first consumer HDTV. Both of these cutting-edge consumer breakthroughs were developed in the USA, where Panasonic has been developing plasma TVs since the technology's inception. With this kind of experience behind Panasonic, it's easy to see why the engineering behind their HDTVs has garnered respect in the industry.
At the time of writing, the largest plasma TVs that have received accolades by consumers and media alike are by Panasonic. Take the TH-65PHD7UY, a 65" plasma monitor that comes with PC inputs as well as components like BNC, RGB, HD-SDI, HDMI, DVI-D and more. This is one of the most flexible plasma monitors made. With up to 3,000:1 contrast ratio, Panasonic has set the benchmark on plasma technology's presentation of deep black. Their plasma monitors display 3.62 billion bright colors for that hyper-realistic look Panasonic's plasma TVs produce.
Panasonic has created offerings in virtually every field of display technology, including DLP, LCD projection, both front- and rear-projection TVs, and of course plasma and CRT. No matter what your budget or needs in a display, Panasonic has something available in your price range. It's in their upper-line equipment where Panasonic is a truly strong. When shopping for an expensive plasma monitor one of the closest competitors is Pioneer Elite for comparisons. According to most consumer reviews, Panasonic plasma seems to have the nod for delivering deeper blacks with their high-contrast technology, but Pioneer Elite plasma displays may be all-round brighter.