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Mass is critical to picking a plasma display, whether you're talking about wall-wearying panel weights, diagonal screen sizes surpassing 60 inches, panel to room- size ratios, or pixel and menu text size. But what do three new models from key plasma players Panasonic (50"), Pioneer (50"), and NEC (61") have to show us, besides some mighty big pictures?

January 2002|The market for plasma display panels continues to steamroll into the final quarter of 2001, and is showing no signs of slowing down. Need proof? Look at the increasing number of 50" products coming to market for professional and consumer use. And we ain't seen nothin' yet. Three manufacturers (NEC, Samsung, and LG/Zenith) are now rolling out 60" and larger panels.

I recently had the opportunity to spend a few weeks with three eagerly anticipated big-screen panels from Panasonic, Pioneer, and NEC. NEC unveiled its 61" design at NAB 2001, and Panasonic's 50" model has been seen at several shows in the past year. Pioneer's new 50", dubbed FlexPlasma, was a better-kept secret, and drew quite a crowd to Pioneer's booth at INFOCOMM 2001. This panel—unique among the group—has a removable card slot for video/DVI interfaces, which lets any aftermarket developer come up with its own interface to Pioneer's published specifications.

How Three Plasma Displays Stack Up
Panasonic's TH-50PHD3U ($14,995) is a full-bore professional/home theater 50" design and boasts 1365x768 (Wide XGA) pixel resolution, with BNC and 15-pin jacks for every possible component video and RGB signal (but no DVI). For on-board audio, the display offers two channels at a whopping eight watts per channel. Or, you can loop your audio sources and control them with the supplied remote.

At first glance, Pioneer's PDP-503CMX ($17,999) appears identical to its predecessor, the PDP-502CMX. But there are a lot of new or altered elements inside this 1280x768 (Wide XGA) 50" panel, and the most important is a slot for aftermarket video/ RGB/digital interfacing. Slide in the Pioneer accessory video card, and you've got compatibility with all kinds of RGB and video signals (even DVI!). There's a stereo (two watts per channel) on-board audio amplifier, and full video/ audio follow switching is available from the supplied remote.

NEC's PlasmaSync 61MP1 ($19,995) is the first of the really big plasma panels to hit the market, but it's manufactured on the same fabrication line used for NEC's 50" panels. This 61" panel has the same resolution as its 50" brother—1365x768 (Wide XGA), and you get a full complement of RCA, DIN, BNC, VGA, and DVI jacks for hook-up. Audio feeds can be run through the panel's seven-watt stereo amplifier, or looped through to an external system. All functions are accessible from the supplied baton remote.

ModelDimensionsWeight

Panel Size

Aspect Ratio

Resolution

Input Signals

Internal Audio

MSRP $

Panasonic TH-50PHD3U47.6"x28.5"x3.9"

99.2

50"

16:9

1365x768 PDP

NTSC/PAL, VGA, SVGA, XGA, UXGA, DTV/HDTV

8W Stereo

14,995
Pioneer PDP-503CMX

48"x28"4"

88

50"

16:9

1280x768 PDP

NTSC/PAL, VGA, SVGA, XGA, UXGA, DTV/HDTV

2W Stereo

17,999
NEC PS-61MP158.3"x35"x4.7"

134.5

61"

16:9

1365x768 PDP

NTSC/PAL, VGA, SVGA, XGA, UXGA, DTV/HDTV

7W Stereo

19,995

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