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The initial plasma television to hit the consumer market was the 42 inch version, having a nice beefy price tag of roughly $12,000. At the time the technology was still very new an on the cutting edge and while LCD TV sets have been giving flat screen, enhanced color television pictures for many years, they were still limited in their size to about 32 inches. When other producers started to getting into the competition for a share of this up and coming market of plasma TV’s, then prices started to decline.

It is quite normal to see any type of newer technology that is first introduced to be priced very high, while the manufacturer is hoping to quickly get back some of it’s development costs and by being the first to the market with a new technological toy for the grown ups and kids alike, they have the ability to make up a good amount of their initial investment. Nevertheless, the manufactures of LCD’s were not just staying idle when watching the plasma TV prices end up at the higher end of the technology charts.

As manufactures of LCD monitors, who at the time held a very tight reign on the smaller television and computer monitor market started to develop improved manufacturing technologies giving them the ability of making larger monitors, plasma TV prices began to drop even quicker, in part due to added competition and also because of less expensive manufacturing methods.

Not Every Plasma Is Created Equal

Even in the face of falling prices for TV’s, you will still find some inequality within the plasma TV market itself. Consumers might also end up confused when they notice a big difference between two major plasma TV prices, in the belief that all plasma television sets are high definition. Primarily this is not the situation and the difference can be substantial which is dependent on the quality of the manufacturer.

You will find that there are in reality two technologies that are used in the resolution of plasma televisions, one kind is the true high definition and the other is what is known as enhanced definition.

For the individuals that have a plasma television which is enhanced definition, the quality of the picture likely will not be noticeable when viewing broadcasts that are not in a format that is high definition. What they will notice is a big difference in the plasma TV prices for those particular units.

High definition, which is defined in the industry as having a height of 720 pixels in width, might also result in a difference in plasma TV prices for those that have a width of 1040 up to 1365 pixels. The bigger monitors will typically have a wider count in pixels for a true high definition resolution reception of broadcasts that are high definition.

While images that are high definition on a monitor that that are broadcast in high definition are noticeably better, a monitor that is high definition cannot make an image of lesser quality look any better. Even with prices being higher on plasma TV’s on some units, provided that the unit is sub-par, so will be the picture of quality.

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