Forum Topic: Is OLED the new Plasma?

The new top dog?

by Mark Hodgkinson Jun 21, 2017 at 7:54 AM


  • AVForums Member, Davidgilmour (we don’t think it’s the David Gilmour) asks the question – is OLED technology the natural successor to Plasma.
    For those that don’t remember, plasma technology was finally phased out by Panasonic in 2013 – is it really that long? – and was generally regarded as the choice for the discerning viewer and the hope of many a videophile was that OLED would fill the void – in an affordable way – sooner rather than later.

    It’s certainly true that OLED shares some similar traits to plasma. An OLED display works without a backlight as the organic compounds in the screen are self-illuminating when current is applied, which in that sense makes it more like a Plasma TV than an LCD TV. Thanks to the self-illuminating technology, an OLED TV is capable of incredibly deep black levels and, even more impressively than plasma but it’s also not totally unlike an LCD either, in that uses sample and hold technology which means the motion handling of OLED is more similar to that of LED/LCD than it is plasma.

    Indeed, according to long standing member toodeep, Of course OLED offers contrast that exceeds even plasma and matches the viewing angles but nevertheless an OLED picture still looks more LCD-like than PDP (plasma)-like to my eyes, which may be due to the sample-and-hold image rendering inherent to these technologies. So a (Pioneer) Kuro owner would have some reasons for not yet making the switch, but many happily have apparently.

    But Mark8000 is in no doubt of OLEDs superiority:

    I've had multiple Kuros followed by a Panasonic VT65. The difference between OLED and plasma is night and day, although I don't think you should be just taking our opinions. Simply go and look at OLED when properly set up and judge for yourself.

    And that seems like a sensible piece of advice Mark. The thread has attracted plenty more interesting viewpoints and angles so why not go take a look and maybe even join the discussion…

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