Ken Park, DisplaySearch senior analyst for Korea TV market research affirmed the positive results. "With 3D functionality, plasma can re-position itself as a lasting technology in the TV industry."
Jim Palumbo, president of the Coalition, said in a statement, "While plasma displays have long been the preferred screens in the test labs of industry reviewers, many home entertainment specialists also agree that plasma HDTV provides outstanding picture performance through superior picture contrast, exceptionally deep black levels, and crisp resolution even in fast-motion scenes."
Palumbo added, "With the introduction of lifelike 3D plasma displays coupled with more affordable products, plasma HDTV is continuing to top the large-screen sales charts. Several 2011 plasma HDTVs also meet the new, more stringent Energy Star 5.3 requirements, which recognize top performers in their size classes," he added.
For example, a new high-performance 42-inch plasma is Energy Star rated at 69 watts, as compared with a similar model in the same screen size that drew 158 watts in 2008 -- a reduction of nearly 60 percent in power usage. Several 2011 plasma HDTVs meet the new more stringent Energy Star 5.3 requirements as top performers in their size classes.
"The Plasma Display Coalition and its members welcome and support the new EnergyGuide yellow labels that are required on all TVs starting this spring. The familiar guide, which can already be found on home appliances, now shows apples-to-apples comparisons for all types of TV technologies," Palumbo said.
Data relates to US market.