Very few Plasma
TV manufacturers actually make their own plasma TV. Most use a system called
rebadging. Basically they buy from a Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM),
claim to have a secret extra special feature then stick a new sticker on it
and bill you thousands extra for the sticker. If you really want to pay thousands
for a sticker please call our sales dept and we will sell you a sticker with
our website logo for much less then the couple thousand you will pay Fujitsu
THE MAJOR PLASMA TELEVISION MANUFACTURERS
NEC - Nec
is a OEM manufacturer and is now owned by Pioneer. Although owned by Pioneer they still operate under a
separate label. NEC has commercial units and home
units. They also supply screens to Marantz Runco and
several other companies. NEC sold their plasma factory
to Pioneer and now buys their panels from Pioneer and
installs their own electronics.
- Makes the complete units, Supplies Toshiba, JVC, Fujitsu and more
- Pioneer owns NEC and has switched production to
the NEC lines. The new 50 inch and the 42 inch units are
all NEC glass. To tell if a 50 inch is Pioneer or
NEC, check the resolution, If 1280 it is Pioneer , If
1365 it is NEC . 42 inch Pioneer Plasma TV is NEC . 43
inch Plasma TV is Pioneer Glass
Plasma - Only makes their own 42 inch in partnership with Hitachi . 50 and 61 inch
Fujitsu Plasmas are Panasonic and NEC but the 42 inch are their own. Note
Hitachi plasma screens are identical to Fujitsu and cost thousands less,
55 Inch Fujitsu is same as Hitachi,
Plasma TV - Makes their own boards and chips but uses
Fujitsu/ Hitachi plasma screen glass for 42 inch, 50
inch is NEC, 42inch EDTV is NEC
- Owns 50% of plasma screen factory with Fujitsu. Makes own internal components.
42 Alis screens are Hitachi as is the New 55, 50 inch
are Pioneer and 42 EDTV is a NEC screen
- Uses Fujitsu/ Hitachi glass screen and most internal components as well.
However, Philips makes its own bezel with built in speakers.
LG / Zenith
- Make their own glass in Korea
- Makes its own components in Korea
- Partners with NEC to OEM its product. Just a NEC with a new bezel.
JVC - 50
inch is Panasonic, 42 is NEC
- OEM from Panasonic.
OEM product through Pioneer for 50" and 42 though they may make some
internal component changes.
OEM 50" from Pioneer and 42" from NEC,
- OEM plasma monitor from NEC. It is our
understanding its just a sticker job
Studio Experience use a Samsung panel but
- OEM 50" plasma screen from Pioneer ( old 502 ).
42v3 is old Fujitsu, 42v6 is Samsung Plasma,
Gateway: Units are rebranded Sampo
Norcent Units may be rebranded Sampo
Maxent is Sampo, There seems to be a rumor
spreading around that maxents are actually
Panasonic panels. These seems extremely unlikely as
Panasonic cannot keep up with there own requirement. We
suspect that maxents are actually LG glass with their