Wedgwood supply professional plasma screens to businesses, educational establishments, shops, nightclubs, etc.
This is NOT a wizard for home cinema plasma screens.
All prices exclude VAT. Plasma delivery charge is £50+VAT.
Wedgwood have published a plasma screen guide to help our customers. FREE Plasma screen guide
Plasma TV or commercial plasma screen
In the UK, we usually look in high street retailers, when we want a new television. We can buy 42” plasma TV’s for £600 including VAT and 50” plasma TV’s for around £1,000 including VAT. Being TV’s, they come with speakers, a desktop stand and built in analogue TV tuner for BBC1, BBC2, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5, plus Teletext, or built in digital TV tuner for Freeview.
A “plasma screen” is designed for corporate use, normally called a commercial plasma, and usually does not include a TV tuner. Many plasma screens do not include speakers or any sort of stand in the basic price. When you add speakers and a stand or wall mount bracket, you are looking at paying around 50% more for what looks like a plasma TV.
The reason for paying around 50% more for the plasma screen, is the usage. Plasma TV’s are for home use and are designed to be used 4-6 hours per day and usually have a 1 year RTB warranty. Plasma screens are designed to be used 12-18 hours per day and usually come with 2 or more years warranty and have a far higher build quality. For example, a London retail chain put home plasma TV’s in their shops to display video advertisements during opening hours. After a few months the TV’s began to fail, as they were not up to the task of being used 10 hours per day.
Another difference is the connectors on the back of the screens. Plasma TV’s tend to have scart connectors to make connecting to Sky boxes, DVD players, etc easier. On plasma screens, higher quality connections such as component video are available.
If you want to run digital signage, such as a display in a shop window, then buy a plasma screen, not a plasma TV. However, when you display a still image on a plasma screen, such as your company logo, for any length of time, it “burns” the image into the screen. When you turn off the plasma screen, you can still see a faint imprint, and this is called “plasma burn”. Some plasma screen manufacturers, include plasma burn protection features which help prevent burn-in. You can get burn-in with LCD monitors, it just isn’t as bad and takes longer.
You may also like to consider LCD screens, rather than plasma. Several of the major manufacturers have now pulled out of the plasma screen market and are making equivalent screens using LCD technology instead.