Toshiba Plasmas No Longer Made By Panasonic?
by RoadRunner6 - 8/6/06 9:00 PM
According to information posted elsewhere on the Internet, it appears to be somewhat reliable that Toshiba's plasmas, including the 42HP66, 50HP16 and the 50HP66 are now assembled in Thailand by Orion PDP, a Korean firm which is a spin off of Orion Electric Co of Japan.
Orion is apparently an OEM manufacturer that makes TV's under the Orion, Insignia and Sansui brands as well as others. The post claims that Orion makes Toshiba's CRT sets also which might be verified by a quote I posted below. Maybe that is why the Toshiba 34'' CRT widescreen TV I purchased about 20 months ago was such a disappoinment. I returned it.
This Orion plasma for Toshiba apparently has a panel made by LG. I recently saw the 50HP16 at Costco for I think $2700. It was very attractive looking and the picture at Costco looked very good although I did not verify any of the settings. Next time I'm there I will check the backside for the country of manufacture.
Has anyone else heard anything that would verify this? It makes me more inclined to stay with the brands who we know make their own plasmas and glass. I hope Panasonic and other Japanese OEM manufacturers aren't going to go down this cost saving road in the furure because I'm pointing towards Panny for my next 50 inch plasma . I will be happy to pay extra money to get a 50'' plasma with quality glass and circuitry.
From the Web:
''In 2001, Toshiba signed a contract with Orion Electric, one of the world's largest OEM consumer video electronic makers and suppliers, to manufacture and supply finished consumer TV and video products for Toshiba to meet the increasing demand for the North American market''
I presume this might be when they started to make some CRT's for Toshiba.