[opendtv] Re: Samsung 100" display

  • From: Craig Birkmaier <craig@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, undisclosed-recipients: ;
  • Date: Sun, 19 Dec 2004 10:31:48 -0500

At 1:32 AM -0500 12/19/04, DISMO@xxxxxxx wrote:
>In a message dated 12/18/2004 6:16:13 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, 
>mcdonald@xxxxxxxxxxxx writes:
>Remember  that there are lots more rich people who can
>spend on home gadgets than  there are business bean
>counters willing to pay for  gadgets.
>Yes there is most definetly an upscale niche market for 
>state-of-the-art home theater systems, however it is tiny when 
>compared with the business market.

The luxury market can be quite lucrative...but it is tiny in terms of 
CE volumes.

Plasma and large LDC panels are a staple of both the trade show and 
digital signage businesses. There are plasma panels at the entrances 
to the subway all over Manhatten. And then there is the museum 
business and the special venue business. And most corporations have 
very exotic displays in their board rooms and presentation rooms.

I think a quick look at sales of plasma panels will confirm that 
Business is still the largest market segment for these panels...and 
it is growing.

Given the healthy price tag that is likely to accompany a 102" plasma 
panel, I must question whether upscale videophiles will move in this 
direction. My guess is that they will find DLP front projectors more 
attractive on several fronts:

1. Even larger screen sizes
2. Better image quality
3. Potentially lower cost.


P.S. We ordered the 50" Samsung RPDLP DTV monitor yesterday. So now I 
too am joining the 16:9 crowd. The saleperson at Sears said that a 
SONY 60" RPLCD monitor, which sells for about $3,500, is one of their 
top selling units.

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