Originally Posted by R Harkness
I was wondering when/if those larger flat panels would start swaying some people away from projection.
Not me; I couldn't give up my screen size, and the flexibility in terms of how we can view different aspect ratios with a projection set up.
I think it really comes down to size. I mean not long ago the biggest "TV" you could get was about 60" and they were really expensive. Also not long ago you'd walk into a HT store and you'd see 80"-96" screens, you know, scratch that, that's still the case a lot of the time. The difference between 60" and 80" is pretty dramatic, and not long ago the price difference was too, so it was a no brainer for the "non-enthusiast" to go with the projector and all it's compromises.
Now, like Brian said you can get 70"+ "TV"s for relatively cheap. For the non-enthusiast, that's about a no-brainer, you can just hang it and be done, use it whenever you want, no light control issues, no warmup time, no lamps to replace, and it's a nice big picture "almost as big as a projector".
Add to that that when you walk into a BestBuy, Costco, or even many HT shops, the native environment is terrible for projectors. They either don't have them on, or for practicality reasons they have the lights on. Flat panels obviously look better, you've sort of got to know you want a projector to go down that path anymore.
I'd guess most "non-enthusiasts" don't really think about/know they could put a 120" screen in their home.
I think what I'm trying to say is large flat panels will take the "low hanging fruit", the people who wanted big screen, but aren't interested in a cinema experience.
On the other hand, those that do want that are much more likely to look at CIH, especially now that it's so easy and cheap to get in to (lens memories and all).