Originally Posted by sweetcell
The pricing on the C630
& C650 is really perplexing me. How can the newer model, with slightly better specs, be cheaper than last year's model?
- Samsung has lowered its costs to make this model (panel?)
- There is a quality issue with the C-line that justifies them being cheaper than the B line (again, panel?)
- LCD, as a market, is on its way out and Samsung is taking its last shot while it can (which is about to be taken over by LED, OLED, etc... could these be much cheaper in the near future?). Should this be the case, don't expect a D version...
- These models are new, so Samsung has discounted the initial deliveries to create buzz (unlikely)
- Samsung has to get rid of inventory (unlikely since they're new, but not impossible) - the company needs cash, it believes that demand will be low, etc.
Thoughts? Other explanations?
As mentioned previously, I'm really tempted by the C630
. Going to test one in a store this weekend, if I can find a place that has them.
I think you hit the nail on the head with your 3rd thought. I thought the same thing when I first saw the prices. There is a post on the Sammy 2010 lineup thread where my amazement is evident. While there will surely be some paranoid people with foil on their head saying that the C-Series LCD is poo since its cheaper, it comes down to what is the new technology of the future. LED is the way of the future. When done right (key word being RIGHT), LED picture quality beats CCFL displays (and believe me, I LIKE CCFL displays, am about to buy another one). Having an LED TV is hip and Samsung knows people will pay for LED so they can tell their neighbors.
Now that isnt the only reason, but LED and 3D technology is taking over. Samsung knows in order to sell a TV that isnt LED or 3D to a 2010 consumer, the price is going to have to be lower. The Demand is setting the price on this one.
I got a good chance to look at the 46" C630
and C650 models yesterday, along with the many B series models still on the shelves. (With the same feed as well). Comparing the PQ, it was slightly
better at comparable models. Very slight. Definitely not worse. To my eyes, there was nothing wrong with the C-series LCDs. I thought the PQ in the C630
and C650 was excellent considering the circumstances. Circumstances being that they are in a well lit retail store in poor viewing environment and considering the level that they are supposed to be on. Dont expect the C7000 or B8500. But for CCFL LCD quality, these sets looked great to me. The best advice I can possibly give you is to check them out for yourself and make your own decision. In the end, thats what matters. If you dont like it, trust yourself and not me. After all, you and yours will be the ones viewing it all the time
Hope this helps explain it a little.