Originally Posted by mailiang
An affordable monitor, with out a turner or IT bells and whistles, along with an improvement in picture quality, can't be achieved? I don't agree. Regardless, the real problem lies with the fact that those who strive for better performance are becoming victims of a market trend that prefers convenience.
Well, you're wrong.
First of all, cutting out all the "bells and whistles" would reduce the manufacturing cost by perhaps $150-200. Not more.
Second of all, while I can't tell you the cost of whatever hypothetical improvements in picture quality all of you want, let's agree it's millions of dollars.
Now, explain to me how you many of these "monitors" you plan on selling? 50,000 globally? Certainly not for less
that TVs; they'd have to cost more. They will have a messier supply chain since small numbers of units will have to move to large numbers of specialty retailers.
I've already explained in the discussion of the Sharp Elite why it's actually impossible to hand-pick panels from a generic LCD line. But let's say they make a dedicated production run for your special monitors where they fine tune and control everything and throw out all the "bad ones". Now, what are your yields? Low. So you have to raise prices still more to pay for that.
I'd guess by the time you hit retail, your monitor will cost at least twice as much as the most expensive model today, which will make your original sales goal that much more unreachable. And I'm not sure that the performance benefit is really going to be that significant. Marginally better? Sure, no doubt.
And we saw that for twice the money, the Sharp Elite could edge the Panasonic and Samsung plasmas at a shootout of current models. The words "blow away" were not used by qualified or sophisticated viewers who actually got to see them side by side.
Bottom line, if the market existed where by significant numbers of people would pay, say, $10,000 for such a TV, I have no doubt one could be built and sold. At the parameters I think the AVS crowd wants one, I have significant doubts anything very interesting could be built and delivered.