Originally Posted by DavidHir
I would agree there is less disposable income for many today, no question. But I also see people who can afford such to have less interest in higher performing audio/video products in general. I mean look at how many people are buying soundbars instead of speakers and a receiver and plasma was vastly superior to anything LED based out there unless you like the sun directly hitting your TV. lol
One the flip side, how many of those people buying soundbars would have simply used the TV speakers before? I'm guessing a good number. You can't just assume every sale of a new "competing" technology is a lost sale of the old. Not everyone can have, or wants to have an AVR/speaker setup in their living room (where most TVs go, not HTs) but soundbars are convenient and a lot better than just the TV's speakers.
There are also people who would prefer streaming over Blu-ray even if the picture is worse just because streaming is "in".
But how many of those people who have Netflix would have been buying BDs in the first place?
Then you hear about OLED's struggles and companies pulling out.
They've been working on OLED for getting on 20 years now. It seems it's just a much bigger technical challenge than they probably thought. I suspect it has less to do with people not caring about quality than it does it's turning out to be too hard to manufacture at competitive prices. I mean OLED screens are close to 10x the cost of an LCD, maybe only 5x the cost of a top of the line LCD.
I am just not optimistic about the future of higher quality end audio and video, but hopefully I am wrong. And hopefully the front projection market niche stays strong enough.
You should go look at the 4K BD thread, the content owners are looking to push the boundaries of quality/performance with the next disc format. And you can always look back to Laserdisc. It was a niche format, but it was big enough to get lots of support. I'd be quite happy in a world of HD streaming (for "disposable" content), plus BD for most things and 4KBD for the special stuff.
Originally Posted by rwestley
JVC while make big improvements has had the same design for 5 years or more.
They may have kept the same case, but I don't think it's fair to say it's the same design.
Companies like Epson & Benq concentrate on their business projectors.
Epson and BenQ and the like have always been business-projector focused, that's nothing new.