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I saw an article yesterday about how in the future there may not be as large a middle class in America; that there may basically be no middle ground between the "haves" and the "have nots". Now, this is not meant to be a political post on that subject but for some weird reason, this made me start thinking on whether or not this is what is going to happen in the world of front projectors.
With LG, Mitsubishi and Sharp exiting the Home Projector business (Mits all projectors) and Panasonic sending strong signals that they may do the same by not changing the 8000- are we seeing the beginning of a trend that ends with only very high end projectors and very cheap, compromising projectors? It seems to me that a bunch of the members of these forums are more "bang for the buck" enthusiasts than strictly high end. Right now, we still have decent offerings in the grey middle area from Sony, JVC and Epson and others but is that going to change as they retreat to the high end to make profit if they can and leave the middle empty with the low end going to the various Chinese DLP makers? Or, will we continue to see trickle down from the higher end and trickle up from the low end?
Am I just a nervous Nellie, or does this trend look ominous to you?
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