Originally Posted by audio/videoman
There is no guarantee that tv's will necessarily look better in the future, if automobile quality is any indicator, which I am pretty sure it isn't.
In aggregate, today's cars are far and away
the best cars ever built. It's not even remotely close. Between performance, fuel economy, features, safety -- it's just not close. The fact that Honda has turned the Civic into a piece of junk (which I have no knowledge of, but let's just say your're right) doesn't change the greater set of facts.
There's a difference between looking at one model and looking at the industry, but if we take your example, there are about 10 Kia and Hyundai models for sale these days. All 10 of them have build quality that would embarrass the models from 10 years ago. So they more than make up for whatever butchering Honda did to the Civic. (Even that Civic is probably superior on many dimensions, while apparently falling short of some that you and others have doubtless seen.)
Most people view tv's as an appliance, so size and price are pretty much the two biggest factors. Aside from that, people will accept whatever technology is available when their old tv's no longer work. With 4K already present, it's pretty obvious tv's are going to look significantly better 5-10 years from now.
It's also pretty likely that every TV of even moderate size will support 4K in 5-10 years. It's weird that people are wasting time predicting otherwise.
Originally Posted by AVTrauma
The top end Sharp Elite, Sony (XBR), Panasonic VT and Samsung models are great for what they provide in PQ, but the "Average Joe" will not notice any significant difference in PQ compared to lesser models... they see the wall full of sets (all on torch mode) and pick "a good looking" one at a "reasonable cost" (ie. on sale) and race home with their purchase... and most never even bother to calibrate the set
Yep, pretty much spot on.
It may become more of a niche market than many of us wish to see happen... simply looking at manufacturer's horrific sales numbers and the consolidation of actual flat panel production facilities makes me hesitant to think that "niche" will have any ability to actually grow.
It's already a niche. If anything, I think the future of that niche is strong. It's extra profit without a ton of effort. Yes, sales need to be high enough to make the effort worthwhile, but I'm cautiously optimistic.
Originally Posted by scanspeak
If we use hi-fi audio as an example, then it's certainly not a given that video reproduction will improve in the next decade.
Today's amplifiers and receivers are lightweight, feature-packed, mid-fi equipment that were designed with mass-production, low cost, and high-efficiency as their main criteria.
The sound of most reasonable amplifiers built in the 70s and 80s is far superior but nobody wants them because they dont have 9.1 channels and Ipod control.
All true, but there is also the Krell-type stuff out there at the top-top end. That doesn't really exist in video -- yet.
Originally Posted by 8mile13
It was in the middle of the summer, it was very hot. The room was darkened and all doors/windows were closed. The guy was calibrating my TV for hours and he did a lot of sweating. When he left i offered him some ice cream, he deserved it
Do you really want all those (D-)Nice guys out of work Joe
It's actually embarrassing that $4000+ TVs require a visit from some guy who tours the country (even though I have great respect for the ISF guys and think they do great work). All those TVs should absolutely come calibrated out of the box for what you are paying.