We are all over the map I see.
Based on the reviews I have read Qualia SXRD RPTV is better than any plasma to date(thus reviewed.) Plasmas and LCDs in general havent garnered glowing
reviews largely due to slow response, poorer color depth and effective CR, and poor black levels. You usually see reviews with comments like - good looking "for a plasma or fp." There are legitimate inherent problems for both plasma and LCD techs and every time you hear of a cure coming down the pipe, its been rife with its own set of tradeoffs - witness the latest attempts at getting blacks on LCDs with active iris controls.
I cant speak for everyone but I view LCD and plasma both as inherently flawed in the way they function whereas I view SED in its theoretical function as perfect for the human eye or near perfection. I will pay a premium for the better pq and inherent tech if it materializes. I would love to see SED go mainstream but I dont need that to buy it. MOST people dont view HT critically so I dont see a critical tech going mainstream if its not cheap, particularly against the backdrop of a flourescent flooded showrooms where one of SEDs biggest advantages will be lost.
And that phrase "Ferrari-priced" is being batted around again. Thats not what the man said. He said it will be the Ferrari of their lineup, that could mean price and or performance. I'm not jumping on them for price until we see one.
As for all the speculation about 36" sets and pricing, this from this months TPV regarding SED info at CES:
|Toshiba confirmed the new model will be 55" and initially sell at a slight premium (I figure 10-20%) above comparably sized plasmas.
While certainly not written in stone, thats much more consistent with Canon/Toshiba's initial official plan.
I may be a plasma/LCD owner if my impatience graphed against plasma/LCD pricing on the way down goes supercritcal, but I am hoping for SED success in the worst way. And by success I mean available at plasma/LCD pricing +50% or under.