Originally Posted by n9949y
...Am not a "hater" of DLP. Was satisfied with my LG DLP performance and longevity, and retired it for more advanced technology
Did you know that, of the three (DLP, plasma, and LCD), DLP is 20 years newer, technology wise? (Plasma 1964, LCD 1964, DLP 1987) CRT Rear projection is even newer than plasma or LCD.
The first LCD consumer TV was introduced by Sharp in 1988. The first consumer plasmas to sell were JVCs and Pioneers in 1997. The first consumer DLP to sell was Mitsubishi's in 2001, four years after plasma, and thirteen after LCD.
The only "new" thing about LCD or plasma, was finally being cheap enough to compete in the market. Those 42" flat panels weren't as cute when they were $10,000-$15,000. And they replaced CRTs
in the market, not RPTVs.
When Mitsubishi invented rear projection, most people still bought 19"-25" CRT TVs. Mitsubishi filled a need for those who wanted the big screen experience. They never outsold mainstream TVs, they never tried. Then they moved into DLP technology, easily stepping into the HD market. Other manufacturers who tried DLP eventually couldn't compete in rear projection, and pulled out, leaving Mitsubishi in a great place with zero competition. While the other manufacturers continue to fight over market share for mainstream TVs, Mitsubishi sits in it's same niche market as before, except now with absolutely no competition. The definition of success.
Originally Posted by Rondoman
I love DLP...its still a great deal to this day
It's even a better deal today. In the CRT days, one could buy a 19-25" TV for around $500 or a 50" RPTV for around $2000.
Today, the 3D standard is a 32" for about the same $500, A 55" for a sky-high $2,500-$3000, or a 73" RPTV for under $1000. (82" $1700-$2500, 92" around $3,000-$3500). Today, 82" is the new 50".
For people wanting to be in that big screen niche, this is great news.