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The newer plasmas may not have dimming problems like the first ones, but there is a widespread public perception that dimming is a problem--whether it really is or not.
If the next generation of DLPs--particularly 1080p and xhd3 models can solve some of DLPs' problems--then DLP may be able to tout only changing a bulb against plasma. While this may not sway plasma lovers it may sway people who believe the myth of plasma dimming.
While it has problems, RP CRT is by far the best value of any of the technologies. For $2000 you can swing a 51-inch and a calibration. Given a dark room and the perfect sitting position--you simply can't get that value from any other technology.
I think demand will remain heavy through 2006 as more and more people--especially Joe Six Pack--buys TVs transitioning to digital. I believe 2007 will be the year when the bottom falls out on prices. I know some here at the forum think it will happen before then, but I think it will take that long for all the new plants in the world really get humming--CRTs will be on their last gasp--but at LOW prices which will help bring the other technologies down in price. Mighty Intel will also be a player. All the competition--just think how good a picture plasma and DLP will have by then--will mean price paradise for the consumer!