Well said, MCaugusto.
I would tend to agree with you if indeed LG started supplying enough units worldwide soon, which does not seem to be the case.
If you read my angry rant on the LG HX300G official thread, you'll see that I was informed that this machine would not be available in the UK for another 3 months... at the very least.
Futhermore, when FINALLY available, it will be so in VERY limited quantities.
What a joke!
What gets to me is that, apart from Casio, no company out there seems even remotely committed to offering AFFORDABLE high resolution LED projectors.
I'm now honestly tempted by the HC3200 (priced-down HC3800) or the HD200X but I'll hold back because I don't want to change bulbs every 2000 hours (if I'm lucky).
So... I'll wait...
Honestly, if I knew that I could avoid customs and that LG UK were covering units bought from Asia, I would have already jumped on eBay to get one.
And to add insult to injury, LG is discontinuing the production of HS200 (thanks Kenshin2b for the info) without ensuring first the wide availability of its successor, thus leaving a gap of many months when nothing will be available. It's utter madness. They clearly don't value their customers outside their home market of Korea, nor are they interested in becoming market leaders on High Resolution LED projectors.
I don't understand Casio either, they could easily develop a technology using 3 arrays of laser diodes (just like the ones they already use): 1 for the Red instead of the LED (it's relatively cheap to make), and two sets of blue lasers (cheaper than green lasers), one for actual blue and the other one for green after reflection off a phosphorescent surface, WITHOUT any need for a bloody colour wheel.
As for the noise, it's just a question of building a larger enclosure capable of accommodating larger, more efficient and quieter cooling fans. Nothing intellectually challenging here. A properly trained monkey could do it.
Obviously, this would increase the cost of each unit, but not to the point where it would be unaffordable.
After sufficient stabilising period (100 or so hours), the lasers should offer their peak performance and a similar image quality to that of current LEDs.
Furthermore, Casio could utilise lasers that have already reached their peak levels, thus providing top calibrated performance out of the box, without the irritating colour shift occurring in the first 100-200 hours.
Would they decide to offer such projectors with either WXGA or Full HD chips for less than £2000, I'd be lining up to get one.
This is technologically feasible today and I do not comprehend why we should be waiting for another 5 years or more to see this dream fulfilled.
It makes no sense at all, other than forcing us to buy into this dead, un-ecological and wasteful mercury-bulb technology.
The same old story again and again: instant maximum profits outweighing the benefit of mankind and the future of our children...
When will big corporations finally learn the lesson that sustainable, long term profits are far more beneficial not only for themselves but for society as a whole, or have they forgotten who's buying their products?
Offering affordable and green display technologies is what people want here and now. It's happening for TV sets, why can't it happen right now for video projectors.
Think of all the schools and offices using projectors regularly for hours everyday. This is a much bigger market than people actually realise and with clever marketing campaigns, it could get even bigger and compete with the LCD TV market.
Okay, second rant's over... I'll go get my happy pills now...