Originally Posted by Andy o
I think gamers would rather spend their money on tricking out their PC than on a huge screen and a receiver. And also, even though PC monitors are smaller, now you can get higher res than 1920x1080 fairly easily. If I was a gamer, that's what I would do. With technology progressing as fast as it does, it is hard to justify buying a big screen TV at any point in time, because you can always use that to upgrade your video cards or other PC parts. Big-screen TV will, for the near future at least, be a luxury rather than a "necessity." That's what I'm guessing.
Based on my observation, there are 3 groups of people.
First, HTPC users, they usually have some high end AV gears and always demand the highest AV quality from HTPC. In most cases, they don't mind to spend few bucks to get the latest and greatest for their gears.
Second, gamers, they usually play their game in their desktop PC & 21" monitor and need the FASTEST GPU and overclock gears to act the fastest motion in order to play the most demanding GPU standard game available today. In most cases, they don't mind, the audio as much as the video and again all they probably will spend most of the money in the GPU before their display and receiver.
Last, mix between first and second but I think this will be the smallest group out of three.
Product is driven by market. Market is driven by demand. Demand is driven by need and standard. In our case here, HTPC is not a ready-to-market market until I would say last 3 years. Even today, I would say HTPC is still a very small market therefore all this time, when manufacture wants to squeeze the money from "using computer for fun other than work" user the only market they can go after was gamers. But since digital TV, hi-def, Blu-ray... are all coming at once as a need and standard to household like never before then manufactures are ready to create the products to fit the HTPC market now. Fortunately, gamers GPU has higher standard and demand than HD HTPC needs therefore HTPC users are lucky to use their video standard but now it is time to come back/catch up to fill the small gap; such as audio now.