Exactly, coming from an econ/accounting background a simple utility function would dictate in my case
that I would benefit more from using the additional $1,300-1,700 on updating my 6yo receiver, or investing that money at x ROI that will purchase more than a CM menu and minutely better PQ, at some future date.
I see you decided you would get more utility out of a 2nd set, than an Elite.
Your comment regarding consistent price reduction definitely leads one to speculate what you will be able to purchase for the same money in 2 years. Being that we now know the Pio/Panny sets won't be released for another 18 months with the new plant not coming online until May, that definitely leaves plenty of time for the others to play catch-up. Considering the technology is closing in on industry wide 0 ft/L black levels, Samsung can potentially be on an equal footing coming into the 2009/10 model year while focusing on better processing and higher lumen tech, and Pioneer focusing resources on a more advanced CMS and higher lumen tech. Which all boils down to greater competition and hopefully lower prices for better tech.
Originally Posted by Dahlsim
I see. Waiting is the tricky part, as in how long to wait.
I have to say I'm personally glad I waited and didn't pull the trigger on a Kuro 60" elite less than a year ago at the market price. I now have a 70" LCoS which is performing excellently and a 60" Kuro 6020 which is just gorgeous to my eyes, particular on HD material and both for less than what was the asking price for one Kuro elite alone a short time ago! Much less.
The current frequent pricing drops in the HDTV industry and the intense competition make me wonder what the pricing will be for the same or better peformance as a current Pio Elite in the next year or two going into the 10g and then 11g Pioneer/Panasonic models?
Having a really great set now at a great value can make it easier to wait.
The value question is very subjective since $1,300 is different things to different people. When I was ready to buy the difference was even more than $1,300 thanks to Pioneer's policy in limiting the distance for online elite sales.