Originally Posted by wtfer
If there was a price drop it would not be significant in comparison with the rest of the TVs out now.
I mean is anyone here really waiting a for a $2,000 or so price drop on a $14 grand TV?
Maybe not $2k, but even $4k would be significant. So far, there's been no announcements of any over-55" LED-LCDs for 2009 from any manufacturer at any price point, so any movement on price by Sharp is welcome news for those of us who are in that market segment. Right now the only other options for that niche is "buy a plasma" or "accept the SE94's shortcomings".
Unfortunately, the XS1's price has pretty much flatlined. On the price tracker I've been watching there has been a grand total of 5% movement in price since release. For a flat panel in this day and age that's almost unprecidented.
This is one of those TV sets that will probably still be more expensive than the newer & better LED sets released ext year.
Will that still hold true in 2009, though? The big year-on-year improvement in LCD picture quality has in part been funded by rampant consumer spending during an economic bubble. With all the major display manufacturers cutting capital expendature by a hefty 20-50%, and lack of market desire for the latest and greatest, I wouldn't be surprised if we see a couple of model years of more prosaic improvements.
Sony announcing that the XBR9 will be a standard CCFL set and that they are considering shelving RGB LEDs in favour of white ones fits in with that model. Of course, Sony are in worse shape right now than they other majors are, but they're all hurting.