Originally Posted by dsskid
If anything is certain, it's that technology doesn't stagnate.
Sure. If Pioneer was still in business, the 10g models would have taken a step forward - but they're not, so the question is given the state of the economy and the emphasis on 3D - how long will it take someone to catch up?
Companies have to invest a lot of money to re-tool a factory for a new production line, and Plasmas have gained sales by pushing the price point down.
The reviews on the new Panasonics will be out soon and we'll see, but catching up is still a relative term as the Pioneers were built to a high-end standard and the Panasonics/Samsungs are designed more for value. There's more to a Kuro than just black levels!
So yes, technology will march on, but each company has to decide where to invest their $$$ and how much to invest (ie how far to take the technology). It's no sure thing that a company who's been touting features like wireless HDMI, 3D, and media streaming is going to spend a lot of money improving their glass.
Plus they need to prioritize their R&D between the various technologies, depending where they see LCD going, Plasma going, and new tech like OLED.
But mostly, a company like Panasonic/Samsung doesn't push technology just because they can. It has to serve a purpose in the market, and it has to justify the expense.
We'll see soon enough.