Originally Posted by Daniel Hutnicki
Everyone wanted flat and while DLP was flat compared to Direct Sets, it wasnt as flat as Plasma or LCD. The only thing that bothered me about DLP sets was that the bulbs didnt last very long
Agreed that the form factor of the set mattered more to the general buying public than image quality. As far as bulb life my first HDTV purchased spring 2004 was a Samsung DLP that now has 8000+ hours on the original bulb and still going, which has been a pleasant surprise to me. I have heard of some lasting over 12,000 hours.
I think TI had improved the native contrast of the DLP DMD about as far as the laws of physics would allow. Each successive iteration of DarkChip seemed to bring a smaller improvement than the one before it, to the point were the difference between DC4 and DC3 was hard to notice. LED and Dynamic Black were clearly more promising technologies in terms of improving perceived contrast for DLP TV/Projectors so that is where the development efforts have gone.