Originally Posted by greenland
The fact remains; that deep pockets adopters of very expensive new TV sets are not all that concerned about having those items last more than a short number of years. They like to buy the latest and greatest on a frequent basis,and since money is no object to them, they are not concerned about having the items last a long time.
I'm not sure I would agree. If OLED had happened a couple of years ago, and it was $10,000 for a high-end 55" panel back when 55" panels normally cost $5000, I would have paid it. Not because I'm rich, but because it would have been almost a decade of buying flat panels and being dissatisfied with their performance, and if OLED lived up to its claims, it would have been worth the premium to me, as it offers more than a 2x improvement in performance in all areas. If I was spending $10,000 I would have expected to get at least
5-10 years use from it, because you can't do better than infinite contrast, perfect motion handling, perfect colour, and perfect viewing angles. If they get it right, OLED could be the last display most people would ever need to buy, and it's cheaper to buy an expensive panel that lasts, than constantly be upgrading cheaper displays every year or two.
I could see that OLED was realistically at least
another 2-3 years away though, and that first generation sets would be likely to have a number of problems, so I bought my Sony HX900 instead of continuing to wait. It has excellent contrast, colour, and doesn't have the motion handling problems of older LCDs. (not perfect, but not bothersome either) People thought I was crazy to spend that much on an LCD (2-3x the price of a similarly sized Edge LED from LG/Samsung) and yet it still bests just about any other display that has been released since, particularly with the trend towards only offering Edge LED.
I definitely still want OLED, but I'm happy enough with my HX900 now that I am no longer in a rush to get it, and I wouldn't pay anything more than today's
55" LCD prices for one. It would also have to be 4K to be a worthwhile upgrade too, which these first generation OLEDs are not. I really notice a lack of resolution with this only being 1080p native, so I would not even consider buying another 1080p display now that 4K panels are becoming mainstream. But I also use my display as a monitor and play games, rather than just using it to watch films, so burn-in is a big concern. If these sets have the possibility to burn in, it's very likely that I would manage it, and that would be completely unacceptable at that price - I would only consider buying a display that has the potential to burn in if it were significantly discounted.Edited by Chronoptimist - 1/18/13 at 4:43am