Originally Posted by wco81
Hey if they could produce a $4000 50-inch display which outperforms plasmas and LCDs in the next 2-3 years, they'll be fine.
There are enough people who have qualms about LCDs and plasmas that they'd be willing to pay a 33% premium. But there may always be plasmas and LCDs which always inhabit the current price points while lesser models will be priced lower. That is unless they face significant competition from a new flat panel technology.
In our little world, perhaps. In reality-land, however, where most TVs will be sold in Circuit Cities, Wal-Marts, Best Buys, and so on, SED won't have a snowball's chance in hell unless it can meet the price point.
It doesn't matter that it looks better. Joe 6 Pack is going to look at the price tag and the purdy housing, look at whichever one is brightest with the most garish color reproduction, and buy THAT one. If he ever watches a frame of HD on the thing, it'll be a flippin' miracle.
I realized this when I saw that my cousin, who has a Masters, knows computers very well and is quite technically skilled, had hooked her SD cable box up to the 32" Panny LCD I'd given her using the composite input. She commented that HD looked SOOoooo good. I said not a word... if she
can't get it right, I have some serious doubts about 85% of the populace.
Producing displays for niche markets is a crushingly prohibitive proposition. The plant necessary to produce SED panels ain't gonna be cheap... unlike high end audio, they won't be able to recover costs and turn a profit selling SEDs in ones and twos.