Originally Posted by Auditor55
I don't understand why you and others are not excited about SED. I thought we all come here as enthusiast looking for the next advancement in display technology. You have 2 wonderful Fujitsu Plasmas that you are now enjoying. I have a wonderful Panasonic Plasma that I'm currently enjoying, but the idea of something like SED coming that will push us beyond what we now own is exciting , I can't understand the constant naysayers.
Auditor, it's not a question of 'naysaying' it's a question of the 'here & now' as opposed to sometime in the future. We've read about SED and how great it's going to be for years...it just never materialized. I always thought it was nuts to hold out on buying another set only because of the 'promise' of some vaporware. And yes, as of today, it is still
So let's make the assumption that SED is here today. What does it give us and how does it differentiate itself from everything else?
* In the age of 1080p, it will not in its initial release and for quite some time (again, there's that 'quite some time') give us the screen size to truly appreciate 1080p. I'm sorry, I can't get excited about 50"-55" 1080p displays.
* SED's only technological 'promise' that excites me to any
degree is that of better blacks. Keep in mind the black levels of today's best plasmas are quite good and deficiencies are not noticed all that often with most content.
* Improved brightness? Who cares Auditor, who cares? Almost everyone I know and certainly all on this forum that care about video quality turn down
their brightness of their current
displays. So improved brightness falls on deaf ears...or is it deaf eyes?
* It's flat. Yawn. We've got that already.
* It's got lots of colors. Yawn. We've got that already.
* It's got perfect focus, linearity and convergence. Yawn. We've got that already. Lest I confuse someone, flat panels need no convergence.
* Plasma black levels will contnue to improve as evidence the just announced 60" Pioneer with a 10,000:1 CR. Auditor, that technology alone (apparently shared with Panasonic) could honestly make SED still-born. I'm very serious about that.
I could go on, but I think you see my points (no, I don't really think you do ;)). But this in a nutshell is why many of us here don't get too excited about this stuff. Every 6 months we read about a new technology that will 'destroy' everything that came before. It doesn't happen.
SED faces a huge uphill battle with costs relative to the current technologies. They face huge production challenges to try to drive those costs down. Will it happen or if it does will it be far too late? It is exceedingly difficult for a new technology to become mainstream. It will need to demonstrate a very significant performance and price differential for it to make any serious headway into what is a very competitive, cut-throat market.