Originally Posted by ikeb
A friend of mine at one of the major mfgs of plasmas told me last weekend to not buy a plasma until this coming summer. He told me that his company is making a major announcement at CES 2007 and the new models will be ready in the summer of 2007. I asked him about these new models as compared to SED from Toshiba and he told me that they are not worried at all about SED - their plasma speces will be right there with SED and as good a picture. The company he works for begins with a P.
Of course they will announce something at CES. Everybody will. But whatever they announce may not even be available for another full year. The TV game right now is exactly the same as the computer game has always been. If you constantly say, "oh, I'm just going to wait until the latest revision comes out," you'll never own a computer.
I bought my Pioneer knowing full well that CES was coming in the next few weeks. I got a smokin' deal on it. Sure, they'll announce something next week. It'll also be priced a lot higher than what I just got my display for. At some point the technology is going to hit the wall, just like CRT did, and things will level off. That's when I will make my next purchase (probably around 2009), when the HD standard becomes law. Until then, I'm enjoying my Pioneer plasma while others are "waiting," but they aren't sure for what.