Originally Posted by audacious nick
It's a TV, why are you discussing practicality? Are you regularly transporting your TV back and forth? Last time I checked, practicality is not on the list of requirements for people buying a 65"+ TV. The most unpractical thing is transporting it and mounting it, but the seller will transport it and you can pay them to mount it if you don't want to do that yourself. Which is actually something you could do for any size TV.
Also, what's wrong with wealthy people buying expensive things, other than the fact that you can't have them? Just because they want a large TV does not mean it's solely for status. That's like saying that anyone that buys a slightly larger TV instead of buying the absolute best TV at a smaller size is doing it for "status." I bought the biggest TV that fit my budget, and they have a much larger budget that allows for a much bigger TV. It's asinine conjecture.
it's funny, because 'practicality' is exactly what LED manufacturers have been counting on for years. if tv's actually sold based on pq and price alone, we'd probably never had LED's over 40" to begin with...
let's face it, the ease of getting a tv home, hooking it up, hanging it on a wall, and potentially moving it to a different room or house are all factors that will be considered by potential buyers. when you get up over 65" these considerations can become more significant. at 75 and up, you really need to take some measurements to make sure the tv fits through the front door!
there is always going to be that 'weird' segment between reasonably priced big screen tv's and projectors. for anybody that has a projector, the thought of spending 20grand to get a screen 40" smaller is just bizarre. for people who can't make a projector work, getting a 75-77" tv for 15k less makes more sense. i remember a time i was saving up for a 40" (at about 2grand) because i felt that was big enough, and the prices jumped very quickly (like another 500 to go up to 46"), so i'm sure in a few years 88" flat screens for under 4grand will be available, and then it'll make more sense to more people.
as far as 'status' purchases go, that's a can of worms, but i'd basically say any time people buy something based hype and marketing you could call that a status purchase. think of that tv show 'cribs'. they never make comments like 'check out my z9, it had the most dimming zones', it's usually more like 'yo gots to have the 90inch, if you don't got a 90inch then you ain't really watching'. and basically i don't think anybody on this site is going to fit into that 'bought for the status' category
the problem is these are the people with enough disposable income to basically finance the development of new technologies. so if they get suckered into buying 'flashy' displays with weak pq, then the better pq displays might not sell and that tech never gets developed further...
bottom line, imo, size is great, but never at the cost of quality. i try to buy the largest 'good' tv i can afford. it's up to everybody to figure out what 'good' is for them. for me, a display without near perfect uniformity, is not good enough
what's wrong with wealthy people wasting money? a lot actually... but this is clearly not the place to discuss 1%'s and global economy