Originally Posted by turnne1
I am not sure about that
I have seen many of the Pioneer plasmas for less than $1000 purchased by AVS forum members
IIRC...the Pioneer plasmas( before they were being highly discounted on clearance at Best Buy) were in the $6000 range for a 60"
The other thing is that it is a different market today than it was a even 5-7 years ago
We are getting something new almost every year...first 4K...then HDR and then Dolby vision and now there are a few others in the wings
To say nothing about changing HDMI and HDCP specs to accommodate the changes
It took a few years to get 1080P a few years ago and there was really nothing new for a while
If you an early adopter, these days on a panel, resale is not something that should even be a consideration for you
The plasmas should continue to hold their resale value for a while, simply because they are no longer being made. But they're aging out of contention - between years of subtle screen burn, maximum screen size that seems small to many now, and a lack of repair facilities or parts, they will become an extreme niche product in the not to distant future.
Except for cars and houses, I stopped considering potential resale value when buying consumer commodity items long ago. I rarely buy on the bleeding edge, preferring to wait for second generation prices to drop. I got a great price on my 65E6, and unless it has a catastrophic failure I plan on keeping it at least 5-7 years. I kept the previous JVC DiLA set for 10 years, and what I really liked about it was that every 3 years or so a new $200 bulb would make it into a new set again. But eventually it had to go. Assuming it keeps working, there will have to be some serious
improvements for me to dump the 65E6 for something new and shiny.
It will be, as you say, mostly HDMI and HDCP upgrades that will drive sales of new sets for the people who come to these forums. For some, something as basic as extending the ARC spec to allow for Dolby TruHD with HDMI 3.0 is enough to get a new set (and a new AVR, and a new UHD player, and...).
And if the people at the HDMI Consortium actually manage to pull their heads out of their collective rectums and not only nail down the CEC spec properly, but manage to enforce a policy of "It's all or nothing - you will not remove any parts of it or extend the spec in any way to favor your hardware! Everyone implements it in the same way!" the way they have done with HDMI, and it becomes universally useful (not holding my breath here), that might also drive sales of new gear.