It looks like we will all have to go to the sub $5K forum in the near future.
The interesting thing is that TI appears to be trying to take a heavier hand in development than in years past. It almost appears that they are almost building the projectors themselves.
The interesting thing is that Zimmerman, who is the Home Entertainment arena, only mentioned the price target for future business projectors not HT projectors. I hope he sees similar declines there as well. Hopefully he'll make an official comment about it later.
Anyway, it appears that TI is asking the same question that I've been asking, why is this stuff so expensive? DLP should be available at prices that LCD simply can't compete with. Zimmerman comments about optics prices even though the optics of a 1-chip DLP are MUCH less than 3 panel LCD or LCOS equivalent. How the new Panasonic 480p LCD projector is even possible at less than $1500 is remarkable. Zimmerman is making a "Carpe Dium" speech here to the DLP manufacturers.
Anyway, the future looks bright for DLP but it is surely taking its time getting here.
Phil, Thanks for the link. VERRRRY interesting article.
With HP bringing out the xb31 at a $3,500 street price it would seem that sub $5k 720 16:9 projectors ought to follow rather quickly. But it will be from business projector manufacturers who don't have to worry about cannabalizing their $10 - $20k DLP1 devices from dealers needing 40% margins to pay their overhead.
With the latest announcement of integrated image processing chips from Genesis (FLI2301) selling for as low as $20 in volume they are keeping their part of the TI dream alive. Stacey Spears predicts that this $20 chip will actually be better than an NRS.
But I haven't seem much price/performance improvements in power supplies or optics lately. Big doings in bulbs have been forecasted but no concrete results yet.
thanks for the link; it will like a confirmation of roumors, I heard.
The bigger suppliers of DLP units are looking into the consumer market -> that is HT;
Also LCOS might come up, produced cheap when it rolls.
And there is one example, that it works:
With the AE100 Panasonic has done the first step in this market. I guess, that this unit will be placed soon in the warehouse scene beneath TV, radios a.s.o , just in the consumer area. And this will be quantities.
But there is no DLP around.
And TI didnÂ´t want be a looser in the mass market, I suppose.
Therfore I think, we will get the $999 DLP pj sooner than we think.
Here in sunny NYC (okay it's overcast and humid today) the 1280x720 pj is looking pretty good. Can't wait for the 1920x1080 one though.
Seriously though...is there a PJ or CE mfr still on the sidelines who might swoop in and introduce a sub $5k MSRP HD1 pj meant for HT? Maybe sony? I know they're big LCD lovers, but they have a long distinguished history of destroying margins by coming in with pricing orders of magnitude below what's current.
I would imagine that once the HD2 chip ramps up into production, the HD1 chip will be phased out. How fast the phase out occurs would be interesting to know. Given how late the DWIN TV2 is coming out, I wonder if there will be enough HD1 chips left for DWIN to get back it's research costs.
I wish they'd stop with this color wheel foolishness and go straight to three chip machines instead, at the current price point for a good LCD, 5-6k.
Why should the manufacturers do that? They've already got a product which beats LCD quality for 98% of all viewers that cost's them considerably less to produce. They can sell it at the same price as the LCDs and get higher margins. 3 DMDs would just cut into their margins.
I'm not saying I agree with this philosophy, but that's how capitalism works. When you finally see the 3 chippers, they'll run around $20K (my speculation).
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