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When will Plasma's be priced at £1000-£1500?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by nathan_silly, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. nathan_silly

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    As subject header, currently they're at £2000-£2500 for a cheap brand, when do you think Pioneer's/Panasonic models will start appearing at £1000-£1500 (I guess direct view CRT's will be phased out then)

    Plasma so far has been less than awesome PQ wise (gradient effect on darker scenes, pixelly)- is it possible Plasma can produce a true black- like CRT?

    Considering they were £15,000 only a few years ago. Do you think they're tail off at the £2K mark or keep on dropping?
     
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    Yeah, a plasma for £1500 would be nice, think it would sell rather well too! Do plasmas cost alot to manufacture? Or are they priced high to maintain their place of being an highly desired piece of kit? Afterall if everyone could afford one, I'm sure it would lose some of it's wow factor.
     
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    I've been hanging off buying a Plasma - waiting to see if the prices are going to drop further. Since I've been looking they haven't budged at all!

    Does anyone think they are likely to come down further? I'd like to get a 42" Panny (although the new 42" Sony all-in Plasma TV looks very good) but was hoping they's come down to the £2500 mark! Doesn't look like this is going to happen any time soon though!

    Anyone with more knowledge like to have a guess???
     
  4. lynx

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    Perhaps Joe Fernand could offer an opinion here :)
     
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    Hello Lynx

    The Plasma big guns are looking at 37" sets to deliver the big sales figures they all need to recoup the money invested in plasma technology; which is strange as sub 42" models have not sold very well up until now.

    Plasma sales are still pretty low at present - total UK sales (all brands) are probably still running at less than 50,000 units (so I'm told by the industry) though I'm not sure that current production capacity could deliver much more than this anyway; certainly it only takes a small upwards blip in any month and the likes of Panasonic take about two months to catch up with demand.

    I think we'll need to see UK sales in the 250,000 units (Yr 2005 - 2006) before we start to see 37" IntegratedTV models at £1-£1.5K from the likes of Panasonic and Sony (who have much more experience of the TV market than the other contenders such as Pioneer, Fujitsu and NEC who are new to the TV market).

    There's no talk from within Pioneer or Panasonic of any big price point reductions as they get ready to introduce new models later this year - I see prices holding with new connectivity features being added to the IntegratedTV models and minor fiddling with any new display models.

    You only have to look within this forum to see that the drive to reduce prices does not always equate to improvements in picture quality between newer generations of displays.

    There are a lot of people with big money outlays still to be recouped on plasma technology and smaller mass market IntegratedTV models allied to all-in-one Home Entertainment systems will be the norm - though not necessarily what many visitors to this forum are looking for.

    Hopefully :) there will still be a specialist market for the discerning viewer - otherwise its back to the drawing board for the likes of myself, Liam, Ken, Gordon, Dr John etc...

    Although plasma is still pretty expensive its also relatively low profit - you dont have to look too far over the past few months to see what happens when someone over steps there credit rating and has to shift a load of stock that seemed like a good idea when being offered a 'great' discount - 10 x 50" displays at current trade is still a near £50K + vat outlay and when your only selling them on at +10% its not too difficult to get into trouble if they are not selling well.

    Nathan also hits a good point regarding CRT TV - Panasonic and Sony are not going to kill that market just to sell Plasma technology in the foreseeable future.

    So I'm sure that the £1k PlasmaTV will eventually turn up - just dont expect it to have a Sony, Pioneer or Panasonic badge on it this summer!

    Best regards

    Joe
     

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