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when will plasma's drop to around £1k?

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by rvd48, Jan 12, 2004.

  1. rvd48

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    i would like to buy a plasma, but im currently deciding on buying a 32" CRT for 1K.
    im wondering how long it would be before plasma sets would be reduced to 1k?
    i presume it wont be all that long as they are becoming increasingly popular.
     
  2. Koing

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    I'd say at least 3yrs min.

    Remember even at £1k not a lot of people will get a 32" crt. You can spend less for a 32" crt but £1k is a great price for a quality display.

    But either way the sooner the better :D

    Also it is a luxory item and they don't come down in price much. They'll charge whatever people will pay...

    Koing
     
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    It's not what peoplw ill pay, with plasma pricing. Margins for retailers are already at non-luxury levels, ie not comesurate with providing the service a £3k TV purchaser thinks they deserve, and manufactruers have yet to recover R&D cost AFAIK, and the failure rate in manufacture is still around 80%. If price of cheaper cheapest plasma falls to 1k, expect even less quality, and they already have probs. Pioneer/Fujitsu etc. will not reach this price level for the forseeable future.
     
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    MAW

    I guess LCD failure rate is a lot less due to the technology having been around a lot longer (laptop creens). If this is the case any idea why and how mfrs are justifying the extortionate costs for the LCD models.

    You can buy a complete laptop with 15-16" TFT screen for around a grand yet some mfrs are charging similar levels for 15" and 17" screens with a simple tuner :eek:
     
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    big company's will never let plasma's be cheaper than smaller crt tv's, so i think when 36" and 32" price's drop they will introduce stripped down cheap plasma's. Alba and Goodmans anyone;)
     
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    CRT is a very mature technology and the current list price for quality 36" sets is tyically £1500. I would have though that a 37/42" plasma is more desirable to most people than a 36" CRT. Therefore, unless plasmas are significantly cheaper to produce than current 36" CRTs I cannot see the price falling below £1.5k for a decent 42" plasma from Panny/Pio/Hit etc.
     
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    i think plasma's are already cheaper to produce than some top 36" tv's, but it does not make sense to have a more desirable and bigger tv for less.
     
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    My guess is they will settle around the £1500 to £2000 mark for a 42" but as an individuals earning power increases then plasma's will become more affordable. As has happened throughout the history of tv receivers.
     
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    how can a plasma be cheaper to produce than a crt, the numbers are less, the equipment and staff to manufacture need to be more specialised and the demand for plasma is still within the quality end of the market.
    I'm sure if they made cheap poor quality panels people would buy them but there always is one born every minute.
     
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    i mean if they mass produced like crt
     
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    When hell freezes over! :devil:
     
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    Well, I bought my current TV (a Sony KP41 RP TV) in Autumn 1999 as an interim step (I really wanted a plasma). Now, over four years later plasmas are still not anywhere what I'd call affordable. It seems I overestimated how quickly prices would drop. I think that whatever the production costs are the manufacturers are being very effective in squeezing as much profit from plasmas by continuing to position them as luxury items.

    I'd like to replace the RP TV with a plasma but they're still too expensive (for me). So, I'm in the position where I'm considering another interim telly!

    How hum,

    Jules.
     
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    I bought my current widescreen CRT (Sony KV32WF1) over 6 years ago, and it cost me around £1000. Reasonable 32" widescreens are still around that amount, or more.

    So prices at the lower ends have come down a fair bit, but the mid-top end prices are still as they were 6 years ago.

    Don't expect a Panasonic PW8 for £999 anytime soon, but you might get a Malata screen for nearly that eventually
     
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    there is an illusion of value caused by items that are actually discontinued (or on their way) becoming super cheap, like 4:3 tvs and vcr's, they haven't got cheaper they just stopped making good ones!!!
     
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    and thats when I buy 'em!

    Got my Sony DB830 amp two weeks before the 840/940 came in, and got it nearly half price. Only difference was a different colour and 10W. Still love its sound.

    I'm also getting the philips LCD, which has dropped £1k from its original price (probably being replaced soon), but its still quality.

    I can be a bit of a techno tart, but common sense overrules occasionally :)
     
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    Lcd screens are the ones that will drop in price get bigger and better. I would imagine they will eventually take the market from plasma?
     

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