Wild Guess Time - Do you think Projectors are going to crash ?

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Tempest, Jan 12, 2002.

  1. Tempest

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    Just a quick one:

    As we all pretty much seem to agree there's not an awefull lot of comparison between the price of a LCD or DPL projector and what it costs to build.

    I did read an article by someone in the field who thought it was not going to be that long before we saw some BIG price drops in these items, as more competition set in, and perhaps the technology settled down a bit.

    Do you think they are going to stay in the £1500+ area for a few years yet, or are all the £2000 ish ones going to the £999 area very soon ?

    Your Thoughts ?
     
  2. nigel_williams

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    I hope you're right! Aside from paying way over the odds for any equipment here in the UK, competition and choice has to lead to a drop in price.

    Just look at the way DVD players have come down in price. More and more people are buying home cinema setups and want bigger screens.

    If you can get a budget projector for the same price as a good widescreen 36" TV, I'm sure more people will want one.
     
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    Well, perhaps a lot of MEN would like them, from personal & friends experience the fairer sex (gross generalisation) don't seem to feel the same way.

    I have twice been in a shop and overhead a woman (with her husband) talking about the set and commenting about what the colour of the case will look like in the room (matching decor) with no regards to make/picture/specs anything.
     
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    I don't get it. Are men so browbeaten by the feminists that they have all become mice? :confused: I'm beginning to get really irritated by this talk of "wife approval factor" and "my girlfriend won't let me" etc. etc.

    The man is the head of the household and if his lady truly loves him, she'll want him to be happy and trust his judgement that a decent size screen is good for the family.

    My wife said to me "You'll get it anyway regardless of what I say so go-ahead." and she had a twinkle in her eye.:rolleyes:

    I wish I had known thirty years ago what I know now. Women respect a man who puts his foot down. They will never admit it but deep down they love it. They feel secure. You have a big row and be kind but firm and the next thing you know you'll have your dinner put on the table for you.

    It's true!!!! :eek: Wake up all you guys and realise that a CRT the size of a packing crate on your ceiling is not just the best picture going, it's the ultimate male status symbol which says "I'm the boss.":cool: It also says "I married the right girl."

    Read the signs of the times. Feminism is dying because even the women aren't happy with what it has done. Put your foot down and demand your proper due respect all you men. Here endeth the lesson.:D
     
  5. General Skanky

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    And to think Norwich FC is run by a woman.:D :D :D
     
  6. Roland @ B4

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    See, I've been right all along.

    You don't want one of those "kick sand in your face" LCD/DLP little boxes.

    You need an "I'm a man CRT" jobbie.



    To answer the thread though will prices come down yes along with the quality. just like it does in the rest of the consumer
    market.

    (Ignore the specs look at the picture - Is it good enough?, can I afford it?)
     
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    Will

    I'm suprised that you have time to watch films as I expect you are out on the wilds doing your "hunter gatherer" role!

    I like to take my wifes feelings (and children) into account before I do anything that is going cost a lot of money, as that effects all of us.
     
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    I can't see prices dropping that quickly. When I started looking for my first DVD player three years ago, I could wander around high street shops and see a selection to choose from. Admittedly the internet has change alot in the last three years, and online shopping gives so much more choice than your local Currys. Projectors are a specialised market, and it won't be until you've seen them in high street stores that the prices will stand a chance of dropping as they target the general public.

    I think this will be the next area that manufacturers will target with LCD (and possibly DLP) projectors. Already signs are there with Sony's HS1, that doesn't have to sit in the middle of the room, longer bulb life and replacement costs, that they are trying to target a more mainstream audience.

    In answer to the question, I don't see prices going below £1000 (certainly RRP's) for at least 2 years, without , as Roland said, severly affecting quality.
     
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    Since all of our 'significant others' will directly or indirectly contribute in cash terms to the home cinema setup, its only fair that their preferences are taken into account. Compromise does not necessarily mean not getting your own way. My own setup, which I will post pictures of soon, took a long time to sort out but eventually came together to the satisfaction of both of us. I don't have a dedicated room so the lounge had to double as cinema and living space. Both duties are carried out with the minimum of intrusion of one over the other and met with the approval of both of us. As a lounge, the recessed screen and 'absent' PJ do not impact on the room as a focal point for entertaining, watching regular TV or just finding a bit of peace and quiet. Within minutes it is a cinema and fits the bill perfectly.

    Once Gordon has visited and done his ISF magic I'll post some photos of the lounge and cinema for comparison.

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    If you look at the cost of projectors over the years the price has already fallen a lot and will continue to do so.

    According to posts on this board, the latest desirable Pana projector costs about £950 in Japan. This projector is in the same ball park as the Sony HS1.

    Of course, if you live in Britain you pay the - british government will allow a foreign company to rip of british people - tax, buy hey, you vote for them.

    With the success of DVD, more and more people are looking at home cinema and this will help push down prices. Of course, the technology is getting cheaper, and once the chipsets become standard their price will be cheap. Look at plasmas and TFTs, they have dropped massively.

    There is also another pressure. The film studios would love one day for most homes to have a home cinema good enough where the punter would be willing to pay a substantial amount to see a first run movie in the home. Okay, this requires high definition. Question is, would you pay say £12 for the family to watch Lord of the Rings on a high quality home cinema - I think so.

    Everything in the technology sector has dropped in price. Since when has this ever made quality worse??? If you havent noticed the quality always qets better (or prehaps you would rather return to your 286PC and your black and white valve TV)!
     
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    I think that although some big drops will be made in the next 12 months, it'll be a while before we feel them in the UK as we get robbed by the taxman and the like. Of the 36' w/s telly ultimatum, that is exactly how I wound up in the market for a pj in the 1st place. I knew a fair bit about them, needed a telly and wanted a pj desperately, but didn't think I could afford one. But then whilst on holiday in Singapore I was offered a Sharp C1 for £400! Of course, when I got it home I came to learn about black-level, contrast ratios and (worst of all) the chicken wire effect, and I had the upgrade bug faster than you can say "but I just blew my life-savings" (I was 16 at the time). 2 years on, I've got the means to get a proper pj (60 000 pixels scattered across a 60" wall does not constitute a HC), and having studied the market with interest I think prices are going to drop real soon. In fact they are dropping. The PLUS Piano offers a spec not all that different from the Sim2 HT200DM, at less than half the price. Two years ago, front pjs made specifically for HC were practically unheard of, now they can be had for under £2000. And although we don't like to say it, cos we like our pjs so much, they're fairly basic machines, and were they to be manufactured on the scale of regular Tellies, they would be had for almost a quarter of the price. And demand just keeps rising...;)
     

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