This is intended as a little question - deliberately unstructured to some extent as it addresses something that sort of nags at me when I walk into any HDTV store... IE... I walk in and glance around at the gorgous plasmas then muse over their single use lifespans and wonder a bit how they might look at their half lifes...then I look at the LCD and stare looking for the ghosting images, then I look at the slightly less intense images on DLP and appraise how much less they cost for the slightly larger screens compared to direct view LCD or plasma... then I look at the few projection setups and wonder... gee, that IS gonna be the biggest screen but how much BETTER will the image be in a really really dark room? Will the picture improve enough to compete against the other display formats?
EVERYTHING IS SUCH A COMPROMISE! I see the 103" Plasma from Panasonic (as I recollect) for $70,000.... and I sometimes begin to wonder how much a 103" Plasma will sell for in 5-7 years? Tecnology leaps forward every 18 months... right? SO ... 3 to 4 cycles will sweep by in 5 to 7 years and I would guess that a 103" plasma will drop from $70K to maybe 50K, then 35K, and in the 3rd cycle it might hit 25K... then at 7 years it might hit ... 20K??? Or dare I think it goes sub 20 to 15K??? I remember a 70" plasma when it was $100,000 some time ago - and now what do they sell for?
Shoot at that rate - it makes sense to defer the purchase and throw away the plasma when it is somewhat past its' half life... that is ... once you can identify the price point you are will ing to "recycle" every few years!!!
I sometimes think I am still experinceing some confusion on the matter ...
SO..... Which do you prefer - and why? DLP, LCD, Plasma or Projection?