When will 50" plasma be <$3000?

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  1. ChrisAG

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    $3000 US seems to be the affordability threshold for high-volume big screen TVs these days... Any estimates as to when Plasma might sink to that price?
     
  2. Allan Jayne

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    Don't know but when they start proclaiming that plasma has sunk to under USD 3K it will be the 480 scan line variety, not HDTV quality.
    It will be even several more years before HDTV grade plasma comes down that much and today there is hardly any HDTV grade plasma at any price.
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  3. John Kotches

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    I discussed this with a manufacturer at CES.

    We're at the beginnings of the price erosion era on plasmas. We talked about the "chicken and egg" dilemma that exists currently.....

    The displays are too expensive, so the sales aren't outstanding. Because the sales aren't too high, you don't get the same economies of scale you get with "mature" technologies.

    I think we're 4 to 5 years away from seeing sufficient price erosion to make it possible to arrive at the price point you're thinking of.

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    As the technology used to manufacture the plasma displays improves, the cost will go down. Better technology will produce better yields which will make the total cost of manufacture lower.

    Look at how the price of LCD displays has come down to get some idea of what to expect. It helps that the LCD industry had laptops to drive up demand and volume, but if their technology and yields hadn't improved, laptops and LCD displays would be a lot more expensive today.

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