Monday, January 02, 2006

New Large LCD panels

For those of you who have not yet jumped into the HDTV television market,
Samsung's new LCD panel fab is about to go into production.

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics, the world's largest maker of flat screens, said on Sunday it was set to start up its newest mass production line for liquid crystal display TV panels, three months ahead of schedule.

The announcement came as second-ranked LG.Philips LCD Co. Ltd. (034220.KS: Quote, Profile, Research) said it started mass production at its own "seventh-generation" line for large-sized television panels.Analysts are concerned the LCD industry could face overcapacity in 2006, as heavyweights like Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and LG.Philips, both based in South Korea, ramp up output.
Overcapacity could mean excellent bargains, on existing brands and models.


Uber said...

I hope so...I gotta have one. Ok, so maybe "gotta" is a strong word, but still. No way would I get one without a schweet deal. Thanks!

Happy new year too.

(Yeah I'm slackin')

Wyatt Earp said...

I LOVE my 46" Sony HDTV. It's peachy keen!

Peakah said...

We're planning on picking up an HDTV by the end of this year, unfortunately I know nothing about electronics, especially those. Thanks for the heads up Insol... I'll keep my eyes peeled come fall!

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Maybe you could do an overview for us, Insol. (LCD vs Plasma, tech specs, etc). You have time, right? ;)

Lower prices are what I have been waiting for. They're getting down there, but not quite where I want them to be...

a4g said...

I've always been a direct view purist. (most often pronounced "a$$hole")

Can't abide the motion lag on plasmas or the hot spots, etc. on rear projectors. (IOW, all that stuff my wife says "Huh?" to.)

While there are a few DLP rear-projectors that have nearly tempted me into crossing over, from what I've seen of large-format LCD, my stubbornness may have finally met an enemy too powerful to resist.

Now, if only the price will drop to under $3K for a ±50in...

Insolublog said...

Uber - I was almost ready. Now I am going to wait.

Wyatt - Is it an LCD? (My favorite of the tech. options.)

Peakah - Timing is everything brother.

CUG/a4g -

Here is the hideously brief rundown as I see it.

They say when a plasma fails, the whole tube fails. However, they also claim the tube is are good for fifteen years or so. Like a4g, the shimmer gives me a headache.

Projection TVs, LCD or DLP rely on lamps that can cost hundreds of dollars to replace, and have limited hours.
However, economy of scale is quickly reducing lamp prices and increasing lamp lifetimes. There is an economic caution here. If another tech. takes the lion's share of the market, these prices could rise again, much like old computer memory, designed to fit an obsolete form factor.
Also, some DLPs (I don't know about all) rely on fast rotating mechanical parts, so like hard drives, they might suffer bearing wear etc.
IMO, most projection TVs fade when the viewing angle exceeds 65deg or so from orthogonal. You can easily see this, walking along the store floor. So if you position it along a long wall, the useful viewing angle is a 130deg or so. If you intend to put the TV in a kitty corner, or along a short wall of your home, you won't have a problem.

Non projection LCD is a mature conservative tech. with many consumer hours of log time, in laptops, notebooks etc. It is now expensive, with prices dropping rapidly. IMHO, it is the best technology. I will be waiting for the large screen LCD prices to drop.

If anyone else wants to share/correct anything here, feel free. (TylerD?)

GunnNutt said...

Well crap on a cracker! I just got a 40-somethinginch plasma for Christmas when what I really wanted was a LCD, but I didn't think anyone was going to make the large sizes anytime soon. Been putting off buying a new TV for two years waiting for the $$ to come down.

The plasma picture is really great, though. No shimmy or whatever. Panasonic.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Thanks for the info, Insol! :)

Insolublog said...

GunnNutt - You might need to be a purist a$$hole like me and a4g, or watch a lot of high-speed action. Of course the technology might have improved, on some sets.

CUG - My pleasure!

Peakah said...

*laugh* 'purist a$$hole'

does that mean yo shit don't stink?


FIAR said...

Until it costs less than 200, I'm out of the market.

Carry on...

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

You are missed, Insol.

Insolublog said...

Sorry, jimmyb. I am swamped at work right now.

The Conservative UAW Guy said...

I understand.
Hope it goes well!

Don't sweat it, we'll wait for you! :)