Home theater equipment for the rest of us

July 27, 2005

HLR6768WI’m sure many of you are vacationing, taking the kids to and from various summer activates and what-not, but inevitably as fall approaches some of you will turn your attentions back to indoor entertainment, namely home theater. Looking forward to this fall I see a few things happening that might be of interest to those of you looking for a new display device for the theater/family room.

First off I want to again stress the importance of buying a display with either an HDMI or DVI input or even both, as HD-DVD and Blu-ray will very likely require them to view DVD’s at hi-def resolutions. The new HD DVD formats will be here before you know it, so your new display might as well be capable of displaying them.

Secondly I’m hearing from several of my manufacturer reps that 720p capable projectors are headed for another price reduction, one that will be substantial enough to push many of you have been debating whether or not to go with front projection firmly into the pro column. I don’t really want to mention any specifics, because specifics that are 6 to 8 weeks out have a way of being not so specific, but let’s just say that several well known projector manufacturers are intent on making the decision between 42” HD capable plasma and a projector capable of a 100” HD image a no-brainer.

Onto the micro-displays, the DLP based sets that average anywhere from 50” to 62”, I don’t really see these sets in line for another significant price reduction until after the holidays as the current models are relatively new and any offset in price from the introduction of 1080p capable models will be relatively small. That’s not to say MD’s from the likes of Samsung or Toshiba still aren’t incredible values, I just don’t see any major price reductions before the holidays.

lastly, no major crystal ball stuff here, just some minor chatter I’m hearing form the reps, with the introduction of the 1080p capable displays and HD-DVD on the horizon we’re expecting the next big HD equipment price reduction to happen later in the winter and on into the spring of 2006 as manufacturers really gear up and push for the next wave of high definition, namely 1080p



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater Equipment


Comments

  • Xanth

    I am in the market for a new big screen and I am looking at getting a 56 to 62″ right now but just like everything else I know if I wait long enough prices will just keep coming down. Question I have is -I see the 1080p are out now – are the price points going to be acceptable for the 1080p line? Is there anywhere that has good reviews of MD’s? I need to be able to hook a PC up to it along with many other devices. CableCard looks way of the current and future as well.

  • Xanth

    I am in the market for a new big screen and I am looking at getting a 56 to 62″ right now but just like everything else I know if I wait long enough prices will just keep coming down. Question I have is -I see the 1080p are out now – are the price points going to be acceptable for the 1080p line? Is there anywhere that has good reviews of MD’s? I need to be able to hook a PC up to it along with many other devices. CableCard looks way of the current and future as well.