Now's the worst time in history to buy a new TV

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  1. Wilynn

    Wilynn TPF Noob!

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    I have an old school CRT television made in 1995. I'm remodeling my place and it's time to buy a new tv. When buying a new television the question used to be do you buy a new plasma tv or a new LCD tv, which one? Decisions, decisions! But now that large screen OLED tv's are about a year from being marketed (not the small 11 inch screen you can run out and buy today) buying a new plasma or a new LCD tv doesn't make a bit of sense.

    A year or two from now you won't be able to give a plasma/LCD tv away to a homeless person. They might feel insulted. So it looks as if I'll have to keep watching my old CRT tv for at least another year or, worse, longer.

    If you're wondering what an OLED tv is, to summarize: they are much thinner than an LCD/plasma tv, aproximately 3mm, with a much better quality of picture. OLED screens are brighter than LCD panels and also have better contrast ratio - resulting in sharper pictures. Oy vey! Talk about being stuck between a rock and a hard place...

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    Best time to get an LCD TV is next year then - when the new technology comes online and drives the prices through the floor.

    It'll be a few years before OLED come down to a sensible price though. Plus you never want new technology until all the issues have been resolved.
     
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    lostprophet No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The 9th century wasn't a good time to buy one either what with all the power cuts and low exchange rate on goats
     
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    Who has time for TV anyway? :p
     
  5. Wilynn

    Wilynn TPF Noob!

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    Excellent point.
     
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    And the TV we're watching Raiders of the Lost Parka on at the moment is the one my wife had when she lived in Alaska. She's been back from Alaska for more than 10 years. It's old and it's CRT. It works so why upgrade?
     
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    Maybe, sounds plausible on the surface, and that's very sound reasoning. But when it comes to OLED tv's I can't buy into 100% of that theory. Not when we consider that the picture of the Samsung 40 inch OLED pictured below was taken in 2005.


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    I buy on price. My wife wants an LCD TV but over the months she's wanted one they have dropped from $1400 to about $800. I reckon wait until next year and they'll be $200ish.
     
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    Wilynn now's the best time to buy a tv. If you buy a toshiba you get a free HD-DVD player :thumbup:

    Oh wait....

    Either way that supposed picture from 2005 I find very questionable. Working in a photonics lab at uni my thesis advisor is heavily ontop of all this research, and the problem of making a blue OLED that was actually blue and even remotely as bright as the red and green was only fixed early last year by sony which is why only now the OLED screens are being properly marketed at the trade shows.

    So they get released to mass next year. They will be unaffordably expensive for a year, they will suffer any number of bugs for about a year and a half (what technology wasn't).

    If I were you I'd buy a TV now. In 4 years the OLEDs will be reasonable and mainstream and they may even have the rotting problems solved which gives those TVs such a short lifespan. Short even compared to plasma.
     
  10. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    I do! :lol:

    But I use a hand-me-down tube television without cable. And I get two channels: FOX and Jesus. And even those'll be gone come February with the new digital changeover crap. :x
     
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    No great loss, IMHO.
     
  12. nealjpage

    nealjpage multi format master in a film geek package

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    Well, it's not a HUGE loss, but I'll miss The Simpsons. Plus, if I had a better antenna now I might get the Big 3 networks.
     

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