Saturday, 01 September 2007
52 the new 42 in the world of flat-panel televisions? Last year, the
42-inch flat panel was the marquee TV, offering the perfect convergence
of size and price that consumers craved. As flat-panel pricing
continues to drop, consumers will be able to move up to a larger screen
size without moving up substantially in price. I predict the 52-inch
panel will soon take center stage, thanks to new arrivals like
Toshiba’s 52HL167. This product’s MSRP is $3,499.99, which is right on
par with new, similarly sized panels from other big-name LCD
manufacturers; however, several online retailers have already broken
the magical $3,000 barrier with this big-screen LCD.
The latest crop of LCD panels is especially interesting
because many employ new technologies, like LED backlighting or a
120-Hertz refresh rate, designed to improve performance issues that
plagued older LCD TVs. However, these technologies also add to the
bottom line, which may be worthwhile for the ...