Laser TV will be here within a year to best plasma and LCD picture quality.
That may be so but at what cost, both arms my right leg and my first born probably.
"...compared to plasma and LCD, laser TV technology boasts half the production cost, double the color range, and three-quarters less power consumption."
Which would seem to indicate it would be cheaper in the long run. No doubt the first couple of years would see development cost and we have no idea what the longevity of the set will be. Early adopters will essentially be beta testers. Is very interesting though and since everyone keeps telling me my Sony SXRD is "unreliable" I guess its something I should keep my eyes on.
Well CRT/Tube is still the winner for the absolute best picture quality. LCDs are starting to improve by the day. I know Sharp is releasing an LCD with triple the refresh rate and 20,000 to 1 contrast ratio. So hopefully the picture quality will atleast be equal to a CRT.
The best tv for picture quality is still the sony 34' xbr960 with super fine pitch tube but unfortunately they have a high failure rate. It also weighs a whopping 200 lbs. The 970 came out without the super fine pitch tube which was a disappointment.
i think I heard that pioneer is coming out with an advanced plasma technology, that might even outperform CRT/tube.
Anyways this laser tech will probably way overpriced.
so there is point to wait for 1080p HDTV till middle of 2008. =)
You don't hear everyday! :)
Lcd, Plasma, Laser...What's next? Death Ray TV?
Naw, it'll be microwave TV...cooks your food while you watch...perfect for us lazy Americans. :)
Or UV TV: Tans you while you watch.
Or MRI TV: Diagnose that nasty colon cancer while eating fatty, colon-clogging fast food.
On a serious note...this sounds great. Yes, it'll be expensive at first, but if costs drop quickly as expected, this may only take a couple of years to catch on.
If you don't know about Organic Light Emitting Diode TVs, I suggest doing a quick google search (just type OLED and you'll find something). For starters, it has 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio... ONE MILLION! I know. It's completely insane, I know...
They're starting to come out next year. I posted a story about it a couple days ago--
If you look around, you can find a lot of cool stuff on OLEDs (SED tvs too, which also sound amazing, just not as much as OLED). Wikipedia has a decent enough summary:
But since they won't come in very big sizes for probably 5 years or so, I must say that Laser TVs sound like a great purchase in the meantime. I've never even heard of them, but from the impression the article gave, Lasers sound like a superior, cheaper alternative. Just switch a couple parts, and any tv can be made into one--at least that's what I think it said.
I'll have to do a little more research on lasers, but I'll definetely be keeping my eye on them!
You beat me to it! D'oh!
OLED is going to blow ALL OTHER HDTV formats OUT OF THE WATER!
Greater than 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, brighter than LCD and Plasma, 100% NTSC color reproduction, there is no video loss if you sit to the side of the screen because it is not backlit, it will use less energy, and will weigh a fraction of even an LCD screen!!!
OLED IS THE FUTURE! (once they fix the blue light diode's lifespan anyway)
The biggest technical problem for OLEDs is the limited lifetime of the organic materials. Particularly, blue OLEDs typically have lifetimes of around 5,000 hours when used for flat panel displays, which is lower than typical lifetimes of LCD or Plasma technology. But recent experiments have shown that it is possible to swap the chemical component for a phosphorescent one, if the subtle differences in energy transitions are accounted for, resulting in lifetimes of up to 20,000 hours for blue PHOLEDs. 
The intrusion of water into displays can damage or destroy the organic materials. Therefore, improved sealing processes are important for practical manufacturing and may limit the longevity of more flexible displays.
Commercial development of the technology is also restrained by patents held by Eastman Kodak and other firms, requiring other companies to acquire a license. In the past, many display technologies have become widespread only once the patents had expired; a classic example is aperture grille Cathode ray tube. 
this is a quote from the Wikipedia site that nicodemus gave. which unless that can sort things out i doubt it will "blow ALL OTHER HDTV formats OUT OF THE WATER!" but as long as things get better and they fing ways aroun things then i dont see why it wont be successfull.
My question is this, is there already a sucessor for OLED? (doesnt have to be in the making, just woundering if they know of some way to improve on OLED)
Sounds nice...But what I want to know is - Can it do deep conversations with you when you feel that you bought it just to fill an empty void in your soul?
I'm not a socialist, I just think that materialism is often exaggerated. I know lots of people who buy new gadgets all the time in a non-logic fashion. Everytime some new tech thing hits the market they have got to own it. Not because they need it or even will use it that much. It's more of a sick need for them. Seriously, I don't even own a HD-TV (as if that's an obvious part of gaming to everyone) cause I don't think the price justifies what I will get out of it at the moment. I have no problem with waiting until prices drop just a little more. And yes, it was meant as a joke.
Btw, who are you to judge me? What are you? MCcarthyist? Communist witch hunter? If you think capitalism is the best thing in the world, then take a look at the USA. A nation devoured by greed...I'm not saying that it's all bad, but too much of it corrupts people.
Uhhh... Nice one?
Tell me, Jenzo-- You're a little socialist, aren't you? I bet you don't like capitalism, free market economies, private ownership, and you hate corporations, Wall Street, employment, etc... And the funny thing is, you probably don't know squat about any of it.
I understand your comment was a joke, but when I see attempts at humor like that, it just sets me off. Socialists, beware!
Well I know the next generation of LCD's from Sharp is supposed to boast 1,000,000 to 1 contrast ratio and about 5 times the refresh rate. Hopefully this takes care of the heavy pixalation when watching sports games. I'm just hoping the next wave of flat panels surpass the picture quality of 5 year old crts/tubes.
To all the fanboys with their mumbo-jumbos on anything tech/gadgets, here's another one for all of you to decipher... we'll all probably hear them rambling/explaining the minute details of every chip and every that, this thing here needs to be connected to that thing there. That theirs is bigger and better than everybody else's and they know everything that needs to be said about these equipments. Which in the end just makes them stupid, obnoxious and ignorant, because come a few months - a newer gadget appears to better-off the ones they'ved just been saying about. And this goes on and on... tech after tech...
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