LCD-TV Prices On The Rise

After falling over the last six months, the average selling price for LCD-TVs rose significantly in July and remained at the higher level in August, according to iSuppli, which blames the introduction of more expensive LCD-TVs with better features than older models. Stabilization in pricing for older models also contributed to the increase. For all sizes of premium brand LCD-TVs, the average selling price was $1,933, a 7.4% increase over the June prices of $1,799. In August, prices on average hit $1,931.

Nevertheles, the price hike should be temporary and prices will fall again from September throughout the holiday season, iSuppli predicted. 40-inch and 42-inch LCD-TV brands did not change in price throughout June and July, and are especially expected to drop as the end of the year approaches.

News source: InformationWeek

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This sucks for me cause I don't have a job of my own, my mother works at Dunkin' Donuts and I have yet to buy a LCD-TV, smh. Oh well.

I recently got an LCD TV, and was *astonished* as to how poor the vertical viewing angle was when I sat on the floor and watched it (on a stand of about 2.5" height)

What bothers me is that, at least on monitors, every advance they make on LCD image quality (high-colour depth and LED backlighting) seems to be being offset by the continual march towards TN panels with their weak viewing angle range.

Good viewing angles really are the final frontier for LCDs to be competitive. I admire their sharpness, but as long as I can't glimpse the screen at 80 degrees off-angle, they still suck. I love how LCD vendors claim "170/170 viewing angle". That means that at the edges, the contrast ratio is 5:1 or 10:1 if they're being charitable versus 300:1+ head-on. Meanwhile, a good CRT offers virtually NO difference.

What upsets me is the basic nonexistence of a good CRT anymore, especially for the PC.

My seven-year-old 21" CRT was heading south, and there was basically NOTHING to choose from as a replacement. I think Newegg showed ONE CRT capable of the same modes as the old one, and it was basically 50% higher than buying a decent-make 20" LCD and settling.

Hak Foo said,
I recently got an LCD TV, and was *astonished* as to how poor the vertical viewing angle was when I sat on the floor and watched it (on a stand of about 2.5" height)

What bothers me is that, at least on monitors, every advance they make on LCD image quality (high-colour depth and LED backlighting) seems to be being offset by the continual march towards TN panels with their weak viewing angle range.

Good viewing angles really are the final frontier for LCDs to be competitive. I admire their sharpness, but as long as I can't glimpse the screen at 80 degrees off-angle, they still suck. I love how LCD vendors claim "170/170 viewing angle". That means that at the edges, the contrast ratio is 5:1 or 10:1 if they're being charitable versus 300:1+ head-on. Meanwhile, a good CRT offers virtually NO difference.

What upsets me is the basic nonexistence of a good CRT anymore, especially for the PC.

My seven-year-old 21" CRT was heading south, and there was basically NOTHING to choose from as a replacement. I think Newegg showed ONE CRT capable of the same modes as the old one, and it was basically 50% higher than buying a decent-make 20" LCD and settling.

What did you buy? Doesn't sound like a good one... because all the ones I've played with had 180 deg horz diewing angle and almost the same vertical... havent seen one that doesnt for a while now...

Hey DJ... Get off your cross and help me get this 42" CRT through my door... oh wait...

LCDs are fine. The picture quality of the Sharp Aquos line of TVs is tough to beat.

micropain said,
Hey DJ... Get off your cross and help me get this 42" CRT through my door... oh wait...

LCDs are fine. The picture quality of the Sharp Aquos line of TVs is tough to beat.

See my rant which explains that exact thing. Sharp Aquos line owns any other television on the market today, CRT, LCD, or the like.

But clearly, people who can't afford them come on here and post about how much they suck.

People who buy these LCD TV's are still stupid as ever.. if you can't see the garbage picture they produce, then you have either been totally brainwashed, or you one of those showoff type people who buy stuff like this just to feel special. So what if they are thin compared to CRT. Do you watch the outside casing of the TV? My cousin works at Best Buy in the TV department, and he would NEVER buy these and he has warned me several times about the crappy picture and life these LCD TV's have. People really need to stop accepting sub par quality.. it just paves the way for more companies to release more crap that they know dumb people will buy.

DJ Specs said,
People who buy these LCD TV's are still stupid as ever.. if you can't see the garbage picture they produce, then you have either been totally brainwashed, or you one of those showoff type people who buy stuff like this just to feel special. So what if they are thin compared to CRT. Do you watch the outside casing of the TV? My cousin works at Best Buy in the TV department, and he would NEVER buy these and he has warned me several times about the crappy picture and life these LCD TV's have. People really need to stop accepting sub par quality.. it just paves the way for more companies to release more crap that they know dumb people will buy.

You sir, are the one who's stupid. LCDs don't produce a "garbage picture", only garbage TVs produce a garbage picture. I happen to have a Sharp 37" Aquos LCD HDTV and with a Motorola STB and a HDMI cable, the quality is tenfold that of a CRT. It took me 6 months of research to pick out this TV and I stand by it 100%. Unbelieveable quality when it comes to the SDTV upscale and then on the HDTV channels, just beautiful and full of color. Not to mention DVD and HDDVD playback. I only bought it because my old CRT was failing and it would be ridiculous to go out and get another CRT which are obsolete pieces of junk when I can get prepared now and buy an LCD. In no way was I buying it to "feel special". It's today's technology. If I wanted to look special, I would have bought one when they were over $10,000.

You obviously haven't done your research and your "cousin working at Best Buy" doesn't mean crap. 99% of the employees there don't know a damn thing and are a dime a dozen. They hire uneducated non-graduates to work there for slim pickins. Sorry, your "source" is not reliable.

I will agree however that there are a ton of LCDs that are absolute crap and the stores will try and force those down your throats as well. But if you do your research and yes, you will have to pay a little more to get it, but it's well worth it. Considering HDTV hasn't hit full force yet, my TV is future proof for many years to come. I will get full value out of it. The quality is great and the response time is amazing. I was wearying buying it, but I've had it for 6 months now and I will never go back to a CRT again.

Once again, for the record, you have no idea what you are talking about. Get educated.

Now back to the topic in question: Of course prices are rising - this is where they attempt to screw the innocent who go out and buy and then once Christmas hits, BAM all the sales. Visions Electronics told me to buy one of their LG LCDs as the price will be flying up after Christmas. Of course I didn't buy and found out the price actually went down. They do this to try and screw you over before a new model comes out and they are forced to pratically give away the older model. Don't fall for it, always buy after Christmas. If you are thinking of buying now, wait until early next year. It's how all technology works.

DJ Specs said,
People who buy these LCD TV's are still stupid as ever.. if you can't see the garbage picture they produce, then you have either been totally brainwashed, or you one of those showoff type people who buy stuff like this just to feel special. So what if they are thin compared to CRT. Do you watch the outside casing of the TV? My cousin works at Best Buy in the TV department, and he would NEVER buy these and he has warned me several times about the crappy picture and life these LCD TV's have. People really need to stop accepting sub par quality.. it just paves the way for more companies to release more crap that they know dumb people will buy.

crappy life? We've had an LCD TV running for almost 4 years now about 12 hours a day and it still hasn't died, and the picture is WAY better then CRT... CRT distorts the image because of its geometry and now magnetic fields respond to different colors.. thats why sometimes you get color washout on CRT's where a color bleeds into other pixels.... LCD doesn't have this problem, LCD has perfect geometry and can not bend, warp, or be washed out... mainly because the pixels are a fixed size and position... CRT pixels are not... and the picture quality on LCD far surpasses CRT... and Plasma surpasses LCD but is a huge power hog, and resolution somtimes isn't as high on plasma...

Primetime2006 said,

You sir, are the one who's stupid. LCDs don't produce a "garbage picture", only garbage TVs produce a garbage picture. I happen to have a Sharp 37" Aquos LCD HDTV and with a Motorola STB and a HDMI cable, the quality is tenfold that of a CRT. It took me 6 months of research to pick out this TV and I stand by it 100%. Unbelieveable quality when it comes to the SDTV upscale and then on the HDTV channels, just beautiful and full of color. Not to mention DVD and HDDVD playback. I only bought it because my old CRT was failing and it would be ridiculous to go out and get another CRT which are obsolete pieces of junk when I can get prepared now and buy an LCD. In no way was I buying it to "feel special". It's today's technology. If I wanted to look special, I would have bought one when they were over $10,000.

You obviously haven't done your research and your "cousin working at Best Buy" doesn't mean crap. 99% of the employees there don't know a damn thing and are a dime a dozen. They hire uneducated non-graduates to work there for slim pickins. Sorry, your "source" is not reliable.

I will agree however that there are a ton of LCDs that are absolute crap and the stores will try and force those down your throats as well. But if you do your research and yes, you will have to pay a little more to get it, but it's well worth it. Considering HDTV hasn't hit full force yet, my TV is future proof for many years to come. I will get full value out of it. The quality is great and the response time is amazing. I was wearying buying it, but I've had it for 6 months now and I will never go back to a CRT again.

Once again, for the record, you have no idea what you are talking about. Get educated.

Now back to the topic in question: Of course prices are rising - this is where they attempt to screw the innocent who go out and buy and then once Christmas hits, BAM all the sales. Visions Electronics told me to buy one of their LG LCDs as the price will be flying up after Christmas. Of course I didn't buy and found out the price actually went down. They do this to try and screw you over before a new model comes out and they are forced to pratically give away the older model. Don't fall for it, always buy after Christmas. If you are thinking of buying now, wait until early next year. It's how all technology works.

Ah.. good to see you are officially part of the 'RICH' showoffs.. sure if you want to spend thousands of dollars on a LCD TV and have to add all that other expensive stuff just to get a slightly better picture than a CRT, then go ahead.. but if you compare it to my tiny 21" fat CRT, with all high quality components, the difference is nominal. Besides, you should have bought plasma if you new anything.. anyway, I hate the size of CRT's as well.

They didn't say that individual prices are rising, only the average spending price.

All this means is that people are spending on LCDs more now than they would have done a couple months ago, not that the price of the televisions are increasing.

Ya they said that last fall so I ran out and bought one because "prices were supposed to continue to rise"... then low and behold, prices dropped by a fair amount.

funny this article shows up today.. Today I starting seriously looking at my first HDTV..

prices are expensive..