New York again hosted the Home Entertainment Show (previously called The Hi-Fi Show) this past week, dedicated to high-end home theater gear, where I got a taste of the future of home media servers.
It also started me thinking about mass production, and the constant flow of engineering from esoteric high-end consumer equipment one year, to mass market products the next. Read more about it in Dispatch from the Home Entertainment Show.
And it started me wondering: Will there always be high-end video? Clearly, high-end audio -- including vacuum tube amplifiers and speakers costing thousands of dollars each -- is an established niche market that will persist indefinitely. But what about video, which is still so in transition?
Yesterday's high-end video innovation is today's mass market product. Much of the high end today deals with "fixing" or "scaling" problematic signal sources, such as standard definition DVDs. What happens after the signal sources all go HD? Please share your thoughts on this in our Video/Imaging DesignLine Forum.