The other day I was at BestBuy looking at stereo equipment (not the
greatest selection but some decent deals that I wanted to consider)
and, as is customary, I started wandering around the store to look at
all of the goodies. One thing that caught my attention was
the Samsung LED TVs. I've seen them before, and read about
them, but never really took the time to look at them closely before.
These are the TVs that are 3mm thick, which is pretty
amazing. My last TV was a 60" backlight LED that was about a
foot deep. At the time it was pretty impressive comapred to
the tube TV I had before that. We wanted to wall mount the TV
so I ended up getting an LED TV that is about 3 inches deep.
Thinking about LED TVs got me thinking about OLED TVs as well.
About a year ago I did a teardown on the Sony OLED TV.
This had an 11" screen and was about 3mm thick. But
it also had a base that contained all of the devices for controlling
the system. With the LED TVs they are 3mm thick, including
all of the devices. Maybe if the Sony TV had been larger it
would have had mor space to contain these parts, but it did not.
OLED is one of the technologies that was touted to be the
next revolution in TVs but very little has been done with it in that
application (although it has found a home in other systems like MP3
players). And now it seems that LED TVs are taking over the
mantel of being the next solution.
Interestingly, prices have started coming down on these sets quickly
already and are starting to reah price parity with LED and plasma TVs.
For example, I just jumped over to the Samsung site and the
Series 8 55" LED TV is $4K while the Series 8 52" LED TV is $3.3K.
Not a huge difference given that this is a new technology.
Although the LED TV is only 1.9" deep so they are getting
thinner and thinner all of the time as well.
So my question to you is "Will LEDs replace plasma and LED TVs in the
near future, are they going to co-exist, or is something else going to
come in and take over the industry?".