[citation][nom]sporkimus[/nom]Correct me if I'm wrong, but I thought when they started talking about producing OLED TVs, they were supposed to be cheaper to manufacture than LCD/LED which in turn meant the retail prices would be lower. A price range of $4-$8k doesn't exactly sound like the consumers will be saving anything.[/citation]Yes, you are correct in that they will be much easier to manufacture than LCDs, and probably any existing display technology. Specifically, there are at least a couple of companies that are working on a printing process that manufactures OLED sets with DuPont, in particular, having announced that they perfected a process that will print a 50" display in under 2-minutes
. DuPont has also licensed that technology to a unnamed major Asian manufacturer, and is building a pilot plant in New Jersey to produce large OLED displays. As the technology matures, I think it is reasonable to assume that manufacturing costs will drop very rapidly.
As a bit of a background, when plasma and lcd sets in that size first appeared, they were on the order of $15K - $20K US. For OLED to come into the market at under $8K is truly amazing in the context of the emergence of "advanced" display technologies. Some are predicting price parity with LCD by the end of 2013
which, if it actually occurs, will also be an amazing feat as LCD / plasma took something like 10+ years to get to their current prices.
So, anyone who does not have the $$ at this time to drop on one of these, LG's, or Panasonic's announced OLED entries
when they first come out, should, IMHO, wait a year. My bet is that in that year's time, the price is going to drop drastically.
IMHO, OLED is the future of display technology, and the next few years will be exciting from the display standpoint.