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Samsung was the no. 2 LCD TV manufacturer during Q4 2007.

LCD vs. CRT  (Source: Business Wire)
Report puts Sony LCD TVs as top brand with Samsung a close second

DisplaySearch released a report this week that shows for the first time ever LCD TV shipments outpacing CRT TVs worldwide in Q4 2007. According to the report, global TV shipments grew 21% quarter to quarter and 5% year to year. The total number of TVs shipped was nearly 200 million units worldwide.

2007 was the first year where TV revenues exceeded $100 billion with Q4 2007 revenues alone counting for $32.9 billion of that number. DisplaySearch says that LCD unit share grew worldwide, but the strongest growth in LCD unit share was seen in Europe. Developing nations showed the greatest increase in LCD unit share with Latin America, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa rising a combined 106% year over year.

CRT TV shipments fell from 77% of global TV shipments in Q1 2006 to 46% of global shipments in Q4 2007. LCD made impressive gains against rear projection TVs and Plasma TVs as well.

LCD TV share increased from 44% to 65% year over year while plasma dropped from 40% to 31% and rear projection TV dropped from 16% to 3%. That massive drop in rear projection was no doubt helped by Sony pulling out of the rear projection market in 2007.

DisplaySearch says that Sony was the number one brand of LCD TV in Q4 2007 with 19.5% of the market. Samsung followed in a very close second place with 19.3% of the LCD TV market. Philips was a distant third with 10.1% of the LCD market with Sharp sitting at the same 10.1% share. The fifth place company was LG with 7.7% of the market.

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RE: An extra tidbit
By melgross on 2/20/2008 1:54:39 PM , Rating: 2
Last month I bought a Samsung 6189S. This 61" 1080p DLP with the second generation LED light engine, with three HDMI 1.3 inputs (plus component, S-video, etc), has a tremendous picture.

After a bit of tweaking the color, contrast, etc. It's about the best I've seen.

While like all DLP's, the vertical angle isn't perfect, in that moving up and down does change the color a bit, it's not nearly as bad in that respect as an LCD is. The horizontal angle is very large. No difference at all moving to the sides of the room. That's something you can't do with an LCD.

You can select from standard color gamut, sRGB (the hi def standard) wide band, and deep color (xvYCC), good if your source outputs it.

It weighs 74.5 pounds, and is 14.5 inches deep, but the edges are very shallow, so unless you move to the side, it looks about three inches deep.

It runs on GNU Linux, and has a USB port for firmware upgrades or for watching photos.

There's a lot more.

I know I sound like a salesman, but this is really good. I paid $2700 total from Crutchfields (though if you call them, you may get it cheaper), who will bring it up stairs, if required, set it up on your console, and even plug the cables in, if you need it (though you do have to buy them).

They also give 30 day replacement, and lifetime tech support.

Right now rear projection is the best buy for larger sizes, and the LED light engine is said by Samsung to last for 20,000 hours, or 9 years at 6 hours a day, more than enough for me, as I don't plan of having it for 9 years.

RE: An extra tidbit
By KristopherKubicki on 2/20/2008 2:05:44 PM , Rating: 2
I have the same TV. It's totally fantastic.

RE: An extra tidbit
By melgross on 2/20/2008 3:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I had made this audio/video cabinet out of aluminum extrusions, and tropical hardwoods (VERY strong). It's 66.5 inches wide. I was going to get the Samsung 7289S (72") instead, which is almost exactly 66.5 inches wide itself, but Crutchfields doesn't carry that model, and it weighs a lot more.

This one is great, but the bigger size would have been a bit better at the 14 foot viewing distance we need.

RE: An extra tidbit
By KristopherKubicki on 2/20/2008 4:14:01 PM , Rating: 2
I got the Samsung branded stand -- it's expandable for most of the 50 through 72" models. Cab would have been better, but I move around a lot so I didn't want to settle with something that would only work in my current residence.

Would love to see the carpentry. If you get a chance I'd love to see a picture of it.

RE: An extra tidbit
By Mojo the Monkey on 2/20/2008 2:07:16 PM , Rating: 2
I would have to agree with the new DLP. I just helped put in a new 67" DLP from Samsung. That sucker weighed only 90 pounds (its MUCH less than you think when you look at the screen) and the footprint (rear and below-screen) was a shocker too. And the blues.... good god the blues. Very vivid.

It would be my first choice if my wife wasnt concerned about the TV being "too big". Have you ever heard such nonsense!?!

RE: An extra tidbit
By phattyboombatty on 2/20/2008 2:44:04 PM , Rating: 2
My wife was the same way when I was first in the market for a big screen. I ended up getting a 50" Samsung DLP (after a lot of arguing from my wife that a screen that size was unnecessary). Not too long afterwards, she got accustomed to the screen size and now wants something larger.

RE: An extra tidbit
By Hieyeck on 2/20/2008 3:29:48 PM , Rating: 2
Quick, it's your one chance to say "I told you so"

RE: An extra tidbit
By Spuke on 2/20/2008 3:36:09 PM , Rating: 2
Interestingly, my wife was the one that suggested we get our 56" DLP because our old 27" looked too small against the wall in our family room.

RE: An extra tidbit
By melgross on 2/20/2008 3:37:10 PM , Rating: 2
My wife didn't understand the need either. But when it arrived, she liked it so much that she had us do a Superbowl party. She never watches football (fortunately we're in NYC, and the Giants were in it).

Last week, she wanted to watch the Datona 500, which we did, all afternoon and into the evening, She HATES car races!

I'm wondering what we'll watch next.

RE: An extra tidbit
By bryanW1995 on 2/20/2008 8:39:00 PM , Rating: 2
deep throat in hd?

RE: An extra tidbit
By elessar1 on 2/21/2008 9:13:26 AM , Rating: 2
<old over abused joke>

In soviet russia, deep throat hd's you!!!!

</old over abused joke>

RE: An extra tidbit
By Oregonian2 on 2/20/2008 3:45:07 PM , Rating: 2
While like all DLP's, the vertical angle isn't perfect, in that moving up and down does change the color a bit, it's not nearly as bad in that respect as an LCD is. The horizontal angle is very large. No difference at all moving to the sides of the room. That's something you can't do with an LCD.

We went for the best PQ and went plasma (a Panasonic 58" one). It can be looked at nearly from the edge w/o any problem whatsoever -- still looking great. Not only side to side but up/down as well.

Although plasma is losing overall marketshare, it's actually growing -- its more a matter of LCD growing faster, and that's where the bulk of the sales are (Plasmas dominate the larger screen sizes where things like 32" ones that sell like hotcakes are LCD only).

Plasmas do weigh more than LCD's, but our new 58" Plasma still weighed less than the 32" Sony CRT TV that it replaced. :-)

RE: An extra tidbit
By melgross on 2/20/2008 3:49:06 PM , Rating: 2
There is a slight vertical change, but not much. There is no horizontal change at all moving from one side of my 16 foot wide living room to the other. That's whether I'm five feet in front of the set, or twenty five feet away.

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