[QUOTE=Albert;2180613]I see people clammoring over audio quality just as much as they do video quality. As a matter of fact, I have not run across 1 person yet that has NOT had a dedicated audio setup or that has NOT had the intentions to purchase one down the road.
Do not forget that a lot of blu-ray movies are now coming out with even higher quality audio. For example, there are newer revisions of Dolby and DTS technology coming out to further immerse the end user in what he or she is watching.
I can understand that users will look to all-in-one sets as being convenient. However, at the moment serious users will look elsewhere for higher quality monitors, higher quality audio solutions, and higher quality players. In these times, people want to get the best bang for their buck and get an investment that they’ll be happy with for a long time. And since the HDTV and associated market is still pretty much a niche market, most of the users you encounter will only want the best. An all-in-one just will not be able to compete well as of right now. Later in the life of HD, it’s totally possible that users will feel comfortable with all-in-one units. But much like with the advent of DVD players, and VHS players, and so on and so forth, it is just too early to have these all-in-one units out.
There is one more thing: no one manufacturer will be able to do the best of all worlds. That’s part of the reason why serious users want to be able to pick their own stuff; they acknowledge that company A is good for the television, company B is good for the player, company C is best in audio, etc. There would be disappointed users out there, and at this stage, there’s not enough room to toy around with the idea of offering an inferior experience in any department. And since there would be one weak area for every set out there, users would try to compensate by still getting more equipment, losing the appeal of an all-in-one.
[Note I do understand that Sharp is coming out with a few combo units. But also note that they will only be a few combo products in a market full of traditional units, and that Sharp knows what they’re doing by not just diving in with a full range of products that attempt to do everything].[/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=MysticEyes;2181101]Not so. What helped made DVD such a wonderful format was the inclusion of Dolby Digital 5.1 (and later DTS). Good video is only half of the experience. And unless you missed it a large part of Blu-Ray development has been centered around the sound.[/QUOTE]
Ok, so instead of having huge speakers all over the living room, why don’t these companies develop HD wireles head phones that deliver the same quality sound? Wouldn’t that be the kingpin of hd sound?