Pioneer to Leave Flat Panel Market

Posted in General on February 15th, 2009 by tht

We all remember seeing those Pioneer Elite TVs and flat panels.  Long considered one of the better sets traditional consumer shopping could get,  (Of course Custom Installers and Designers such as THT can get these and greater quality level sets.) announced that it will be concentrating on its car market and leaving the flat panel market.

Is this a sign that flat panel prices margins have leveled and are decreasing?  The realization that newer technologies will replace plasma technologies within the next few years?

Probably a combination of these and more.

Walking through a store the other day, I saw tens of plasmas and LCDs.  All varying in price, size, options, etc.

How can anyone make an informed decision, some differences are obvious, you will pay more for a larger set vs. a smaller one.  However, when faced with two plasmas, the same size, but different manufacturers, and varying price points (sometimes hundreds or thousands of dollars apart) how is one to know what to do.

It kind of like when you go car shopping, if you go to a Toyota dealership, you wouldn’t expect to see Mercedes there.  So if you go to a Best Buy, you will probably see Toyotas, Hondas, Subarus all lined up.  How can you choose?  If you had some Lexus, Mercedes, or Cadillacs mixed in there, those models probably wouldn’t move simply because people are being compared mostly on a price value, which they will always lose.

So who can blame Pioneer?  Not me.


Online CE Holiday Sales Fall for the First Time

Posted in General on January 5th, 2009 by tht

With the winter wind still blowing, and the holiday sales over, it looks like online CE sales fell for the first time.

Most stores recorded a decline in sales, with the lone exception being Wal-Mart.

This coupled with an all time low consumer confidence, made for a bleak season.

However, we at Total Home Technology are please that our custom electronic design and installation solutions are still in demand.

You wouldn’t build a house without an architect, you wouldn’t put a bathroom in without a plumber, and you wouldn’t and shouldn’t design and install a home theater or control system without a professional.

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Plasma and LCD Price Fixing

Posted in General on November 13th, 2008 by tht

 LG Display Co., Sharp Corp. and Chunghwa Picture Tubes Ltd were found guilty of price fixing for they monitors and television units.

The “crystal meetings” as they are becoming known for, ran from 2001 to 2006.

Fines levied were $585 million dollars.

So what does this mean for consumers…  We should hope this will truely drive prices again where competition, supply and demand determine the price.

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Tweeter Files for Bankruptcy…..Again…

Posted in General on November 6th, 2008 by tht

Tweeter once again filed for bankruptcy….

Assets and Debt are about 1/3 less than the last time they filed, which was less than 2 years ago.

Stay tuned for this ongoing saga…

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Circuit City and Tweeter Issues…

Posted in General on November 5th, 2008 by tht

It has been reported that Circuit City is closing over 150 stores, and that Tweeter has been sold to a liquidator.

What does this mean?

It means that even the biggest of retailers may not be there for you.  Who do you deal with?  Where do you go for Audio and Video service?

We have been here to weather the storm, and you can always rely on a Custom Electronics Design and Installation company such as Total Home Technology to find the right solution for you.

We are not about selling thousands of plasmas… we are here to create solutions, and for a Home Life Made Easier (R).

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Remember Your Irrigation….

Posted in Help on November 5th, 2008 by tht

With winter fast approaching, this is just a friendly reminder to have your irrigation systems blown out by a professional irrigation company.

You don’t want water in those pipes when the ground starts freezing.


Preparing for the “Season”

Posted in General on October 20th, 2008 by tht

Now that the Red Sox are out of contention, what is the next excuse for getting that home theater.

Maybe its the Celtics, or perhaps an early start on the Holiday Season.

Either reason is respectable.

Trends this season include Blue Ray players that are really going to be more mainstream in price.  Is it worth it?  Perhaps.  Your TV may not have 1080p capability, but at least you can get some HD content.  The other option is still to get a scaling DVD player, or some other type of scaler.

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