What a Difference a Year Makes

Just a quick post.  It’s been over a year since I last posted, and there have been significant changes in the HDTV market that it’s worth mentioning here.

Here are the most interesting tidbits:

  • 32-inch LCD screens are almost the same price as the US.  (Average price is PhP30,000 = $800; though if you factor in shipping and taxes, it comes out the same, I think)
  • Blu-ray won.  Though Blu-ray content is still not available in your average music/video store.  And those fake ones from your suking tiangge don’t count.
  • If you do want Blu-ray, the PS3 is still the cheapest Blu-ray player around.  The problem is, you still have to deal with region coding for your movie content.
  • 1080p upscaling DVD players are available, average price PhP5,500.  And you can choose either branded players (like Philips and the like), or the China-made players (like Next Base).
  • HDMI cables are available at CDR King for about PhP300 for 2 meters.  (On a side note, I don’t know how CDR King gets such cheap prices!)

So keep these things in mind when buying stuff for your home theater system.  That’s assuming that you still have disposable income for luxuries because of the oil crisis, of course.  🙂