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Old 08-05-2008, 12:35 PM
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Originally Posted by CarbonJoe View Post
You owe it to yourself to check out the LED light engine DLP sets. As stated above, the LED engine is rated for the lifetime of the TV.

If you are considering a TV over 50", there is no better bang for the buck than the Samsung LED DLP set. Ever check out the prices for 60" and up plasma or LCDs?
I went with the Samsung 56" DLP. I have kids and the screen can take the hands of kids!! as far as repairs go, I can replace the bulb myself unlike the old projection TV's nor do I need to align anything.
I've had mine for a while with no problems and I have a friend with one for 5+ years and he had to replace the bulb. I don't have to worry about burn in either.
I was told the LCD is better than the plasma in the long run, just make sure it has white wash for the screen. That way if you start to get burn in, you can correct it.
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Old 08-05-2008, 12:59 PM
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With the LED light engine in the newer Samsung DLPs, not only do you never have to change a bulb, there is also no fast spinning color wheel to fail. Quieter, too.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:39 PM
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I don't guess there is anyway to upgrade an old bulb DLP to LED. A friend of mine has an older one. He loves the picture but is tired of popping bulbs.
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Old 08-05-2008, 01:50 PM
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Short of buying a new set, no. The LED light engine is a "module", not just a bulb (as stated before, no color wheel either). The picture quality with a 1080p HD source (or Blu-Ray) is outstanding.
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:42 PM
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Originally Posted by Stratus Racer View Post
Thank you everyone for your input. I really do appreciate the help.

I have read up on them and it seems that the picture quality is far greater on a plasma but the burn-in is a big problem. I had people tell me to just get a LCD because even if it doesn't have comparable color quality like plasma, there are no problems with them. I also read that in fast moving picture that LCD is a bit slower than plasma. Can anyone shed light on this? Is it really noticeable?

It is most noticeable during fast moving sports or movies, it has been addressed and solved by most high end manufacturers, just look for the TV to have a 120hz refresh rate instead of the std 60hz.

DLP is out of the question because of the durability of it. I can't see myself having it repaired/a lamp replaced every other year. I will rather pay the extra and be happier. The picture quality is also not as good as plasma or LCD.

While I am not a huge proponent of DLP TVs durability is really only an issue if you leave your set on all the time, bulbs should last 2000hours+, they are uslaully around $300 to replace. They do have one big advantage, cost. You can pick up a 70" DLP for the price of a 46" LCD, that may not sound like a lot but a 70" has about 40% more area than a 46" , Their picture rivals that of a plasma but the off axis veiw is not as good. IMO the mitsubishi DLPs have a picture rivaled only by the pioneer plasmas.

These are my choices in that order:
  • Samsung LCD
  • JVC LCD
  • Sharp LCD

Still hoping to check out:
  • Panasonic
  • Pioneer
  • Toshiba
  • Hitachi
  • RCA

Discouraged by picture quality:
  • Vizio
  • Magnavox

I have a love affair with Panasonic. I have never had a problem with trheir products. I have to look at their LCDs. Hopefully they make what I am looking for.

Sony has great picture quality but I've had too many problems with their products. Sony car stereos, CD walkman, and a home stereo have all had problems when items were relatively new.

As for TVs the pioneers plasmas are the tops but they have a price to reflect that, Our shop sells a lot of hitachi, toshiba and samsung but one of our favorite TVs and one I don't see it on your list is a LG. We have hung over a 150 LGs in the last 2 years and not one call back, can't say that about any of the others.

In the end remember you get what you pay for. Most understand that lots of the cost differences in TV is related to electronics inside but on plasmas and LCD tv the high cost of the upper end TVs comes from the glass pane in front. A company can spend thousands on the glass and glass coating to help magnify brightness and stop reflection, if anyone has ever bought a Leopold or Swarovski scope know what I mean
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Old 08-05-2008, 07:03 PM
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Old 08-08-2008, 03:37 AM
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42'' Samsung Plasma for me, nothing beats watching motor racing on such a clear concise screen. In fact when I'm at work, I miss my tv thats how much I love it.....I wonder why the missus left me?
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update on the broken colorwheel, it had become worse to where it wouldnt even turn on

the tv guy came and fixed it, the busted one was shattered!


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update on the broken colorwheel, it had become worse to where it wouldnt even turn on

the tv guy came and fixed it, the busted one was shattered!


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Originally Posted by jatodriver93 View Post
update on the broken colorwheel, it had become worse to where it wouldnt even turn on

the tv guy came and fixed it, the busted one was shattered!
That's why I waited and got the LED Engine DLP. No bulb to burn out, no color wheel. Fast turn on time, too.
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Old 08-18-2008, 07:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jatodriver93 View Post
update on the broken colorwheel, it had become worse to where it wouldnt even turn on

the tv guy came and fixed it, the busted one was shattered!

What the heck was that thing? Looks like an old party light I used to have. No seriously, it did!
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