Ive got a Samsung 56" DLP set whose light engine is on its way out. Ive got white-dots galore and a fan-whine which even the neighbors complain about. Now that it's occasionally refusing to spin the fan up, I'm looking to replace this thing. After reading through the forums and catching up on technology (who knew that they'd be selling big LCD PC monitors as TVs?!) Ive decided that Plasma is the way to go. A quick trip to the local BestBuy confirmed that choice for me.
I only use my TV as a monitor. I feed it a single HDMI cable from my Yamaha RX-V3900 and thats it. All other functions are controlled through other boxes. I've got DirecTV for tuning and DVR functions, an AR Mediabridge for watching streaming DVDs and MP3s from my media server and a PC for web-browsing, all switched through the RX-V3900. I do not use the TV speakers at all.
Given this, the Plasma sets Im looking at (I like what Ive seen in the Samsung PN59B860) have alot of additional functions and features which I simply will not use. Is there a monitor-only version of these panels somewhere with the same video display quality but without all the tv-mediacenter-audio/amplification functionality that I am not using the unit for? I'd hate to spend more than I need to and get duplicitative functionality that will go to waste. I'd rather buy an oppo or some other toy I would use with that money instead...
Am I locked into a fully featured set inorder to get the best screen performance?
Thanks for your advice. I can't wait to get a new set. Ive been seeing DLP rainbows for *far* too long...