Hi all. I've been a lurker here for a while now and find this thread quite informative. As I am anxiously awaiting a reimbursement check for a dead RCA DLP, I've really been looking at the HLxx650 and 750's. I'm almost afraid to buy another RP DLP but I love the PQ and find the glare on most plasmas annoying and LCD motion blur atrocious. Trying to make the best educated purchase decision, I must pose a few questions and/or thoughts here.
Parts availabilty.... According to the complete parts list at samsungparts.com there are quite a few items that are listed as the dreaded "no longer available". This is what killed my RCA, should I be worried for a Sammy? One item in the list is:Part Number: BP91-02112F Division: TV Description: ASSY ENGINE
Stock Availability: No longer available
Price: not available Specification 56 A650,DC4
The descriptions are rather vague but could this be the main light engine assy?
As a side note, could it be that these sets actually do have the DarkChip4 DLP? When looking up various parts, within the specifications it lists "DC4" for the replacement DLP unit also for the "engine assy" as listed above. Could it be, or is it a typo. The specs on samsung.com doesn't specify it, or at least that I've seen.Part Number: 4719-001997 Division: TV
Description: DLP Stock Availability: Item usually ships in 3-5 business days.
Price: $289.35 Specification: 1920x1080/xHD5,0.65"/ DC4,Type X Non
It's really a great time of year to buy a new TV with all the holiday sales abound, but one can get so overwhelmed and sometimes even confused to what's out there. I'd really like to get the HL61A750 LED based set, but it's just outside of our budget and I'm finding awesome deals on the 650 series. I just want to make sure I'm not sitting here a year or 2 later without a TV for 50 plus days due to a breakdown and no parts availabilty.
I'm a gamer, but the wife watches movies on a regular basis. For the kids it's Spongebob 24-7
I'm looking for the most bang for the buck and the most enjoyable viewing experience. Our 7 y/o has special needs and is legally blind (yes he can see, but perhaps not like you or I) so the big TV is essential. Also part of the reason I don't want to deal with glare from a plasma or blur from an LCD.
One more thing. Has anyone considered adding an external fan (such as a PC case cooling fan) to their DLP set's lamp door cover or vent area? I wonder if it would provide enough air flow to perhaps give the lamp unit a significant enough temp drop to extend the lamp's life? Or would it pose another problem by introducing more dust into the lamp area?