Originally posted by videobruce
Just what was the deal breaker against the HLP?
I also posted these comments in the HLP vs. Mits DLP thread earlier:
My Decision and Why... ETC!
Over the last year I have owned 50" Sony LCD, 55" Philips LCoS (Currently) and have been researching Sammy HLP's and Mits 525 forums for over a month now and I have decided to go with the Mits 62525. Tweeter is allowing me to swap out my defective LCoS at original purchase price (thank god) for a new set. Below are my basic reasons for going with the Mits:
-All the HLP threads I have viewed are frought with people experiencing a high volume of problems: Blinking light problem, Sets dead on arrival, ballast replacements, and the customer service people were experiencing though Sammy seemed less that great, and in some cases just downright horrible.
- 525 problems seem much fewer and farther between. Plus it appears that Mits is handling these problems quite well- For the "Reset Problem" for instance, Mitsubishi sends a compact flash card to the consumer which they can use to fix/upgrade the tv themselves!
- I have compared them side by side in Tweeter and the 525 was brighter, had more features and an overall sharper picture. I was originally concerned that SD viewing on the Mits might really bring out the worst in the picture. I have had some people refer me to the HLP because of a smoother picture for this type of viewing. However, since I got an HD DVR box last week, I have watched very little SD programming and the SD programming I do watch doesn't look that bad (on a crappy snowballed, LCoS mind you) so I am not too worried.
- I am an avid X-box gamer (duh) and it definitely appears that the Mits handles X-box signals superior to the Sammy HLP's ; fast movements and pans are handled very well, and the picture on the Mits is clear, bright and striking
- While the reflective screen was a slight issue, it is probably best that I have some sort of protective screen. Whereas the Sammy's cannot be removed, I am worried about my dog and parties at my house which could bring irreparable damage to an HLP screen. Plus the Mits screen is simple to remove in a 3 step process. I also can contol my home theater ambient lighting pretty well, and it is not distracting on my reflective LCoS: Im not too worried.
-One HDMI and 2 component inputs were concerning at first but I will probably only use three inputs anyways: DVD (via HDMI; looking for DVD Player recommendations by the way), X-Box (component 1) and HD-DVR box (component 2). Plus, who knows how the firewire inputs might come into play in the future I'm hopeful.
-The Compact Flash slot is a real plus as I also maintain a Digital photography business and this is a very seamless way to display photos to clients and friends alike.
-Size and weight of Mits was a concern as I live in a one bedroom apt. However, it will fit, and I don't plan on moving into any SMALLER apt's or houses in the near future.
- I should be getting my set in the next 7 or so days so I will keep you all informed of my experience with the set and will post photos as well.
I hope this has been helpful!