Originally Posted by janno25
I'm new to this thread and was hoping someone could help. I am looking to buy a tv soon and am really considering the Samsung HL-S6187W or 5687W. I do not know anything about tvs and don't quite understand everything you guys discuss. Can someone put it simple for me? Are these good tvs, Do you recommend the extended warranty, how long are they expected to last? The salesman at CC was not very helpful. He basically told me that none of the DLP or LCD lasts longer than 2 to 5 years! That seems ridiculous to me. I actually was leaning towards the Sony XBR but the other thread scared me off.
Also, does anyone have any advice about where to purchase. I was comparing CC & BB but on-line seems to give you a better deal. I was looking at VANNS - free SH and no tax but I don't know how their follow-up service is. Someone please help!!! I have been watching a 20" TV from a distance of 15 feet. My eyes are hurting me!!
I sympathize. I know how overwhelming all this can be to someone new to the HDTV world. I'll try to help.
Yes, these are good TVs, but not flawless. DLPs, like all the new technologies (LCD, LCoS, Plasma, etc.), is in it's infancy and has its problems. The salesman at CC is in the ballpark. We've gone from TVs that cost $300 and last 10 to 15 years, to TV's that cost $3000 and last 3 to 5 years. I don't know if HDTVs will ever get back down to the $300 mark, but as the technologies mature, they will probably last considerably longer. However, I'll be pushing up daisies by the time that comes to be.
Where to purchase? OY! There are a lot of options. Most of them have conflicting stories. I bought my HL-S5687 from TVAuthority.com
, and had virtually no problems whatsoever. Others have reported a variety of problems. I suspect the same situation exists for just about every vendor available, including CC, BB, and Vanns. Do your homework, but you will not find a vendor that has satisfied everybody. Be sure you know and understand the vendors return policy, and how any problems will be handled.
Extended Warranty. I do not believe in extended warranties, and have never bought one...................................................until I bought an HDTV with one of these new technologies. I would not buy an HDTV today without an extended warranty. Again, do your homework. You can find apparently decent extended warranties for reasonable prices.TelevisionWarranties.comTVAuthority Warranties
I have a Repairmaster warranty from TVAuthority, but have not had occasion to use it, so I cannot say the warranty works as advertised. But, I sure feel better having it.