I just want to say thank you to all the people who have posted in this thread and helped me make a good decision. After much debate, I went out and got the HLS-5687W yesterday and holy crap am I a happy camper! I switched out from a Sony 36" XBR CRT (480p) from 2002. I was going to get one of these about a month ago, but then I read about the LED set and started drooling. However, once the date was pushed to July, price was $1000 more, and since it is v1.0 of a new system, I figured the extra warranty on the 87 series would quell my fears on any color wheel/lamp issues and same me some $$$.
Picked it up at a local Circuit City - got the last one - like other posters, they met me half way on the TVA power buy price as long as I got a warranty, and did the financing thing. I got a stand too, and that helped them distribute the discounts. As i understand it, they will replace up to 2 bulbs in the 5 year span, so it more or less pays for itself - the extra bit covers the invaluable "peace of mind" aspect
I was actually going to get the HL-S5087W, but after working prices with the salesguy, the 56" was only a little bit more than the 50". PM me if you want to know prices, don't want to violate rules here on my first post.
I kinda went crazy and picked up the Xbox 360 & HD DVR (H10-250) at the same time - damn u 0% financing!- First Impressions -
Installation - this thing is so light - the only reason u need 2 people is because of the bulk.First power-up
It also makes a little chime sound when it turns on - kind of a nice touch (you can disable in setup screen). Screen comes up in 10-15 sec, is very dim for the first 30 sec-1min but after that... The screen is BRIGHT! DNIe is set to off. Dropping brightness doesn't decrease intensity of the whites and i can't find the dimmer knob for the lamp, but i'm not complaining - i just moved the couch back a bit more Standard Def (SD)
I've got some work to do on the existing DirecTV dish for HD programming, but for now i have the old TiVO (Sony SAT T-60) hooked up via S-Video and it looks awesome. Screen scaling works great - all filled in and really clean. I don't notice any pin cushioning at this time when in 4:3 mode.Rainbows? Naw...
Sin City happened to be on last night and it looked great even in SD. If it wiggled my eyes like it drank 20 cups of coffee, sweeping my focus left-right-up-down all over the screen many many times a second, I guess I could see rainbows, but I sure as hell couldn't see the movie if I did that, so no rainbow issues!High Def (component)
Xbox 360 via Component set to 1080i - this is unbelievable. My neighbor caught a glimpse through the window just as I turned it on for the first time and put in PGR 3. He immediately came in and said "WOW! Can I play?" and didn't leave for a good half hour until his wife called him to dinner. Games took up pretty much the rest of the night when some friends showed up.
Gonna go pick up some cables from monoprice for PC (DVI to HDMI) & HD DVR - Unreal Tournament 2004 is going to be so nice on this screen!
I already have an older DVD player with component out but haven't put that in yet as we were all distracted by Xbox last night. I'm debating the up-converting DVD player - probably get my roomate to buy that
. If that happens, I suppose i will get that calibration DVD from Amazon and make the screen super pretty.
Again, thank you to the many people who have made the plunge before me and for those who are still debating the Samsung 87 Series - GO GET IT, YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED!