This is my first post, after reading several threads over the years for electronics advice. Thanks for that, btw.
I have been going through some trouble recently with Samsung DLP televisions and amazon.com, though it should be noted that I am far from without blame. See, it all started when I ordered a brand new HLT5087SAX and thought, "Wow, that's beautiful! Now make it bigger." So, I promptly sold that television on Craigslist for exactly what I had paid, and then ordered the HLT5687SAX instead. I bought this one refurb'd, to offset the cost of upgrading screen size. I actually wound up paying about the same as I had last time for the smaller set.
The 56-incher is downstairs right now, was delivered yesterday, and doesn't work! Ack!
Now, Samsung is going to try to fix it. The diagnosis (in house) is free, but I don't know if the repair will be. If it costs any money at all to fix, I'll likely pass and send the thing back to amazon.com for full refund. This does remain to be seen however, so I should probably wait before making this post, but oh well.
"Both of those are LED-based. This is the thread for lamp-based", you're thinking. I know.
The thing is, if I sent that TV back, I want to keep my 56" screen, but I also want to keep my sub-$1400 budget. That means television number 3 will have to be the HLT5676S. So, my question to you all is, am I sacrificing all that much by switching to lamp-based instead of LED? So far, I've been going with LED because technologically, it is supposed to be superior. The ways in which LED is supposed to be better than lamp, as I understand them, are as follows...
* The lamp takes longer to power up.
* The lamp will eventually die, and require replacement.
* The lamp requires a fan, which is audible.
* The lamp uses a color wheel, which may create a rainbow effect.
Now, to counter those points, if I'm not mistaken...
* Though longer, it really doesn't take all that much time to power up.
* The lamp won't die for several years, so why worry about it now?
* Though audible, the fan is still quite quiet.
* Only a few people can see the rainbow effect, and maybe I won't be one of them.
That said, it seems like no big deal if I had to "downgrade" to a lamp set instead of an LED one. In fact, using the word "downgrade" almost doesn't even seem fair (although, it is undeniably cheaper, so I suppose the word is still appropriate). Nevertheless, I had wanted to ask people who have the HLT5676S. So, what made you decide to go the lamp route? And, are you happy you did?
Thank you for reading this, and even more so for responding to it. =)