I purchased a Samsung HL-S5087 DLP TV in May of 2006. Was really happy with the set until about a month ago, when I noticed the picture getting darker and darker. I did some poking around on-line and what I found points to the lamp going bad. But here is what I don't understand. The lamp, as advertised, is supposed to last 8000 hours, I believe. That's a hell of a lot longer than 1 year, when the TV is on for about 4-6 hours a day. Also, while researching this on-line I read that if the TV is in Dynamic picture mode, this supposedly cuts the lamp's life span in half. How true is that? (I did switch it to Standard by the way, as soon as I read that) Another thing, if the lamp is dying, shouldn't the lamp indicator be on on the front of the TV? So the picture is getting darker and darker every day, it's almost unwatchable now.
Also, a couple days ago, I noticed another thing. There is a thick band going from the top of the TV all the way to the bottom. It's a little to the left of the center of the screen. It's almost see-thru, but very noticeable in bright scenes. I don't really know how to describe this band, unfortunately. But at first I thought maybe it was a shadow of something, but it isn't. It's definitely there on the screen on every channel.
I called Circuit City, and they are sending a tech next Wednesday to look at it.
Have you guys heard of these problems before.
Thank you very much.