Originally Posted by scatter
I currently have an HLN5065
Its 4 years old, running strong on the original bulb. No hdmi, but I run component in anyway.
So, how much have these new dlp units changed since then? Worth upgrading, or is there new better stuff within the next few years? I was also thinking of a lcd flatpanel, maybe 60"+. Is DLP still holding its own?
Very reasonable question to ask!
Price-wise the cost of a LCD flat panel >52" is excessive still for mainstream brand names (sony, samsung, sharp, toshiba) Expect to spend a lot of $$ for either a 57" or 65" LCD flat panel.
Since your HLN5065 has been out, you are now dealing with 1080P models with NTSC\\ATSC\\QAM Tuners compared to your HD ready 720P display with only a NTSC tuner. (you need the ATSC\\QAM to receive HD broadcasts)
The models are a bit less deep then yours. My 61" is only 14.4" deep versus your 50" is 17.5 " deep.
The newest models for either 2007 or 2008 offer a choice between bulb back light with color wheel, or the never needs changing LED back light engine with no color wheel and no visible RBE except to the rare few now.
You now have HDMI ports so you can use HD players inputing 1080P content. Also HDMI ports allow upscaling players to work up to 1080P (not the same as true HD media content, but a lot better then SD)
At this time I own a Samsung HLT-6189s and IMHO there is no 60" LCD flat panel to match it performance wise in the same price range. I also have a new Sony LCD flat panel in a another room and PQ is comparable, but the Large LED DLP has no motion artifacts when watching football games.
The 2008 HLxxA650/A750 all offer minor improvements over the 2007 series but they won't be available for several months, so your choice!