Well...after reading all (and i mean ALL) of the pages in this thread, I'd figure I'd share my story so far. I am awaiting a 61" LED A750 today or tomorrow...but I'm getting ahead of myself...
I'll share my experiences so it may benefit (and amuse) others.
About 3 years ago, I built a Home Theatre Room (cave) in my basement...all for me (bless my wife). It was of course on a budget...It consisted of the following:
A ceiling mounted XGA (1024x768) Benq DLP projector with DVI hooked up to only my PC.
A white painted wall for the screen (real screens are a waste of money), black painted wood border with metal sides. The top and bottom masks are black velvet with magnets on the ends to allow for adjusting for different aspect ratios. The surround sound is 7.1 (from a PC source to an AMP).
This is watching a DVD with the lights on (16x9 normal).
This is with the lights off...
This is the widest aspect ratio...
This is the full image (projector is 4x3) with lights on...
Why am I showing you all this? One, because I wanted to show off a little...
Two, because having a set-up like this was way cool, so why change it???
Because after doing research 1 year ago, i brought my PC into a Best Buy here in town, to hook up to the SAMSUNG 56" LED DLP HLT-5687 TV(the previous generation I think), to check it out for myself, as i knew the store setups were horrible. After getting the settings the way i wanted there in store and testing EVERYTHING I could think of (I am PICKY) I was blown away!
I CHOSE to use this 56" TV over my 110" screen and projector (Having gone through 3 lamps and a colourwheel) because i loved the quality that much!
I wanted to get one, but BB had NONE left in stock anywhere here in Ontario (Canada). So i offered to buy the display model at a reduced price($1800, normal price at that time was $2200) with extended warranty (when they hear warranty they light up don't they?) for $300 (4 years) and a stand (FREE) for a total of $2100 before tax. At that time, an amazing deal!
Before you say DISPLAY MODEL????, understand i am an electronics technician (my workplace repairs TVs) so i know how the business of repair works...so to me the $300
was cheap to have a guaranteed working TV for 4 years. If something was going to mess up, the display model would do it BEFORE 4 years, and I would get a new TV from BB.
The TV was home the next day and worked great (except for the HALO problem that generation had, but not worth bringing in for repair..yet). I have it hooked up to my PC for everything: Games, HD Movies, Over-the-air TV in HD PVR, DVD, and as my full time monitor, etc.... using the HDMI3 input.
Here you can see it in action with my Car Racing.... cabinet???? thing??? in its early phase running NFS Pro Street in 1920x1080 on my PC.
And later i finished more or my Car Racing thing and put in a Logitech G25 Racing wheel with 5 speed shifter and clutch. (I can also use it for flight sims as well)
Heres'a another shot showing the seat i used from a Pontiac Sunfire (from a good condition car in a scrap yard for $25).When i don't use my "CAR", I slide off to the side of the room!
Well, after 1 year of wonderful use...my 56" started going wierd...sometimes it wouldn't turn on and i got the 3 LEDs flashing..or sometimes the picture would black out and the TV would not respond. Unplugging the TV for a while would get it working again, but after doing this a few weeks, it finally would not turn on at all. (Better to had the TV be consistant before calling Samsung).
Since it was before my 1 year of Samsung warranty (I still have to deal with them for the 1st year), they set it up with my workplace to repair the TV. The problem is the LED driver board, which they do not have in stock, and are backordered. This means they might never get the part. I had to wait a least 2 weeks after the part was ordered (3 weeks after i first called), before Samsung would make a decision of what to do. They finally got back to me after almost 4 weeks (and me calling them A LOT!), and said they no longer carry that size TV, which is why my file got stuck in paperwork for so long. I was persistent becasue my SAMSUNG part of the warranty was almost up. If they replaced this unit and something went wrong again, i would have to settle for BB replacing the TV under their warranty with an LCD (they dont carry DLP at all here anymore, only flat panels).
The Samsung rep asked if i would be able to settle for the 61" HL61A750 LED DLP instead..... I said sure, I guess....
I used my projector again (after 1 year of non-use) the 1st week of waiting, and loved it. But DAMN!!! the f'ing colourwheel shattered AGAIN!!!! So for the last 4 weeks ( of almost 5 weeks of no TV now), I've had nothing. No more projector as the cost isn't worth the repair.
So now the TV is on its way and should be here in the next day or two! After almost 5 weeks! And I'm still covered for 3 years at BB!
So over the weekend i had the sad duty of taking down my projector and the screen i built. The wall is fixed up and painted to look normal again.
If the A750 is much better than my 56", then these pics should give some people an idea of what they are looking for....
Thank you all for the great posts here... I went through EVERY page... can't wait for the new TV..i get 5 more inches, yay!!! How many guys can say that!