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Display: Samsung HL67A750 67" LED DLP 1080p HDTV
Blu ray/dvd player: PS3 80Gb
HDTV cable box: Rogers Scientific Atlantic Explorer 4250HD
CD player: Arcam Alpha 7se
A/V Reciever: Yamaha RX-V2600
Front Speakers: Castle Acoustics Chester II
Center Speaker: Castle Acoustics Keep II
Subwoofer: REL Acoustics R-305
Side Surrounds: Paradigm ADP-370
Back Surrounds: Paradigm Mini-Monitors
Speaker Wire: Cardas Crosslink 1s, biwired
HDMI and Optical cables: Monoprice generic
CD interconnect cable: Transparent Audio The Link 100
TV stand: Ikea Besta shelf units x3
Universal remote: coming soon
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post #2 of 28
hidef, welcome!

Very nice equipment choices!
post #3 of 28
hidefvics, nice setup, I am redoing my basement for a nice home theather, and am thinking about the Samsung LED DLP 67" as well. Can you post your thoughts on the set.
post #4 of 28
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The 67" Samsung LED DLP replaced a 56" Toshiba 56H80 rear projection which had a great 1080i picture. I did not have blu ray going through the Toshiba so i cannot comment on a 1080p comparison but as for 1080i the Samsung is an improvement in every regard except I don't think it creates as natural a picture as the Toshiba...things look a bit more "cartoony" on the Samsung. The only other complaint is that I can see a bit more "noise" on the Samsung in both HD cable tv and in blu ray playback and I'm not sure why that is maybe my HDMI cables? 1080p looks outstanding on the Samsung... with a very detailed, natural coloured picture with deep blacks. I have a 32" Toshiba Regza and a 50" Panasonic Plasma and the Samsung is my favorite out of the three and it makes the 50" Plasma look tiny.

HL67A750 positives:
-Size/Price ratio is unbeatable
-tons of picture settings to fool around with to optimize your preference
-great out of box colour, detail, black levels and very bright
-no colour wheel or bulb replacement
HL67A750 negatives:
-there is a slight hotspot for viewing angles both vertically and horizontally but nothing serious
-in a complete darkened room and when I am tired I have seen a few rainbow effects but nothing serious
-I did find a very tiny (1/2 size of a pencil eraser) circular smudge mark or piece of dust which is in between the screen that is noticiable on bright scenes. I tried cleaning it from the screen both inside the tv and on the outside with no luck. (I am the only one who sees it) so it is not a bother to me right now but I am scared of further debris (dust or whatever) to cause future such marks.

All in all, I am very impresssed with the Samsung. I could of purchased 2 of these 67 inchers for the price of my 50" plasma.
post #5 of 28
Do you remember the brand/model of the carpet? I am looking for flooring to finally finish my HT/bedroom/lounge. Your setup is really nice.
post #6 of 28
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Originally Posted by mondaycurse View Post

Do you remember the brand/model of the carpet? I am looking for flooring to finally finish my HT/bedroom/lounge. Your setup is really nice.

I may have the carpet spec/brand filed away...I will let you know. It is an awesome carpet (kinda looks like theatre carpeting)
post #7 of 28
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Originally Posted by hidefvics View Post

The 67" Samsung LED DLP replaced a 56" Toshiba 56H80 rear projection which had a great 1080i picture. I did not have blu ray going through the Toshiba so i cannot comment on a 1080p comparison but as for 1080i the Samsung is an improvement in every regard except I don't think it creates as natural a picture as the Toshiba...things look a bit more "cartoony" on the Samsung. The only other complaint is that I can see a bit more "noise" on the Samsung in both HD cable tv and in blu ray playback and I'm not sure why that is maybe my HDMI cables? 1080p looks outstanding on the Samsung... with a very detailed, natural coloured picture with deep blacks. I have a 32" Toshiba Regza and a 50" Panasonic Plasma and the Samsung is my favorite out of the three and it makes the 50" Plasma look tiny.

HL67A750 positives:
-Size/Price ratio is unbeatable
-tons of picture settings to fool around with to optimize your preference
-great out of box colour, detail, black levels and very bright
-no colour wheel or bulb replacement
HL67A750 negatives:
-there is a slight hotspot for viewing angles both vertically and horizontally but nothing serious
-in a complete darkened room and when I am tired I have seen a few rainbow effects but nothing serious
-I did find a very tiny (1/2 size of a pencil eraser) circular smudge mark or piece of dust which is in between the screen that is noticiable on bright scenes. I tried cleaning it from the screen both inside the tv and on the outside with no luck. (I am the only one who sees it) so it is not a bother to me right now but I am scared of further debris (dust or whatever) to cause future such marks.

All in all, I am very impresssed with the Samsung. I could of purchased 2 of these 67 inchers for the price of my 50" plasma.


THanks for the feedback, I was just showing my wife your post and we got a kick out of because we currently have the exact same Toshiba set that we are looking to upgrade. Its hard to justify because the Toshiba works great and has a awesome picture, but does not support 1080p and I want to go a tab bit bigger.
post #8 of 28
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Ya, I cashed in my airmiles for a PS3 so needed a 1080p capable tv to go along with it and although the Toshiba was a great tv (7 yrs old) and still had a fantastic picture I was due for a new one.

here are a few more pics of my basement...
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post #9 of 28
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here are a few more pics of my basement...

Very Nice Setup
post #10 of 28
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Originally Posted by hidefvics View Post

Ya, I cashed in my airmiles for a PS3 so needed a 1080p capable tv to go along with it and although the Toshiba was a great tv (7 yrs old) and still had a fantastic picture I was due for a new one.

here are a few more pics of my basement...


What did you do with your Toshiba? I was thinking about putting it on Craigslist but I am not sure what its worth.

I love your basement, it is pretty close to how mine looks. The wife and I are re-doing it so I will post pictures when it is done.
post #11 of 28
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I still have it and has been listed for sale on kijiji for $500 Canadian for the past 6 weeks with no takers...probably because it wieghs 325lbs
paid $5,000 for it 7 yrs ago.
post #12 of 28
Basement looks great. Next step, a good universal remote.
post #13 of 28
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Originally Posted by hidefvics View Post

I still have it and has been listed for sale on kijiji for $500 Canadian for the past 6 weeks with no takers...probably because it wieghs 325lbs
paid $5,000 for it 7 yrs ago.


That about what I paid back in 2001. My basement is very similar to yours, like I said the wife and I are re-modeling it, to be more of a home theater. Everyone is giving me crap for wanting the 67 LED DLP, but to get anything in that size (LCD/Plamsa) it would cost me a fortune and I don't want to go from a 57" down to anything smaller. Plus I am not keen on the idea of a projector. What sold you on the Samsung LED DLP?
post #14 of 28
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Originally Posted by jericko76 View Post

What sold you on the Samsung LED DLP?

#1 The discussions on this forum about the HL67A750 (mostly pertaining to picture quality)
#2 The cost per inch...wanted as big as possible with very good to excellent 1080p picture quality for the cheapest (I was originally hoping to get a 100" fixed screen and 1080p front projector)

basically, the Samsung was the largest 1080p display within my budget...

(using what I paid in Canadian pricing including taxes)
2001 56" 1080i Toshiba 56H80 Rear Projection CRT... $98 per inch (Basement, replaced with the Samsung)
2006 50" 1080i/720p Panasonic 50PX60U Plasma $96 per inch (Living Room)
2007 32" 1080i/720p Toshiba Regza LCD... $47 per inch (Bedroom)
2008 67" 1080p/1080i/720p Samsung HL67A750 LED DLP RP... $37 per inch (Basement)

2008 100" 1080p front projector and Stewartfilm fixed screen...would of been approx $90 per inch
post #15 of 28
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Originally Posted by mondaycurse View Post

Do you remember the brand/model of the carpet? I am looking for flooring to finally finish my HT/bedroom/lounge. Your setup is really nice.

here is the specification on my carpeting...

http://www.designerpages.com/product...9-fusion-50786

Product description
Manufacturer: Shaw Contract
style: fusion | 50786
color: koro | 86310
product type: broadloom
texture: pattern loop
fiber: 72% ECO SOLUTION Q PREMIUM BRANDED NYLON - 28% SPACE DYED NYLON
backing: classicbac
dye method: solution dyed
face weight: 30 oz.
warranty: ten year commercial limited warranty for classicbac backing system
collection:
post #16 of 28
Hello hidefvics.

Happy New year to you and family.

When you posted the first 2 photos, I thought, "Has potential! I wish he would attach some photos of the rest of the room."
And so you did. And I'm glad you did. The first two photos really didn't do your setup justice. What a great room. Love the color scheme. And the lay out is very clean and balanced.

You are very smart to go with the 67" Samsung LED DLP! No doubt, more bang for the buck!

The only thing I would change is the location of the media collection. IMO, The DVD's seem to compete with the DLP. But that's just me.
Other than that, beautiful arrangement. Oh yeah, the remotes! I can assure you that a good universal would make life so much easier. The efficiency alone would breathe new life into your setup! For me, my system is built around the capability of my remote.

If you've already invested in a universal, please disregard the last critique!

Regards.
post #17 of 28
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Originally Posted by ldgibson76 View Post

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The first two photos really didn't do your setup justice. What a great room. Love the color scheme. And the lay out is very clean and balanced.

I couldn't agree more, from the first two pics the room looks small!!! I'm glad you posted more photos, I totally dig the bar!! Very nice room indeed!
post #18 of 28
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Thanks for the compliments guys...here are some more shots (for some reason camera is not producing very good pics though)

Basement is 18' x 32' (not including the bar area)

-you may notice the receptacle and HDMI wire in the ceiling above the couch...one day.
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post #19 of 28
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Originally Posted by hidefvics View Post

Thanks for the compliments guys...here are some more shots (for some reason camera is not producing very good pics though)

Basement is 18' x 32' (not including the bar area)

-you may notice the receptacle and HDMI wire in the ceiling above the couch...one day.


Thanks again hidefvics for posting your basement. I hope you dont mind, but I using your pictures as a base for my basement. The wife and I just bought a new house and hate the basement. It does have alot of potential, already has a wet bar but it looks so outdated

Here is my current basement:
www.jericko.net before the remodel.
post #20 of 28
Wow, very impressive room hidefvics! I love the carpet, the contrasting dark color on the walls, and all the little details all around the room. I love the bar too (even though we don't drink). It seems you have the perfect setup for a nice big party with lots of friends.
post #21 of 28
Would you please comment on viewability from your side chairs. I am thinking about this set and worry about horizontal viewing angle. Tx
post #22 of 28
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There is minimal dropoff in light output when sitting in either of the chairs on the side...I found that vertical viewing position is more crucial in which you should obviously attempt to place the center of the screen at eye level.
post #23 of 28
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I took some of your advice and cleaned up my act...
Thanks to mtommy79 for the Ikea Besta shelving unit idea...looks alot better than before!
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Before
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post #25 of 28
awesome basement hidef! The HNIC clock is great! That is my only complaint about living in St. Paul (not getting HNIC on cable like I used to in Grand Forks, ND).
post #26 of 28
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Before
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After

Wow! What an improvement. It really looks nice now!


Regards.
post #27 of 28
I agree with ld (no surprise there), big improvement, hidefvics! It's amazing how much better it looks when the stand is wider than the TV on top of of it. I think horizontal equipment racks really work with widescreen TVs. So where did you put the DVDs, CDs, and action figures? It really looks a lot cleaner now, makes me wish that we had another spot to put our DVDs other than in the front corner, but there are just too many of them...
post #28 of 28
you need to get some buffalo sabers gear in there

nice room
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