My a650 Sammy DLP just lost the bulb for the 2nd time in as many months AND the ballast went this time too.
So I WAS trying to hold out for the rumored Apple iTV. But I had no choice.
This is my main viewing tv but not my game room tv (vt25). So I wanted good. But didn't need top end. I was leaning toward the st30 but bc of all the green blob issues I opted for the LG 5300 since it comes with a blu ray player (good value, not that I need it). Best Buy was out however. So I talked to the sales guy who was extremely knowledgable and respectful of my knowledge. He understood what I was looking for and suggested I grab their last 55st30 since he'd only seen one returned for the green blobs. Figured that I already have 5 pairs of panny glasses. Should be good.
Just got it set up and I am happy to report that the picture is phenomenal (knock on wood). No blobs as of now (build date Dec 2011). Blacks are very nice and inky. No buzz on whites like the vt. Colors look great in cinema with contrast and brightness at 50 for break in. the best way to describe them isn't "pop" but very rich and deep. I dig it.
For the vt25 is used slides for 150 hours. For this one since my kids "need" it now. I'm opting to run it straight aside from the pic settings adjustment. I've been an advocate of break in slides but I guess now I'll find out if it matters. If I does and I should have done it, I'll be fine bc I got the warranty as a safety net
. Yeah, yeah, I like um aight? lol.