Yes, these are the same Samsung sets you referred to; and yes, they would be a bit expensive compared to CRT sets--that's if the list price holds. However somewhere on this forum I believe someone reported pre-ordering one for under $4,000 and I've seen lower prices advertised at on-line discounters.
You're right, its light source is something more than just a "Light bulb". It is reported to cost $200, which might seem expensive at first glance. But how much does a CRT cost when it goes? Moreover, the "bulb" is rated for 8 to 12,000 hours, which makes it quite low cost/hour compared to some other light sources. (Talk to the JVC DLA projector people who pay 75 cents an hour for their light sources.)
By the way, I'm not trying to sell these fLCD sets to anyone. I'm merely interested in them because if they perform well, then, with all their digial-chip advantages, they have all the features I want in my HT display. (I feel those heavy RPTV HD CRT sets are shortly going to go the way of the dinosaurs, though I might have to go for a direct view myself to carry me over until the chip-based systems come down a bit in price.)
More information on the 50 inch fLCD HDTV can be had athttp://www.digitalconnection.com/Hom...er/hlk506w.htm
Ranj: Your experience with that 40 inch set is indeed awful. You should take whatever steps are necessary to get the problem corrected ASAP. Samsung is a large multi-national corporation and is known to stand by their products, some of which are world-beaters. You should raise a real ruckus and get that defective set replaced. For sure your shouldn't just
swallow the loss. Document everything you've done or will do to get the problem rectified and then, if you receive no satisfaction, you have a right to take them to court and get your money back. Best of luck.