Samsung R6168W DLP tv, purchased from Abes of Maine on October 27, 2005, along with a Samsung stand, three year in-home extended warranty, and bulb replacement warranty (I think the warranties were bundled). I paid exactly $4385, no sales tax and shipping included, for the TV, both warranties, and the stand. I have an image of the receipt, I scan all documents and store on my Mac Pro computer.
The DLP blew a color wheel in 2009, and thankfully was still in warranty by like two weeks. When I say blew, I mean blew: shards went everywhere inside the cabinet. You could see one shard on the image/screen. Made my money on the warranty, because it was a real, real bitch to get the color wheel assembly fixed, in part because it was difficult to procure a brand new color wheel assembly, and they had difficulty cleaning out all the wheel shards. It took something like two months to fix it, including one failed attempt with yet another color wheel that failed during one repair attempt. No exaggeration. I swore off any new DLP sets after that, but we still used the Samsung for years.
First bulb lasted long time. But TV now seems to eat bulbs, was starting to replace them every 18 months or so. On acquisition price alone, cost of ownership was $625 per year for around seven years. Add in the bulbs, and probably looking at approximately $690 per year.
I will say one thing about this Samsung DLP, it held up decently under a lot of use. On a fair number of nights, the TV stayed on through the night, or we'd go out to dinner and just leave it on. I'm sure this ole' Samsung saw many 12+ hour days of use, simply because we put it on and left it on. Other than bulb replacement, we did zero regular maintenance. I think that's pretty good in today's throwaway society.
We've now graduated to Panasonic's VT50 plasma line. Am very happy to be making the switch to thin form factor direct display technology. No more DLP or bulky cabinets for us.
Edited by SequiturNon - 6/18/12 at 4:17am