Originally posted by htwaits
That will take a while unless we get lucky.
My first post on the forum. Hello to all!
I specifically got the Samsung DLP HL-P5085W because I wanted to be able to use it as both the HD monitor for my home theater but also as a monitor for my computer. I am somewhat of a newbie to home theaters and to using computers as the hubs of my digitial entertainment, but it's fun. So, now I have a terrific HTPC, although my wife hates Windows Media Center Edition.
Here's my setup:
eMachines T3096 with MS Windows Media Center Edition 2004
GeForce MX220 video card with DVI out
Soundblaster MP3+ external USB digital audio device
Pioneer Surround System System 5.1 Dolby Digital
My major gripe is with Windows Media Center Edition. For some reason, getting digital audio output to my surround sound system was a pain in the rear, but I solved it using a $20 external USB sound device from Soundblaster. So, now I get digital audio for DVDs, Dolby Pro Logic II for music (sends it over 5.1 channels) through the computer. Visualizations on Media Player on the Sammy should be great for dance parties!
I have the DVI out on my video card hooked up to the DVI input on my Sammy. Looks great so far, but I will be playing around with the various resolutions soon. I tried it on RGB, but it only gets VGA resolution. With DVI, I get so much better resolution. I surf the Internet using a Gyration wireless mouse and keyboard (very cool!). I set up my display properties to clone, which means currently what you see on my 15" flat screen is also what you get on the Sammy. I will be playing around with those settings in the future as well, because I understand you can set the displays not to clone and that way, my wife and I can use the computer at the same time for different tasks.
So far I love the Sammy, although last night I tried to calibrate my settings using the AVIA DVD (which is a bit dated but reviews indicated it had the best test patterns). Maybe it's because I'm a newbie and video equipment, but I had a hard time getting the color stuff set (black and white levels were easy). I think I might try again, but if I can't get it to get rid of the green levels that others have been commenting on, I might spring for a professional calibration. Anyone know someone good in the Philly area who specifically knows about the HLP Sammy's, feel free to post or email me.
In general, very happy, especially since I got the Sammy TV on sale at Circuit City with 4 year warranty for $2500 (TV was $2100).