Originally Posted by Astropin
I was bummed my DLP kept having what I consider to be frequent issues......I was very happy to discover I could get into a plasma as a replacement.
I know that early adopter Rear Projection Micro Display TVs whether they were DLP, LCOS, SXRD etc were less reliable than they shouuld have been and some people had horrendous luck with them. Mits is the only one still making rear projection but the sets have improved in terms of reliability, picture quality, and price dramatically over the years.
They still represent by far the biggest bang for the buck, and use the least energy. I would love to have an 84" Panny Plasma, but they are priced like a luxury automobile and they consume prodigous amounts of electricity. The extended warranties would probably be a small fortunes as well. Plasma is a good choice up to its practical (meaning ordirnary working people affordable) size limit at 65". 65" is way too small for my viewing distance so it is not even a consideration for me.
I still own two Samsung DLPs one a 2006 56" which I have placed in my mother-in-law's living room, and a 2008 HL72A650 which is now in my brother's living room. The old 56" did get a light engine under warranty and chugged along perfectly ever since. The 2008 72" set has never hiccupped in any way. It like all the other sets was way to small for my 14.5' viewing distance.
What is remarkable is how similar the pricing had been, the first set purchased was the 56" Sammy at $2500, then the 65" HP at $2600, in lat '08 the 72" Samsung at $1800, and this year the 82" Mits at $2500. All are still in daily or near daily use. Only two are still at my home the 65" HP, and the new big Mits. Since the 56" Sammy and the 65" HP get reduced duty, they will last pretty much indefinitely. The newer sets are each likely to see 4 years of heavy duty service before the get relegated to back up roles. I will likely conitnue to cascade the sets down to my family as I find compelling technology. Assuming the same pricing trends we have seen over the last 5 years continue, my hope to buy a 100" Laser set for $2500 does not seem unrealistic. Based on the apparent size ceiling on consumer oriented Plasmas, and all the weight, heat, energy consumption, I suspect a big plasma is never going to be a viable consumer product. To me, and of course that is dictated by my viewing distance I do not consider 65" a large display.
The interesting thing about the older DLPs is that you really don't have to worry if they fail because they cost so little to replace.