Well, after a year or more of lurking, I finally took the plunge...pulled the trigger...dropped my donuts...whatever...and ordered a Samsung DLP. What model, you ask? (Or maybe you don't.) First, I ordered an HLS5687 from a reputable online Dealer #1, who, in compliance with the rules, I won't name, since price issues will come into this. About twelve hours later, I saw that reputable online Dealer #2 -- who I had almost purchased from -- was suddenly advertising the 6187 for a price that was $38 more. I called #1 and asked if they could price match and switch me to a 6187. They got back to me several hours later, with a price $20 lower. So I said Wow! and switched, when means that I just upgraded from a 56 to a 61 for an additional $18.
Issue 1: My one worry is that the sales rep told me it was backordered and I might have to wait. This is fine by me if it doesn't drag out forever, as in the much-documented Powerbuy situation. What bothers me is that several days have passed and this company's website *still* is listing the unit as "In stock: ships same day" -- which simply shakes my confidence in its honesty. (I can recall them updating from "In stock" to "on order" and back a few times in the past, so I'm baffled as to why they haven't this time.)
Issue 2: Of course, now I have to look for a stand. I care less than zero about "nice-looking," which will be confirmed by anyone who's ever been to my pad. The 6187 is listed as 55" wide, but the base is listed as 40" wide. I've seen the following issue brought up once or twice before around here, but I don't remember any specific followup on it (and I did a fair amount of searching): All other things being equal, shouldn't a 40" wide stand be just as stable and safe as a 55" or wider stand for this set? A stand 40" wide and, say, 20-24" high is no more likely to tip over sideways than one 60" wide; and the full base is supported in either case. Plus: this will allow me to put my front speakers under the overhang on each side.
Does anyone have a dire warning to issue me before I do this? Has anyone done it?
Issue 3: In addition to having read a year's worth of posts on what sizes various people have found comfortable for what distances, I looked at Samsung's chart today and saw that they recommend 61" for seating 7.2' away. Cool, I thought: I've measured from the front of my current TV to my eyes to be about 8 1/2', so I won't be too close. Then I realized that they're measuring from the front of the set to the *front* of the sofa, so my measurement included the extra 1 1/2' - 2' from the front of the sofa to where my head is likely to float. So, by their measurement, I'm more like 6 1/2' or a little more. I may gain a few more inches, since the screen of my current, 14-year-old CRT -- yes, this is a *very* big upgrade for me -- is 23" from the wall behind it; and the 6187 is listed at 17.6" deep.
Still: please reassure me that I won't go ****-eyed with the size of the thing.
(I just posted and then read my post, and I'm deeply amused that the software here automatically and instantly bleeped the first four letters of the word above, presumably taking it to be a vulgar reference to the male member. ****suckers!)