Originally Posted by Kickoa1
Samsung HL-S5088W vs s5087w
I want a new HD tomorrow but im not sure whats the difference between these two besides:
The HL-S5088W has some additional features, including a CableCard slot, a TV Guide EPG, two FireWire (IEEE 1394) ports, picture-in-picture, and a slightly improved sound system
Which should I go for? Is there a difference in PQ?
Whats firewire for?
Whats a EPG?
I got the '88 and am happy with it, but many people don't need it. It all depends on your particular setup. Here's some comments:
Cablecards don't currently give you many features (like DVR functionality) found in HD cable boxes or an HTPC. It may make sense for a flat panel on a wall, but not so much for a DLP. If you will be using a cable box or HTPC that provides PIP, then you may not need it in the TV. Unless you are using an antenna, the TV Guide feature will not work. EPG = Electronic Program Guide, like the TV Guide or a cable company's electronic guide.
If you have or plan to get components with compatible firewire ports then you can use them to control compatible eqiupment through the TV (or vice versa, maybe?).
The sound system on the '88 is still rather poor if you have or plan to get any reasonable set of amplifier with speakers.
If you are hooking up a computer or equivalent device, the 1:1 pixel mapping is another reason to get it. This directly scales the image pixels to the displayed pixels to provide a clearer image.