Originally Posted by minidiscbob
When you purchased your set, I'm sure you looked at other brands as well. What, in the end, made you decide on the Samsung?
My Sony TV went "pop" about three months after my Sony HTIB, so Sony was off my list of vendors this time around. I had it narrowed down to the Panasonic TH-37PX60U plasma, the Sharp Aquos LC-37D40U LCD, and the Samsung HL-S4266W DLP. I didn't really want to spend the money for a new set at this time--I'd just spent a bunch of money on Denon components and Infinity speakers--but Circuit City was having a sale and 18-months free financing, so I decided they'd be my retailer of choice.
Circuit City was out of the Aquos, didn't know when they'd be getting more and didn't even have a display model at the store I visited, plus my concern about ghosting predisposed me to not like LCD displays. The Panasonic plasma looked great, and by all reports they aren't likely to get burn-in with a little bit of care. But, heck, who wants to baby a TV like a new car engine for 100 hours? (Note that if I won the lottery I'd definitely go for a plasma, probably one from Pioneer.) The Samsung DLP looked wonderful as well, and although I could see some silk screen effect it didn't really bother me. For a little more money I could get a Samsung HL-S5087W with a much larger screen that displays 1080p, as opposed to the 720p of all the rest of the screens. The 5087W is one of the least expensive 1080p displays around, but it gets good reviews and looks good in person.
So, I went with the 5087W and I'll have Mr. Bob over in a few weeks to calibrate it. Unlike some of the horror stories you can read in this thread, I haven't had any smudges or light engine problems. I do get a little bowing of the 4:3 image, but its very minor and easy to live with. The image is also displaying a little low on the screen, but Mr. Bob will easily correct that.
I still think I'm a little crazy to I spend as much as I did on a silly TV, but the device sure is satisfying.
I'm generally not an extended warranty kind of guy, but it sounds like they might be a good idea for *any* big screen you can buy right now. The technology's changing so fast that reliability/longevity are much lower than normal. (Another reason why I didn't want to buy right now!)