Originally Posted by Artwood
htwaits: How much difference is there in brightness between Samsung's LED DLPs and lamp based DLPs?
I have no way to quantify the difference. The fact that Samsung did a 56" set for the first year and will now do a 61" set for 2007 indicates to me that they were concerned about brightness. I don't recall any owners with bright rooms complaining that the HL-S5679 wasn't bright enough.
Also, the fact that the screen seems to have a smaller vertical viewing angle is another indication that Samsung was trying to increase brightness.
I expect the 2007 models to have some minor improvements in this area.
It seems like the LEDs do alot of things right--if they're both the same size which do you think looks better?
I don't try to do that kind of comparison unless I'm shopping.
If both types of sets were calibrated by UMR, David Abrams, or Eliab I would expect them to be very similar if not almost identical. All three have stated that the 2006 HLS models come extremely close to the standards that they calibrate to.
I expect the benefits of professional calibration will last longer if the set is using a LED light source since there is very little dimming with use. The LED sets might be more comfortable to view, but that's a total guess on my part. They should also be more reliable since they require less cooling and won't have a color wheel to fail.
Maybe I'll know more about this time next year. That's the soonest that I would be likely to upgrade. I don't expect to buy another lamp based set unless things change during the next year.