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I have had the Samsung HLN 5065W DLP for about a week and a half now. I have to admit its a very nice TV. Im just not so sure anymore that its 3700 dollars good. Before I offend anyone let me explain. I had a Panasonic 47wx42 for about 4 months. Because of a burn in problem (related to info from the Best Buy salesman) I got a refund to buy another TV. I went with the Samsung for fear of burn in. It was also cool for other features (Im writing this using the Samsung as my monitor now :D ). But now that the "coolness" factor has worn off, Im feeling a little bit of buyers remorse (thank God for Best Buy 30 day return policy). I have done some minor tweaking (Gamma, Video Essentials,etc.) but I still don't think the picture from DVD playback is that much better than my old CRT based Panny. Video games look amazing, but movies look "fuzzy" for lack of a better term. I was speaking to the manager today about my displeasure and he made an interesting offer. They have a Panasonic 47wx42 that must be sold as damaged. He tells me that when they went to deliver it to the purchaser, the case was scratched along the top of the TV. The people naturally didnt want it. He offered to sell it to me at cost (900.00) with a 3 year warranty for 150.00 more. I expressed my fear about used merchandise and he said I could bring in my own DVDs and such to test for burn in and picture quality. Assuming everything is okay with the Panny, this would give me a widescreen TV for about 1125.00 after tax. All that leaves is a way for me to play my XBOX and PS2 games that don't support Widescreen or have static overlays (sports,etc.) The local circuit city is selling a 32 inch Tube Panasonic Tau for 999.99 that supports all the bells and whistles I want in a Video Game TV (480P line doubler, 3:2 pulldown, flatscreen,etc.). I could put the Panasonic 4:3 in the living room for network TV and games, then put the WS RPTV in the guest room (turn it into my own movie room hehe). And the total would still only be about 2175.00 after tax. This is about 1600.00 less than the DLP TV. What direction do you guys think I should go in? I am mainly worried about spending 3750 on the DLP and then being "stuck" with it for 3 to 4 years. 3750 would tie up all my "TV money" for the forseeable future. At least with the other setup, I could upgrade in 2 years (sell the Panny WS RPTV for a couple of hundred). Would I be happy in 2 years with the DLP or would I be kicking myself for not being able to buy a new set? Any advice is welcome. I respect many of you guys for "Telling it like it is".


P.S. Forgot to mention, we are out in the country and I don't watch enough regular TV to buy a HDTV overair tuner system. So my HDTV sources will be limited until at least sometime in 2004.
 

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Are you aware that tube TVs are also susceptible to burn-in? It does take longer to happen though.
 

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Based on what you stated in your post I would think you know what to do. I would make the move down and save the $$$. Just my .02
 

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I agree you should return the DLP for the following reasons: never spend top dollars on a technology that you may need in the future. The price of all devices with leading edge technology drops very quickly and technology itself advances very quickly. The money you save will buy you a better DLP with pro box, ATSC tuner, Discrete codes and other extras in 2-3 years. Look at the price drop in plasma (about 20-25% per year). My guess is that a new Samsung 50"DLP in 3 years will be around $2000. In a few years other technology like plasma, LCD, LCOS,OLED will also be available to you at a lower cost.:cool:
 

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Yeah, I agree the Panasonic will hold you over for a while and it's much easier on the pocketbook :) Just be sure to turn down the factory defaults for contrast and brightness!
 
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