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This thread has been done to death I'm sure, but I may have a little bit of a special situation.


With the information on this board (and seeing it at our local Best Buy), we are very interested in a 43" HLN series Samsung DLP, for multiple reasons.


1) My little brother only has one eye, the other lost to cancer. We are all very protective of his last remaining eye, even though the CRTs may be "harmless".


2) Both my siblings tend to sit far too close to TVs. Anyone with kids knows that it's virtually impossible to keep a close eye on them all the time without going insane (especially when the TV is suppose to be our little robotic nanny), so we'd like to be as safe as possible.


3) We have two laptops with DVI and VGA outputs (both).


4) We have digital cable, and our provider has a box with DVI output.


5) We can afford it, and like the picture.



However, my father was told by a Circuit City representitive that DCDi makes DVI source unnecessary. Just to get some backup, this is a load of bull, right? Smart de-interlacing may provide a crisper picture from analog signals, but getting it straight digital must be better! That's like saying a good de-interlacer will make a RF modulator just as good as straight S-Video for SD.


Additionally, what is your honest opinion on our situation, with the radiation and all?
 

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Additionally, what is your honest opinion on our situation, with the radiation and all?
You are right about the salesman.


I would want to find a real expert to determine the dangers of radiation. For all I know it has been reduced to safe levels. I would think a CRT RPTV would generate less radiation than a direct view CRT set.


None of the RPTV sets look very good up close.


You should get better digital results with DLP or LCD sets with a native resolution of 1280x720 if you are interested in using a PC or a HTPC with the set you get. The Sony XBR LCD is supposed to have an all digital DVI path but not the ME version. I think people with those sets are still getting results that they like.
 

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i can't comment on your personal issues, but for #3, have you done your research about hooking up a computer to any display? from the posts on here, it's not as simple as plugging in a cable and turning things on. i think we're still a few years away from that.


my personal issue with DLP is that we're at an early point in the technology. if you don't mind paying now and then seeing a much more capable set 1 year late for less, then don't worry about it and get the tv that looks best for you now. life is too short to wait for the next big thing.
 

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i can't comment on your personal issues, but for #3, have you done your research about hooking up a computer to any display? from the posts on here, it's not as simple as plugging in a cable and turning things on. i think we're still a few years away from that.
Actually, it is very simple to hook a PC up to the Sammy if you are using the VGA input. The DVI can be tricky but it is pretty well documented in Arun's guide to HLNs.
 
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