I've auditioned the SLK407 (I think that's close) Samsung LCD and it has a library microfiche reader look to it. I think it is the fault of the screen they use as I have setup homebrew RP's using an LCD projector and a sheet with more pleasing results.
Actually, it's not. The SLK407W and the PLK405W are 40" 16:9 LCD EDTV's that max out at 480p (the difference between the two is that the PLK405W cannot accept progressive scan input while the SLK407W can). I briefly owned the PLK405W and agree with your microfiche-reader comment, though. I got rid of it and bought my NEC front projector.
The HLK506W and HLK436W are 50" and 43" 16:9 HDTV's that go to 720p and supposedly have a superior picture with their new (f)LCD technology. This new technology has had some birthing pains, though, and the two units are over a year late out the door (they were still unavailable when I bought the PLK405W back in January 2001).
I did see the Panasonic for a lot less money somewhere (the DLP set)... maybe $8000. Still, too much despite being real nice. I agree the Samsung is disappointing, if for nothing else by being very late.
I am hoping for the RCA, but expecting instead to go plasma.
I was really hoping this one was going to help me with my size problems.
The reason I bought the Samsung PLK405W (see above) was mainly for its thin size. I have a very narrow staircase leading up to my attic home theater; most TV sets won't fit and plasma is too darn expensive. Unfortunately, as I mentioned above, the picture quality was sub-standard.
If you're having size problems, do what I did and get a front projection system! My NEC VT540 LCD projector is only 9.5" x 11" x 4" and weighs less than nine pounds, but is HDTV capable and can project a dazzling eight-foot-wide image. Show me a RPTV that can do THAT.
$4,999??!! Sheesh... for that amount of money, I bought my projector ($2,995), built my projection screen (~$125 in parts), and still had $1,800+ left over for the audio system, DVD player, HDTV receiver, etc. I also have, I suspect, a better picture quality than the HLK506W could ever hope to match, and a 400% larger image size to boot.
If you check at pricescan.com, several places have the HLK506 for $4500-4600.
Scott, how noisy is your NEC? I have never checked out FP to any extent, but from what I've read, that would be my main concern.
As to the RCA LCOS, I've heard good things about the picture, but unfortunately it only has one component input. It does have a built-in DirecTV receiver, so if you are a DTV subscriber, maybe it's not as much of a problem, but for cable users, it means using a component switcher so that both the cable box and a DVD player can be hooked up.
[This message has been edited by fcsmith (edited 08-09-2001).]
Scott, I thought about the projection thing. But My wife was dead set against anything like that. But I also have a seven foot ceiling and some outside light problems. (wife doesn't want to have the room closed up just to watch TV.) Plus I think there is also a techno fear. As long as it looks like a box it acts like a box. But I have the same location problem you have but mine is in the basement.
C'mon RCA let's go! (I feel like I'm at a horse race with the rent on the line.)
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