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Keep in mind I am no expert at this video stuff but........


I finally had a chance to see this DLP (50") watching the phillies on high def. comcast channel. It was stunning. I haven't seen anything like it. It was bright, colorful and crisp and the red phillies logos were unbelievably sharp and clear. Too bad the team isn't as good as the picture.


I also had the salesman turn on Comcast SD material. Obviously, the PQ was not as good as HD, but better than any rear projection CRT or LCD technology I have viewed, except for the Pioneer elite CRT RPTV's. I would place this Samsung equal to the Pioneer elite CRT RPTV's for SD material, which makes it enjoyable to watch, but not perfect. Of course, we have to remember that within the next 5 years there will be 30 or 40 HD channels instead of 5 or 6 (crossing my fingers......)


I watched a Bruce Springsteen concert on DVD. There was a little "clay face" phenomenom on close ups of Bruce's face but the tv was not tweaked, and was brand new "right out of the box" according to sales guy. This concert dvd had a lot of blacks in it, and the dark detail was very good, much better than the LCD screen that it was sitting next to.


I can't imagine how good the image quality on this unit would be after ISF certified tweaking. Luckily, where I demoed this unit, they have an ISF technician who will perform all required calibrations upon delivery for 300 bucks, which I think is a pretty good deal.


Lastly, I have been lurking on this forum for a long time, and have been reading some of the complaints about black levels, audio delay and rainbows. I looked very hard for all three of these "issues" and none of them popped up. I had the salesman turn ambient lighting on and off and I must have moved the chair to 10 different places to see different viewing angles. Before I make my final purchase though, I will take a couple of very familiar dvds, such as Matrix, LOTR and Terminator 2 and make an even more thorough evaluation.


In all I spent close to an hour viewing different sources and found this tv to be brighter than CRT, darker than LCD and had overall the best HD picture I have yet to see from a RPTV. I believe this is the one my wife and I will end up with.


For what its worth.....
 

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No argument from me Frank. We've had our DLP for eleven months and still love it. Some analog SDTV sucks, but who cares. As you say it's going away. Don't put FOTR on a calibrated Sammy unless you've got three hours to spare! Enjoy...
 

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My wife and I agree that the first movie we will watch will be FOTR extended version (when it comes out) when we pick up the TV... hopefully January/Feb. next year....
 

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Hate to ruin your plans of Jan/Feb but you gotta see football on the DLP given your location. I just got my HLN5065 in time for football season and have been VERY happy. The detail you can see is quite phenomenal and motion artifacts are not an issue to my eye (Comcast cable HD feed). Having a Sunday and Monday night football game to watch in HD is heaven...I can't wait until they expand the lineup. C-O-L-T-S play this sunday and I'm pumped.


Baseball looks very 3D and is quite spectacular. I'm disappointed since it looks like most of the playoffs will not be in HD...and I'm not even a baseball fan.


SD content has been satisfactory for me and is very source dependent. My digital cable channels looks close to DVD quality at times.


Pick up a copy of Monsters Inc to watch on the DLP. It is amazing the detail that I pickup on my Bravo via DVI (I'm a satisfied Bravo owner so far).


Happy shopping!


-Carey
 

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YOur making me think that I should whip out the charge card and get it now instead of saving and paying cash........


Oh boy.......
 

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If you're into sports, HD on the DLP will do you in. For that matter, stupid sitcoms in HD become watchable. DON'T LOOK!!! ;)


Of course the extended edition of LOTR:FOTR has been out since last November, and the EE of LOTR:TTT will be out this November. You aren't going to make it 'til Jan/Feb Frank. The DLP is precioussss to you, you wantsss it...
 

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Frank:


We finally took the plunge on Labor Day, and there's no way the 43" Sammy is going back! (Now, the Samsung T160 DirecTV receiver is another story...)


Don't wait -- just get 18 months interest free at one of the B&M shops and enjoy it now.
 

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I saw the Samsung 50" DLP at Fry's this weekend and I need to do some research.

Can somebody point me in the right direction what the differences are in versions? Are their any tests posted anywhere.


I watched HDTV on the Samsung in store and I am almost sold. For the price tag I haven't seen anything better but I'd like to do some more due diligence.
 

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Hinten1,


Just search the threads here. That's enough due diligence for anyone!


If you mean the difference between the HLN507W and the HLN5065, I believe the concensus is there is no difference beyond cosmetics and price, just different marketing channels.
 

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Doug:


"The DLP is precioussss to you, you wantsss it..."


My wife, daughter and I laughed about this for hours. I have to admit, I am obsessed, but the good thing is my wife and daughter are tooo......
 

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Sound like you are approaching critical mass in your household. Just had the satisfaction of watching my Colts crush the 'Aints in HD.....again....you gotta see NFL for yourself. AMAZING!


FYI...I think that the Eagles play on Monday Night in November sometime....you're on the clock!


-c
 
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