It is a great deal (I assume it is new and under manufacturer warranty). Check out all the Samsung DLP threads for other information. Make sure you have a day or so to check out all the information on the 507 here
Advance, have not heard from you for awhile, hope all is well.
We got the 507W in the PB for about $3,200 (forgot the exact price). The list price at Sound Advice had gone up $200 during the December/January time to $4,199. I don't know what it is now, but I think $2,900 is a great price.
I've seen an HLM507 for $3,900 where you could get another $200 off that price. It was marked as a closeout. The display model was and early one built in September. I don't know what the build date was on the "new" stock.
The largest dealer in our area still shows a sticker price of $4,199 with $200 discounts easy to get.
I picked up my 507 for $2900, too - also directly from a distributer, through a friend. My only concern was how ugly of a situation it might become if I was dissatisfied with the set, not through a malfunction of the set, but through an inherent issue with the technology (rainbows, SD PQ, etc.). The guy did me a favor with a killer price at the time and I'd hate to have turned around and said 'Nah, I don't like DLP, take it back'. These issues with DLPs are well documented in these forums, as well as the benefits (only 80lbs, good viewing angle, no burn-in, aside from lamp life quality should not degrade over time, etc.)
So I researched it extensively and went to several stores to view their display models and felt it was worth the risk. Fortunately, it worked out for me and am very happy with my 507. You should definitely consider the return policy before making your decision on the DLP. I was very stressed out for weeks until the set arrived and put all my concerns to rest.
rixter67, out of the box - I found that my cable looked much better than I expected after reading many reports in these forums (more on this in a second), and I found the DVD PQ to be disappointing, as I had been expecting to be blown away. I had read enough to know that a little tweaking would produce significant results and, as I had hoped, once the Gamma and B* values were set to 0, I was able to sit back and enjoy. Please note that I received a ver111 507, I haven't been following the newer model tweaks too closely, so you may need to do your own research once you know what version it is.
Now regarding my cable (Cablevision, BTW). I had plain analog cable at the time and was very satisfied with the quality, almost impressed. I've since "upgraded" to their digital package so I can get HBO-HD, MSG-HD, and FSNY-HD (just in time for the playoffs, woohoo!). Well, since the upgrade this weekend, I find that my PQ has become quite horrible. HBO-HD is too dark to really enjoy. I will reserve judgement on the HD sports PQ until I see it. However all other channels are a little darker and extremely grainy. Much worse than before. From what I'm told, the lower 99 channels are still analog, but they appear to have degraded significantly. I have them coming back Friday to check the signal strength and the new connections they added. If it doesn't help, then I'll try DirectTV after the playoffs. Again, the PQ of my cable prior to this week was more than acceptable.
kosha, my friend's installation company doesn't normally deal with DLP's, but as a favor to me he asked his boss to "hook me up". I can ask him about the 61", but I know he doesn't want to bother his boss again. After all, I don't think they (my friend's company) made much of a profit on me and might not be inclined to start quoting me discount prices for another set. However, if I do hear something, I will pass it along just to give an idea of the distributer's price.
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