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Rear Projection VS Plasma VS LCD.

by afengineer / February 2, 2006 2:06 PM PST

I have been researching all three types for the last 12 months trying to figure out which TV has all the features & longivity. I've read several opions on the Rear Projection Bulb having to be replaced anywhere from three months to three years. Looking for input from actual owners on how their uses are & how long a bulb really last. I know after several months of resesarch, the plasma & lcd seem to be the top of the line, but this is only based on reviewer's comments. Sometimes you get a lemmon & alot of owners never provide reviews. Another sticking point is in regards to HD ready & HD built-in. Most of the Cable & Dish Companies offer HD receivers, so is it really a must to have HD built-in. Every manufactures rep will tell you a different story. Also, is the cable card option worth looking at? Thanks

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A few short facts. . .
by Coryphaeus / February 2, 2006 9:44 PM PST

''Light engines'', the fancy name for the bulbs, are rated at between 3-5 years. What you get depends on fate.

Lemon - Anything can break. In our store I put out the new Mitsu 73'' Diamond DLP rear projection. I connected it to a HD video source, it ran for an hour and died.

HD ready - integrated - means it has an ATSC (digital) tuner for OTA (Off The Air) channels. Nice if you don't have a HD satellite/cable receiver and have an antenna to receive local TV.

Cable card - removes the clunky cable box. Some cable companies don't offer the service, and those that do will charge you for the change out and a monthly charge for the convenience. The other down side is that you cannot use Pay per View.


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wierd story
by masterying01 / February 3, 2006 3:24 PM PST
In reply to: A few short facts. . .

i had a customer today come in with a bag. she asked me for help. i was like "sure, what are you looking at".......she opens her bag, pulls out a LAMP from a samsung dlp she bought 2 years ago. she said "my tv broke, i need a new light bulb". i look inside the lamp, there are fingerprints all over the actual lamp part. i look at her....and actually didnt know what to say.

at the end, i gave her the number to samsung and she left. we can not order these lamps for customers(nor do we even carry it). she did not speak english so it was quite tough to actually explain anything to her. she didnt buy any extended warrenties or anything and the manufactorer's warrenty was well expired. she would have clawed my eyes out if i tried to sell her a new tv..(cause her tv was only 2 years old). what exactly am i suppose to say to that?

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In addition th what Wayne said
by jcrobso / February 3, 2006 6:50 AM PST

LCD direct view TVs have back lamps. How long the realy last is still a mistery, some are saying 40,000~60,000 hours. Some say 12,000 hours,,Hmmm big difference.
What no one is saying is how much it costs to get them replaced. The "light engine" in RP DLP,LCD and LCoS is user replacable takes about 10min after the lamp has cooled. john

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