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HP TV Anybody?

itsamikey
03-21-2006, 03:44 PM
I have been in learning mode here for several months now, and I cannot remember any mention of the DLP tvs from HP. I know they are new to the tv market, and that is, for me a red flag. But the reviews that I have read are all pretty complimentary. Anyone here have any real time experience with HP DLP?

daleb
03-21-2006, 04:35 PM
HP does not typcially release 'mistakes' into the market place.
I've read some very positive reviews. You should google it....be surprised, there's more info on these than you would think.

dtmelm
03-23-2006, 09:48 PM
I've also been trying to decide between the Sony 50" SXRD and the 58" HP. The big challenge has been finding an HP to actually check out the PQ on. I'm in the SF Bay area (home of HP no less) and it's been a royal pain. I finally found one at a CompUSA (30 miles away) but it was the 65 vs the 58...and they only had it hooked to DVD...No HD and no chance to checkout SD. I like the case though and it's 8" more screen in only 3" more case!

References? Google is definately your friend.

The HP seems to suffer from the following (but it should be noted that the HP customer service has been helpful and responsive): Case buzz from the speakers vibrating. Speaker hum due to a grounding issue (which is sporadic and which HP seems to be working on a fix for). Some issues with the remote locking up requiring a "pull the plug" power cycle. No lamp issues (see JVC threads). No "green blob" (see SXRD threads). No pincushion issues (see Mitsu). But in the end, it really comes down to what you like. Something tells me that if any of these problems were rampent, these manufacturers would be seeing their sales fall and their profits get killed (due to returns). HP also shows their computer heritage by providing firmware updates on a fairly regular basis. These sets are so computer controlled that many of the usability issues can be addressed that way which is nice. Oh...And it's one of the few out there that can take a native 1080p input. Not that there's anything to input it from but hey...here comes blu-ray!

It's not as widely distributed so finding a discount can be tough. If you're govt, a student or teacher though, or work for a large company, you might be able to get the EPP (employee purchase program) discounted price which is 20% off of retail (puts it in the <$3000 range for the 58").

Anyway...Hope that helps...FWIW...

D.

itsamikey
03-23-2006, 09:52 PM
thanks, DT, the only one I have seen was at....CompUSA, but I don't remember the source video. I am in southern California. I will follow your leads. Thanks again. But I am surprised that nobody here who has one has checked in, or I am surprised that nobody here has one.