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Old 01-24-2006, 10:16 PM   #1  
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Hi all,

I've narrowed my decision down to two models:

Samsung 42" DLP HL-R4266W or
Samsung 42" Plasma HP-R4252

I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts?

We are going to be putting the television slightly off center to the left in the room, which will put it directly in front of the sofa, but will leave guests looking at the TV from the far right side of the room. I am worried about the viewing angle on the DLP as opposed to the Plasma.

The room gets a decent amount of sunlight, but the blinds can be drawn to reduce the incoming light so its not a factor.

I like the fact that the plasma can accept input from a PC, but I'm worried about playing games with static menus/HUDs for long periods of time. I've read that burn-in is much less of a factor now, but I did read of a few folks having issues with games and the blacklines on DVDs. Has anyone had any burn-in experience (or lack thereof) with this plasma model?

Also, in looking at the specs on the two models, I noted that the plasma only has a 1024x768 pixel resolution, whereas the DLP has 1280x720. I had read somewhere that the 1024x768 res HDTVs were not showing true 720p?

The DLP also looks to have more video/audio connections, although I'm not sure how useful 2 additional S-video ports would be.

Any thoughts? Anything I'm overlooking in comparing the two models (aside from size/weight)?

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I have the Sammy on hi def, set on 1080i and the picture is viewable from
a wide angle and it does not darken out like other sets, and also it is
pc compatable. When on Hi def I cannot imagine a better picture.
Go Sammy DLP you won't be sorry
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Thanks for the quick replies. The DLP is what I was leaning towards; it's good to get some reinforcement.

I overlooked the PC-compatibility of this model. What kind of PC input does it accept? DVI?

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I am more concerned with the vertical fade than the horizontal. I have a tube set now but like the screen higher than any of the stands made for the DLP's and hope that when I purchase (60") that having it, say 30" high or so, won't compromise the PQ. It's very hard to tell in the stores.
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The Captain Kirk models. The pedestal on my HLP5685 puts the screen at about 29 1/2 inches from the floor. And in my particular installation I further raised the pedestal just over an inch. I won't got into the geometry save to say that it was to provide better viewing for the second tier seating. There is no decernable degradation for the extra height. However, they largest is 56 inches and you wanted 60.
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Flat screen vs attractive box, but still a box, with a spinning color wheel and a bulb that will need replacing. Maybe RB, maybe not. I'm leaning flat screen.
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If you step up to the HL-R4267W you'll have a VGA input...

I've got, and recommend, the DLP.
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Thanks, all. I picked up the DLP last night. Looks great - cable company isn't coming until next week with the HD-DVR, but we watched a movie on DVD (via some new composite cables), and even my wife was impressed.

There is some slight degradation of the image if you are viewing at too high an angle, but we have it placed in the room in such a way that it's not an issue unless you're standing directly in front of it.

I haven't seen it in daylight yet, but I'll let you know.
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Congrats on your new set! Hope to be there one day. Question, when you watched the DVD (480p, right?), what inputs did you use to give the best picture? Does this set have multiple configuration options (480i, 480p, 720p, etc.), and how did you set these to get the best picture.

Sorry, sounds like a simple question, but I need some real life experience with this stuff to understand better how everything fits.

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I got my HL-R4266W just before Christmas 2005. It's great, no complaints here. I also picked up the samsung DVD player that up converts to HD. Together with the HDMI cable. Glad you choose the DLP.
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Well, looks like I may have to wait a few days to get any more viewing pleasure. I came home last night to the "three blinking lights" nightmare. I was offered a tech tomorrow, which I thought was a fair offer, but we'll be out of town. So looks like the repair tech will be out Monday, and if it's the bulb, as the flashing lights indicate, they said they will overnight it to me. Hopefully we'll have it up and running again before the cable guy comes out to install the HD-DVR.

Cubs, I bought some composite video cables, which was the best of my 3 options - the other two being S-video and the standard Red/Yellow/White outputs. The best I can tell, the set automatically displays the best option - I did not see any way to manually switch between 480/720/1080. I could be wrong, though - still learning.
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