[mythtv-users] TV Recommendations

Steven Adeff adeffs.mythtv at gmail.com
Wed Feb 7 19:01:50 UTC 2007

On 2/7/07, James Oltman <cnlibmyth at gmail.com> wrote:
> > and of course, read the avsforum and trade magazine reviews.
> >
> > We have a 65" Mitsubishi 1080p DLP and love it. It's bright, has
> > excellent color (due to a 6 color wheel) and is *huge*. As for the
> > difference between DLP and Plasma/LCD, I think the biggest difference
> > is size, DLP being thicker, and mounting options. Of course as you go
> > larger the cost of DLP is much lower than Plasma/LCD.
> >
> > I would also suggest adding ~$200 to any TV price to pay for an ISF
> tuning.
> >
> > --
> > Steve
> However, you must keep in mind that some DLPs have issues.  Some people have
> reported seeing "rainbows" on the screen during fast action scenes.  This is
> a result of the color wheel.  It spins in there and during fast action the
> picture moves faster thus not allowing all the colors to hit the specific
> detail in the scene and causing the rainbow effect (I'm pretty sure that's
> the right description).  On projection systems (like some LCDs and DLPs) you
> can have a recurring cost of the lamp.  These lamps range in price but a
> good assumption is $300ish.  Keep that in mind.  LCDs aren't perfect either.

The rainbow effect is an engineering or manufacturing flaw depending
on the set.  Many models don't have the problem (our Mitsu being one).
Older Sony's also had a "Green Glob" problem, though I believe they
fixed that with the newer ones. So its not a problem inherent in the
technology, just a possible problem when poorly engineered or caused
by a manufacturing flaw.

As for the lamp issue, they last about 10,000 hours and like you said
go for just under $300, the secret is to buy one before you need it,
so you aren't rushing to get one and overpay.

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