Everyone is always talking about LCD and Plasma televisions and it seems that DLP (digital light processing) tvs don't get enough attention even though they are almost sold with 1080p (resolution). DLPs are larger in size (big screens) and much cheaper than comparable sized lcd and plasma televisions. Mitsubishi has the 65 inch 1080p DLP projection HDTV which sells for less than $2000. Rear-projection televisions (RPTV) are what people confuse the latest DLPs with - big and bulky. DLPs weigh about 1/3 to 1/4 less than their RPTV counterparts and they are much slimmer as well. The picture quality is sharp and you can really enjoy HD tv from your cable operator or satellite company. The top brands are Samsung, Toshiba, Sony and Mitsubishi when it comes to DLP screens and almost all are priced to sell at $1999 or less.
One word of caution with a DLP tv is that you will eventually have to replace the bulb that sits in your television. You get about 10,000 viewing hours with a DLP bulb and they cost about $250 to replace. The good news is that the tv will perform like new once the bulb is inserted. Experts say these televisions could technically last forever if you want to keep putting in a new bulb periodically. Flat panel DLP tvs are becoming so big it's hard to imagine buying a 70-inch wide screen or larger and actually having room in your house for it. I recently bought a 50" inch plasma screen and it overwhelms my family room. I think those that are buying these large DLP screens need a media or theater room to fit something so big and still have viewing space for it. Experts say you should have about 10 to 14 feet of distance between you and the tv if it's a 42 to 46 inch DLP. 50-inch DLPs should be placed about 12 to 16 feet away from the sitting area. For the 60-inch and 65-inch models they say minimum of 15 feet distance between your couch or chair and the tv. If you are considering a DLP screen, the benefits are that they are cheaper than same size LCD and Plasma screens and are almost as "thin" as those types. They also come standard with 1080p, the highest resolution you can get on your HDTV for the best quality picture and images. Viewing angles may not be as good as those found on plasmas and many people prefer LCDs for their clarity and black levels, but we say DLPs are the "best bang for the buck" in HDTVs these days. Best Buy, Circuit City, and Sears all carry DLPs in their stores and you can find them online at Amazon.com or Tigerdirect.com. For in depth reviews check out those done by CNET, Consumer Reports, DLPtvreview.com, and Dtvcity.com. Head to head comparisons are offered and the latest models are discussed. BUYING ADVICE - Check out the best inventory online at Amazon.com. You can browse their top selling DLP television here.
Best DLP TV:
We've seen ads for Mitsubishi DLPs as being the most popular, but we found the Samsung HLT6187SAX 61" Slim LED Engine 1080p DLP HDTV for $1949 with all the features you could want. It weighs less than 75 pounds and is a "thin" DLP that gives you 10,000:1 contrast ratio and has the highest resolution you can get at 1920x1080 (1080p). The full HD resolution makes watching movies or your favorite sports broadcast "come to life" says one reviewer. The owner reviews on Amazon were overwhelmingly positive with 95% of all owners giving it a 5 star rating. Samsung's LED light engine gives you spectacular colors and image brightness. DLP technology has moved ahead just as fast as LCD and plasmas so the newest DLPs are considered "great value" by all experts. Consumers say the tv is "picture perfect" and "incredible movie watching". You get 2-component video inputs, 2 S-video inputs, 2 A/V composite inputs, USB 1.1, Mini Jack PC (RGB) and 3 HDMI inputs. You can find this model at Best Buy or online at Amazon. BEST - The new Samsung HL61A750 61-Inch 1080p LED Powered DLP HDTV rates extremely well in reviews and positive feedback from consumer electronics magazines make this the clear choice.
1080p 50" DLP Television:
The Samsung 50" 1080p HLT5076S ($1500) has a built-in HDTV tuner and the 1080p resolution gives you the "highest quality progressive scan picture possible" says their brochure. The technology behind this top selling set is the Cinema Smooth 1080p light-processing engine and the Digital Natural Image Engine. The colors are bright and crisp and give you the HD quality you want. Consumers at Best Buy say the tv is "worth every penny" and "operation of the tv is effortless". The 50 inch model DLP is great for larger family rooms or theater rooms. As we mentioned, you can get the Samsung DLP at Best Buy, Amazon, or Buy.com. BEST - The newest model is the Samsung HL50A650 50-Inch 1080p Slim DLP HDTV which gets nearly perfect owner reviews on Amazon and is top rated on other leading TV review websites.
Top Rated 65-inch DLP TV:
We aren't going to leave out Mitsubishi in our reviews since they make such reliable and dependable DLP sets. The Mitsubishi - 65" 1080p DLP HDTV WD-65733 ($1999) is probably the "best value" you can get given the insanely large screen size. You'd be lucky to get a 50-inch 1080p plasma screen for the same price as this Mitsubishi. The WD65733 delivers brilliant colors, good connectivity options, and a slim design to fit in any room. The massive screen would most likely dictate placing this DLP tv in a media room, but if you have an open family room with plenty of space give it a try. Customer reviews say they have never experienced HDTV like this and overall feedback is very positive. Mitsubishi DLPs are carried at most electronics retailers or online at stores like Amazon. Another reasonable buy is the Toshiba 65HM167 65-inch Diagonal DLP TV ($2000) with 1080p full HD displays. Reviews aren't as favorable for the Toshiba as the Mitsubishi since long term reliability is the question. This particular model has received positive feedback so far. See all the top rated Mitsubishi DLP TV's here.