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Decided to go with Toshiba DLP

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by soni, Jan 1, 2005.

  1. soni

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    After several months of consideration, I've finally decided to go with the Tosh DLP.

    The recent 5 star review within What Widescreen TV, the £1500.00-£1600.00 price tag, and of course the positive feedback within these forums, have been whats persuaded me the most, however if i had the spare cash, i must admit i would probably go for a high end Plasma.

    I've noticed that there has been a lot of debate on which is the best out of Plasma and DLP, but i think its all down to cost at the end of the day.

    How much would a 46" - 50" Hi End Hi Def Plasma display cost?? I really havn't seen one but would probably estimate somewhere within the region of £4000.00 - £6000.00. For the same price of the Tosh DLP, i would be lucky to pick up a very basic entry level plasma. With the above points in mind, i can quite easily justify my decision.

    My quesion prior to ordering is this: Can the bulbs in DLP rear projection blow easily? I have a nasty habit of racing around and switching lights on only to hear a pop as the light bulb blows! This would be a very costly excerise if this could happen with the TV, are any readers experienced in light bulbs? I've read somewhere within these forums that a certain member is a lightbulb engineer or something?

    Also, what websites in your opinions would be the most reputable? I'm not for one minute casting any speculations but i just worry of the posibility of recieving a faulty returned unit - as the prices are somewhat cheaper than high street prices - obviously lower overheads - but i would rather go on recommendation!
     
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    Empire with no problems at all

    The "Lamp" shouldnt be affected by lights on & off unless you've had a botch job done on the wiring of your house electrics

    I recommend however that you extend the warranty as the lamp is covered by the warranty - play on words - if it was called a buld, it would NOT be covered but as its called a lamp, it is !!
     
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    A good surge protector would help prevent this type of problem
     
  4. soni

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    Yeah thanks guys, its just the house bulbs only seem to blow when i switch them on, and the wife reckons its where i race about to quickly and generate to much static eletricity. I just didn't want the same to happen to the TV when i switch that on! I have allready purchased a decent surge protector all ready to rock and roll when the TV arrives so hopefully that will help!

    Does Empire include the stand within the price now? As i did read within the forums that they didn't?
     
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    house-hold lamps are not designed for longevity as they are 'cheap as chips'. Projector lamps are different.

    ps, you were joking about static charge.... weren't you?
     
  6. soni

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    Not at all, you should see the amount of bulbs i've blown! Not to mention the amount of shocks i get at work when touching the photocopier or door handles.

    I remember one particular time quite well, got in from shopping with the mrs, she let me go to the bathroom before her, bulb blew, went to the bedroom, bulb blew, i got a severe ear bashing!
     
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    You cant blow a lightbulb with static electricity as static has no current, only voltage

    You probably changed both bulbs previously at the same time, hence they both burned out together.

    Trust me I'm a doctor. (well alright, I'm not really but I have a HNC in Electronic Engineeering)
     
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    Anyway you can't blow up the TV as for to get CE approval, the TV has to pass the strict Hi-Voltage directive
     
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    Soni - i trialled the 50inch HXE Pioneer set prior to my purchase of the tosh. Its a really nice piece of kit but i have to be honest and say i preferred the tosh as its easier to live with on a day-to-day basis and i would sooner spend the £2500-3000 saved on beer. The picture quality on the tosh has an edge with most dvd material (but the pioneer does have its moments) with the proviso that you use a DVI/HDMI feed rather than component.

    I will probably trade the tosh in 2006 for a 50inch Sharp LCD set once they have come down in price far enough !
     
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    Yes, stand included @ Empire
     
  11. soni

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    Thanks guys.

    Carl - Funny, i've just been looking through this months What Widescreen TV and was looking at the Pioneer PDP-435FDE Plasma which i believe is HI-Def but the £3,200.00 price tag puts me off a little. Although i might be able to get it a little cheaper on line. I would like to go for the Tosh, but i'm a little concerned about the reported blurred faces. I'll definately have to take a second look at the picture on the Tosh prior to ordering. I don't want to invest in this latest technology if its got picture quality problems. I've got a really brilliant picture on a Tosh 28" 100HZ at present, and there seems little point spending more money for a less quality picture. If its not going to be the Tosh, it definately won't be the Optoma, there's little else left in the DLP or Hi-Def department, so i might have to fork out more and go down the Plasma path, not that i really wan't to, as i also want to purchase the Denon DVD 2910 player. Looks like the extra money sitting in the bank for home improvements might have to be drained a little more - afterall, AV comes first!!!!!!!!!
     
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    Unit is great except for the disappointment of the lamp blowing after only 5months. Toshiba has issued a response and if you enter your model # and serial # it will direct you how to get a new one for free. They have also uped the warranty to 2 years on replacement of lamp. I went ahead and purchased another lamp to have a back in case this happens again. $200.00 at local Cincinnati TV repair shop. TV Electronics on Harrison Ave. FYI:clap:
     

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