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DLP or not to DLP

Discussion in 'TVs' started by Fontie, Dec 7, 2004.

  1. Fontie

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    Like a lot of people I was in Comit the other day and found myself looking at the TV's I was blown away by the picture quality of the DLP sets. But am not sure if our viewing habbits would suite this or any other RP/Plasma TV. Both my wife and I are shift workers and we have a 7 year old daughter our TV goes on at about 7.30am and is on more or less constantly (bar maybe 3 or 4 hours if we go out) till I switch it off at say 1am. 70% of our viewing is normal TV through Telewest digital the rest dvd movies .Buying one of these TV's would be a big purchase for me and I would want to get 5 years + out of it. Am I in dream la la land on this one I have a feeling I am. What do you guys and gals reckon
     
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    No problem with the longevity, you would just need to replace the bulb more frequently than a typical user. With the latest sets, lamp life of up to 10,000 hours - you do the maths!
     
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    Is the lamp easy to get hold of. Any Idea on price. There is only one lamp in DLP sets right ?

    Thanks for your help
     
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    Depending on the set - £300 -> £400.
    User replaceable and available from the same retailer where you get the set from. Yes - just the one bulb.
     
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    Yikes gets expensive doesnt it. With my usage a new lamp every 2-->2 1/2 years. Whats the longevity on the plasma's like
     
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    Yes daughter is at school. Touble is with my wife and I doing shift work one of us is usualy at home with the TV on.
     
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    Comets 3 yr cover is £169 & 5 yr cover £269 compared with £800 ish for plasma's. I'm going to pay the extra £100 before long perhaps. Total cover for that price means they have confidence in the products reliability?
     
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    WARNING!

    Ensure you read the small-print of any extended warranty. A lot of these do not cover bulbs for RPTV's as they view them as "consumable" products.
     
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    Plasma screens gradually fade over time, as a natural consequence of the technology. Manufacturers quote lifespan in terms of predicted usage for brightness to reduce to 50% of value at new. This 'lifespan' varies between model and manufacturer. Some of the most recent models are quoting in the 40-60,000 hour range, IIRC.
     

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