Samsung HLN617W 61" DLP Television Review
PCstats recently had an
opportunity to look at Samsung's enormous 61" HLN617W DLP flat screen TV, and we
jumped at it. DLP (Digital Light Processing) displays may be less familiar to
some of you than the more conventional methods such as plasma, CRT, LCD or rear
projection, but it may well be the future of big screen HDTV's. Samsung was one
of the first companies to jump into the DLP display market, which is based on
Texas Instruments revolutionary HD-2 DLP micro device.
The HLN617W is Samsung's current HDTV flagship home
theatre screen, so get ready to sell that extra kidney as we take a close look
at this mother of all Home Theatre screens! As citizens of an industrialized
nation, we've seen big screen HDTVs before. Our first experience with the
Samsung HLN617W still gave us a double take however. This is a laaaarge screen.
Once we had this Samsung DLP
screen it set up in the middle of the office, nearly everyone in the PCstats
labs had to wander over once or twice for a closer look (especially when we were
'testing' Doom3 on it, but that's another story). Samsung's HLN617W retails for
slightly under $3,000
USD ($3,800 CDN) making it extremely
attractive compared to similarly sized plasma screens which generally go for
more than double this price... Well, actually there aren't any equivalently
sized LCD screens, which sort of gives DLP a nice unfair advantage in our
||Samsung HLN-617W 61" DLP
Users Manual, Warranty, Remote
Control, 2 AAA batteries.
Off the cuff, the Samsung
HLN617W boasts a laundry list of features as you might expect. For starters the
display is a little over 19" deep, and a hundred pounds light. At the heart of
the unit rests a second generation Texas Instruments 0.8" Digital Micro Device,
which has a native resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. This resolution matches
HDTV's 720p, pixel for pixel, and for television signals it features automatic
conversion to 720p.
Other technologies present in
the HLN617W are DNIe video enhancement technology (more on this later), Faroudja
DCDi de-interlacing technology, Digital Noise Reduction, BBE sound and Virtual
Dolby Surround Sound (DSS). The display comes with a universal remote control,
twin HD component interfaces, a DVD 480i/p set of component inputs (Y, Pb, Pr)
and it will display two separate signals under Picture-in-Picture (PIP)
|Simple Good Looks &
61" of Eye Candy
- The Perfect Combination.
Samsung's HLN617W simple good
looks add to its appeal. Obviously the screen takes up most of the real estate
on the front, but the uniform black and silver bezel and single medallion-shaped
LED information display under the screen result in a sleek and classy
This circular display
functions as both a power-indicator and a warning light for various possible
trouble states; including lamp temperature and display assembly problems. A set
of essential controls is located on the right hand side of the front bezel, at
the bottom. These include a power switch, channel and volume controls, menu and
enter buttons and a TV/video switch. This allows you to effectively control the
entire DLP screen in the event you are left without a remote, but is in no way a
replacement for it.
Next, we'll give you a quick
run through about how DLP works, and why it is gaining so much interest in the
Home Theatre display industry.