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Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review

Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review - PCSTATS
Abstract: 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.
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Filed under: Home Theatre Published:  Author: 
External Mfg. Website: Samsung Oct 20 2004   Mike Dowler  
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Physical Attributes of the HLN617W

Since DLP displays do not require the bulky CRT's and projection equipment that weigh down conventional large screen TVs, they are considerably lighter as a rule. While not as svelte as plasma or LCD display, the HLN617W is still very easy to move for its size, and much lighter than an equivalent plasma screen would be. Weighing in at 101.9lbs, we found that two people could move it around with very little strain.

The HLN617W measures 57 inches across, 40 inches high and remarkably only 19 inches deep. Obviously it can't sit flush against a wall like plasma or LCD screens, but it is very shallow for its size and will not eat up too much of your living room.

A stand is a must for this set, as the best viewing experience only comes with the television properly mounted so that it is at eye level when you are seated. The Samsung TR61L2S stand (separately, $700USD) is the intended model for the HLN617W.

The rear of the set heats up considerably on the left-hand side where the vent for the lamp is located. Given the shape of the case, it is not possible to place the vent close enough to a wall or other object to cause concern though. The HLN617W shines a thin pattern of shifting light onto the wall behind it (the backwash from the lamp shining though the vent slats). This is hidden by the bulk of the TV during viewing, and is not bright enough to cause a distraction in our experience.

Incidently, the HLN617W's power consumption is rated at 200Watts. Comparably speaking, a 42" plasma screen draws about 310W, 220W for a 40" LCD screen. Now, let's take a closer look at all those A/V inputs.

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Contents of Article: Samsung HLN617W
 Pg 1.  Samsung HLN617W 61-inch DLP Television Review
 Pg 2.  Introduction to DLP
 Pg 3.  — Physical Attributes of the HLN617W
 Pg 4.  Audio and Video Inputs
 Pg 5.  On-Screen Menus and Settings
 Pg 6.  In use; HDTV, Gaming, and DVDs
 Pg 7.  In use - Computer Display
 Pg 8.  Sound, Tehchical Conclusions

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