Ask anyone into electronics to give you a short list of items they would want for christmas and I will bet money that a big TV would be in the top 3. Big screen TVs whether flat panel or projection are hot sellers in the past two years and with competition and lower prices, there will be no end to the buying frenzy in the near future.
The main questions you should be asking yourself first is whether or not to buy name brand. Although the off brand TVs are usually 20-30% cheaper, there is always a reason. My rule of thumb is if you can't afford a name brand in the size you want, hold off until you can. You will save money and headaches in the long run. The second question is what size. I have used and owned several large TVs and from my experience and today's prices, there is no reason to buy under 40 inches. The third is projection, plasma, or LCD. They all have their good and bad points. LCD TV's are good overall especially in bright rooms, but are more expensive. Plasma are cheaper that LCD TVs and are fast and bright, but suffer from bad reflection tendencies in bright light conditions because of the large glass pane protecting the plasma panel. This also makes Plasma TVs much heavier than their LCD counterpart. Projection TVs are fast, bright and cheaper than both LCDs and Plasma, but they are bulkier and seeing they use bulbs for the light source, they will fade over time and require replacing from time to time.
The forth and confusing question is whether you need HDTV and if you do, what scale of HDTV resolution do you want? Will you utilize or need 1080p? Will 720p be good enough for your purposes? I found a great CNET article that breaks down all the in's and out's of HDTV resolutions and does a far better job than I would be able to do in order to explain just how the HDTV crowd labels their TV's capabilities. Check out the article and everything you will need to know HERE.
Still interested in checking out how this TV does after two months of day to day testing? Well stick around, this TV was not just set up in a lab for a quick movie and overall commentary, I inserted this big boy into my everyday life to really see how this TV stacks up to the others I have tested in the past.
SAMSUNG CORPORATE INFORMATION
Head Office Corporate Information
Samsung delivers management reform through New Management to maintain high international competitiveness. SAMSUNG is dedicated to contributing to mankind's quality of life. The year 2000 will be declared as the First year of Samsung Digital Management to speed up the digitization of all areas of management with an ultimate objective to become a leader in the digital age of the 21st century. Samsung has continuously improved its financial structure by increasing profits, reducing costs, and enhancing brand image. SAMSUNG's stability and development potential are universally recognized.
Canadian Corporate Information
After only a decade of growth since first entering the Canadian market in 1987, Samsung Canada, headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, has emerged as the market leader. We are growing in Canada by about 20% per year and continue to build a strong presence in every market we enter. Operating as part of Samsung's Americas group, our Canadian operations gain considerable competitive advantage from Samsung's local Americas R&D, manufacturing, and technical support. Samsung Electronics in Canada focuses on consumer electronics and information systems products. Consumer electronics began in Canada in 1987, followed by IS in 1992. The information sales division has grown 61% since 1992. Samsung has introduced a wide range of IS products into the Canadian market, which include hard disk drives, CD-ROM drives, printers, fax machines and monitors enforcing its leading market position and fast year-over-year growth with a strong local presence and reseller network to serve Canadian consumers from coast to coast. Samsung is building a strong presence in Canada as it has all over the world.