As always, there is a new generation of chips that will make current products,
in this case DLP-based rear-projection HDTVs, seem obsolete. And as ever, first-generation products based on that chip will be expensive. The chip in question is the Texas Instruments xHD3, which provides higher resolution (1,920x1,080, or 1080p) and, thus, a sharper picture with 1080i HD and high-res computer sources than its predecessors, such as the 1,280x720 HD2+. The products include sets such as Samsung's 67-inch HLR6768W
($5,999) and HLR5668W ($5,199) and LG's 62-inch DU-62SY20D
($4,499) and 56-inch DU-56SY2D (price not announced), which should all arrive in late June. They cost about twice as much as comparable 1,280x720 televisions, and while their images should be sharper, that's still a steep increase in price. Unless you don't mind paying double, get one of the lower-resolution DLPs or wait till next year when the 1080p models become more reasonable.