Pros Beautiful TV with full 1080p
Cons 1080p only on one input
Summary CNet did not do all its homework and I think it should review its own review. It is possible to turn off the DNIE by going to the service menu. I would recommend using a calibrator to do it, but it is still possible. See below: From avs Forum
WARNING, I ASSUME NO RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY DAMAGE CAUSED BY ENTERING THE SERVICE MENU! USE EXTREME CAUTION AND WRITE DOWN ANY SETTINGS BEFORE MAKING ANY CHANGES!
1. Enter the service menu by pressing "mute, 1, 8, 2, power" within a second of one another while the TV is turned off.
2. Once in the service menu, use the arrow keys to go to the "DNIe" page and right click.
3. Once in the DNIe page, turn each of the following parameters in the first column to the "OFF" position.
That's it! No more DNIe!
Pros Advantagous Technology with Great Specs. 1080x1920 LoR, 5000x1 Contrast Ratio.
Cons You will have to pay the Price for New Technology. The reported rainbow problem.
Summary I have been following dlp technology for about 8 months watching some the advancements like Contrast Ratio go from 1500x1 to the Industry Leading 5000x1 which adds great depth to the on-screen colors.
Truely, if you are like me, than you can wait at least another 6-8 months for other less pricier options to come foward or you can use the time to convince yourself to drop such a high figure on a television. Mitsubishi, LG, and couple other companies should be coming out soon.
If your looking to buy a projection TV, DLP is the way to go. There is no screen aging, which happens over time as colors start to fade, and no screen burning that happens when a slight image becomes permantly fixated on your screen, like a channel logo. Even if your thinking of buying a cool flat panel, DLP has its advantages. CNET does a great job of laying those out, click around.
The technology is sound (chech out DLP.com) and for that alone I give this TV a 9.5, minus 1/2 for the rainbow issue. But overall with the price convience added in, this blue collar worker will wait a while. Overall 8.
For more on the reported rainbow issue, CNET's own report of it is verbatum just below.
"One potential problem with DLP sets is known as the rainbow effect. Some people can see streaks of color on these TVs, especially when moving their eyes across the screen. This is caused by the fact that the single DLP chip uses a color wheel to create red, green, and blue, and hence all colors. The occurrence of these rainbows has been significantly reduced with the advent of newer, faster color wheels, and most people who watch a DLP never see rainbows at all (and the few who do usually see them only occasionally). ..."
Pros color, brightness
Cons picture on local channels
Summary I've had my TV for 3 weeks now. It has worked perfectly except for a problem with the "up" button on the remote. The screen is big and bright -- so bright, in fact, that I keep it in "movie" mode rather than in the brighter "standard" mode. The contrast and color are excellent. The menus are easily navigated. Picture quality on movie channels such as HBO (via my Dish satellite receiver) and from DVDs is terrific. However, football games on CBS or Fox are best described as smudged looking, resembling grass painted on a canvas that's then smeared with a rag. Even though the signals come through the satellite receiver they are still low resolution, over-the-air quality. There are still relatively few HD channels available and, with Dish, I can't get both HD and a 2-room DVR without buying a $600 receiver. However, this is not the TV's fault!
The fan noise mentioned in some reviews of DLP TVs is so minor as to be unnoticable. I have noticed the "rainbow effect" on football gridlines when the camera is panning, again only on the low-resolution channels.
Overall, it is a wonderful TV but perhaps more than is necessary until more HD broadcasts are available (especially 1080p). I bought it from my local Circuit City since they were offering it for $3,989, roughly the same price as on-line retailers.
Pros Excellent resolution, blacks and colors
Cons No 1080p on HDMI input
Summary The DNle processing CAN be turned off on the Samsung sets. I have done it on my 6168.
There is no one menu control for the processing. You turn off all the different parts of the DNle one at a time and they stay off. The image is better since the blacks aren't forced too deep and the picture is not over-enhanced. Picture quality is now excellent.Updated
From the CNET review:
" If Samsung had left the DNIe defeatable and fixed the floating black-level issue, this set would have received an Editors' Choice award."
So when are you going to give it the reward???
Pros Can take 1080P source over VGA
Cons Picture Noise, Artifacting, Poor handling of motion, loss of detail in dark scenes
Summary These sets apparently were made on the cheap. Like all this year's 1080P DLP tv sets, they aren't true 1080P. They have the "wobulated" half-chip, which causes additional picture deterioration. The Samsungs seem to do a poorer job with video processing than the other DLP manufacturers and also have terrible audio delay. Especially if you are a gamer or hooking up to an A/V Receiver. If you are looking at this yeear's 1080P DLP sets, you should stick with Toshiba or Mitsubishi. Better yet, wait until next year when they start building around a full, true 1080P chip or get a LCOS 1080P set which is true 1080P and doesn't have all the Picture noise and artifacting problems of DLP plus they have better Video Processors. LCOS: Sony SXRD, JVC D-ILA.Updated
Samsung DLP TV sets have had plenty of reliability problems in the past and don't seem to be improving.