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Great picture, but it BLOWS bulbs like crazy ....
on November 14, 2012
Got this set as a "replacement" set under our warranty, that was purchased through Frye Electronics. We originally had a really nice Toshiba DLP, but it developed enough issues over 2 yrs time, and 3-4 tech warranty visits that Frye said, "Here you go, here's THIS Samsung TV that we are replacing your Toshiba with". Had previously researched the Toshiba before buying, and were THRILLED with it, until "issues" started creating REGULAR tech visits.
The replacement Samsung (your model here) caught me off guard as it was offered all of a sudden in a "take it or leave it way", and I didn't have any time to research it, since I wasn't expecting a DIFFERENT BRAND as a replacement.
Anyhow ...this Samsung has an INCREDIBLE PICTURE, and it was never even calibrated. We were both amazed and thankful, as we were scared this replacement might not have as good of an image as the previous Toshiba. We had this Samsung about 18 months, and then the bulb blew. No warning. Found a local bulb vendor, and carefully replaced it. We bought the bulb that's ALREADY ENCASED in its housing, as its a LOT EASIER installing/removing. That bulb lasted about 3 months. Got another bulb (under vendor's warranty). It lasted about 2.5 months, and it was suggested that maybe we were buying "factory seconds" bulbs at a discounted price. Switched vendors, and started blowing bulbs EVERY 2 months. Whenever we replaced the bulb, the picture went right back to being FANTASTIC.
Fast forward 8-10 months, and another 3-4 bulbs. Then we started getting the tiny white dots down both left/right sides of the screen. Started with 2-3 dots on each side, and 3 weeks later, we have 25-30 sots per side. TIME FOR A NEW TV, as we know the cost to fix the bulb (power or ballast issue) is cost prohibitive, and the dot problem throws more $ on an already pricey problem.
My advice .... If you are viewing this TV as only a 2-3 year purchase, get it. You'll LOVE the clear picture. BUT DEFINITELY CONSIDER BUYING A WARRANTY THROUGH SOMEONE LIKE SQUARE TRADE WARRANTY, as they are much more AFFORDABLE as a warranty, and yet just as good as the inflated ones the big box stores are pushing on you. And no, I don't work for Square Trade, but HIGHLY believe in them now.