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Samsung HLN617W 61-Inch Widescreen Projection HDTV with DLP Technology

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  • 61-inch DLP-based high-definition widescreen projection television; 56.5 x 40.2 x 19.4 inches (W x H x D)
  • 13 video inputs, including DVI-HDTV, PC, and DVD (480i/p)
  • 1,280 x 720 resolution for a clear, detailed picture
  • 2-tuner PIP with side-by-side split screen
  • 20 watts per channel x 2; Virtual Dolby surround simulates theater sound through any two speakers
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Technical Details
Brand NameSamsung
Item Weight103.6 pounds
Product Dimensions19.4 x 56.5 x 40.2 inches
Item model numberHLN617W
Discontinued by manufacturerYes
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Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #694,372 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight105 pounds
ShippingThis item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
Date First AvailableMay 22, 2003

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Samsung
  • Model: HLN617W
  • Display Technology: DLP
  • Display Size: 61 inches
  • Speaker Count: 2
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Product Description Product Description The 61" DLP TV displays a breathtaking widescreen viewing area that is elegantly framed in an ultra-light, thin-bezel cabinet. Weighing about 80 pounds and only 19.4 inches deep, it fits almost anywhere. You will experience perfect vision: Samsung’s DLP projection TV delivers unmatched brightness, contrast levels, and color accuracy, plus full digital convergence and a host of top-notch features. Its sleek design and lightweight construction also make this monitor possibly the most attractive and versatile TV your home has ever seen.

HDTV with DLP technology
Digital Light Processing (DLP) technology is found in leading digital cinemas the world over. The heart of DLP technology is a micro-display panel no larger than a postage stamp, which integrates 921,600 microscopic mirrors to deliver eye-popping, high-definition detail, color, and clarity. Samsung applies the magic of DLP technology to your home theater via its patented, compact optical engine that replaces the large, heavy picture tubes found in direct-view sets. Best of all, Samsung DLP projection TVs are lighter, more affordable, and use far less power than plasma TVs. Now you can enjoy the spine-tingling thrills of digital television in a sleek, tabletop design that’s significantly smaller, lighter, and brighter than a conventional projection TV. Samsung’s advanced convergence technologies also make DLP projection TVs compatible with your HDTV tuner, PC, DVD, game console, VCR, camcorder, digital camera, and much more.

Samsung optical engine
Samsung’s patented optical engine ensures maximum brightness, flicker-free video, detailed text, and still images, and a full 160-degree viewing angle. DLP micro-display technology and Samsung’s proprietary Bent Light Lens System give you a big-screen TV without the big-screen hassle. Its ultra-slim, ultra-lightweight design lets you put it virtually anywhere. And its optical engine is durable, long-lasting, and never needs calibrating.

Digital perfection
DLP technology is the only display solution that enables projection systems to create a purely digital connection between a digital video or graphic source and the screen in front of you. The surface of the DLP panel is covered with almost a million micro-mirrors (1280 x 720) that act as pixels. This incredibly high pixel count creates a striking, digital image with seamless resolution, amazing detail, and brilliant, lifelike colors. And because the pixels are less than one micron apart, you won’t notice the "screen door" effect apparent with other TVs.

Ultra-smooth action
Samsung’s DLP micro-mirrors can switch on and off over 5,000 times a second--that’s up to 10 times faster than other micro-displays. This allows DLP Projection TV to smoothly and accurately display fast-switching content like HDTV and DVD.

Brighter and clearer

At 400 cd/m2, DLP outshines other micro-display technologies for a bright, clear picture, with incredible contrast and color accuracy. Its unique optical engine preserves the intensity of the original image with vibrant colors and rich, deep blacks. Its high, 1000:1 contrast ratio makes for ideal color separation and crisp, detailed images. That’s why Samsung's DLP projection TV is perfect for any source material that demands minute detail, such as HDTV, computer images, and DVDs.

Consistent screen image
The DLP projection TV is much more durable than competing technologies because the display doesn’t physically age or deteriorate. Its ultra-high-pressure lamp delivers consistent light output and picture quality throughout its long lifespan.

Cinema progressive scan and 3:2 pulldown
The cinema progressive scan enhancement automatically upconverts all nondigital signals to a smooth, clear 720 lines of progressive scan. The 3:2 pulldown feature is a must for any movie enthusiast. It analyzes each frame of video, removing unclear frames that were added during the transfer from film to video. These added frames cause blurring, stuttering, and other motion artifacts, especially during fast-action sequences. 3:2 pulldown eliminates them and gives your DVDs a look and feel that’s much closer to film. Cinema progressive scan with 3:2 pulldown is powered by Faroudja’s patented DCDi video processing on Samsung DLP projection TVs.

1280 x 720 progressive display quality
Samsung delivers flicker-free, static images, thanks to its all-format conversion system. Progressive scan is a must for rock-steady text, still images, and smooth action sequences.

Wide viewing angle
Left side, right side, or upside-down--whatever your location, Samsung DLP projection TVs allow you to see any display clearly, thanks to its 160-degree-wide viewing angle. Unlike traditional projection TVs, the image doesn’t get darker as you move away from the center.

What's in the Box
TV, remote control, two AAA batteries, and user's manual.

From the Manufacturer

The new HLN617W displays 61 inches of breathtaking wide screen viewing area and fits where others don't. The secret to this engineering marvel is a compact digital projector powered by a single, postage stamp sized Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) that generates high definition video images.


  • DLP(Digital Light Processing) TV
  • Samsung DNIe (Digital Natural Image Engine): Detail enhancer, contrast enhancer, white balance and color optimizer, noise reduction with 3D motion optimizer
  • Crystal clear 1280 x 720P resolution
  • HDTV Performance with add-on HDTV tuner
  • All format conversion to 720p
  • Faroudja Film Mode 3:2 pull down enhancement
  • 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter
  • 2-tuner PIP with side by side split screen
  • 6000 Hr. 120-watt user replaceable lamp
  • HD fine pitch screen
  • No screen aging or burn-in effects
  • 150° horizontal viewing angle
  • 40-watt stereo audio system
  • Virtual Dolby Sound
  • BBE Sound Enhancer
  • Speaker System: Left/right, 2 way
  • Audio Output Power: 2 Channels x 15watts MTS stereo with dbx noise reduction
  • Display Type: 61" wide screen display
  • Display System: 0.8" Digital Micro device
  • Audio Terminal: Analog L/R inputs 3 (1 side, 2 rear)
  • Audio Terminal: Analog L/R outputs 1 set (rear)
  • Video Terminal: Composite video in 3 (1 ride, 2 rear)
  • Video Terminal: DVD component video in 1 set (Y, Pb, Pr)480i, 480P
  • Video Terminal: HDTV /DTV component video input 2 (Y, Pb, Pr) 1080i, 720P, 480P
  • Video Terminal: RF inputs 2 Rear
  • Video Terminal: S-Video in 3 (1 side, 2 rear)
  • Video Terminal: PC input 1 Rear (D-Sub 15 pin) XGA
  • Video Terminal: DVI input 1 rear
  • Net Dimensions: 56.5"(W) x 40.2"(H) x 19.4"(D)
  • Net Weight: 101.9lbs
  • Supplied Accessories: Instruction book, remote control with 2 AAA batteries

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These are both top of the line sets and you really can't go wrong..
I have had repeated problems with my TV and am trying to get reimbursed on a claim but I cannot find my original warranty card from Samsung.
John Burkert
Overall, DLPs are better since they have better contrast than plasmas and weigh less.
H. Sachan

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127 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Hoelo on April 4, 2004
When I bought my new house, I decided that my basement needed a MONSTER tv to make me feel all spiffy and like a big man :P. The choice for me was between the 70" Sony Grand Wega XBR and this 61" Samsung DLP.
DLP and LCD both have their pros and cons.. Seeing the two TVs at Circuit City (where I got mine) nearly side-by-side gave me the opportunity to notice things that I might not have remembered otherwise had I bounced back and forth between stores to make my decision.
Either TV is great.. These are both top of the line sets and you really can't go wrong.. However, here are a few things that I noticed.. And be aware, different people see different things so your mileage may vary..
LCD Pro: The LCD was very slightly crisper in general. For the most part, you couldn't tell the difference. However, there were certain cases where you could see a slightly sharper image on the LCD; namely the TV logos in the bottom right corner of the screen and the edges of cetain images. The picture was stunning and the black-depth was quite good, although not quite as deep as on the DLP.
DLP Pro: I am a big video game player, animation fan and movie buff. Video games and anime tend to have very rich colors since, after all, it is artificially generate.. In video games you will seen greens and blues that you rare ever come across in your life. In the color area, the DLP shines.. While the Sony XBR color was such that you could not criticize it in any way really, the DLP just blew it out of the water. The color on the DLP is *perfect*.. There is no over-saturation or bleed-through.. Colors are crisp, distinct and beautiful. The blacks are JET black.. Top notch..
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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By H. Sachan on August 25, 2004
Here's a feedback which I left for HLP model TVs also. HLNs are older thatn HLP and the feedback below compares HLP/HLN/HLM. It does not has the nunmber of input/output (composite/component etc) since that can easily be found on the product description page.

This reviews pretty much applies to all the DLP level TVs from Samsung. I researched for around more than couple of months before finally buying this one.

Samsung initially started with HLM/HLN series DLP models which were using HD2 chip from Texas Instruments and the contrast ratio was 1000:1. This performed very well in reviews, quality and black level as compared to Sony LCD rear projection.

The next series is the latest on which is HLP xx63 series where xx is the size in diagonal (HLP 4663, HLP 5063). The improvements in this are 7 segment color wheel instead of 6-segment, which gives better color. This also uses 3rd generation chip HD3 which has contrast ratio of 1500:1. The bulb are also better in this one since there were some problems in the earlier version of the TV. This is a great TV, light weight as compared to some other and plasmas.

The next series which is out only in 2 models is HLP 5085 and HLP5685. These are also 7-segment color wheel but they have HD2+ chip. This is 4th generation chip and is better than HD3. Its contrast ratio is 2500:1 which should mean better black levels. These are the ones with pedestal which looks cool in the picture but is kinda bulky looking in the store. I'm not sure why this model is not out in 46 inches, may be it doesn't make difference in smaller sizes.

Next, 5th generation chip is going to be xHD3 and should give around 4500:1 contrast ratio.

Overall, DLPs are better since they have better contrast than plasmas and weigh less.
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By "astropin" on March 30, 2004
I've had this set for 8 months now and I am still impressed with it's performance. I did allot of research before deciding which set would be my first HDTV. After weighing all of the pluses and minuses (for me) the Samsung DLP's came out on top.
No burn-in means you can watch your standard definition (SD) programs in their normal 4:3 aspect ratio (no need too stretch the picture). You could leave a static image on the TV 24/7 and it will not affect the screen. Also DLP's are not affected by magnetic fields, which means you can put non-shielded speakers right next to them. I would highly recommend a DVD player with a DVI output (like the Bravo D1 or Samsung's 931 ) which will provied the best possible picture with these TV's (I've run some tests). Be aware that with DLP's the better the source the better the picture. Now I'm not talking about high dollar cables (a $25 DVI cable will perform the same as a $100 one), what I mean is High Definition programming looks spectacular as do DVD's through a DVI enabled DVD player, but SD programming can look anywhere from good to preety bad. Very happy with my decision.
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2004
Firstly, I love the TV. I bought it because I wanted good contrast, bright colors, and no burn-in (I play a lot of X-Box games) and it delivers all those. But I'm giving it only three stars because it's just not very reliable.
- it is incredibly sensitive to signal quality. I have digital cable; there was heavy snow on many channels and I was getting dropouts - the channel suddenly missing - on the others. The cable company diagnosed a bad ground line, replaced it, and everything was fine. But during the entire time, my spare TV (CRT) looked perfectly fine - no snow, no dropout. So it's this TV that's sensitive.
- It needs a lot of service. It blew the lamp (a $239 dollar part) after three months, the color wheel after six, and now, at 11 months, it's just blown the lamp again. I'm about to get a warranty replacement of the whole light engine.I am kicking myself for not buying a 3-year extended warranty from the dealer.
And just as a FYI, I bought Samsungs HDTV DVD player and use the DVI conenction and the picture quality is awesome.
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