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Samsung HL-P6163W

61" HDTV-ready rear-projection DLP TV

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Item #: 305HLP6163
 

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by Steve Kindig
Samsung

Samsung has led the way in bringing DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) display technology to living rooms — their amazing DLP TVs have wowed the A/V world and become our best-selling high-def big-screens. Compared to earlier models, the new-generation HL-P6163W offers improved picture quality and a more flexible set of A/V connections. With the rapidly-expanding amount of High-Definition programming available — think of the sports events alone — the place to be is in front of this beautifully bright 61" screen!

By combining one of Texas Instruments' latest, most advanced DLP chips with Samsung's Cinema Smooth™ Gen 3 "light engine," the HL-P6163W creates bright, filmlike images with deeper blacks, more robust colors, and a smoother look overall. World-famous Carl Zeiss optics ensure a picture that is always clear and detailed.

With a single image chip replacing the three picture tubes of conventional big-screens, the picture can't drift out of focus (and require adjusting). Right out of the box, images have pixel-perfect clarity from corner to corner — and they'll stay that way! DLP is also immune to screen burn-in from playing video games, or viewing 4:3 TV shows with "side pillars."

The HL-P6163W has one of the most flexible, future-ready "jack packs" we've seen. The seven A/V inputs include two HD-compatible component video inputs, plus two pure digital inputs — DVI and HDMI — that will provide the most spectacular picture possible. (HDTV reception requires connecting a separate HDTV tuner.)

A built-in "scaler" automatically converts all incoming signals to the DLP chip's native 1280 x 720 (720p) resolution. Samsung's proprietary DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) system enhances detail and color, and applies digital noise reduction to clean up lower-quality signals.

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Highlights:

  • HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats — when connected to a separate HDTV tuner — and displays all signals at 720p)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments HD3 DLP chip (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen
  • contrast ratio: 1500:1
  • Automatic Digital Format Conversion (upconverts all video signals to 720p)
  • Faroudja DCDi™ de-interlacing with 3-2 pulldown processing
  • Digital Natural Image engine picture enhancer
  • dual 181-channel NTSC tuners
  • 2-tuner PIP (split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers (15 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 rear-panel HD-compatible component video
      (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 rear-panel DVI digital video input with HDCP copy protection
    • 1 rear-panel HDMI digital audio/video input with HDCP copy protection
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • rear-panel PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 56-7/8"W x 41-5/8"H x 17-7/8"D
  • weight: 99.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, this item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the item must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.

Consumer Alert: This component has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box after February 17, 2009, to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna because of the Nation's transition to digital broadcasting. Analog-only TVs should continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information, call the Federal Communications Commission at 1-888-225-5322 (TTY: 1-888-835-5322) or visit the Commission's digital television website at: www.dtv.gov

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type
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DLP
Screen Size
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61"
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Resolution (pixels)
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1280 x 720
Picture In Picture
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2 Tuner
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
Audio Output Power
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15 watts x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
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Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer)
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Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer)
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Not Given
Dimensions
Width (inches)
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56-7/8
Height (inches)
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41-5/8
Depth (inches)
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17-7/8
Footprint Width (inches)
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38-1/2
Footprint Depth (inches)
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17-7/8
Weight
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99.21 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link
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What's in the box?

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  • 61" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • BP59-00048 wireless remote control
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Quick Guide
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Cautions when using the projection TV" sheet
  • Product Registration Card
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser

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Features
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

Features

DLP Projection System: DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology by Texas Instruments 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. While all other technologies are analog and compromise some image quality in translation, DLP projection unleashes the full potential of high-quality video content.

3rd Generation DMD Chip: The 3rd Generation DMD chip, Texas Instruments' latest micro-display panel, offers the latest performance enhancement. Combined with Samsung's advanced light processing optics (Cinema Smooth Gen 3 Light Engine), the result is an overall stunning picture quality that is clear, bright and with outstanding contrast.

HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen: Samsung's HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen further improves picture clarity especially when viewing higher definition video sources like DVD and HDTV.

Automatic Digital Format Conversion System: The Automatic Digital Format Conversion System is compatible with 1080i and 720P HDTV formats, 480P EDTV and 480i SDTV formats. The system will accept any DTV, Analog TV, or XGA computer RGB input. All video signals are converted to a 16:9 widescreen (1280 x 720 resolution) progressive display for flicker-free images.

Faroudja DCDi De-interlacing with 3-2 Pulldown Processing: When converting film-based 480i material to a progressive video image, the new motion adaptive deinterlacing prevents the introduction of motion artifacts and jagged edges. The result is a sharper, noise-free picture with finer details.

Note: This feature is by-passed on 480P, 720P and 1080i inputs.

10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: The 10-bit 3D digital comb filter constantly analyzes the three dimensions of picture height, picture width, and picture changes-over-time, to dramatically reduce edge image artifacts while improving transition detail.

Digital Natural Image Engine: This exclusive Samsung technology dramatically improves picture quality by enhancing the contrast, detail, and white balance, while also reducing the noise.

Digital Noise Reduction: If the broadcast signal received by your TV is weak, you can activate the Digital Noise Reduction feature to help reduce any static and ghosting that may appear on the screen.

Picture Modes: You can choose one of the following picture modes:

  • Standard: resets the standard factory settings
  • Dynamic: for viewing the TV during the day, or when there is bright light in the room
  • Cinema: for viewing the TV in low light, or when playing video games
  • Custom: allows you to adjust and store the following settings: contrast, brightness, sharpness, color and tint

MCC (My Control Color) Mode: The MCC Mode lets you select predefined settings that affect the skin, sky, and grass tones in a picture without affecting other colors on the screen. You can choose one of the following settings: Standard, Turkish Blue, Emerald Green, Indian Pink, or Custom. The Custom setting allows you to independently adjust the skin, sky, and grass tones.

Screen Sizes: You can choose one of the following screen sizes:

  • Wide: sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode

  • Panorama: use this mode for the wide aspect ratio of a panoramic picture

  • Zoom 1: magnifies the size of the picture and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the joystick on the remote

  • Zoom 2: magnifies the size of the picture more than Zoom 1 and allows you to move the enlarged picture using the joystick on the remote

  • 4:3 Normal: sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode

2-tuner Picture-in-Picture: Two tuners eliminate the need for a second video source for picture-in-picture. You can select standard PIP operation (with a PIP frame size of Large or Small), or one of two split-screen modes. During standard PIP operation, the PIP frame can be moved to any corner on the screen. In both modes, you can alternate sound between the main program and the secondary program. Using the Swap function, you can instantly switch the main program with the secondary program.

Note: The following inputs cannot be used for picture-in-picture: ANT 2, Component 1, Component 2, PC, DVI, or HDMI.

Auto Volume: Auto volume automatically adjusts the volume of the desired channel by lowering the sound output when the modulation signal is high or by raising the sound output when the modulation signal is low.

Sound Settings: You can choose from the following sound settings:

  • Standard: resets the standard factory settings

  • Music: for watching music videos and concerts

  • Movie: for watching movies

  • Speech: for watching a show that is mostly dialogue

  • Custom: allows you to adjust the 5-band EQ, which includes the following frequencies: 100 Hz, 300 Hz, 1 kHz, 3 kHz, and 10 kHz

  • SRS TruSurround XT: TruSurround is a patented SRS technology that solves the problem of playing 5.1 multichannel content over two speakers. TruSurround delivers a compelling, virtual surround sound experience through the two speaker internal playback system.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, or 180 minutes. You can also choose the "On Time Channel" and "On Time Volume".

On/Off Timer: The On/Off timer allows you to program the television to turn itself on and off by selecting a specific on time and a specific off time.

PC Display: The PC input allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output, allowing you to use the TV as a high-resolution computer monitor. In PC mode, you can adjust the following picture quality settings: Coarse and Fine, both of which allow you to remove picture noise. In addition, you can choose one of the following screen sizes:

  • Wide (TV): scales the picture to the size of the TV screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Wide (PC): scales the picture to 92% of the screen regardless of the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Expand: scales the picture to the aspect ratio of the input source

  • Normal: displays the picture as it is without changing the aspect ratio of input source

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including VCRs, cable boxes, and DVD players. Several controls are located under a sliding lid that covers the bottom quarter of the remote. 

Inputs and Outputs Notes

DVI Input: This input consists of left and right audio jacks and a DVI-D terminal. The DVI-D terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces.

Note: The DVI-D terminal will accept 1080i, 720p and 480p.

PC: This input consists of left and right audio jacks and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect a digital set-top box with an RGB output, or a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output. When using the RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack, you must use the PC Audio input for your audio connection.

Side Input: The side input consists of the following connections: left and right RCA audio jacks, RCA composite video jack, and S-video jack.

Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

HDMI: This input consists of an HDMI terminal. The HDMI terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces.

"Service" Jack: The rear panel of the TV has a minijack input for service use only.

 
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Samsung HL-P6163W

Written By please don't call, Tempe AZ on Thursday, March 31, 2005
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I recently purchased this tv and am very happy. This is a BIG television. The service was great from crutchfield. The previous reviews were correct that normal non high def tv isn't that good on this set. High-def on the this tv is incredible though. I'm using the DVI on my Cox cable and it is working well. DVD looks good but not great. My XBOX is connected using component cables and the picture is amazing. Halo 2 has never been so fun. I also used the DVE calibration disk, but it was a little over my head. I would recommend using the settings that the review prior to mine used. If you buy this TV, expect to spend a couple of hundred dollars on cables and equipment if you would like to get the most out of your TV. Overall I am satisfied with my purchase and would recommend this TV for anyone who is interested in purchasing a large DLP TV.
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4 out of 5

Samsung HL-P6163W

Written By Darud, Chicago, IL on Thursday, March 24, 2005
 
This set as with all DLP & flat panel sets must be properly calibrated. I used the Digital Video Essentials DVD. High Definition sources look incredible. Because this set is 720p native, I suggest that your output source is switched to 720p. After calibrating the set, I found that the set looks best using warm 1 or 2 picture modes with contrast, sharpness & brightness, & color set to 50, the midway point. If you get your set professionally calibrated, those settings will slightly change. As of now, my high definition source & DVD player are component connections, however I plan to use the HDMI connection after upgrading to the Denon 3910S. I believe the picture quality will significantly improve. Please note, standard definition sources look tolerable at best. If you don't plan to watch High Definition content anytime soon, I'm not sure if this set is for you. DVD looks great, but its only 480p, even if it's upscaled to 720p or 1080i, its still not true high definition.

Strengths: Sleep timer, on/off timer, DVI, HDMI, Component Video, S-Video & PC inputs. Good overall picture and nice blacks. Not deep blacks, but solid. No convergence issues.

Weaknesses: This set needs about 1 minute to reach an acceptable level of brightness, however give it 5 minutes to be safe. Let it warm up for at least 30 minutes before conducting calibration. Not all DVI sources work. I'm not sure if it was from my Comcast DVR 6412 Cable or DirecTv Samsung box, but neither of them worked.I suspect that the set is DVI-D while the other components aren't. Shouldn't be a problem if you use HDMI or component video. Can't use split screen when using two high definition sources.
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5 out of 5

Awesome!

Written By Marty Givens, Chicago, IL. on Saturday, February 05, 2005
 
After much research I decided on a DLP and the Samsung looked the best at the various showrooms I went to.

It looks even better in my house!

The picture with HD and DVD's is simply amazing but the standard cable picture is actually worse than with a standard view TV. That's not a big issue for me because I watch more DVD's than TV anyway.

The DVI input is awesome, you can see details on your DVD's you never noticed before. I wish they had two so that I could hook up the TV and the DVD via DVI. I don't have any components with the HDMI hookup so I can't comment on that one.

Xbox games look great as well with the component video hooked up but there is a slight delay in the relaying of information from the game control to the TV. It's really noticeable when you play games like Madden.

I bought a calibration DVD which was very helpful in getting the picture to look they way it's meant to. For some reason Samsung thinks the contrast should always be around 100% so that's where they have the presets.

The design of the cabinet is sleek and the TV looks great on or off! It actually takes up less room than the 36" RCA it replaced. Plus it only weighs 100lbs (120 lbs lighter than the RCA).

The remote is pretty basic but the menus are very easy to use.

I'm not too impressed with the DNle technology. Sometimes it looks better on and sometimes it looks better off.

The speakers on the TV are nice but I use my receiver so that I have surround sound.

One thing I would like to see added is an optical digital output from the TV.

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