NFL and Samsung

When it comes to DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) display technology, Samsung has been a leader all along. Now, they're one of the first TV makers to deliver DLP big-screen models with "1080p" resolution. Why is 1080p desirable? Until now, big-screen TVs have maxed out at 720p resolution, which creates images using about one million pixels. 1080p has a little over two million pixels — it can show every detail of 1080i HDTV programs with no reduction in clarity.

The HL-R5078W's spectacular picture is made possible by the new-generation DLP chip inside. This chip replaces the three picture tubes used in old-style big-screen TVs. A single chip ensures that precise image focus is locked in; the set will never drift out of alignment and require adjusting. The other major innovation is a "dynamic iris," for dramatically improved black level, shadow detail, and overall contrast. The motorized lens iris is controlled by a circuit that continuously samples the brightness level of the video signal. The iris opens and closes instantly in response to picture brightness, precisely controlling the light output to maintain optimum contrast.

This "Digital Cable Ready" HDTV can receive over-the-air and cable HDTV programming without a separate tuner box. (To get the most from the TV's built-in cable tuner, ask your local service provider about a CableCARD.) The built-in TV Guide On Screen program guide means you don't have to hunt for the newspaper listings to find out what's on. The TV automatically downloads 8 days' worth of channel listings for your local broadcast and cable stations, and displays them in an easy-to-navigate color-coded grid. There's no monthly fee, and no phone connection is needed.

The HL-R5078W has plenty of inputs to handle your current and future audio/video gear. There are two HD-compatible component video inputs, two HDMI inputs, plus two digital IEEE 1394 ports for high-def playback and recording. The standard PC input lets this set double as a big, hi-res computer monitor. So whether you're interested in HDTV programs, DVD movies, video games, or all of the above, this TV will plug you in.

Tip: To find out if HDTV signals are available in your area, visit this helpful site and punch in your zip code.

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Product Highlights:

  • high-definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments SmoothPicture™ DLP chip (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Cinema Smooth™ Gen-6 1080p Light Engine
  • DynamicBlack™ dynamic iris for deeper blacks and better contrast
  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1
  • 140°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • Digital Format Converter (upconverts all signals to 1080p)
  • DNIe™ (Digital Natural Image engine) picture enhancer
  • TV Guide On Screen® 8-day program guide
  • 2-tuner Picture-in-Picture (inset or split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers (15 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 9 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 HD-compatible component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 IEEE 1394 ports for record/play with compatible HD recorders
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • 46-7/8"W x 34-3/16"H x 14-1/8"D
  • weight: 75.6 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Contact your local cable TV provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services

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What's in the box?

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  • 50" Widescreen DLP Television
  • Wireless remote control (BP59-00071)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 9.75' Anynet cable (has a minijack stereo connector on each end)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 6' G-Link cable (has two IR blasters)
  • 2 Self-adhesive foam pads (for mounting the IR blasters)
  • Owner's Instructions
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Anynet Guide
  • TV Guide On Screen User Manual
  • TV Guide On Screen Quick Setup Sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • North American Limited Warranty Statement
  • Limited Warranty to Original Purchaser
  • "Cautions when using the projection TV" sheet
  • Product Registration Card
  • "Important: TV Infrared (IR) Controller" note
  • Precaution sheet concerning cleaning the screen
  • "Procedures for Controlling a DLP DTV using an RS-232 Connection

Features and Specs

Display
Screen Type DLP
Screen Size 50"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture 2 Tuner
Compatibility
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
General
Audio Output Power 15 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Dimensions
Width (inches) 46-7/8
Height (inches) 34-1/4
Depth (inches) 14-1/8
Footprint Width (inches) 46-7/8
Footprint Depth (inches) 13
Weight 75.62 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 9
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link Anynet

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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.

Cinema Smooth 1080p Gen 6 Light Engine: Samsung's 6th generation Digital Light Processing engine uses Texas Instruments' latest generation 0.85" microdisplay. The faster switching speeds are double the previous generations and approximately 1000 times faster than competing microdisplay technologies. The combination of Samsung's optics, advanced video processing and Samsung's 2.6", seven-segment color wheel (spinning at 10,800 rpm) results in a stunningly clear picture with outstanding color, an extended contrast ratio of up to 10,000:1 and a crisp, bright picture that's closer to film.

HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen: Samsung's HD Ultra-Fine Pitch Screen (0.155mm) further improves picture clarity especially when viewing higher definition video sources like DVD and HDTV. Text and fine details will also appear sharper.

Automatic Digital Format Conversion System: The Automatic Digital Format Conversion System is compatible with 1080i and 720p HDTV formats, as well as 480p 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 (1920 x 1080) resolution) progressive display for flicker-free images.

CableCARD Slot: This TV has a back panel CableCARD slot that allows digital cable reception without a set-top box. CableCARDs will be available from your local cable provider.

HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The TV has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals. The TV also has a 181-channel NTSC analog tuner.

Cinema Smooth Film Mode: Samsung's 3:2 pulldown correction circuitry senses motion found in unconverted 480i DVD video based on 24 fps film productions. This is especially important when converting to a progressive video image, the result is an elimination of visible motion artifacts. Note: This feature is by-passed on 480p, 720p and 1080i inputs.

Digital Natural Image Engine (DNIe): Samsung's DNIe makes input signals sharper, clearer, and more lifelike. It's advanced image processors and six-times density enhancer help to create true-to-life colors and high contrast, while virtually eliminating digital artifacts. DNIe also includes a motion optimizer, contrast enhancer, detail enhancer, color optimizer, and "My Color Control."

MCC (My Color Control) 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 predefined settings: Standard, Red, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow or Custom. The Custom setting allows you to individually set and store color saturation values between 0 and 50 for Red, Blue, Green, Pink, and Yellow. If desired, you can instantly reset the colors to the factory default.

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

Color Weakness Enhancement: The Color Weakness Enhancement feature adjusts the Red, Blue, or Green color to enhance the picture according to the user's particular color weakness.

Digital Signal Strength Meter: The digital signal strength meter can be used to help you find the antenna position that delivers the highest HDTV digital signal strength.

Analog Channel Fine Tuning: The fine tuning feature allows you to manually adjust analog channels for optimal reception. A separate fine tuning setting may be put into the TV's memory for each analog channel.

Low Noise Amplifier (LNA): When the TV's antenna setting is on "Air", instead of "Cable", sometimes reception can be improved by boosting the incoming signal using the LNA function. A separate LNA setting may be put into the TV's memory for each channel.

Picture Sizes: You can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • 16:9: 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 arrows 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 arrows on the remote

  • 4:3: 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 two analog sources or one analog and one digital source (the digital source cannot be viewed in the PIP window). 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, except when the main picture is a digital broadcast.

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. It is fully compatible with all multi-channel formats.

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.

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. You can also choose the "On Timer Channel" and "On Timer Volume".

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

TV Guide On Screen System: The TV Guide On Screen system is a free, interactive, on-screen program guide built into the TV that lists schedules and information for TV programs in your area. The TV Guide On Screen system includes the following features:

  • Listings Service: The system displays eight days of local program listings and descriptions from broadcast and cable. You can tune to any program, schedule a program to record, or set a reminder.
  • Search: You can search for programs alphabetically, by keyword, or by category. Within the categories, you can sort by show type, show title, or starring actor.
  • One-touch Recording: To record, you can simply highlight a program title and then press a single button on the remote control. The system will automatically record the program. Programs may be set to record one time or every time they air.
  • Reminder: You may set reminders to ensure that you never miss your favorite program. Reminders can even be set to automatically turn on the TV when a program begins.

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

Side Panel Inputs: The TV features a set of audio/video jacks (composite video, S-video, and stereo RCA audio) on the right side panel. These jacks allow you to easily and quickly connect a camcorder or video game console.

HDMI: This input consists of two HDMI terminals. The HDMI terminals can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. One of the HDMI terminals can be used for a DVI-equipped component. A separate analog audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. The HDMI jacks accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

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.

Component Video Inputs: The 2 sets of component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i signals.

D-Net: The TV has two IEEE1394 jacks for connecting components such as a digital VCR, camcorder, or A/V hard disk recorder. The D-Net jacks can transfer audio, video, and control signals. Note: The IEEE1394 jacks are not intended for use with a personal computer.

External Remote Control Ports: This unit has three different jacks that can be used to connect and control external devices or control the TV from a remote location. In the Setup Menu, you will need to choose which connection and control method you will be using. The functions of these remote ports cannot be used at the same time. The three jacks include:

  • G-Link: You can control multiple brands of VCRs, DVD player/recorders, or cable boxes via infrared. The supplied G-Link cable plugs into the G-Link jack on the back of the TV and has two infrared flashers that can be attached to your compatible A/V components. The recording commands from the TV Guide On Screen are sent through the G-Link port. The input is a 3.5mm (1/8") minijack.

  • Anynet: Using the supplied Anynet cable, you can connect and control up to 3 additional Anynet-compatible Samsung A/V components. Compatible components have Anynet inputs and outputs so they can be daisy-chained together. The input is a 3.5mm (1/8") minijack.

  • RS232C: You can control the TV from your computer via the RS232C serial port.

Antenna Inputs: Two independent cables or antennas can be connected to the "Ant 1 In" or "Ant 2 In" terminals.

"Service" Jack: The rear panel of the TV has a USB-A input for software upgrades.

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Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By Angelo, Houston, Tx on Wednesday, March 22, 2006

Beats other high priced TV sets in picture quality especially in HD broadcast. Life like picture quality - totally awesome! Lots of digital and analog inputs-outputs. Money well spent for this unit.

Even my wife likes it!

Written By Mike, Sachse, TX on Wednesday, March 15, 2006

The greatest compliment that can be given is the one from my wife. This is from a woman who could care less about electronics. After viewing our first HDTV prodcast she looks at me and says, "Wow. I didn't think it would look that good."

Picture: Incredible

Ease of use: Not bad. Remote needs a little work. No program code for my Dishnetwork box, DVD player or Onkyo receiver.

I'm watching shows that I didn't before just because they are in HD. I'm enjoying sports almost like I'm there. Can't wait for football season to start back up again.

Bottom line: Great TV. No regrets at all.

Outstanding TV, can't imagine anything better

Written By Patrick, Fort Myers, FL on Tuesday, March 14, 2006

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I did a lot of research, like most other people, before making this major purchase. I decided on this TV because compared to the XBR, I felt like I would get more bang for the buck. HDTV on this thing is spectacular. If you have never seen the difference in person, you will be truly amazed. I have a relatively small living room, but my couch is still about 10 feet away, and it is the perfect size. I have digital cable, so I have no use for the TV guide function, and the remote is pretty boring as far as functions, but I am getting a Logitech Universal remote anyway. That is honestly the only bad thing I can say about this TV. You will not be disappointed if you make this your next one.

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By craig, San Jose, CA on Sunday, March 05, 2006

I purchased this TV to be used primarily as a PC Monitor and so far (two weeks) I am very pleased. This DLP works seemlessly on most video card resolutions. In fact I'm writting this review sitting about 8 feet away and the video resolution is set to 1024 x 768. The text clarity is great. There is no DNIe used for the PC input so don't worry about that. The one thing that I'm concerned about is that large white sections of screen look textured with fine pitched colorfull dots. I think that I'll get used to this, it's not a big deal, but not something you see on LCD.

Joined the HDTV experience

Written By Jeff, Stoughton, WI on Saturday, February 25, 2006

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Ive been pondering a ws high def tv for the past year and finally took the plunge. After much research and local comparison, I settled on the DLP format. I found Samsung to offer the best picture and features of the group. Also, to take advantage of my corner location, I wanted a tv with the speakers on the bottom to allow a larger screen and Samsung fit the bill.
Price: When the price came down to $2999./delivered with a FREE stand(offer over now) I jumped. This is the new 1080p version that isnt even available in my area yet.
Customer Asst: The sales rep was extremely knowledgable. I opted for the 5 yr warranty as it covers the lamp bulb in the event it needs replacing. Safe insurance
Ordering: Kinda messed this up a bit as it took about 30 min of phone time but worked out fine.
Delivery: In my living room 7 days later.
Picture: AWESOME !!! Its trully hard to to go from HDTV > regular picture. Vivid, bright and extremely detailed ! When watching a sporting event, you could pick out someone in the crowd if you knew them ! The olympics(esp ski/boarding events) are spectacular. Alot of actors/actresses have facial flaws like the rest of us ;-)
Cons: The remote. It is user friendly but could be slightly larger and offer back lit keys. Come on Samsung!
Tech Support: Called w/ question re: digital audio connection to my Denon reciever. The advisor was EXTREMELY knowledgable and gave me his direct ext # if I had further questions. I didnt as it was good the 1st time.
Overall: This is my 1st purchase from Crutchfield and Im totally satisfied with both the product and company. Shop around and if the price of your item is remotely close, Go with Crutchfie

Amazing Picture When It Works

Written By kpuitz, Cincinnati, OH on Thursday, February 02, 2006

After months of research I had settled on the Samsung HL-R5078W. I also had concerns with a very bright great room. No problems at all. There is little to no glare. Let's be real, when the midday sun is directly glaring through the windows you will get some washout. But, it is much better then my previous Sony XBR CRT and better than I expected after hearing all of the horror stories of bright rooms. The detail of the picture when it is working is simply amazing. I have not had the TV one week. It took me 6 weeks to get it. Starting on Day 1, a blue digital artifact started appearing in dark shadows almost as if it was fighting with the deep blacks. I called Samsung tech services, which for the most part was helpful, and they asked to unplug the TV for a few minutes and reset it. This did nothing. I removed the bulb to make sure it was clean. As far as I could tell it was clean. I replaced the bulb and fired it up again. I had a totally crystal clear picture for about 3 days. The "blue haze" appeared again on day 4 and resetting the TV does not seem to do a thing. It is scheduled for service when the backordered part comes in. I am working with the local audio video shop where I bought it to replace the whole unit entirely. Word of advice... the extra service/protection plans are worth it with these TV's. Simply consider the cost of the replacement bulb in a year or two. For now, I will give this TV 5 STARS for picture quality but 1 STAR for reliability. There has to be at least one bad apple in every bunch. So I will cross my fingers and hope this issue is resolved quickly because when it is working the picture is AMAZING.

What an AMAZING Television!

Written By Laurence, Atlanta, GA on Tuesday, January 31, 2006

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I admit, I was a bit concerned with this TV purchase. My living room is very bright, with many windows. On sunny days, my old 32-inch Tube-TV was a little difficult to see, mostly because of the glare from the windows reflecting off the glass screen. So I was thinking a rear-projection TV might have problems in this environment. Well, let me say here, NO PROBLEMS whatsoever! The screen has ZERO glare from surrounding light sources. And it's a VERY bright picture! Extremely easy to watch, despite the very bright environment in which it's located. And, it's able to pull in the digital HD channels from my cable, without a Cable Card! I told it to search for all the channels it could find, and it found them all automatically! I was extremely pleased with that! (Of course, your cable system might be scrambling the HD channels, so that might not work for you...) The picture quality on the HD channels is beyond belief, and DVD videos are even better than that! I'm extremely impressed with this television. Couldn't be happier with my purchase!

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By justin, Colorado on Tuesday, January 10, 2006

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I did a lot of research before buying this TV. I admit that I was never a big fan of rear projection TVs because of the small viewing angle and the low brightness levels. But with the help of DLP these TVs have come a long way. This TV is great! I am very impressed with the picture quality, especially the digital HD channels. I got a headache the first day I watched the TV because the picture is so crisp and clear, my eyes and brain didn't know what to do with all of the detail in the picture that is not noticeable with regular TVs. I also had to adjust the brightness level down on the TV. During the daytime the preset brightness is fine, but at night without any lights on the picture hurts your eyes!! The only thing that I am diasppointed with is the remote that comes with the TV. For the price paid for the TV I expected a remote with a little more functionality. So far I am very pleased with this TV, but I have only had it for 1 month.

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By Larry, North Carolina on Saturday, January 07, 2006

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I purchased this model about 2 months ago. I can't find a thing wrong with it. The remote is not very universal is all. It is absolutely stunning to watch HD programs on. Other programming looks great too. I would seriously doubt there is a nicer TV available than this. I also appreciated the great service and info provided by Crutchfield. Do yourself a favor and buy this TV....you will be pleased!

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By Joe, Hopewell Junction, NY on Tuesday, December 20, 2005

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I originally was planning on purchasing the 42 Samsung DLP but was waiting for all the of construction work had my house to be finished. I am so glad that it took the contractors longer than expected to finished because when I started to look at the sets again, the 1080p units were available. I had only seen the lower resolution units in person and always thought they looked great so I knew that the 1080p model would be awesome. Once I had the set in my home, it looked even better then I had imagined. The HD digital cable picture was truly amazing as was the picture from the up-convert DVD player. Although I have a 5.1 home theater setup, I used the internal speakers for the first week until I re-ran all my wiring and I was very impressed by the built-in speakers and virtual surround processing.
In summary, 1080p is the way to go and this Samsung unit is awesome in both product quality and price. Also, Crutchfield's ordering process and customer service were top-notch and made the purchasing experience extremely pleasant.

Absolutely thrilling to watch.

Written By Brian, Central CT on Tuesday, December 13, 2005

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It was 3:05pm on a dark and cloudy afternoon. Suddenly, the sound of a cell phone vibrating was heard. Alas! It was my cell phone.

"Hello, this is Brian"
"Hi, This is such and such from such and such shippers. We have your tv."
"Ill be there in 10 minutes," I said as I left work to head back home to meet the delivery folks.

I was shaking. It was finally here. It had only been a week since I placed the order, but it was finally here!

I rushed home and got my living room open for the acceptance of a large box. Just as I was finishing up, I saw the van pull up in front of my home.

Within minutes, they were gone, my tv unpacked, and there I was, sitting in awe at the beauty of this machinery. I almost wanted to give it a girls name.

Instead, I plugged it in.

Standard non-digital cable looks awesome on it. I was shocked. A lot of hi-def tvs show non-hidef tv in grainy picture. Not this one.

After flipping through channels for what seemed like only moments, the church a few blocks away chimed its bells for 4 oclock.

So much for my 20 min break. I turned it off, and hauled myself back to the office and wrote this review of my first impression of the unit.

Its a stunner. Looks awesome in the room. 50" is SO much bigger than my old 42" plasma, and this tv is so much more vivid. I cant wait to hook up my up-converting DVD player to it in a couple hours to see what this tv can really do. (T2 Extreme edition is actually recorded in 1080p, fyi... so i suggest you all try this movie out.)

Ill write another review after a week or so of playing with the controls and trying out all the toys.

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By Jarod, Plains, TX on Monday, November 21, 2005

Wonderful T.V. great for everything from games to Movies.

My Best Ever TV Purchase

Written By Arthur, Chanute, Kansas on Saturday, October 08, 2005

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I have never seen such rich colors and image definition. My wife and I actually did a lot of comparison shopping for an HDTV before purchasing. We were first drawn to a Plasma set. Concern about burn-in kept me from that choice because I watch so many programs with ticker bars or logos in place all the time. Let me say right up front, nothing I've seen has a better HDTV display than this set. Baseball and football games are better than at the stadium. That is, all the color and clarity of live sports is there along with up-close viewing of every play that you can only get on TV. And, yes, premium movie channels are excellent in HD on this set.

This HDTV has more connections than I can fill. Changing sources is a one button snap! I have been able to use a CableCard with no problems. Not many users in my area can with other TV brands due to firmware issues, I'm told.

The only time I'm aware of the exhaust fan running is when the set is turned off late at night. I hear a nearly inaudible whispering for just a few seconds then, but don't notice at all during the day when ambient room sound is louder. I'm one of the few folks who can see the famous "rainbow" effect at times. Frankly, after two weeks with the set, I'm not aware of it at all unless I really exagerate my head movements to bring it about. This is just not a problem! My wife, daughter, and grandkids have never seen the rainbows.

Be prepared to crank contrast(white level)down quite a bit. Preset is 80% but 35% works great!

Absolutely consider this HDTV when shopping!

Samsung HL-R5078W

Written By Mark, New Jersey on Thursday, September 15, 2005

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For my purposes, the DLP technology with 1080p was the way to go. I am absoutely thrilled with the picture quality. In the past, I have found projection TVs to be bulky and had real problems with field of view. In my application, I was not wall mounting, so I did not need plasma or LCD, but I wanted top quality picture mostly for sports. From anywhere in my game room, I get great resolution. I can recommend this TV without qualification -- the only problem is that now I feel that I need to upgrade my HDTV in my family room! If you don't need plasma, this is THE way to go.

Get everything you’ll need to enjoy your new Samsung HL-R5078W

Protect your investment from power surges and interference.
Use a screen cleaning kit to safely clean your TV. (It works well with computers too.)
To get the cleanest possible picture, run quality coaxial cable from the wall or antenna to your power protection and from there to your TV.
Get free HDTV in most areas with an antenna.
Get the best sound from HDTV with an optical digital cable. Not included with the TV.
Getting better cables will make a significant difference compared to the cables that come with your components.
Get a better audio signal with good patch cords.
Panamax M8-AV

Panamax M8-AV

Power line conditioner and surge protector

Item #: 299M8AV

(7)

$119.99
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Monster Core Power® 600 AVU

Monster Core Power® 600 AVU

Surge protector with built-in USB charging

Item #: 119121826

$39.99
Add to Cart
Monster Core Power® 800 AVU

Monster Core Power® 800 AVU

Surge protector with built-in USB charging

Item #: 119121828

(1)

$49.99
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Monster PowerCenter™ AV 625

Monster PowerCenter™ AV 625

Surge suppressor

Item #: 119MPAV625

(2)

$29.99
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Monster Core Power® 1200 AVU

Monster Core Power® 1200 AVU

Surge protector with built-in USB charging

Item #: 119121830

(1)

$59.99
Add to Cart
Monster ScreenClean

Monster ScreenClean

TV cleaner kit

Item #: 119TVCLNKT

(9)

$14.95
Add to Cart
Monster Video® 2 Coaxial Cable

Monster Video® 2 Coaxial Cable

Single RF cable with F-type connectors (2 meters, 6.6 ft.)

Item #: 119F2002M

(4)

$29.95
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Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

Channel Master CM-3000HD SMARTenna

Omnidirectional indoor/outdoor HDTV antenna

Item #: 6593000HD

(24)

$59.99
Add to Cart
Monster Cable 400dfo

Monster Cable 400dfo

Optical digital audio cable (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

Item #: 119DF4002M

(22)

$49.95
Add to Cart
AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

AudioQuest Cinnamon OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

Item #: 703COP5M

(3)

$158.99
Add to Cart
AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

AudioQuest Vodka OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (1.5 meters/5 feet)

Item #: 703VOP15M

(1)

$228.99
Add to Cart
AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

AudioQuest Forest OptiLink

Optical digital audio cable (5 meters/16.4 feet)

Item #: 703FOP5M

(23)

$74.99
Add to Cart
CableTruth 303T

CableTruth 303T

Optical digital audio cable (6 feet)

Item #: 865OPT6FT

(4)

$19.99
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Monster Video® 2

Monster Video® 2

Composite video cable (2 meters, 6.6 ft.)

Item #: 119R2002M

(1)

$29.95
Add to Cart
Monster Cable Stereo Audio 200i

Monster Cable Stereo Audio 200i

Stereo interconnect cables with RCA plugs (2 meters/6.6 ft.)

Item #: 119MC2002M

(15)

$29.95
Add to Cart