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Samsung HL72A650

72" 1080p rear-projection DLP HDTV

9 Reviews

Item # 30572A650

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If you're looking for top-notch performance from a really big screen TV, take a look at the Samsung HL72A650. This 72" HDTV delivers stunning images in "Full HD" 1080p resolution. The cabinet's slim depth and narrow bezel help it fit where other rear-projection TVs simply won't. And the sleek piano-black finish gives on-screen images extra pop.

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If you're looking for top-notch performance from a really big screen TV, take a look at the Samsung HL72A650. This 72" HDTV delivers stunning images in "Full HD" 1080p resolution. The cabinet's slim depth and narrow bezel help it fit where other rear-projection TVs simply won't. And the sleek piano-black finish gives on-screen images extra pop.

Crisp and clear HD images
Like all Samsung "A650" DLP sets, this model employs the latest generation DLP™ (Digital Light Processing) chip to deliver a vibrant, high-contrast picture. DLP is one of the fastest HDTV display technologies — the image chip's microscopic mirrors switch on and off 15,000 times per second to create razor-sharp images with smooth, smear-free motion. DLP is a great choice for gamers, sports fans, and action movie aficionados. The HL72A650's 1080p screen resolution lets you enjoy all of the fine detail in every HD source you watch.

Future-ready 3D technology
This "3D-ready" HDTV can deliver a startling 3D experience at home with compatible movies. To make it happen, you need an optional "3D kit" — an IR emitter and special viewing glasses. Right now, only a limited amount of 3D content is available, and you'll need to connect your PC to the TV to view it.

A wealth of inputs for a variety of viewing options
The HL72A650 gives you plenty of ways to connect and enjoy your audio/video gear. In addition to two HD-capable component video inputs, you also get three HDMI inputs for plugging in high-def satellite receivers, video game consoles, and other HDMI-equipped components. These inputs can accept signals up to 1080p, for the best possible picture from Blu-ray Disc™ players, which output video signals in ultra-clear and detailed 1080p resolution.

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FREE scheduled delivery to your door: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses.

Product Highlights:

  • 72" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • Cinema Smooth™ 1080p Light Engine (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 2500:1 contrast ratio
  • 140°(H) x 60°(V) viewing angle
  • DNIe™ digital video processing
  • Digital Format Converter (upconverts all signals to 1080p)
  • x.v.Color support
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated remote control
  • Anynet+ simplifies remote control for compatible Samsung components (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080p)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3 (accepts signals up to 1080p — 60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • USB port for digital photo/MP3 playback
  • 3D-ready (requires 3D glasses and IR emitter, and a PC)
  • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant (new standard) — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • 65-3/4"W x 46-5/8"H x 20-1/4"D
  • weight: 108 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

This is a huge tv with an amazing picture. Easy to use, simple to set up and watch tv within minutes. I think the sound is good, no need for extra speakers. Would buy another Samsung for another room, without a doubt.

Teena, Buffalo Springs, Texas

What's in the Box:

  • 72" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • Wireless remote control (BP59-00673A)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • 6' Detachable AC power cord
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • User Manual (English/Spanish)
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Limited Warranty To Original Purchaser sheet
  • Important Safety Instructions
  • "Cautions when using the projection TV" sheets (English/Spanish)
  • "Procedures for controlling a DLP DTV using an RS-232C Connection" sheet
  • "(USA Only) Digital Television Transition Notice" sheet

Energy Guide:

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Samsung HL72A650 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

WOW, Excellent Choice!

Jamie from Marion, Iowa on 4/27/2009

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Television just arrived this morning and I almost fell over when I got the thing unpacked and saw its enormous size . Was very easy to set up, and picture quality is amazing! Researched different tv's for several month's and decided on this DLP. You wont be disappointed! The tv speaker works okay, but you will definately want to run through an external souce for optimal sound. All I can say is WOW!




Teena from Buffalo Springs, Texas on 4/23/2009

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This is a huge tv with an amazing picture. Easy to use, simple to set up and watch tv within minutes. I think the sound is good, no need for extra speakers. Would buy another Samsung for another room, without a doubt.



Unparalleled Value

Brett from Fountain Valley, CA on 11/18/2008

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DLP is too often overlooked with today's popular LCD and Plasma. This product proves that DLP should be on the top of the list. LCD and Plasmas don't get this big. The picture this TV displays is better than that of any LCD or Plasma I have ever seen. The HD picture is incredible with Cable and Satellite let alone Blue-ray. I say unparalleled value because for the price, you can't get anything close to this quality in any other TV format. The picture is perfect for bright lit areas and the screen produces no glare. No problems viewing the picture from any angle in our large family room. Love this TV. The colors are so bright, the black and whites never clearer. The console it light weight and has plenty of I/O ports. The controls are conveniently out of sight but easily reachable. The remote is intuitive and user friendly. Samsung put a lot of thought into this console and it shows. The only cons would be the picture isn't great on regular (non hi-def) feeds. At least I haven't found the setting for this yet. And the console needs to be put up on a platform and can't sit on the ground. Simply an amazing product and shows why Samsung is the best. I recomend to everyone. Without the use of a color wheel there is no rainbow effect and one less component to breakdown. The perfect complement to any home media center.



Samsung HL72A650

Anthony from Barstow, Ca. on 11/6/2008

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This T.V is one of the best I have ever seen. I was in the market for a Large size television and I researched for several months before I settled on the Samsung. I have to tell you this tv is amazing. It is easy to set up, the buttons are nice and large and the picture in unbelievable. I love it and so do the wife and kids. Buy it you will not be sorry. It is lightweight and easy to move. The delivery was on time and the customer service was outstanding. Whatever you do, don't miss out on this fantastic buy. Tony




Jeffrey from Pittsburgh, PA on 10/10/2008

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Even better than I imagined. The picture is unbelievable!



Great Value!

Andrew from Land O Lakes, FL on 10/9/2008

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Talk about pleasently surprised. I have never had such an easy time getting an HD set working out of the box. I had planned a couple hours of setup time at least. I was almost disappointed I was up and running withing 5 minutes, and that is fully integrated into my home theater system. The picture is great and the menu settings are very intuitave. Imagine what I might accomplish if I read the manual! I have a big room and this fills it nicely. Be warned that other TVs will now seem puny. Baseball and Football are a whole new experience, and if you have Blu Ray... WOW! Only thing I would like to see is Picture in Picture. Seems weird that it is not a feature. Then again maybe I just need to read the manual...



big t.v.

jay from starkville ms on 10/6/2008

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This t.v. gives alot of bang for the buck. Watching sports becomes a religious experience- players are life size, you see all the nitty gritty sweat and dirt flying. It strangely makes your smaller plasmas and the like somehow less relevant if you walk from the 72" into a room with a 42". Television that was programed specifically for hd like the series plant earth look ridiculous. I highly reccomend.



Better picture then I expected...

Eric from Texas on 9/18/2008

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I was somewhat hesitant to order a DLP set given the reports of better picture quality with LCD and plasma. But I put this TV in a very large room and needed a sizable screen. The LCD/plasmas didn't come this large and anything close was triple the price. I have been very pleased with the picture quality, reproduction of color and black, and overall appearance of the TV itself. Setup was easy. The picture is great watching movies and sports. TV from an HD source is great (although standard def channels are expectedly not as good). I am very happy overall with the purchase.



Very good

Tim from Knoxville, TN on 9/12/2008

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Great set. It replaced a first gen Sony HD that only pushed 720. Great looking box, very clean picture, no pixelation issues with fast moving events unless you are sitting right on top of it. Great colors, highs/lows, and a monster for sports (football). It's 1080 picture quality is better than either of my plasma's, and it is brighter and cleaner than any of my friends high-end projection setups. If you can fit it in a room with at least 10-12 feet of relief, you can't go wrong.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Screen Type DLP
Screen Size 72"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture No
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power 10 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) 230 watts
Standby (Manufacturer) 0.80 watts
Width (inches) 65-3/4
Height (inches) 46-5/8
Depth (inches) 20-1/4
Footprint Width (inches) 30-1/8
Footprint Depth (inches) 17
Weight 108 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 1
Total Video Inputs 7
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link Anynet+

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Inputs and Outputs Notes


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.

Next Generation DLP Chip by Texas Instruments: Samsung employs a DLP chip that is comprised of millions of microscopic mirrors capable of switching on and off at 15,000 or more times a second to deliver a razor-sharp picture for fast-moving images. When combined with Samsung's new Cinema Smooth Light Engine, the result is a crisp, bright picture with deep, rich colors that's closer to film.

Cinema Smooth Light Engine: Samsung's Cinema Smooth Light engine creates a brilliant picture that's more lifelike and much closer to film quality by delivering crisp, 1080p high definition resolution with high contrast and brightness, defined edges and sharp details.

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 is made up of a Motion Optimizer, a Contrast Enhancer, a Color Optimizer and a Detail Enhancer to produce life-like images that rival reality.

Integrated HDTV 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. An additional QAM tuner decodes unscrambled digital cable signals.

Native Resolution: The television has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i (component only) signals and will display them as 1920 x 1080. The television features a full HD 1920 x 1080p digital format converter for all inputs.

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

Film Mode: The TV can be set to automatically sense and process film signals from all sources and adjust the picture for optimum quality.

Automatic Picture Settings: You can choose one of the following automatic picture modes:

  • Standard: general TV watching mode
  • Dynamic: to increase the clarity and sharpness of picture
  • Movie: when watching movies

Note: You can adjust and store the following settings for each picture setting: contrast, brightness, sharpness, color and tint.

Detail Picture Settings: The television also allows you to make more precise picture settings.

  • Black Adjust: directly select the black level on the screen from Off, Low, Medium or High to adjust the screen depth
  • Dynamic Contrast: adjust the screen contrast from Off, Low, Medium, or High so that the optimal contrast is provided
  • Gamma: adjusts the primary color (red, green, blue) intensity from -3 to +3.
  • White Balance: adjusts the color temperature from -10 to +10 for more natural picture colors
  • Flesh Tone: emphasizes the pink flesh tone in the picture
  • Edge Enhancement:emphasizes object boundaries; can be turned either On or Off
  • xvYCC: provides a wider color space when used with xvYCC-compatible video components and content; using HDMI or component video connections; you can turn this feature On or Off; Picture Mode must be set to Movie to use this feature
  • Color Tone: choose from the following Color Tones - Cool2, Cool1, Normal, Warm1 or Warm2

Blue Only Mode: You can emphasize the Blue color by switching off the Red and Green colors. This function displays the blue signal only be removing the red and green signals from the video signal so as to provide a Blue Filter effect that is used to adjust the Color and Tint of video equipment such as DVD players and Home Theaters. Using the function, you can adjust the Color and Tint to preferred values appropriate to the signal level of each video device using the Red/Green/Blue/Cyan/Magenta/Yellow Color Bar Patterns, without using and additional Blue Filter.

Color Gamut: A Color gamut is a color matrix made up with the basic colors of Red, Green and Blue. You can choose from the following Color Gamuts - Wide (displays the native color gamut of panel device), Normal (normal color gamut offers flat and natural color tone), or sRGB (supports color tone of sRGB format).

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

  • 4:3: sets the picture to 4:3 normal mode
  • 16:9:sets the picture to 16:9 wide mode
  • Wide Fit: enlarges the aspect ratio of the picture to fit the entire screen
  • 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
  • Just Scan: use this function to see the full image without cutting off the picture when DTV or HDMI 1080i/1080p signals are input

Picture Position: You can adjust the horizontal and vertical position of the TV's picture to better fit the television's screen.

Edit Input: The television allows you to name the external device connected to the input jacks to make your input source selection easier. You can choose from VCR, DVD, Cable STB, Satellite STB, PVR StB, AV Receiver, Game, Camcorder, PC, TV, IPTV, Blue-Ray, HD DVD or Digital Media Adapter.

Channel Labeling: Channels can be labeled so that their call letters appear whenever the cannel is selected.

Favorites: This feature allows you to set a number of channels you watch frequently as Favorites for easy access.

Program Reserve: The television allows you to reserve a program you want to watch at a later time which changes the channel automatically to the reserved program at the selected time while you are watching another channel.

"Hidden" Speakers: The TV features a thin bezel design with the DACS "hidden" speaker system. The speaker system consists of 2 down-firing one-way speakers that are located on the front bottom of the panel. The speakers can be internally muted if you want to listen to audio through your sound system.

Entertainment Mode: The Entertainment Mode enables you to select the optimal display and sound for sports, cinema and games. You can choose from Sports, Cinema, Game and Off.

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: 100Hz, 300Hz, 1kHz, 3kHz, 10kHz

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.

Wiselink: The TV's USB 2.0 type-A port allows you to connect a USB mass storage device to view JPEG files and play MP3 audio files. You have access to the following functions:

  • Photo (JPEG) List: This menu shows JPEG files and folders saved on the USB device and allows you to do the following:
    • Sort: You can sort photos by month, time, or folder so you are only viewing images you want to see.
    • Slide Show: You can play files on the USB device in a slide show. You can adjust the slide show speed to Slow, Normal, or Fast. You can also choose an MP3 file on the USB device to play as background music during the slide show. The repeat function allows you to play the slide show again and again.
    • Rotate: This feature allows you to rotate the selected image by 90°, 180°, or 270°.
    • Zoom: You can enlarge a picture 2x or 4x. Once the image is enlarged, you can pan through the image.
  • MP3 List: This menu shows MP3 files saved on the USB device and allows you to play them back. You can choose from the following play-modes.
    • Sort: You can sort the music files by Title, Artist, Mood, Genre Folder or Preference.
    • Once: The music file is played once.
    • Repeat: The music file played repeatedly.
  • Firmware Upgrades: Samsung may offer upgrades for the TV's firmware in the future. These firmware upgrades will be possible by connecting a USB drive to the TV's USB port.

PC Display: The PC input allows you to connect a personal computer with a D-Sub 15-pin output and 3.5mm audio minijack, allowing you to use the TV as a high-resolution computer monitor. You can also connect the television to your PC through its HDMI input.

3D Function: The television is 3D HD ready. The TV is capable of displaying future 3D games, movies and other programming via 3D compatible glasses and hardware.

Digital Closed Captioning: You can customize the closed caption display characteristics by changing the background color foreground color, text size, and font when viewing digital channels.

V-Chip: The V-Chip feature automatically locks out programs that are deemed inappropriate for children based on the user selected parental guidelines. The user must enter a 4-digit password before any of the V-Chip restriction are set up or changed.

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 choose the "On Timer Channel" and "On Timer Volume". You can also select from a Once, Daily, Weekday or Weekend On/Off Timer repeat mode.

Remote Control

Illuminated Remote: The supplied remote control is designed to only operate the Samsung DLP television and Anynet+ connected components. You can use the remote control up to a distance of about 23 feet from TV with a direct line of site. The remote's buttons are backlit and will light up with a press of a button.

Anynet+: Anynet+ is an AV network system that enables you to control all HDMI connected Samsung AV devices with your Samsung TV's remote. The Anynet+ system can be used only with Samsung AV devices that support the Anynet+ feature and are connected with HDMI 1.3 cables. The Anynet+ feature must be turned on in the menu to function. Anynet+ can support up to 12 AV devices in total.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

HDMI: The TV feature three 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 RCA stereo audio connection and a DVI-to-HDMI adapter will be needed. The HDMI jacks accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, and 480p signals

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

S-Video: In addition to two composite video inputs, the unit also features one S-video input for external devices with and S-Video output such as a camcorder or VCR.

Digital AudioOutput: In addition to the unit's analog stereo audio inputs the TV is equipped with a digital audio optical output for connection to your Dolby Digital/DTS receiver.

PC: This input consists of a 3.5mm audio jack and an analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin) jack. This jack allows you to connect your 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.

3D Sync Out: Proprietary output connects to 3D IR emitter.

WiseLink: 2.0 USB type-A port for connection of an USB mass storage device to view photo files (JPEG) or play audio files (MP3).

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