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BIG-SCREEN TELEVISIONS

Samsung 50'' DLP Rear Projection TV

The most popular rear-projection technology today is digital light projection (DLP), and the most popular DLP sets are those from Samsung. I chose this particular Sammy model as my Leo's pick not because it has a better picture than competing models (it's just as good as the rest, but not noticeably superior), but because of the way it looks when it's turned off. And the way it looks is… well, really high-tech cool.


The HL-R5087 comes on a 1960s-hip chrome pedestal that makes it look much different from most rear projection sets today. In fact, the blogosphere has nick-named this set the Captain Kirk, for its Star Trek-like design. I won't argue with that; it's a cool TV to have in your high-tech living room. (And that's recognizing how terribly impractical the pedestal design is for arranging and connecting all your other audio/video equipment—in spite of Samsung's attempts to alleviate the problem with a component rack that rolls into place around the base of the unit.)


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