CES 2007: Samsung's DLP HDTVs that you can hang on the wall

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samsung-dlp.jpgPictures, flying ducks, poems daubed in your own blood… all things that look great on your living room wall. Well, except for the last one, maybe. And now they’ve been joined by DLP HDTVs, thanks to Samsung.

The company has three new DLP TVs on the way this year, and they’re all wall-mountable. There are three main models: the HL-T50875 (50 inches), the HL-T5687S (56 inches) and the HL-T6187S (61 inches), and they all use LED lighting rather than traditional lamps, which provides a much longer life, electricity savings, and better colour reproduction.

The depth of the three LED-based HDTVs ranges from 13.4 to 15.4 inches, with a hidden speaker design, so you can spend happy evenings shouting “BUT WHERE’S THE SOUND COMING FROM? I CAN’T SEE IT! NURSE!”. Something like that, anyway.

Samsung had three more DLP TVs up its sleeve, this time using traditional lamp-based tech rather than LEDs. The HL-T6176S, HL-T5676S and HL-T5076S are also 50, 56 and 61 inches respectively, but are slimmer in depth, ranging from just 11.5 inches to 12.3 inches, along with the hidden speakers.

All six models are 1080p resolution, with a contrast ratio of 10,000:1. In the States, they’ll have built-in NTSC/ATSC/QAM tuners, and I’m not sure, but hopefully this’ll mean built-in digital TV tuners in the UK too.

Good news for gamers too. The second batch, the slim DLPs, have a special Game Mode which promises faster response time, better graphics and improved sound quality for anyone playing HD games from an Xbox 360 or PS3. Finally, there’s a USB port with a photo viewing app to look at photos, plus a PC input for connection to a laptop or desktop computer.

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Stuart Dredge