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My Home Theater, Then and Now

August 26, 2009

After my 42″ plasma HDTV  finally died after 6 years, I decided to replace it with a Samsung 55″  LCD HDTV.

My HDTV in 2003

My Home Theater in 2003

Back in 2003, even seeing Cameron Diaz’s flat cleavage in 720p resolution looked almost amazing.  Back in those days, a decent 42″ plasma run around $6,000.  I ended up going cheapo with a low-end Sampo 42 incher.  Yeah, I never heard of the Sampo brand but word on the street was that they were rebadged Gateway plasmas with Samsung glass.  The quality was subpar but back in those days, having a flat screen plasma was pretty impressive.  In any case, in its 6 year life span I think I got my money’s worth and in 2009, I upgraded to a 55 inch LCD.

My Home Theater now in 2009

My Home Theater now in 2009

This Samsung LN55B650 model so far is fantastic.  I still haven’t calibrated it yet but I did some minor setting tweaks to get rid of the “soap opera” effect where everything moves so smooth it looks fake.  One of the neat features is something called DLNA where you can access and view files on your home network on your TV.  I haven’t quite figured this out but it seems pretty nifty.  Final price for this sucker including shipping and taxes: $1,700.  Way better than my old Sampo plasma which cost a ridiculous $3,200 in 2003.