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I have a Samsung 50” HDTV rear projection with DLP technology. The Model No. is HL-P5063W. I bought it 6.5 years ago. THE PROBLEM: Very recently when I turn it on, I get sound but no picture, the screen is blank. Then within seconds, the unit repeatedly turns itself on and off (I can tell by the audible “on/off” warble going up and down). The unit does this consistently – it is not an intermittent problem. Is this kind of problem worth repairing or should I get a new TV?

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I am not going to tell you whether to repair or replace but I am going to give you some good information and you can go from there.It does sound like the projector is shot.With such a large TV you will have to have a TV repair shop come to your house.House calls probably are around $50-$80,just to show up.Labor varies but I will guess probably a little low at $40-$60/hour and a projector I would say is probably around 2 hours.A new projector,although I am unable to see prices online because you have to have an authorized account just to see them but there is a minimum markup of 20% on parts by repair shops,sometimes more.The TV turning on and off could be the projector is causing surges and the TV is protecting itself,or it could be an entirely different problem which could easily rack up another hour of labor.I really think the projector may be causing it but just making you prepared.So here is what to do.Call around a couple of TV shops.Tell them you are pretty sure the projector is bad.You would like an estimate on replacing it,time required,and house visit.If they say we have to come look at it and refuse an estimate,hang up and call another shop.Any reputable shop will at least give you a free estimate or some ballpark figure for your specific request.If you do decide to replace,do not buy a floor model.There is also a specification called a DYNAMIC CONTRAST RATIO.You want it to be a big number such as 80,000:1 or higher,a little less is okay too.TV's are like computers now.The technology is changing so fast that yours is almost obsolete in a mere 6 years.Samsung,LG are about 2 of the best right now.Do a little research too.Google LCD TV's.I recommend not going by user reviews as recently there was an article on TV where a company was paid just to sit around and put out good to great reviews on items that they probably haven't even heard rumors about.Also,if you can find them,we recently went out looking at TV's and last year's models were on sale way cheap.We bought a 42" LCD for about $650.Also,you want 1080p in the specs.I do not think they make 720p anymore but just keep an eye out.
Good luck! Greg

Posted on Sep 17, 2010

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