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Out with the old, in with the new

Despite the good price/performance ratio, HP's DLP televisions are on their way out in favor of LCD and plasma based sets. HP revealed its 2007 lineup of HDTV’s that will be on display at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, and its roster of televisions no longer include DLPs.

According to an earlier report on the topic, HP has invested heavily in DLP technology -- making the move away from DLP a rather strange one. Market forces, such as increased demand and lower costs for flat panels, may have had something to do with the decision to concentrate on LCD and plasma.

When asked about its plans for new television products for this year Pat Kinley of HP Personal Systems Group explained, “During 2007, HP plans to concentrate engineering resources and marketing efforts towards the growth segments in the HDTV category, which include LCD and plasma TVs and home automation. As a result, we will sell through our existing 2006 inventory of MDTV [microdisplay TV] units and not introduce any new models next year.”

The company's 2007 product roadmap is as follows:

2007 HP Flat Panel Televisions

  • HP 1080p LC4276N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP 1080p LC4776N 47-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3272N 32-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC3772N 37-inch LCD TV
  • HP 720p LC4272N 42-inch LCD TV
  • HP PL4272N 42-inch plasma TV
  • HP PL5072N 50-inch plasma TV

2007 MediaSmart Televisions

  • HP 1080p 42-inch SL4278N MediaSmart LCD TV
  • HP 1080p 47-inch SL4778N MediaSmart LCD TV

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Return Rates
By Chemtype on 1/5/2007 9:49:57 PM , Rating: 2
I spent the last year working customer support for (before the center was terminated and consolidated in Boise), and the return rate on the DLP TV's were INSANE. The biggest problem is people expect DLP televisions to be quiet, and HP's DLP TV'S are extremely loud. The spinning color wheel generates a lot of noise, along with other internal cooling.

If bought online, HP pays to ship every tv to a customer, and pays to ship them back if its returned.

Also, the 65' DLP's had high defect rates on there speaker systems, and crackled a LOT.

RE: Return Rates
By FITCamaro on 1/5/2007 10:30:43 PM , Rating: 2
There is some noise but unless you have the sound off you can't hear the color wheel or the fan.

RE: Return Rates
By Chemtype on 1/6/2007 12:17:35 PM , Rating: 2
Consider yourself one of the lucky ones.

RE: Return Rates
By masher2 on 1/6/2007 2:09:17 PM , Rating: 5
If you're working in a customer support center then, by definition, every call you get is from someone who has a problem. That tends to skew your perceptions of the quality factor somewhat.

RE: Return Rates
By s12033722 on 1/8/2007 10:26:09 AM , Rating: 2
Interesting. I have never heard the color wheel (or anything else, for that matter) on our 58" 1080p HP DLP set.

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