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Looking for a good deal on an HDTV this holiday season? How does a 50" rear projection set for $99 sound to you?

If you're the winner of this eBay auction, it could be yours!

Here are the details:

Samsung HL-S5086W 50 in. HDTV DLP TV

Samsung’s 50" Widescreen DLP® TV delivers the ultimate HDTV experience in true 1280 x 720p resolution. You''ll enjoy lifelike, razor-sharp pictures in stunning color, contrast and clarity, thanks to the ultra-fast DLP and Brilliant Color™ technology and the DLP chip from Texas Instruments. A contrast ratio of up to 2500:1 captures blacker blacks, crisper whites and images that burst into life. And the unparalleled speed of the DLP chip, with millions of tiny mirrors that switch on & off over 15,000 times per second, delivers a precise, razor-sharp picture making the HL-S5086W ideal for sports, fast-action video and gaming.

Front Input Connectors Audio (RCA) x 1, Composite x 1, USB Port
Rear Input Connectors Audio (RCA) x 2, Component x 2, Composite x 2, HDMI x 2, RF x 1, S-Video x 2
TV Supported Resolutions 1080i (HDTV), 480i (SDTV), 480p (EDTV), 720p (HDTV)
(W X D X H)
45.4 in. x 15.6 in. x 32.3 in.
Weight 62.8 lb.

This HDTV was purchased new in 2007 and has been in the same smoke-free home since. The cabinet is in excellent shape, with no scuffs, scratches, or other imperfections. The screen is also in perfect shape, with no marks or imperfections.

Picture quality is really good, as DLP is known for providing excellent images. It's nice to be able to switch between video modes so that daytime viewing projects a good image, and you can switch to Movie mode for nighttime viewing when you don't need such a bright picture. This TV works equally well for watching football games and other programs during the day, and for watching movies at night! Sound quality is on par with most TV's but the TV was in a system with external speakers, so the internal speakers were rarely used.

The wide array of connections make it very convenient to connect various source components, such as an HD-DVR, a DVD player, a Blu-ray player/PlayStation3, a VCR, and more. The built-in HDTV tuner makes it possible to receive over-the-air HDTV for free. The Wiselink USB port is handy for showing off vacation photos and running slideshows at parties, while the PC input even allows for browsing the web on the big screen!

Included with this 50" HDTV is the original manual, quick setup guide, remote, and detachable power cord. No additional cables are included.

Aesthetically, one of the best features of this TV is that the bezel surrounding the screen is very narrow. As you can see in the photos, there is very little cabinet surrounding the screen, so you have the benefits of a 50" screen without the added bulk of a large cabinet! Combined with the angled back of the cabinet, the TV didn't seem that much bigger than the 32" CRT that it replaced, which was an important feature for the main living space. The shape of the back of the cabinet also makes it ideal for corner placement; while the front measures 45.4" wide, the back only measures 30.5", which allows it to tuck into a corner quite easily.

Occasionally, there is a whining noise that comes from the back of the TV. I have been told that this may be from the spinning color wheel making noise, but it has not been diagnosed professionally. I briefly considered replacing it myself after finding a source for the part and instructions for the procedure online, but didn't pursue it. This didn't bother my wife, but I noticed it.

Because this is a TV, local pickup is the only option. It is located in the southwest surburban Milwaukee area.

This auction ends on December 21, 2009 at 13:58:15 PST, so if you're interested, please bid early and bid often!

Click here to view more details and current bidding price

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