As opposed to the less expensive 76 series models the 87 series forgoes the use of traditional lamps and uses a new LED system.

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The 87 series of digital projection televisions from Samsung is part of their 2007 lineup of HDTVs, and situates on the higher end of their lineup. As opposed to the less expensive 76 series models the 87 series forgoes the use of traditional lamps and uses a new LED system. Samsung claims LEDs result in a better picture while extending the life of the television and reducing power consumption. The 87 series uses the same wide angle lens system resulting in the "UltraThin" marketing name, with the televisions coming in at a thickness of 15.4 inches.

Specification and feature wise there is little to distinguish the 76 and 87 series a both feature a native resolution of 1080p with support for 24Hz playback. Both contain a contrast ration of 10,000:1 and the 87 series includes support for 3D content with the purchase of a separate $100 add-on kit.

  • HDMI (not 1.3) x 3
  • Component x 2
  • Composite x 2
  • S-Video x 2
  • USB port for viewing slide shows
  • VGA
The 87 series comes in 3 different sizes with no other differences in specifications or features.
  • HL-T5087S ($2,399) - 50 inches
  • HL-T5687S ($2,699) - 56 inches
  • HL-T6187S ($3,199) - 61 inches

An 89 series is available that adds HDMI 1.3 along with minor convenience features such as Bluetooth connectivity and single-tuner Picture-in-Picture.

  • HL-T5089S ($2,499) - 50 inches
  • HL-T5689S ($2,799) - 56 inches
  • HL-T6189S ($3,299) - 61 inches
Post Review
11/22/2007 12:39

My decision was between the Mitsubishi WD-65833 and the Samsung HL-T6187S. While the Mitsu is one of the most highly rated DLP sets ever, I was fascinated with the LED idea. While most DLP TV's are driven by a very bright lightbulb this Samsung series is lit up with LED lights. In theory, these will last a heck of a lot longer and eliminate the most common complaint people have about DLP TV's: replacing the bulb on a fairly regular basis.

I am running cable TV (standard def and HD), DVD, HD-DVD, AppleTV and a Nintendo Wii through it and everything looks wonderful. Sports and fast motion stuff looks better than on my older LCD TV thanks to the 120hz refresh rate. Colors are vivid without being overly bright and the picture is crystal clear. Best of all, DLP TV in this size is less than half the price and by waiting for the second generation of LED, my belief is that this eliminates any of the complaints people have had in the past about DLP.

Please note that you should set up this TV per the Calibration thread at AVSForum (I used Avical's settings). This will close the iris and reduce the "eye-watering glare" reviewers have mentioned. While it may not be wall-mountable like an LCD it is lightweight, thin, pleasing to the eye in that very little except screen is showing and gives a gorgeous picture. Those into "green" usage will be happy that it uses almost no power in standby mode.

If I find something bad about this TV, I will let you all know.

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