Samsung swaps bulb for LEDs

Bulbs? I don't need no stinkin' bulbs. Especially bulbs with short lives and long TV boot up times. LEDs are promised to be the next big thing, well that and lasers. It remains to be seen how the new sets will be judged by the videophiles but if it comes close to performance and offers a longer life I am all over it. This particular Samsung model the article talks about has been seen on the trade show circuit before and is finally available in retail channels.

From the article:

With the comedy-named “PhlatLight” LED high-intensity light source,
Samsung claim improved longevity, increased colour gamut reproduction, faster
turn-on time of just seven seconds and quieter operation than other light
engine-based models.  That’s a pretty darn impressive list, in part thanks to
PhlatLight being a single-chip, colour wheel-free
array of high-power red, green and blue LEDs.

With 1,920 x 1080p resolution, two 1080p HDMI
inputs, Cable Card and integrated ATSC and NTSC tuners, the HL-S5679W is
available now for $4,299.99.