April 07, 2008
| by Dennis P. Barker
As well, viewers can turn a Mitsubishi LCD HDTV into a work of art with GalleryPlayer software, which enables the display of high-definition art work and photography. Viewers can select images from GalleryPlayer’s extensive library of licensed digital photography and reproductions from National Geographic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and others. Software may be downloaded at galleryplayer.com and loaded on a USB drive for installation on Mitsubishi TVs.
Mitsubishi’s Diamond LCD HDTV line (Series 246) offers the ultimate flat-panel performance and design. Exclusive Diamond features Variable Smooth 120Hz Film Motion that is designed to optimize movie reproduction. Other features include high-performance, low-profile speaker design for higher-quality sound (over standard TVs), Deep Field Imager for high contrast imagery, and a high-gloss cabinet design with Mitsubishi’s exclusive Blue Light Accent.
Mitsubishi’s LCD HDTV models will be available beginning in May 2008.
148 Series: 4 HDMI inputs
LT-40148 - $2,499
LT-46148 - $2,999
LT-52148 - $3,599
149 Series: Details to follow
LT-46149 - $3,499
LT-52149 - $3,099
Diamond 246 Series: Variable Smooth 120Hz Motion and Deep Field Imager
LT-46246 - $3,799
LT-52246 - $4,499
As the first-ever laser-powered television, LaserVue will deliver a range of color never before seen in home entertainment, which Mitsubishi is calling “a true dimension experience.” Precise and focused, the purity of laser light surpasses current high-definition technologies. Today’s HDTVs display less than 40—percent of the color spectrum than the eye can see. Now, for the first-time ever, laser produces twice the color. Laser beams provide the widest range of rich, complex, colors, along with the most clarity and depth of field.
Mitsubishi LaserVue TVs are expected to provide the ultimate in picture quality, according to the company. As well, they are environmentally friendly, consumer approximately one-half the power of today’s LCD TVs, and approximately one-third the power consumption of plasma TVs.
“Mitsubishi has created a new category in television with laser technology and now we are creating an exciting new brand, LaserVue, which we believe consumers come to equate with the industry’s best performing televisions,” says DeMartin.
In a “shoot-out” between a Pioneer Elite 1080p 50-in. plasma HDTV and a 52-in. Sharp Aquos 52-in 1080p LCD HDTV, the image quality of the Mitsubishi LaserVue looked impressive to this reviewer. The colors were deep and rich with amazing reds and blacks as compared to competitive plasma and LCD 1080p panels. Contrast and clarity were among the best that this reviewer has seen in a long, long time.
Mitsubish will ship LaserVue televisions in the 3rd quarter of 2008. Screen sizes and prices will be announced at a later date.
Dennis has been involved with Consumer Electronics forever it seems. His 25+-year career includes a 12-year tour of duty at Consumer Reports magazine, as well as stints as a product reviewer, market analyst, technical editor, and consultant for the electronics industry. He lives in Ossining, NY with his two children, one demanding cat and piles of A/V equipment.