Super-sized TVs don’t have to cost the equivalent of a mid-sized car. This week Mitsubishi, the only company still offering rear projection DLP televisions, is adding a couple of budget-focused TVs to its line. The new 642 series and C12 series both include 82-inch TVs.
The C12 is the companies least expensive line, and the new 82-inch model, selling for $2,599, includes a 6-color processor, two HDMI inputs and a 120Hz sub-frame field. It doesn’t include 3D capability or any smart TV online services.
The next step up model in the same size from the 642 series does include 3D, a 3D emiter (not built-in), advanced video calibration options and three HDMI inputs.
The 742 series has added a 92-inch model for $4,999. That unit comes with a built-in 3D emitter, Wi-Fi capable (with an adapter), an iPod app for control, Stream TV (VUDU apps) and a Clear Contrast Screen.
New in the 842 series are 73-, 82-, and 92-inch sizes ($2,199, $3,599, $5,999) which include a 16-driver speaker array, 3D with built-in Bluetooth emitters, ISF calibration mode, a subwoofer output, streaming media apps (including VUDU apps) and Bluetooth audio streaming from a cell phone.
Finally, the company’s newest LaserVue TV, the only DLP with a laser-based light engine, adds RS-232C over IP control, a 12-bit video processor, ISF calibration mode, a Deep Field Imager, 120 Film Motion mode, 3D depth control and blue accent lighting. Model L75-A96 is priced at $5,999.
If picture size is what’s most important to you, and you don’t need to hang it on the wall or worry about the total depth of the TV (these modes are about 15-inches deep), then DLP may be a good choice.
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Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had training from THX, the Home Acoustics Alliance, Control4 and Sencore. His latest book is Necessary Myths
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