June 06, 2011
| by Grant Clauser
Remember that mega Mitsubishi DLP we told you about in January? The company has released new details on it and the rest of the company’s big screen lineup for 2011.
Oh, and that news earlier this month about Mitsubishi exiting the small TV business (small here means less than 65-inches. Well, here’s the proof. The new lineup, all 3D DLP, starts with a 73-inch 640 series model for $1,599 making it, one of the best dollar-per-inch values in the market.
The 740 series includes 73- and 82-inch models with 3D, streaming media features and available iPod/iPad apps for control. Those models will sell for $2,099 and $3,499 respectively.
Moving into the Diamond 840 series, we find the supersized 92-inch model, which Mitsubishi calls the Home Cinema TV, about the size of four 46-inch TVs. The 840s include integrated 16 speaker IST systems (immersive sound technology) or you can take advantage of the center channel mode and use your own speakers for the remaining channels. Integrated Bluetooth lets you play your iPod music through the TV. The series includes ISFccc mode for professional calibration. The 840 models begin at $2,599 for a 73-inch model up to $5,999 for the 92-inch version.
Finally, Mitsubishi’s latest LaserVue DLP TV comes in at 75-inches and includes a new screen to improve contrast. This model includes a 120Hz film mode, built-in Wi-Fi, an assortment of streaming media services including VUDU and ISFccc. The price on that model is $5,999.
Mitsubishi is the only major manufacturer still actively marketing DLP TVs. Clearly, most consumers prefer the wall-hugging appearance of flat-panel TVs, particularly the super-slim LED LCD TVs, but there’s a lot to be said for rear projection DLP TV, and BIG is one of those things. While the 92-inch model is 25-inches deep, nothing other than a front projector and a screen can come close to that price. The TVs are good for places were space isn’t much of an issue, but size matters, like in a basement remodel, in fact, like in my basement remodel.
The company’s Unisen LCD TVs are still on the manufacturer’s web site, but probably not for much longer.
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 audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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