June 30, 2008 by Dennis P. Barker
Unlike most other TVs on the market today, the 149 Series are Digital Cable Ready with CableCard, which offers connection to digital cable without the need for a set-top box.
Mitsubishi’s entire line of Premium Flat Panel TVs feature Smooth 120Hz Film Motion. In the conversion of film-to-video for display, 24Hz artifacts can be seen in slow panning scenes and Smooth 120Hz Film Motion eliminates this artifact for smooth, crisp, fast and slow action content. Other video features include PerfectTint, SharpEdge, Deep Color, x.v.Color, DeepField Imager, and a 6-color processor that together improves the overall picture quality of these televisions.
Housed in a high gloss cabinet with a blue light accent and ultra thin frame, the 149 Series also includes 4 HDMI 1.3a inputs with CEC, RS232, and a USB input so that music or photos can be easily shown. As well, Mitsubishi has included GalleryPlayer software, which enables the display of high-definition art and photography. According to Mitsubishi, GalleryPlayer offers a comprehensive library of licensed digital photography and reproductions from National Geographic, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and others. Customers may download the GalleryPlayer software and load on to a USB drive for installation in all Mitsubishi Premium Flat Panel TVs.
Pricing & Availability
Mitsubishi will begin shipping the LT-46149 (priced at $3,299) and LT-52149 (priced at $3,699) to authorized retailers in the U.S. in July.
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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.
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