Oct 052010
 
rear projection televisions

Mitsubishi DLP TV

Best HD Digital TV for the Money

No matter what High Definition Digital Television you buy today, there will always be one around the corner that is more technologically advanced. So, if you’re worried about being outdated, you might as well never buy a new television: With the latest innovations in Plasma, LCD, LED and Laser technology, owning a television which is outdated is not a risk, but a reality. In my opinion, there is really only one mistake you can make with the purchase of a new HD TV: Buying one that is too small. 20 years ago, anything over 32” was considered a big-screen television. A few years ago, when 1080P LCD was the latest rage, I made the mistake of going with a 42” LCD TV rather than a larger 1080i 50” for the same money. In the four years that I’ve owned the television, I have yet to play a blue-ray or 1080P move on it. The 42” Screen seems small in comparison of the 50”, 55” LCD screens today for the same money. In fact, the only way you will appreciate the difference of the 1080P resolution vs. the 1080i is on a larger screen. The larger the screen, the more apparent becomes the resolution difference of the picture.  Therefore, the one mistake you can never make on a TV is to purchase one that is too big. The greatest advancement in televisions over the last 30 years is the increase in resolution. The viewing difference between 1080i and 1080p is miniscule compared to the difference between 1080i and our older non-HD televisions. In my opinion, playing blu-ray movies on a 42” television is a waste of money. Get the bigger screen if you want to enjoy the highest resolution. The last consideration is whether or not you need that latest LCD or LED technology.

Size Matters MOST when it comes to HD TVs

6 years prior to the 42” mistake, I made a similar blunder (for different reasons) on a bulky, heavy 46” Mitsubishi DLP TV. Actually, in those days, they were not using DLP technology; Rear Projection Televisions were using Red, Green, Blue guns and were prone to lots of convergence problems. The TV was fine, but by the time I got around to playing HD content on it, there were lots of better Televisions on the market for less money. 42” LCD and Plasma Televisions seemed to be replacing the bigger, bulkier projection TVs in people’s homes at an alarming rate. While other TV makers continued advancing LCD technology, Mitsubishi continued refining its Rear Projection TV’s with DLP, automatic convergence and much brighter imaging. While other TV makers abandoned DLP Rear Projection manufacturing altogether, Mitsubishi started introducing bigger, but smaller form-factor models at much more affordable pricing: That is, 60”, 65”, 73” and even 82” Mitsubishi DLP TVs with pricing which was competitive with the latest 50” LCD TVs at the time. The DLP televisions are infinitely sleeker and slimmer than the bulky, digital Rear Projection Televisions from 10 years earlier. Today, the latest rage are LED Televisions, costing twice as much as the significantly larger sized 2nd Generation Mitsubishi DLP TV’s from 3 years ago. Don’t get me wrong, the LED televisions are extremely sleek, thin and have the brightest picture imaginable for a lightly lit room like your den; but how do they compare for sports and movie viewing enjoyment?
Which would look more impressive in your dark basement or home theatre room? Watching the Super Bowl on a 42” state-of-the-art LED or on a 65” 2007 Model Mitsubishi 73” Rear Projection DLP TV?  Would you rather watch a Blu-Ray version of Avatar on a 42” LED TV or on a 65” DLP Screen? Which one is more affordable? The puny LED TV in your Den or the 65” Mitsubishi DLP?  Rear Projection Televisions offer television viewers the most bang for the buck by far!

Mitsubishi DLP TV

What used to seem big in size yesterday no longer seems big today. The 42” LCD television in my den requires me to wear glasses in order to view from my kitchen table. It not only seems twice as small, but cost twice the money as the 65” Mitsubishi DLP TV that I purchased earlier this summer.  I purchased the Mitsubishi WD-65C9 Mitsubishi DLP TV from an online retailer. The television retails for $1399.00, but I paid under $1000 for it; including shipping. The WD-65C9 impressed me before I even removed it from the box. It was so light-weight that my wife and I were able to carry it downstairs without even breaking a sweat. The WD-65C9 was nothing to carry and move around compared to my old, 46” Rear Projection Mitsubishi television; which is now being put to good use in the guest bedroom. The Mitsubishi DLP TV WD-65C9 was a breeze to setup. It comes with all of the inputs you need: plenty of HDMI, Component and RCA jacks, etc. My goal here is only to provide an overall impression of the value of a rear projection DLP TV, rather than a full review on this particular model, but just a few things to note: The WD-65C9 takes about 30 seconds to warm-up to a decent picture from the moment you first power it on. This is a minor annoyance, but certainly not a game changer. My overall, first-impression of the huge 65” display was jaw dropping and exceeded my expectations for a DLP Rear Projection TV. Even in fairly well-lit day time conditions, the WD-65C9 produces an outstanding picture. When the room is dark, a Mitsubishi DLP TV is unbeatable in my opinion. I could have paid twice as much for a 50” LED television, but would not have been as happy. The 65”screen is the perfect size for my basement and is fantastic for viewing Baseball, Football, Movies, Wii and X-Box 360 games.  Unlike my other two television choices, this is one that I’ve been extremely comfortable and happy with from the very beginning. I could not have possibly chosen a better fit for my basement at a better price. And it’s not as if the Mitsubishi WD-65C9 DLP Television is obsolete. This TV is 3D Capable!  With the money I saved on the television, I can buy the 3DC-1000 Kit and a Sony Playstation 3 For Blue Ray Movies and still save $1,000 over the price of a 55” LED Television. As it stands, I didn’t get the latest in Rear Projection Televisions either. But because they have continued to advance this technology, the older Mitsubishi DLP TVs are an outstanding value.

The Latest Rear Projection Televisions

Mitsubishi DLP Televisions have evolved. The latest DLP models; the 838 and 738 series come in 65”, 73” and 83” sizes. The technology most responsible for bringing down the price of my 65” WD-65C9 is probably Mitsubishi’s new LaserVue Rear Projection TVs which boast brighter, more vivid colors. These televisions come in 65” and 75” sizes and are significantly more expensive than their older DLP TVs. At nearly $4,000 and 4-times the price of the one which already looks so sweet in my basement, I have no regrets for having not invested in state-of-the-art television technology.

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