Mitsubishi HDTV Diamond Series WD-73838 73-Inch 3D DLP

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Product Features

  • 73-inch DLP HDTV with intensely vivid 2D and fully immersive 3D viewing; StreamTV Internet Media access
  • Utilizes the same core DLP technology that powers the vast majority of 3D Cinemas
  • Smooth120 technology for more fluid, natural motion; 16 speakers produce 32 watts of power; Bluetooth audio streaming
  • Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 component, 2 composite, 2 USB, 1 Ethernet, 1 optical digital audio output, 1 subwoofer output
  • Measures 65.2 x 43.6 x 17.9 inches with stand; Energy Star 4.0 qualified

Mitsubishi brings you all you need to experience the ultimate at-home experience right out of the box. A 16 speaker array capable of producing 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound, A 3D ready, 1080p display & StreamTV so you can stream HD movies without additional boxes or cables. Diamond 838, the best Mitsubishi has to offer.

I worked as a quality tester for the doomed Cablevision VOOM HD project in the early days of HDTV. Plus I’ve owned three other HDTVs (2 DLP and 1 LCD) since then, so i have a base to compare – not my first experience with Hi-Def TV.

This Mitsubishi WD-73838 is a monster compared to my old 50 inch Samsung (see pic). The overall picture on this set is excellent, but i would not say that the picture quality is THAT much better than my 3-year old Samsung HL-T5076S (also 3D capable). Back then, it was a very good set for picture quality and even today it can still hang with the best of them. I paid ~$1300 for the Samsung three years ago and ~$1700 before tax/delivery for the 73″ Mitsu just last week @ Electronics Expo. The price was great!! And definitely worth it just for the sheer size of the screen – a very good upgrade.

The sound on this unit is pretty good, with all those speakers… but lets face it – if you are buying a huge home theater TV, you probably already own a good 7.1 AVR that supports all the surround sound HD formats. And if you dont – you should.

3D quality (updated below): For now, my experience on this TV with 3D content is limited to Motorsport 3D game for the PS3. But even in 720p and scaled down for 3D it looks excellent. Looking forward to seeing some of the 3D BD movies soon in higher 1080p.

For 3D you WILL need the 3DA1 adapter for any 3D source that doesn’t support checkerboard or side by side formats (see update #2 below!). Also, know that x102 DLP Link glasses are cheaper and will work well, but there is a known issue with them – they seem to lose the link to the TV if you are too far or the bulb is not bright enough. At 10 feet they start to flicker on and off, at 12 feet it’s very hard to maintain the link. They also have a proprietary battery and rape you on shipping charges, so that may be an issue for some folks.

Read up on HDTV and 3D before you buy!!! know all the options, formats and downsides!!! avsforums . com is an excellent source of info on the subject.

As far as what other users report about 30-60 sec boot up times…. I guess it’s true if the TV power is controlled by the cable box or if you turn the TV on for the first time after there was a (brief) power outage. If the TV is plugged into a wall jack (not into the cable box that controls the power supply to the TV set) meaning the TV still gets some power even when it’s shut off, then it takes about 10-15 seconds to boot up. Remember this is a projection TV and a sophisticated one at that, just like a computer it takes time to boot up. After i plugged the TV into a wall outlet, in my experience the boot times have been very short.

UPDATE #1 (Nov 2010): Well, after several months of ownership i am even more happy with this TV. Regular picture is still amazing, watching Great Migrations on NatGeo HD is simply incredible. The 3D is very sharp and there is no ghosting. The best glasses i was able to find were the viewsonics and optomas (they seem to be identical) right here on amazon. @ ~85 bucks a pair you can get several pairs for the friends and family. Some of the deepest and amazing 3D picture and effects i’ve were on IMAX: Deep Sea, Disney’s A Christmas Carol and IMAX: Grand Canyon Adventure (even though this one was not pretty boring)

UPDATE #2 (Dec 2010): Make sure you update the TV firmware (available on the Mitsubishi site)! Eliminates the need for the 3D adapter, adds support for all the 1.4a required 3D formats.

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