WS-55813 NetCommand and Resolution
NetCommand: Mitsubishi's "Cut Above the Rest" Approach to Input Configuration
NetCommand is an amazing piece of software and firmware that takes the confusion and hassle out of programming your television remote control to handle your other A/V components. It was obviously conceived by some genius Mitsubishi keeps hidden in a dark closet somewhere in their California headquarters. Because I have read several reviews on the Mitsubishi, and none of them have gone into any kind of detail on the NetCommand system, I felt it would be a travesty to take the "easy road" and gloss over it.
Starting from Scratch
Beginning your NetCommand adventure is simple. Turning on the TV for the first time presents you with the NetCommand initial setup screen. If you accidentally cancel out of this or want to set up NetCommand later, just hit the TV Menu button, select Setup , and select Initial above the Edit NetCommand menu. This will allow you to configure your equipment, including a receiver, DVD player, cable box, satellite receiver, VHS player and camcorder. There are several preconfigured settings and manufacturers for use in the NetCommand configuration system. I was able to quickly select my cable box and receiver. For devices not on the preconfigured equipment list, the Mitsubishi WS-55813 provides a rather convenient learning system.
Learning New Devices
To learn new devices, simply select Other for the device/manufacturer name. Then you can select the Learn button to learn the remote control for that device. Here's the neat part - the Mitsubishi learns the remote control directly. You point the source remote at the TV while selecting which function you wish to learn. The Mitsubishi remote control is used for the duration of programming to select the correct functions and navigate through the NetCommand programming functions.
Physical IR Setup
In order to get your learned devices functioning from the Mitsubishi you must utilize the included IR Emitter cables. The WS-55813 includes two cables. A quadruple IR emitter cable (controls up to 4 devices) and a double IR emitter cable (controls two devices). These emitters plug into the rear of the television and then can be affixed easily so that their IR emitting diodes can send IR signals to the controlled devices.
Getting Direct Input Codes for Programming Universal Remote Controls
For those of you looking to bypass NetCommand and utilize another universal remote control, here's the procedure to get the Mitsubishi remote control to transmit the direct input IR codes for the 55813 TV.
1. To get the Mitsubishi remote control into Direct Input IR mode, while holding down the Power button, press 0, 9, 0.
2. To emit the direct input IR code:
*press the Device rocker button,
*then press one of the following keys corresponding to the input you want:
- Input 1 = 1
- Input 2 = 2
- Input 3 = 3
- Input 4 = 4
- Component Input 1 = 5
- Component Input 2 = 6
- DTV Input = PIP DEV
- Monitor Link/DVI = SQV
- VGA = QV
- Ant A = PIP+
- Ant B = PIP-
- Ant DTV = PIP/POP
3. To get the Mitsubishi remote control back to Normal mode, while holding down the Power button, press 9, 3, 5.Thanks to Tyler Rynberg for the tip!
Video Resolution and Noise Comparison
I wanted to see how well the WS-55813 resolved high resolution video. Before sorting through my movie collection, I ran through some of the AVIA test patterns and was pleased to see that the Mitsubishi could (easily) play back high resolution images up to the maximum resolution of 540 lines (the theoretical limit for DVD's native format).
I noticed no apparent video noise in the AVIA 100 TVL and 200 TVL wedge resolution test patterns. The source was the Yamaha DVD-S2300 MK2 reference DVD player utilizing its 480p component video outputs.