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Mitsubishi WD-73735 Rear Projection DLP Review

by October 20, 2008
Mitsubishi WD-73735

Mitsubishi WD-73735

  • Product Name: WD-73735
  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: October 20, 2008 05:48
  • MSRP: $ 2699

General

Screen Size: 73-inch

Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (widescreen)

Size: 43.6" x 65.2" x 17.5"

Height On Base: 60.2"

Weight (Physical): 93.0 lbs.

Optical System

Display Type: 1080p DLP®

Pixel Resolution (horizontal x vertical): 1920 x 1080

Lamp Power: 180 Watts

Video Performance

Mitsubishi Exclusive Processor: 6-Color

Video Format Conversion: Plush1080p®

HDMI 1.3a™: Yes

Deep Color (36 bit) and x.v.Color™: Yes

PerfectColor™: Yes

Video Noise Reduction Color: 4D

Picture Format Modes (4:3 sources): 6

Picture Format Modes (16:9 sources): 3

User Controls

Easy Connect™: Yes

ChannelView™: Yes

A/V Adjustment (memorized by input): Yes

Color Temperature Control (by input): High/Low

Video Modes: Brilliant/Bright/Natural/Game

Full Screen Image Freeze: Yes

Tuning

Combined Tuner Analog/Digital/Cable (In The Clear): 1

Antenna (RF) Inputs: 2

Front Inputs

Front Component/Composite Combined: 1

Front USB Photo Input: 1

Rear Inputs

Component Input (480i/480P/720P/1080i), (One Component/Composite Combined): 2

Rear A/V Inputs with S-Video: 1

Rear Stereo Audio Input for PC/DVI Source: 1

Rear HDMI™ Inputs: 3

480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i (60Hz): Yes

1080p (24Hz, 30Hz, 60Hz): Yes

Outputs

Stereo Audio Output: 1 (fixed)

Digital Audio Output: (Dolby® Digital / PCM) 1 (coaxial)

3D IR Emitter: 1

Remote Control

Remote Control: Partially Illuminated

5 Device Multibrand Illuminated Remote: Yes

Pros

  • Good black definition
  • Great HD performance
  • Nice size to dollar ratio
  • Extremely fast switching between HD and SD channels

Cons

  • Limited calibration options
  • Overall soft picture on non-HD material
  • Inaccurate color

Introduction

Go big or go home… I'm sure someone is going to sue me for stealing that. It seems that Mitsubishi has taken this motto to heart with its 73" WD-73735 rear projection DLP display. Big? Yeah. Affordable? Compared to flat panels - oh heck yeah. But how does it look? Very... not bad. You'll probably want to read on to see what I mean by that.
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Recent Forum Posts:

bandphan posts on October 23, 2008 21:15
Biggiesized, post: 471655
You should review the Samsung HL61A750, Tom. You can do a perfect calibration using the service menu (or get very close using the user menu).

between the 2,imo mitsu..based on calibrated sets
GlocksRock posts on October 23, 2008 11:16
I went to my friends house yesterday, he just got the 60" version of this same tv, and there is a digital coax output on the back. If you are facing the inputs, it's at the bottom left of everything.
GlocksRock posts on October 22, 2008 13:44
allargon, post: 471482
Hmmm….

http://www.audioholics.com/reviews/televisions/rear-projection/mitsubishi-wd-73735/wd-73735-build-quality-and-setup



I wonder if Tom did an oops. My set has a coax audio OUTPUT strictly for OTA.

From CNet…

http://reviews.cnet.com/projection-tvs/mitsubishi-wd-73735/4507-6484_7-32924007.html



From Mits…

http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/pdf/WD73735_specsheet.pdf



I'm looking at the back of that display in the PDF and comparing it to the photo on Audioholics. Hehe…this is Audioholics not videoholics.

The PC inputs are the top two red/white RCA inputs just to the right of the orange coax digital out.

Good catch, Glocks. Methinks Tom owes you a beer.

I think so too I'll take a Sam Adams please!
Biggiesized posts on October 21, 2008 21:14
You should review the Samsung HL61A750, Tom. You can do a perfect calibration using the service menu (or get very close using the user menu).
westcott posts on October 21, 2008 16:03
I am wrong again!

I thought rear projection was dead? I guess I have been proven wrong again.

I never could get used to off axis performance of a rear projection system like Tom suggested.

I am of the opinion that this is just another example of quantity over quality.

Would you really be willing to trade (permanently) your 42" display for this one Tom?
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