Mitsubishi Drops DLP Displays: Goodbye RPTVs Forever
So long, RPTV—the only big screen I’ve ever known. Meet my family and our 15 years of Mitsubishi in the slideshow below.
My Life with Mitsubishi RPTVs
Mitsubishi RPTVs are the only big screens I’ve ever owned, starting with one of the first HD-ready CRTs (and clunky external HDTV box) back in the mid-1990s.
That sucker lasted us more than a decade and I never had to replace a bulb, tune it up or anything. I got the TV in Boston, moved it to Minnesota in 2000, moved it to another house in 2005 …
We just kept waiting for it to die, and when it didn’t … we gave it away and purchased a DLP in late 2008: the 60-inch WD-60735 for less than $1,000.
We had a big room and a nice media console, so why not go with a bargain, especially knowing the longevity of a Mitsubishi display?
When it came time to move to California this year, we donated the TV … to my stepson who couldn’t believe his good fortune. It now occupies about one-third of his living room and he can’t make his gamer buddies go away.
The interesting thing about transporting the display to the apartment was how incredibly light the beast was, despite its girth. It practically floated itself to the truck.
On to the next phase of our life. We figured we’d get our first big-screen flat panel but again went with a Mitsubishi RPTV, this time the 73-inch WD-73842 (MSRP $1,799).
We had several reasons for this choice, value-per-inch being one of them, of course.
The other reasons are:
- We are in a rental and don’t care to mount a big screen, only to have to remove it and patch the wall
- We have the media console anyway.
- We were putting the TV and console in a corner, so the edges and depth would disappear anyway; the slenderness of a flat panel would be wasted there. As it is, it looks like a flat screen (see for yourself).
- We like big, really big—bigger and bigger the older we get
In fact, I was in the midst of writing a review on the product, when I learned of its discontinuation. Sad news for value-minded people like me who like a really big screen.
It’s a fine TV for our space. Unfortunately, we have a really bright room with high windows that aren’t covered, so the picture washes out during the day.
When the sun isn’t streaming through the windows, though, the picture is immaculate – and we are watching it out of the box without calibration.
We have a soundbar, but it isn’t necessary with this set. It has a built-in 16-speaker array with 32 watts of total power.
Or, for surround sound systems, the speaker can be set as the center channel.
The system comes with the full suite of Vudu apps, which isn’t necessary for me since I use a Roku box, which gives me everything I need.
A full review seems a little moot at this point, but I can tell you I would have kept buying what Mitsubishi was selling.
In fact, maybe I’ll pick up a LaserVue model during the fire-sales that are bound to happen.
That would give me the brightness I need, plus RS-232 and IP-based control when we move to a permanent place and install a control system.
[After the break: message from MEVSA president]
VIDEO: Rockin’ around the DLP ... how we watched White Christmas every year: on a big Mitsubishi rear-projection DLP
NOVEMBER 30, 2012
To Our Valued Authorized Service Centers,
Mitsubishi Electrical Visual Solutions America, Inc. (“MEVSA”) will implement an important change in business direction, which will necessitate a corresponding restructuring of the MEVSA organization.
Effective immediately, MEVSA is discontinuing the manufacture of 73”, 82” and 92” DLP projection televisions. MEVSA will continue to be headquartered at the Irvine location and its Parts and Service Department will remain. MEVSA will continue to sell its other product lines, including projectors, data wall products, public displays, digital signage and printers.
We expect that these changes will have a minimal effect on you and your business, as MEVSA will continue to provide its high level of support to its network of dealers, distributors and authorized service centers. MEVSA will, for example, maintain the same websites and 800 numbers that you currently use.
We will keep you informed as to any procedural changes to our service support and warranty websites.
We appreciate your ongoing support of our mutual customers.
President & CEO, Mitsubishi Electrical Visual Solutions America, Inc.