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Mitsubishi Drops DLP Displays: Goodbye RPTVs Forever


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My first new years eve with the new family in Minnesota, 2000: Twister, silly string and a TV that keeps on giving.




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Mitsubishi Drops DLP Displays: Goodbye RPTVs Forever

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Posted by Denny Crane  on  12/01  at  08:30 PM

Can’t say that I was a fan. The images on a DLP projector TV simply lacked the crispness of an LCD or a plasma. And, they washed out in a daylit room.

Posted by Erich  on  12/01  at  09:52 PM

Wow this is bad news.  I have a 73” Mitsu that is only a couple years old and has been a great addition to the family.  Maybe I should upgrade to the 92” and put the 73 in the bedroom.  Hmm…

Posted by Rick Johnson  on  12/02  at  08:17 AM

You may want to verify the CRT RPTV timeline. My family had a 40 in model growing up since the mid to late ‘80s, and they weren’t exactly emerging then. I remember watching the pilot of Star Trek: The Next Generation on it. It needed some ICs replaced in it after some time in the early 90s, and the CRTs eventually became mis-aligned after a major earthquake.

Posted by Julie Jacobson  on  12/02  at  08:28 AM

Absolutely correct, Rick. Sorry, I should’ve said “HD-ready.” I have made the correction. Thanks for pointing it out.

Posted by Jimmie Ray  on  12/02  at  10:51 AM

We sold a couple dozen of the RPTV’s over the last couple years…Everyone has had an issue…bad bulbs overheating, lockups, several were unrepairable problems…Bye Bye Mits..wont miss you too much

Posted by Chris  on  12/02  at  07:40 PM

I have a Samsung LED DLP and after 5 years the only replacement needed was the red led (~ $90) which was easy enough to do myself.

In the bedroom I have a LCD TV that already went out on me after only owning it a year, luckily had the extended warranty for it and had it replaced.

Posted by Keith  on  12/02  at  08:00 PM

Reading this while watching Sunday Night Football on my mitsu 73” 3D dlp. The value and size was well worth it; I paid just a tad over 800. Sad day, but not to shocked. As the industry is getting bigger, thinner, and cheaper LCDs out the door everyday. I have had my 73” calibrated and the image and color is great. I too may look for a deal on a laser vue.

Posted by ted leaf  on  12/02  at  11:09 PM

rptv have always been pricey here in the uk,was lucky to find big 60 inch sony rptv that was built for business and video conferencing so it could take a video feed from just about anything and made a superb gaming screen and a prety good tv.did’nt know about all the “extra” air filters deep in the guts of the sony and the poor old thing fried a smtd on the main board and over here figures quoted for a repair are about the same price as the beast was brand new,about £5000, yes,£5k for repair.it cost £4997 with taxes when new.
you do look impressive if you can get your arms under one and lift on your own,60 inch sony only weighs about 130 pounds.easy.

Posted by John  on  12/03  at  12:57 AM

Can these DLP TV play VHS tapes?

LCD/LED play VHS tape very bad and I wonder what about the DLP TV

Posted by Joe Whitaker  on  12/03  at  08:26 AM

I still have one of the 73” Mitsu’s. I have had it for a good while and it has always been a great display. Sad to see an end to this product category as I think there was still room for growth. It is a sad end to a “Best Bang for the Buck” product line. Thanks Mitsu for the years of satisfaction an cost effectiveness.

Posted by Rob Robinson  on  12/03  at  11:18 AM

Not surprised to see it but sad the end of rear-projection production as there were/are some great displays in this category. Had a 55” CRT-based Mitsubishi rear-pro for many years (that is still producing great pictures for the charity that I donated it to) and the display in my NY home theater remains a 60” Sony SXRD unit that I just put a new OEM bulb in and re-calibrated and continue to enjoy enormously.

Posted by Gary  on  12/03  at  12:11 PM

I have a 50 inch Sony, rear projector, no problems to date, still on the original bulb. It isn’t the daily set, used in the den for sports and movies.  Always liked the picture.  But considering he cost of a bulb, when it comes time to replace, I will likely opt for a new flat screen.

Posted by Alan Blake  on  12/03  at  12:21 PM

Sorry to see these go. I used to work in Corporate television, and had one of the 48” CRT-RP sets. It lasted 14 years, and looked as good as my studio monitors. A part of my job was to maintain the Corporation’s projection systems, and we had a mix of everything out there. I never had to do a service call on a Mitsubishi unless it was to set up a new one.
When I bought my present set, I evaluated the DLP against LCD, and the DLP presented a superior picture; I cannot agree with the comment that DLP-RP washes out in a bright room. My set is next to 15’ tall windows and looks great any time of the day. Can’t say that about plasma; which also has a minimum viewing distance and tendency to burn-in. Consider that unless you have a good resolution conversion chipset (90% don’t) in your LCD, that unless your bitstream is at or near its native resolution it will look awful. DLP has no native resolution, so pictures look as good as the incoming bitstream.
Timeline: “Good” CRT-RP sets were available in the early 80’s, at that time the front-projection sets (except for Advent) were all junk from a performance standpoint. Of course most consumers didn’t care about quality as long as the picture was big.

Posted by mlafave  on  12/03  at  01:36 PM

A moment of silence if you please.

Now, here’s your Living Room back!

Posted by Timothy Turner  on  12/03  at  07:15 PM

Isn’t that photo in the slideshow the IR Receiver? An emitter sends out a signal.

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