Mitsubishi Bows Wide 3DTV Line At CEDIA

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— Mitsubishi Electric Visual Solutions America and its sister presentation products fivision will bring a range of 2011 3DTV offerings to CEDIA Expo 2011 ranging from new front projectors to a monster 92-inch rear-projection set.

Among its CEDIA highlights will be the new midrange 3D 1080p HC7800DU DLP front projector that uses Texas Instruments’ latest .65-inch DLP DMD chip with 1,920 by 1,080 resolution of 2D and 3D images and quiet 25dB operation.

The projector lists a 5,000-hour expected lamp life in low mode, and produces 1,600 lumens of brightness and up to a 30,000:1 (full on/full off) contrast ratio.

It also supports 3D Frame Rate Conversion, a new high-speed frame reproduction technology with minimized crosstalk or distortion.

The HC7800DU will be available through authorized Mitsubishi dealers in November at a suggested retail to be announced later.

It includes the company’s two-year limited parts and labor warranty.

Meanwhile, the company’s recently introduced Diamond series HC9000D 1080p FullHD home-theater projector ($10,000 suggested retail) is based on SXRD (Sony’s LCoS imaging engine) technology.

“We’ve heard that this is the year of 3D,” said Wayne Kozuki, MEDA presentation products division product manager. “But Mitsubishi has been selling 3D-ready TVs since 2007, so it’s the home entertainment industry that is finally catching up to us.”

The projector will present 2D and 3D images at screen sizes exceeding 100 inches, creating a true theater experience using three 1080 SXRD chips.

Mitsubishi’s adaption of the display will present highbrightness, high-contrast (up to 150,000:1) images using a six-piece, 17-cluster extra-low dispersion lens structure, with minimal chromatic aberration and highly accurate color reproduction.

An auto-iris function sets the optimal aperture according to each scene, while the display engine’s 120Hz refresh rate yields smooth transitions of rapid motion scenes.

A wide range of powered lens shift (100 percent vertical and 45 percent horizontal), and a 1.8x powered-zoom range enables easy installation in complicated room configurations.

Inputs include two HDMI 1.4 ports, and an RS232 port for connectivity with third-party remote operations. It features a 4,000-hour lamp life in low conservation mode.

The company’s Visual Solutions unit will showcase a number of 2D/3D 1080p rear-projection sets, including the 92-inch behemoth that was given a sneak peak at International CES and several buying group meetings before recently hitting the market.

The unit will emphasize its “Go Big” strategy, which aims to make its large-screen TVs the de facto standard for immersive 3D home entertainment.

New models include cinema-like DLP TVs ranging from 73 to 92 inches, along with Mitsubishi’s 75-inch LaserVue, set powered by a laser-light engine.

Mitsubishi’s new Diamond 840 series, which includes the aforementioned flagship 92-inch 3D DLP Home Cinema TV, comes with a range of new enhancements and upgrades, including a Clear Contrast Screen that is said to produce deep blacks and colors, Immersive Sound Technology (IST) that uses a 16-speaker array to present Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound system and a pair of wireless subwoofers from Polk Audio.

The sets, along with 740 series and the LaserVue model, also include iPod/iPhone connectivity, and integrated connected TV functions with apps for a variety of streaming video services, among other multimedia options.

Current suggested retail pricing for the lines are as follows: 640 series 3D DLP TV, 73 inches, $1,599; 740 series 3D DLP Home Cinema TV Series 73 inches ($2,099) and 82 inches ($3,499); Diamond 840 series 73 inches ($2,599) 82 inches ($4,199) and 92 inches ($5,999).


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