how do the Mitsubishi DLP Tvs rate in the 3D category ?
There are many out there that believe the publication Consumer Reports is the complete buying guide authority in the public sector.
Adding to the vast list of products it tests, the nonprofit organization is set to release its first ever test results on the consumer electronics market's new wave of 3D HDTVs.
In its November issue the publication has tested 14 3D HDTV products and it came to the conclusion that plasma technologies produce a better picture than comparable LCD-based products. "It remains to be seen whether 3D TV is just a novelty or a new product category in the consumer electronics space," notes Paul Reynolds, electronics editor for Consumer Reports.
"But our tests show that there are some fine 3D TV sets out there for those consumers eager for a new experience."
To test the televisions, the publication says it used exclusive test patterns developed in-house, as well as 3D Blu-ray movies and recorded 3D broadcasts to enable its engineering staff to determine its results.
Consumer Reports says that all of the products it tested were able to produce impressive three-dimensional images, but the overall quality of the images varied. "Panasonic plasma sets exhibited the least ghosting of any of the 3D TVs Consumer Reports tested, followed by Plasma TVs from LG and Samsung, which had slightly more," says the nonprofit organization in a press statement.
"Sony's LCD TVs came closest to the plasmas: Ghosting was minimal---but only when the viewer's head was kept level---ghosting became severe when the viewer's head was tilted even slightly. On the LG and Samsung LCD TVs, images had satisfying three-dimensional depth, but ghosting was significant in a wide variety of content, and the [Ghosting] was distracting when apparent. [However,] all of the tested 3D TVs, with one exception performed very well with regular 2D programs."
The magazine, which will be on the newstands on Tuesday Nov. 2, is also providing readers with some 3D HDTV buying tips that cover the topics such as 3D glasses and the availability of 3D content.
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Yes - would also like to know about Mitsubishi as I plan to buy one
That's because the DLP's use a different technology and only recently did Mitsubishi come out with an adapter which will allow users to see 3D programs from DirecTV unlike the other sets which are fully 3D compatiable with DirecTV's HD receivers.
Consumer Reports has not tested ANY rear projection TVs for several years. The repair rates for rear projection TVs was almost 10 times as high as the repair rates for plasma and LCD. Mitsubishi rear projection had a 21% repair rate.
The very small number of rear projection TVs being sold, and the poor reliability ratings have led Consumer Reports to entirely drop any ratings or other useful information about ANY rear projection TVs.
The color wheel is a big reliability head-ache, and the only rear projection TV they might test is the 75 inch Laser Vue. And, the chances of them testing that are very small as the $6,000 MSRP is way out of line with the most expensive LCD and Plasma sets they have tested which top out at ~$4,000.
At this point, rear projection is a very small player in the TV market. Flat is in.
Anyone contemplating buying a Mitsubishi rear projection TV should get a 5 year extended warranty.
It is also worth noting that according to Consumer Reports Mitsubishi has the least reliable LCDs of any name brand at 11%, compared to 2% needing repair in the first 3 years of ownership for Sony and Samsung.