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Mitsubishi WD-65735

(Part #: WD-65735) Released: Apr 15, 2008
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3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review

The Good Relatively inexpensive for the screen size; reproduces deep black levels; solid connectivity with three HDMI and three component-video inputs, decent feature package including NetCommand device control; slim bezel creates "all-picture" look.

The Bad Inaccurate color; details appeared softer than expected; no PC input; no fine controls for color temperature.

The Bottom Line The Mitsubishi WD-65735 offers plenty of screen for the buck, compact styling, and numerous connections, but its picture quality doesn't match that of the competition.

6.5 Overall

Today the landscape in the big-screen rear-projection HDTV category is pretty stark. Sony, Panasonic, Hitachi, and others have all exited this product segment, which leaves only Mitsubishi and Samsung to slug it out for the dollars of buyers who want a huge screen on a budget. Mitsubishi's WD-65735 is one of the company's less expensive DLP rear projection sets for 2008, although its specification sheet still has plenty of fancy features. Despite some positive aspects of its picture quality, including relatively deep black levels, the WD-65735 is hampered by same issue I have had with all the previous Mitsubishi DLP models: inaccurate color. Compared with the Samsung, in the form of the 61-inch HL61A750, the slightly larger and slightly less expensive Mitsubishi has a hard time keeping up.

Design
The Mitsubishi WD-65735 looks a lot like other big-box RPTVs. There's not much in the way of design flair--the company went with a very basic look. The screen is surrounded by an extremely thin bezel on the sides and top, and in general we like the "nothing-but-screen" aesthetic. The bottom has a two-tone look with a matte-black finish just below the screen, and a lighter gray below that. Front-panel AV inputs are located below a flip down door in the center below the screen.

Mitsubishi's remote control is relatively slender and fits in the hand comfortably. Hit any key and all the most commonly used buttons (Vol+/-, Ch+/-, left, right, top, and bottom rocker keys, the enter button, and the Audio and Video adjust keys) instantly light up. This is certainly useful for tweaking in a darkened home theater, and certainly appreciated considering the competing Samsung clicker isn't backlit.

Features
Perhaps the most highly touted feature on the WD-65735 is the 3D mode, although you may have trouble using it. One problem is that there aren't really any 3D sources available yet, and another is that you'll have to purchase a special kit. Check out this blog post for more information.

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Mitsubishi's menu system has an option to activate the TV's 3D capability (glasses and 3D kit not included).

Picture-adjusting options are relatively scarce. Picture modes include Brilliant, Bright, and Natural. Natural is what I chose for my evaluation as it produced a better gamma curve with improved shadow detail. Mitsubishi has pared down its selectable color temperatures to just two: High and Low, giving you either a really blue picture or a setting that more closely approximates the broadcast standard.

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The PerfectColor menu offers adjustment of color decoding, but can't overcome the set's color accuracy issues.

As for "Perfect Color," it is a dubious feature that lets qualified technicians effect some improvement in the color decoding. Unfortunately, considering how inaccurate the color decoding and primary colors are (see below), Perfect Color is a bit like a Band-Aid on a gushing bullet wound.

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The NetCommand system lets you program the TV to control various components.

A feature unique to Mitsubishi is the NetCommand system, which enables the TV to control other audiovisual devices using a two-unit IR emitter, which comes with the set. Although I didn't test this feature, it seems like it should be easy to implement and has worked well in the past (check out the WD-65734 review for details). A USB Photo Port is a cool way to scrutinize your digital photos on a really large screen.

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Ample connectivity is included on the Mitsubishi's back panel, as long as you don't want a PC input.

Reasonably good connectivity is a plus on this less expensive set. On the rear jack pack it has three HDMI inputs, two component video inputs, one S-Video input, one composite video input, two RF inputs (one for ATSC off-air HDTV broadcast decoding), a set of analog audio outputs, and a coaxial digital audio output. On the front panel, a third component video input is added and a composite video input as well.

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