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First Look: Mitsubishi WD-65737

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First Look: Mitsubishi WD-65737

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The rear-projection Mitsubishi WD-737 series offers the most screen for the least money, and decent picture quality to boot.

>> Hi, I'm David Katzmaier, Senior Editor with CNET.com. And I'm sitting next to the Mitsubishi WD-65737. This is a 65-inch rear-projection HDTV, one of the few still available. Mitsubishi also makes this TV in a variety of other screen sizes. This review--they're all very large, by the way--this review does apply to each of those screen sizes, as well. This 65-inch TV has DLP technology behind the screen, which means that it's got basically a little projector built in right back there. And that's responsible for projecting that really large picture you see here. Of course Plasma and LCD TVs are generally a lot smaller. And when you turn to the side, a lot thinner. This TV does have kind of a bulge around back. So don't be expecting it hanging on the wall. In terms of other rear-projection technologies, this thing does not have LED lighting, which we've seen on Samsung rear-projectors last year. This is a standard bulb. You do have to replace the bulb. Mitsubishi doesn't say exactly how long the bulb will last. But it does have a nice easy price of 99 bucks when you do eventually have to replace it. Features on this TV are pretty extensive. It does have a good selection of inputs around back, with 3 HDMI, as well as a couple of component video inputs [inaudible] video input on the side panel, which is really nice. There's also a really nice range of things you can do to adjust the picture. If you go into something called the Advance Menu or ADV, you'll find a whole bunch of different adjustments that weren't there on previous Mitsubishi TVs. You can tweak the color, play around with the color management. You can also adjust gamma to arrange a different preset. So a real improvement there that definitely helps. Styling on this TV is actually really conservative. You see, around the edge of the screen, it's a really thin kind of all picture look. We really like that look. There's hidden speakers on the set. Otherwise, it's pretty much a big black box. We took the Mitsubishi into the lab. There were some pluses and minuses to its picture quality. On the plus side, the color accuracy is very good. We were able to use those adjustments to get it honed in to be extremely accurate, especially with the skin tones and even saturation. On the downside, it doesn't have nearly the black level performance of a lot of the LCD and Plasma TVs on the market. It also is not nearly as uniformed. So when you look from either side or even up and down, there's kind of a spot in the middle that follows you over the hotspot and gives it terribly bad results. There's also some geometry issues. But overall, it's definitely a decent picture. And for people who want to save a few bucks over the really large screen Plasma and LCDs out there, it's kind of the only option going. That's a quick look at the Mitsubishi WD-737 series. And I'm David Katzmaier.

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