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Mitsubishi LT-2220 review: Mitsubishi LT-2220

Mitsubishi LT-2220

Kevin Miller

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7.0

Mitsubishi LT-2220

The Good

Sleek design; independent input memory; strong feature package; versatile.

The Bad

Expensive; less than stellar black-level performance and color accuracy.

The Bottom Line

While not sized for a home theater, this wide-screen LCD TV will work well in tight spaces.
Review summary
Mitsubishi's slickly designed LT-2220 is a full-fledged LCD television that doubles as a computer monitor. While too small to be a true home-theater display, this 22-inch wide-screen set offers decent TV performance for an LCD and will certainly be at home in a bedroom, a kitchen, or a study. Unfortunately, the LT-2220's steep price can't begin to compete with that of like-size panels, such as the Philips 23PF9945 and the Samsung LTN226W.

The attractive LT-2220 looks high-tech, with the stylish, silver finish that the Sony WEGA line made so popular. A rather thick border contains the 22-inch wide-screen display. The back panel's sides hold all the connections, and covers conceal the wires. You can wall-mount the TV with a variety of optional brackets or set it on the included tabletop stand, which is a versatile, tilting design.

The remote is a step above that included with most LCD sets. Its large surface allows adequate space between the buttons, which are backlit and arranged in an intuitive and friendly layout. You can program the remote to control up to four other A/V devices.

The LT-2220 has one of the deepest feature sets in the LCD market. The screen itself has a native resolution of 1,280x768 pixels, so it can fully display 720p HDTV and handle just about every other source, from 1080i HDTV to computer signals to standard television. Picture enhancements include Low, Medium, and High color temperatures (Low delivers the most-accurate color); selectable aspect ratios; a Color Balance menu that allows you to counter red push; and video processing with 2:3 pull-down, which reduces motion artifacts in film-based video such as DVD movies. A 3D-YC comb filter cleans up VHS, cable TV, and other composite-video sources.

Each input can remember its own settings for contrast, brightness, and so on--a feature we really appreciate. Other conveniences include dual-tuner picture-in-picture (PIP) and side-by-side picture-out-of-picture (POP). A built-in subwoofer augments the sound. There's even a nifty timer that can turn on the set at a specific time, enable the input of your choice, and tune to a particular satellite or cable channel.

The LT-2220's connectivity suite is extremely generous. Starting off the list of inputs are two for component video; one for DVI transmission with HDCP copy protection; two for A/V, each with a choice of S-Video or composite video; and one (a D-15 VGA connection) for computer hookup. Beyond that, you'll find an RF antenna input, a set of stereo-audio outputs, and an RS-232 port for touch-panel control systems such as AMX and Crestron. Last but not least, there's a headphone jack for late-night viewing.

For an LCD, the LT-2220 delivers an overall good picture. We attempted to improve it by calibrating the grayscale, but our changes had little positive effect. In the end, we settled for the Low color temperature's grayscale, which measured 6,800K at the bottom and 7,000K at the top--reasonably close to the 6,500K ideal.

Like all LCDs, the LT-2220 is extremely bright and will look fine in well-lit viewing environments. Playing with the front-panel contrast and brightness controls, we discovered that raising the contrast past the middle of its scale resulted in white crush, the reduction of detail in brighter areas. But regardless of our fiddling, the picture remained extremely bright: 44.5 footlamberts at the Low color temperature and about 60 footlamberts at High.

The color decoder's factory preset was inaccurate and overaccentuated red. Tweaking the Color Balance controls helped the situation but didn't work perfectly, so we had to reduce color just a little to compensate.

The video processing was decent, but we weren't all that impressed with its 2:3 pull-down. There were still some motion artifacts on the canoes and the roof edges in the opening sequence of Star Trek: Insurrection. Black-level performance was mediocre for an LCD; blacks looked deep gray. We've certainly seen worse, but panels such as JVC's LT-26WX84 can get darker.

After we'd performed a basic calibration with the set at the Low color temperature, we watched the opening sequence and the A/V demonstrations of the new Digital Video Essentials, which contains arguably the best-looking video on DVD to date. Our biggest complaint was with the LT-2220's color accuracy. Red was orange, and green was neon or limy. Chapter 4 of Training Day came out pretty well, with excellent detail and snap.

Via the DVI input, we sent HDTV to the LT-2220 from our DirecTV satellite system, and the picture looked mostly excellent. We calibrated the set separately for black level, color, tint, and so on, then watched two HDNet channels, Discovery HD, HBO, and Showtime. Dark scenes still left a little to be desired, and the orange reds and the overdriven greens were a bit disturbing.

7.0

Mitsubishi LT-2220

Score Breakdown

Design 7Features 7Performance 7