Mitsubishi LaserVue DLP Projection HDTV


Mitsubishi LaserVue TV… consuming only 98 w of power. 

I was excited to see Mitsubishi display their new LaserVue TV at The Digital Experience.  I’ve always loved projection TVs for the big, filmlike image, and supposedly Mitsubishi’s new LaserVue is a game changer.  It uses red, green, and blue lasers rather than a lamp or LEDs and can produce a range of color greater than any other technology.


Plasma set consuming 512.5 watts.  That’s 414.5 watts well spent!

I’m sad to say that I was less than impressed with this set… in fact, I was completely turned off by it.  Whatever the range of extra color is, they need to give it back.  The picture was oversaturated and the colors were shifted in ways I could not put my finger on, but I have no doubt they were grossly inaccurate and artificial.  I don’t know what it would look like with different picture settings, but the image didn’t look all that sharp either.  Frankly, I think Mitusbishi’s standard lamp-driven DLPs look MUCH better and I recommend them without hesitation… in fact, I have recommended them for years.  I’d like to see a LaserVue with a properly set picture, but I have seen others make similar comments about the LaserVue so I am not all that optimistic.  Given that it costs in excess of $5000 more than an ordinary Mitsubishi DLP, this is an extremely hard sell.

Mitsubishi had power meters attached to both the LaserVue and a plasma next to it.  You will see that if nothing else, the laser technology is very efficient.  I can tell you that the plasma looked far superior, though… I am surprised they were willing to display it next to the LaserVue.

Mitsubishi, I have been a fan of yours for years, owned one of your CRT HDTVs and recommended your products to many over the years.  PLEASE keep making projection TVs for those of us (like me) who want a one-piece TV 70 inches or larger in size.  But PLEASE get this LaserVue looking right!

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