Originally Posted by JayPHunt
Has anyone had a chance to compare the Sharp LC-80LE632U to the Mitsubishi WD-92840 92" 3D DLP HDTV? I'd be interested to see how they stack up as the Mitsu is available for up to $1,000 less.
I was able to see 2 examples of the Mits 92" in the same store. One was in a brightly lit area, and the other in a darker room that also had 3 projection systems set up. The store also had the Elite 70", Sharp 70", and Panny 65" plasma that I viewed. In the well lit area of the store, the Mits seemed extremely dull and dim in comparison. It has nowhere near the pop of any of the other mentioned sets. In that comparison, it's hard to imagine anyone actually buying the Mits.
Viewing the same 92" Mits in the darker (projection) room gave a dramatically different impression. In this environment, it compared nicely to the low-mid level projection rigs.
I was then able to drive to another store that had the Sharp 80" (among others). The same relative impressions remain compared to the Mits.
The 80" sharp is a lot of set for the money. Nobody would have believed a couple of years ago that a set of this size and performance would be available for the current price. Hats off to Sharp! However.... the 80" Sharp does not have the quality of picture of my Pioneer plasma for example. Colors are less accurate and realistic, motion is not handled as well, and the viewing angle is still a very significant weakness on LCD sets.
And yet.... size kills! At some point the larger screen more than makes of for deficiencies in fidelity. This point will vary among individuals. I love an enveloping movie experience, and place a high value on larger screens. Others will have different content, viewing distance, preferences, etc.... And this brings me back to the Mits. For someone that really wants the big screen, and will use it in a dark room, the Mits is an interesting option. It offers the size of a small projection rig without some of the drawbacks.
For my living room, I would take the smaller Sharp (I can't believe I'm saying that about an 80" set) over the 92" Mits. Of course we are days away from the CES. Hoping for a larger Panny plasma, and there are rumors of an eventual 90" Sharp, and 80" Elite.