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At one time only the chosen few could be a "Mitsubishi dealer". Nearly 20 years ago I managed to finagle a dealership for the retail company I worked for. They were solid gold in those days. We sold more of those giant rear projection sets that you could shake a stick at. There's probably some still working. As another forum member noted, their 40" direct view (4x3) sets were a thing to behold. They also weighed nearly 300lbs and I've got the bad back to prove it. They were also on the cutting edge of technology at one time. In addition to that 40" DTV, at the time the largest glass tube being marketed, they showed the prototype of a single lens DLP front projector at least 2 years before anyone else. I remember going to one of their trade shows in LA and seeing this thing. They didn't talk much about it. It was a prototype, but every dealer there was talking. Oddly, they never brought it to market!
The last decade saw Mits really slip. Yet, as others on this thread have noted, they made some good looking front projectors. During the time I sold their gear, the company was wary of trusting the "round eyes" who were really pushing their video products in the U.S. It's ironic that you look at Mits and JVC, two giants of the Japanese electronics industry and find that JVC is still going strong. Perhaps it was JVC's broadcast products that kept them on top of what consumer's wanted. To my knowledge, Mits never made any inroads into the broadcast world.
Good Viewing,John G JVC DLA-RS4810 Projector, Vutec 110" (16x9) Bright White Screen, Oppo UDP-203 disc player, Darbee Darblet, Onkyo TX-NR708 Receiver/Processor, Toshiba 1250 NTSC-PAL Region Free BR Player, 7 Paradigm Reference spkrs w Dual Subs, Adcom & Yamaha Amps