Originally Posted by kwaidonjin
I am torn between the sharp 70 and the Mitsubishi WD-82740. I was surprised how good the Mitsibushi looked. I thought DLP was a dead technology. I can get the 82in for $100 less than the Sharp. I will have it in a darkened basement and will do mostly gaming and Blu-ray. Some Lions football, any thoughts????
I saw the Sharp 735U at hhgreg last Friday and was pretty impressed. The picture looked almost perfect -bright, clear, with vibrant colors. But then they were playing a demo video meant to make it shine (and it did). I ended up buying the Mits 73840 though (since they agreed to price match Amazon). I concur with what others have said. In a sufficiently darkened room with a good, hi-def feed, the imagine is pretty impressive. It would be hard for me to say which is better without seeing them side by side, although I expect the LCD would have a little more "pop". However, going DLP carries a few other considerations:
1. The reliability of these sets seems more iffy, based on what I've read. Many people end up getting extended warranties to cover themselves, just in case. If you go that route, you need to factor that into the cost.
2. The set will need periodic bulb replacements if you want to keep the image looking good. You need to factor that into the cost also.
3. These sets have open cooling vents in the back that, I've read, can allow dust to enter the cabinet and settle on the optics over time. In severe cases that can cause the picture to dim, unless the optics are cleaned. Something to consider, as basements can be dusty places.
4. This is a minor annoyance, but compared to my LCD, my 840 is slower at changing channels. I don't know why that is, but if you like surfing channels like I do, it is a minor bother. It's also slower to turn on.
5. The PQ with my 840 washes out pretty noticeably if room lights (especially the wrong ones) are turned on, or are too bright. If your room is a multi-purpose room, like mine is (with a pool table, etc) keeping it dark may not always be convenient.
6. The off-angle PQ is also not as good as my LCD. Something to consider depending on your seating situation.
It's not my intent to knock the 840, as it does have an awesome picture under the right conditions. But every display type has it drawbacks, and I just wanted to mention the few that I have noticed or am aware of with this set.
Good luck with the decision!