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Hi all. My LG plasma nightmare is soon coming to a close, with LG just giving me a check for $1400.

So I have that amount (including tax) to go on out and buy a TV and I have always loved DLP's. The problem is, only the Mits' are left and I keep reading over and over about those light engine failures and white dots that take over the screen because of bad DLP chips.



Walt's TV is not far from me so I can easily take a drive, but I'd trust the sales people at any store about as far as I can throw a pickup truck.

Models I see for sale are the 73742, 73740, 73738, 73640 and 73638. EDIT: Also 73642.

Would I risk the white dot thing with any of these? I absolutely do not want to go through that.

What I am looking for is reliability, decent ability to adjust the picture and no HDMI compatibility nonsense.

Also, I'm assuming 1080p 24 with Blu-Ray from a PS3 is not a problem, yes? It's amazing how hard it is to find that out when looking over TV specs. I do see 24Hz listed for most, but I need to be sure.

By the way, I couldn't care less about 3D, which gives me headache, so that is not a factor here.

Much thanks and sorry for starting a new thread. I figured this was better than asking in all of the official Mits threads, of which there are plenty.

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You can do 1080p 24 with any of the recent Mits RPTV's out right now. It's been a feature with them going on at least the last 2-3 years or so.

The white dot problem seems to no longer be an issue. Not sure when the last years model had that happen. Maybe 4-5 years ago or so? It may be to early to know 100% for sure yet though as that's a problem that rears it's ugly head as time goes on. redface.gif Maybe someone else more knowledgable than I on that topic can give you more insight.

I have a 4 year old WD-65736 that still runs like a champ. I had to change the bulb on it finally after about 3.5 years of use. The picture and everything about it is as good as when I first bought it.

If you like DLP's you're gonna love how good the PQ has gotten on em the last couple of years or so. I have last years model, the WD-73640, and the PQ on it to me and everyone else who has seen it, has said that is it a HUGE step up over my 4 year old WD-65736. To me it's like a night and day difference.

I'd love to see if they've been able to improve the PQ on this years models. I had always wished I'd gone with an 82" screen. I think in about 6 months or so I might sell my WD-73640 and move on up to an 82" or a 92".

Also if I were you I would just buy this years model. The 42 line up. Also for the amount LG gave you, you could be able to possibly almost get an 82" if you wanted to as well. I haven't checked recent prices but an 82" could be had for somewhere in the $1600-$2000 range. Depending on when you buy it of course.

Alot of people last year were able to score a WD-73640 for only $740 shipped last year!!!!!!!! biggrin.gifbiggrin.gifbiggrin.gif I was 1 of those individuals. It was an online sale that lasted only a few hours because the TV's sold out so quickly.

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I read about that insane price on the WD-73640. Talk about insane.

Right now I am considering the 73640 and 73738. Both can be had for under $1200 shipped, but I am uncertain of which is the better model. We cannot wait for Black Friday so we won't be getting any sub 1k pricing. Oh well.

Tiger Direct sells refurbished Mits DLP's but that is scary. 90 day warranty only. Not gonna chance it.

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Tiger Direct sells refurbished Mits DLP's but that is scary. 90 day warranty only. Not gonna chance it.

FWIW I bought a refurb 73640 from Tigerdirect for $900 shipped in march. I've had no problems with it. <3 it. biggrin.gif


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Don't go with the 38 series...!

May as well go with at least the 40 or 42.

Like I said the PQ on these sets have gotten noticeably better with each new model. I'm totally blown away by how good my WD-73640 looks over my 4 year old WD-65736.

I just can't understand why anyone would even think of going with a 38 over a 40 or a 42. What's your logic behind that?




EDIT : Are you aware of what those last 2 numbers in the model signify? In case you aren't, here's how it breaks down....

2010 = 38

2011 = 40

2012 = 42

So if you went with a 38 you would be getting a TV that came out in 2010. Not a good idea..............!

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EDIT : Are you aware of what those last 2 numbers in the model signify? In case you aren't, here's how it breaks down....
2010 = 38
2011 = 40
2012 = 42
So if you went with a 38 you would be getting a TV that came out in 2010. Not a good idea..............!
I am now!!! Thank you for that. I appreciate it.

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Ok good. Glad to help out. biggrin.gif

I wish there were some more reports from others who have bought the current year's (42) Mits's. They just came out though in the last couple of months so it may be a bit too early to get any real feedback from owners on how well they perform. I am strongly considering buying 1 like I said earlier though later this year when prices drop even further. I would love to have an 82" or quite possibly a 92". And then sell off my WD-73640. I just can't help but wonder how much better the PQ has gotten over last years sets.

Hopefully maybe someone who owns a 40 will buy a 42 and be able to give us an A/B comparison as to how much better the 42's are over last years 40's.

FWIW if I were you I would go with this years 42 series. Mits has been making DLP RPTV's long enough to where they should have gotten rid of all the bugs and quirks associated with this type of set. They have to have gotten it down to perfection. It seems that just buying the new current model would be a safe bet for success.

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How we wish we could go higher than 73 inches, but we'd be sitting to close to an 80+ incher. As it is, we are too close for 73, but with High Def, whatever. biggrin.gif

I am thinking of the 73640 simply because I can profit $200 and put it on the credit card we bought the LG with. That's a 0% purchase. So essentially, LG gives is a check and we buy a new TV, which is financed on our NewEgg card. cool.gif

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Sounds like a good plan. I did a quick check on pricing and it seems to be only around $150 or so more to go with a 42. If it were me I'd think about going with a 42 over the 40. But either way the 73640 is a very nice TV that I'm sure you'll be very happy with. If you do go that route, definitely make sure you upgrade the firmware on it to the latest 13.06.

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Are the Mits firmwares easy to do, like via a USB stick? That was one of the few good things about the LG plasma. Heck, it even updated via wireless internet.

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Are the Mits firmwares easy to do, like via a USB stick? That was one of the few good things about the LG plasma. Heck, it even updated via wireless internet.

That's actually how the firmware updates are done on the WD-73640. Via a USB stick. If you've done it before that way you should be fine. smile.gif

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How we wish we could go higher than 73 inches, but we'd be sitting to close to an 80+ incher. As it is, we are too close for 73, but with High Def, whatever. biggrin.gif

I am thinking of the 73640 simply because I can profit $200 and put it on the credit card we bought the LG with. That's a 0% purchase. So essentially, LG gives is a check and we buy a new TV, which is financed on our NewEgg card. cool.gif

How close are you sitting? My son's setup is at around 9 feet for his 73". Not too close at all. Mitsubishi recommends 9 ft for the 73" and 10 ft for the 82" http://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/support/faqs#faq_22

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^ ^ ^ ^ That's a good question.

I sit about 13 feet away from my WD-73640. And anyone I've asked has agreed with me that the 82" would be a better size for me based on distance. I would think the 82" would be just the right size, but I'm willing to take a chance on getting a 92" if I can afford it at the time.

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^ ^ ^ ^ That's a good question.

I sit about 13 feet away from my WD-73640. And anyone I've asked has agreed with me that the 82" would be a better size for me based on distance. I would think the 82" would be just the right size, but I'm willing to take a chance on getting a 92" if I can afford it at the time.

12.5 ft would be the sweet spot for a 82" (8 ft. 4 in. for 3D)

14 ft would be the sweet spot for a 92" (9 ft. 4 in. for 3D)

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We will be about 8 feet, folks. 73 is over the max. biggrin.gif

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