Time for a fresh start. The Mitsubishi 831 is the sweet spot in the new Mitsubishi true 1080p input capable projectors as it offers substantial refinement and flexibility in picture quality as compared to the 731 series, yet only costs a few hundred dollars more.
- Both models include a static iris (these are the Brilliant / Bright / Natural picture modes) with the 831 adding a second dynamic iris
- 831 includes SharpEdge (no doubt Mitsubishi s answer to Samsung Dnie)
- 831 DeepField Imager - this feature divides the screen up into over a hundred areas and enhances the picture quality in the dark areas.
- 831 has a fully illuminated remote
- 831 includes NetCommand with IR learning
Mitsubishi does not release final specifications early as they wait to measure the shipping product.
Best Buy and the other usual dealers will be selling the 831 series, so the it should be easy to audition.
I've been waiting for quit some time as I previously owned the 65 HP 1080p and was impressed with its high contrast ratio (but only if you knew just how to set the iris). The Mitsubishi 831 dual iris system allows for a very bright picture during the daytime and enhanced contrast for nighttime viewing. Hopefully the 831 series will not only exceed the HP, but also be a trouble-free to operate and enjoy.
The two 1080p input capable HDMI ports should be sufficient for the majority of users. The seperate dual mode 1080p DVI-I port accepts both analog RGB and digital DVI signals from a computer. This optimal input configuration allows for 1:1 digital mapping and thus bypasses the evil scalar/format converter. This aspect is important because even several recent 1920*1080 input capable TV displays still unnecessary zoom-in to artificially create over-scan. Bottom line is these scalers degrade the picture quality.
Because someone at Mitsubishi was able to clearly think and offer the features that discriminating customers demand, I will probably be purchasing the 65 831 when they go on sale. It is expected at the stores within the August 1-15 timeframe.
Other contenders include Toshiba (a sly sleeper company who just might add 1080p inputs), and the JVC with their new dynamic iris.
Note: for screens less than 50 inches suggest the very latest flat panel 1080p LCD displays. Expect to spend about $2.5 -3.5K for any of these excellent 40-65" displays.
Overall rear projectors are making a dramatic comeback this year and we all owe it to last years Sony SXRD. Thanks Sony.
Prices are dropping, reliability has improved and 1280/1366 resolution displays will most certainly be regulated to the Wal-mart crowd.