Was a snap. Plugged RF cable in, HDMI from HDMI switching receiver in, and Power cable and off it went. Auto programs clock and channels if you choose. Set boots up in seconds (didn't time it but probably under 10 secs).
I turned down the sharpness, down the contrast, turned the bulb brightness down and I was pretty happy with the picture. It actually looked good out of box.Design
Form factor is amazing. VERY sleek. The bezel around the screen is the thinnest I have ever seen. Smaller than a quarter and probably around the size of a nickel. Cabinet is well made, high quality in my opinion. There is no wasted space, small footprint.
I'd be interested to see what this looks like in black (732 and 831 models). Color is very dark gray (gunmetal maybe?). I have it setting on a black stand and my wife swears they are the same color. They are VERY close.
Remote is small and sleek too. Ultimate electronics delivery guys said that was much smaller than the other Mits remotes. Partially backlit. Had no trouble finding the right button and things are well marked.
Menu is easy to navigate. Can rename inputs and they only show up if you have them plugged in and turned ON which is nice. Can adjust each of the 6 colors separately.Features
You get a LOT for the money. 2 HDMI ports that seem to accept 1080p in 24, 30, and 60 fps. 1 rear firewire port. Oddly, no optical out. Just coaxial. Not really a problem, but worth a mention. Cable card. 2 sets Component in. PC-DVI ready for Media PC! By the way, I have had NO HDMI issues.
Has PIP (called split screen) but have to connect to both Ant1 and Ant 2 on back of set. It does the 2 equal sides of screen mode which is cool in addition to every other combination possible.This set does NOT have the Dark Detailer iris that improves contrast and shadow details!
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2007 Models on the Mits webpagehttp://www.mitsubishi-tv.com/televisions/types.asp?id=5Performance
First off, I did see rainbows. I NEVER saw them in the store on any model before, including this one. I saw a lot of them (mainly high contrast scenes where one part of the screen is bright white and the other is in the shadows - happens a lot in Gladiator) and they were bothersome. My wife saw NO rainbows and she thinks I'm a little nuts and/or weird but whatever!
No screen glare (a huge plus for me b/c our house has lots of ambient lighting). Did not see SSE. NO redpush (I've found that hard to correct for). 150 watt bulb provides more than enough brightness (recommend turning it down).SD picture quality
was much better than expected (seriously). Maybe it's that 4D noise reduction or maybe it's just that it's a 12 bit set but I was impressed as it was actually pretty watchable.HD picture quality
- I don't have yet so I can't comment, sorry.1080i upscaled DVD quality
. This is what I watched the most and what I can best comment on...The good:
Mostly watched Gladiator b/c it is one of my favorite movies and I'm very aware of what it should look like. Colors seemed accurate (ignore the pictures I took b/c they look yellow due to my lighting at the moment). Detail was very good, could see individual animal hairs during Gladiator without effort. Very clear. The BEST part people - I swear this TV is completely devoid of video noise. Let me repeat b/c this may be the most important thing I say... NO VIDEO NOISE ON THIS TV. This set looks NOTHING like the Sammy sets. There was NO pixelation, NO break-up, NO macroblocking... NOTHING. I swear.
I did see jutter one time (and only one time, I took notes) but it may have been a layer change as I didn't go back and check it again b/c I only saw it happen once.The bad:
Blacks were deep but shadow detail was lacking. Black crush? Shadow detail is definitely subpar compared to the SXRD. Can I correct this via calibration? Maybe. But this set (731 series) doesn't have the Dark Detailer to increase shadow detail in the higher sets - perhaps this is a feature worth purchasing.Summary and Thoughts
This set is well designed, has a great chassis and is well thought out. The best news is little to NO video noise.
I saw none and that was the sole reason that I had not bought a DLP in the past as they always looked noisy and therefore kinda crappy to me. Not THIS set. That 4D noise reduction really is doing something!This set provides exceptional value for the money
.. You really get a lot for your money (high quality and a ton of features such as PC DVI input, etc.) I think this set kills the Sammy HLS sets. Fair comparison is the HLS 88 series due to the firewire, cablecard, and other features.
If you are considering the Sammy sets or have bought one and are still within your return time period, stop what you are doing and return the Sammy. You will thank me later.This is hands down the best DLP set I have ever had the pleasure of watching.
Of course, I haven't spent a ton of time watching them as I hadn't even seen rainbows before (it appear to be one of the unfortunates that sees rainbows). RBE is definitely a downside here. If you see RBE, do NOT buy this set
. If you don't or haven't before, buy from a retailer with a very good return policy and give these sets a chance and I think they are worth it. The other downside to this set is a lack of shadow detail. I would probably recommend buying a 732 series set for picky buyers who aren't on a budget to see if the shadow detail was improved.
If it was even slightly improved, it would be worth the small price hike.
Will I return it? Not sure right now. I really do love this set. The value factor is through the roof. My wife thinks it's the best TV ever! However, the RBE is annoying and I guess I'll just have to see how it goes over the next week or two. If I didn't see RBE, I'd probably just throw the receipt away... b/c I would NOT take it back for any other reason.