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Mitsubishi Diamond Series Rear Projection HDTVs
Mitsubishi Diamond Series WD-57833 57-Inch Rear-Projection HDTV Reviews aren’t in yet on the new WD-57833, but last year’s Diamond Series rear pros fared very well, so we expect good things. This 1080p TV uses Smooth 120Hz technology to minimize motion blur and a six-color DLP light engine designed to produce a wider range of colors and whiter whites. The Diamond Series represents the best that Mitsubishi has to offer in terms of technology, picture controls and connection options, including four HDMI 1.3 inputs, FireWire, USB and RS-232. The cabinet is just 13.9 inches deep, and the Thin Frame design minimizes the cabinet’s appearance to maximize the impact of the 57-inch screen.
Pioneer Elite Kuro PRO-1150HD 50-Inch Plasma HDTV
Say farewell to PureVision and hello to Kuro. Pioneer challenged their engineers to go back to the drawing board and develop a new plasma design that produces substantially better blacks, giving the entire image more depth and dimension. The result is the new Kuro line; if the prototypes are any indication, they’ve succeeded in their goal. Right now, the top-of-the-line model is the new 1365 x 768 Elite PRO-1150HD, which includes four HDMI 1.3 inputs and the Home Media Gallery feature for streaming music, photos and HD movies from a PC. If you can wait until September, Pioneer is adding four 1080p plasmas to the Kuro line, priced from $5,000 to $7,500.
Sony Bravia KDS-R70XBR2 70-Inch Rear-Projection HDTV
If you want a really big screen but need more versatility than a front projector can provide – especially in terms of light output for daytime viewing – then a rear-projection television is your best value. This 70-inch Sony SXRD model is one of the best on the market, capable of rendering a highly detailed 1080p image. The TV has numerous picture controls, including Sony’s Advanced Iris for improved contrast. It also has three HDMI inputs, a CableCARD slot with the TV Guide On Screen program guide, a floating-screen design with removable speakers and SRS TruSurround XT audio processing.
Panasonic TH-65PX600U 65-Inch Plasma HDTV
If you wish to dazzle game-day visitors with a large-screen flat-panel, Panasonic’s 65-inch 1080p TV is an impressive performer that can create a rich, detailed high-definition image, day or night. It handles fast motion very well, and Panasonic has cut down on light reflection off the front glass panel, a common plasma concern when viewing content in a brighter room. This display features three HDMI inputs, a CableCARD slot with the TV Guide On Screen program guide and an SD Card slot for viewing photos. The tabletop stand and speakers are optional accessories.
Publisher’s Choice – Runco PlasmaWall XP-65DHD 65-Inch Plasma HD Monitor
If you want the ultimate luxury display, consider Runco’s 65-inch 1080p plasma. The company’s largest and highest-resolution plasma is also the world’s first THX-certified plasma, which tells you a little something about its image quality. The connection panel and ViVixII video processing actually reside in a separate box, the DHD controller, which you can place in your equipment rack. Connections include HDMI, component video and RGBHV inputs and one HDMI output that links the controller and plasma. The XP-65DHD lacks internal TV tuners, but it does include ISF (ccc) calibration modes, Runco’s VirtualWide aspect-ratio mode for 4:3 sources and RS-232 control.