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Mitsubishi WD-65835 DLP HDTV  Print E-mail
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Written by Roger Coakes   
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
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Mitsubishi remoteThe remote that’s supplied with the WD-65835 is extraordinarily plain in comparison to the design of the television.  There is a rocker switch at the top of the remote that alternates control between the television, cable / satellite box, VCR, DVD and audio receiver.  I didn’t find the remote particularly useful as a multi-function tool.  It’s also a hassle to switch between inputs.  While I appreciate custom naming of the inputs via the menu, you have to cycle through the inputs via the arrow buttons after calling up the input menu.  The main menu also doesn’t support circular navigation with the arrow buttons.   It’s annoying to cycle through an entire list rather than using the up button to move to the bottom of the list.  The remote is fortunately back-lit for darkened theaters and the simplicity does allow for quick access to television functions.

Television / Movies / Games

I couldn’t resist starting with my recently acquired Dark Knight Blu-ray disc to put the contrast levels to the first high definition test.  The film has so many dark, dimly-lit scenes that the variations in the black level would be clearly evident on the screen.  I demoed the motorcycle chase scene and was quite elated at the presentation of the inky blacks.  There wasn’t the typical amount of grayish blur that’s seen in the majority of DLP sets.  Frankly, I was surprised that there wasn’t any contrast issues that would hamper my viewing experience.  While there’s obviously some edge enhancement going on with the disc, the sharpness level of the high definition source wasn’t overly distracting.  The detail level was exceptional and the image had a superb dimensional feel.  (HD disc tests performed via HDMI and the Sony BDP-S550 Blu-ray player.)

I briefly tested out other reference quality, high definition discs including Kung Fu Panda and Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.  The colors were vivid and deep which worked well with the performance of the contrast levels.  The shadow detail in some of the underground fire-lit scenes in Price Caspian performed exceptionally well.  I moved onto up-conversion of DVD content with the Bourne Identity.  I found the noise-reduction feature helpful in eliminating some of the noise without affecting the flow of the motion.  The early scene that pans the city when Jason Bourne leaves the fishing boat performed above average with the noise reduction tool set on Low.  The DVD image also appeared very natural in conjunction with my color & tint tweaks.   SD broadcast television (via Charter) wasn’t particularly eye-catching, but the 4:3 image performance was viewable.  The 480i deinterlacing was average at best.  The HD broadcast of the Gator Bowl offered excellent detail and a vibrant color scheme.  Sporting events perform particularly well after accurately tweaking the television’s preset colors and turning on the 120Hz feature.

After booting up the PS3 and Xbox 360, I tested out a variety of HD play sessions in the form of Fallout 3 and Little Big Planet.  There were not noticeable ghosting problems that are seen commonly in LCD / Plasma and the motion blur was kept to a minimum with the 120Hz feature turned on.  I also didn’t find any noticeable lag that’s so commonly seen in DLP sets when gaming with consoles.  I found Fallout 3 to be immediately responsive and quite stunning across the 65 inches of screen space.  My only peeve was an occasional tweak of the brightness level on the HDTV for the extremely dark portions of the game.  

During testing, I found the WD-65835’s strength is definitely the contrast in black levels and the bright, accurate color spectrum.  The screen uniformity is excellent.  There isn’t a particular section of the television screen that attracts your attention.  The viewing angle is above average, but you can still see a loss in brightness when moving vertically / horizontally from the direct line of sight.


 
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