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Mitsubishi LT-40134 LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Tuesday, 08 April 2008
ImageThe Basics:
The LT-40134 is considered a mid-level model in Mitsubishi’s LCD line because it does not feature Smooth120Hz technology, which doubles the TV’s frame rate from 60 to 120 Hz to reduce motion blur. However, its connections, technologies and features are otherwise similar to the higher-end 144 and 244/Diamond Series.

The generous connection panel includes four HDMI and three component video inputs, with one of each on the side panel for easy access. The HDMI inputs accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. You also get dual RF inputs to access the internal tuners and a USB port for viewing digital photos. This model does not have the CableCARD slot found on the Diamond Series, but it does have the TV Guide Daily program guide.
The LT-40134 has a solid but not extensive amount of advanced picture adjustments, including an adjustable backlight and PerfectColor and PerfectTint features that let you precisely adjust color saturation and hue. There’s a game mode for minimizing lag time between a gaming console and the video screen, and the TV has numerous aspect ratio options, although it lacks the ability to display 1080i/1080p signals with zero overscan. Mitsubishi’s NetCommand system allows you to more intuitively control both analog and digital sources via the LT-40134’s remote. The TV also includes an Energy Mode that cuts down on standby power consumption.

The LT-40134 has an all-black finish and swiveling stand. The UltraThinFrame design puts about an inch of frame around the screen, and the speakers run discreetly along the bottom panel, giving the unit a smaller profile than other 40-inch models.

The Upside:
Mitsubishi’s 2007 LCDs are capable of producing an attractive image, with rich color and excellent detail with HD sources. The adjustable backlight allows the TV to be very bright for a well-lit room, or to have a good black level for a darker room.

The Downside:
Like many LCDs, this TV’s viewing angle and screen uniformity are only average, and its lack of 120Hz technology means you could see motion blur with fast-moving content, although that’s less of a concern with this smaller 40-inch screen. The speakers’ audio quality is sub-par, so you may want to mate this TV with an external audio system.

The LT-40134 offers above-average performance and many of the features you’ll find in Mitsubishi’s higher-end lines, but with a smaller screen size and smaller price tag.

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