If you are looking to buy a very large display, you will likely pay a visit to your local consumer electronics store where you will be greeted with an entire room filled with quality displays coming from different manufacturers. Of course, the displays that will really attract attention are the largest displays where clips continue to play endlessly showing how nice quality videos look on the big screen. The 50 to 60-inch displays are definitely in charge which is why all the top manufacturers put flagship features on their largest displays. But if you are thinking beyond the 60-inch, you need to explore an entirely different avenue where companies like Mitsubishi manufacture massive displays measuring 60 inches and above so you can finally make the most out of your living room space. The Mitsubishi WD-82738 is one of the largest displays in the lineup and costs a bit less than the WD-82838 which is the only other 82-inch display.
82 inches is more than enough for Mitsubishi to fit 1920 x 1080 pixels on the display. Being twice the size of a standard 1080p display, Blu-ray titles and various video games simply look stunning and the 3 HDMI ports available allows a pretty standard home theater system to be built around this large display. Setting it up is easy too because the Easy Connection function displays a prompt asking you to key in a name as soon as you connect the device. Switching to the input is an easy experience too because any unused inputs are ignored to keep the menus uncluttered.
It is also very surprising to see that a display this size actually has enough energy saving specifications for it to gain the Energy Star 4.0 qualification. There is also an integrated HDTV tuner so it can pick up HDTV signals using the antenna.
“I ordered the Mits WD-82738 in late November and received it the first week in December; shipping was on time with no damage. The TV was great out of the box, but truly beautiful with a few tweaks; neighbors are stunned by the size and quality of picture; had to wait 3 weeks to get 3D glasses, then decided to go ahead and get the Viewsonics; there were no adjustments to be made with the glasses and the 3D is stunning! There was a software download that allows the Mits to transmit all 3D signals, meaning you don’t need the emitter anymore. Don’t pay for the Mits started kit, which includes the emitter; just get glasses elsewhere; but make sure you get DLP link glasses; I have DirecTV with 5 3D channels and will be enjoying the BCS Championship game in 3D! You’ll need a big space to appreciate the screen size; we sit about 15 feet away from the screen. You can’t beat the screen size and price for this TV!” – Charles S. Mull (Myrtle Beach, SC)
The Mitsubishi WD-82738 is categorized as a DLP TV because it uses the Digital Light Processing technology that Texas Instruments owns. The performance of this DLP technology is about 1,000 times faster than the ordinary LCD technology resulting to better sharpness and clear visuals. It is also 3D ready so you can watch all of your new 3D Blu-ray movies and games if you have a compatible 3D player or gaming console hooked up to the display along with matching 3D eyewear. Although there is other 3D displays out on the market already. The Mitsubishi WD-82738 is much larger and combined with DLP, the experience better matches a real 3D movie theater experience since movie theaters use the DLP technology as well.
Whether it is 2D or 3D, watching sports look great on this display thanks to the Smooth120 technology that makes the motion a lot more natural during those fast-moving moments. The benefits of this technology are seen when watching action movies as well. A combination of other technologies improve the picture itself such as the DeepField imager technology which continuously optimizes the contrast and brightness levels while the EdgeEnhance technology improves the vertical and horizontal edges so minimal distortion is achieved. It is also powered by a 6-color processor so the red, blue, green, cyan, yellow, and magenta colors are processed individually resulting to better accuracy. Playing back lower resolution signals do not look as good on a big screen display which is why the Plush 1080p 5G 12-Bit video processing feature exists as it changes these lower resolutions to the Full HD 1080p without the jaggies.
The Mitsubishi WD-82738 can connect to the local network and Internet via Ethernet so you can take advantage of the StreamTV Internet Media access feature which includes several applications with streaming support. If you are a VUDU HD subscriber, you can do all of your movie rentals directly from the TV. There are many other sites that you can access for free including social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter as well as image sharing sites like Picasa and Flickr. Pandora Internet radio services are supported as well.
Many manufacturers like Sony, Panasonic, and Samsung, have a feature where you can control various other devices coming from their respective brands using the remote if connected via HDMI. Although it looks as if the Mitsubishi WD-82738 has a disadvantage, it still manages to have an HDMI control feature that supports any devices that have Consumer Electronics Control (CEC) features.
A large size comes at a rather huge price but the Mitsubishi WD-82738 reaches the $3,500 mark which is actually quite reasonable because the Mitsubishi WD-82738 is not only a large and attractive 82-inch display but it is also backed with DLP, 3D, and other useful extras found in many high-end LED displays.
Actual User Reviews:
• “I just got this set today and both my kids and I were speechless. This tv is extremely light for its size but yet you can still tell that mitsubishi put a lot of quality materials in this product while assembling it. It took me about an hour to swtich out my 55 LG with this and cables hooked up and ran a channel scan through my OTA channels. I had to run over the air because my wife prefers basic TV.least i could do for her putting up with this monster sized TV. It was able to pick up about 15 channels and all came in in pristine HD.I have a single cable running from my new yamaha avantage 3D AVR reciever.If you care to know my sources. I have a first gen PS3 updated via firmware for 3D output. I also have my xbox 360 hooked up and finally for TV viewing I have my HTPC hooked up to the receiver as well. so i only have one cable running from the receiver to the 3D emitter adapter then to the TV.We went with the superman returns blu ray for the first test run because there is a lot of fast paced action and i wanted to see what the 120HZ would bring to the table. I must say it was worth it as the TV kept up with the action with no blurs whatsoever and the colors were just superb. second we tested king kong on blu ray on that scene when he breaks out of the theater. I must say the picture was just enough satisfaction for spending the money to buy this TV.” – Esabs (USA)
• “Spent yesterday setting up our new Mitsubishi 82″ WD-82738. First off, the TV was packed very nicely, no damage and one heck of a big box. Having owned DLP TV’s in the past I can truthfully say this is by far the nicest one we have ever owned. The picture is bright and clear and considering how the prices for such a big TV have become so affordable I would rate this TV as a bargain.” – Frank G. (USA)
• “I sometimes have to pick my friends and family up off of the floor when they first see this TV. The enormous size makes their jaws drop and the picture quality makes them not want to leave. My wife was ready to kick me out when she saw the size of the TV box; however, it seems she has changed her mind because she always wants to watch movies on this TV and invites our family, friends, and neighbors over to see it. This is an amazing HD TV that is 3D ready. The picture and color even on non HD channels are extremely good. Did I mention that this TV is 82″ and currently 65″ is the biggest you can get in 3D from a plasma/LCD TV? If you are looking for a quality TV that will make you feel like you are at sporting events and make your family think they are in a movie theater, then start popping popcorn and get this TV. It is by far the best TV I have ever owned. I am truly enjoying this TV and highly recommend it. ” – S. Weitkamp (York, PA)
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