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on December 6, 2008
I am a high-tech expert and have spent significant time researching a new HDTV. Since I have the room, a large-format set was my choice.
The Mitsubishi Diamond 73" is replacing my 55" tri-tube Diamond projection set which has had an amazing picture for seven years (with only 1 repair of convergence circuits). I thought an LED set would be more green (and, indeed, it is), but the picture on the Diamond was SUPERB - at least in the store (Best Buy).
I bought the set just before Thanksgiving at Best Buy - it was on sale at the time, with the best price around. I was able to compare this picture side-by-side with the 67" Samsung LED projection set. While the picture on the Samsung (and the technology) was impressive, the Mitsubishi knocked my socks off in comparison; bright, deep color and black blacks, wide viewing angle for a projection set and low reflectivity for bright environments.
Unfortunately, Best Buy royally messed upon on the delivery and it was necessary to to contact Corporate to rectify this. I would suggest you not purchase from them for this reason. We unpacked the set to proof it. After all this hassle, the set was DOA. One whole day wasted.
The following day, with Corporate help, saw the delivery of another set. I have now used the Mitsubishi for about four weeks - and it is SUPERB! It has a scan rate of 120 Hz yielding excellent motion tracking with no artifacts. The six-segment color wheel produces amazing color density and saturation. The picture is viewable from a significant angle (although I sit in the "sweet spot") and is amazing both up close and from across the room. The depth of the set is half of my old one and is unobtrusive. Inputs and outputs are excellent, as are set-up parameters. Blue-ray via HDMI is amazing, as is component input from satellite (soon to be via HDMI also). Of note: replacement bulbs are under $100 directly FROM MITSUBISHI. Bulb life should be excellent and replacement is easy when necessary. I would have liked LEDs due to lower power consumption, reliability and control, but this 180 Watt projection bulb is super (and uses less power than my old 55" set).
My initial rating for this set was 3 stars; I now give it 5. Best bang for the buck out there in large-screen sets. I have not seen the new LaserVision from Mitsubishi but, if THIS set is any indication, it will be unbelievable (although twice the price).