Published On: September 28, 2008

Mitsubishi Diamond Series LT-46244 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Published On: September 28, 2008

Mitsubishi Diamond Series LT-46244 LCD HDTV Reviewed

Is the new LT-46244 a diamond amongst the current crop of LCD TVs? Mitsubishi thinks so. As part to the top-shelf Diamond Series, this 46-inch, 1080p TV includes features like Smooth120Hz technology, four HDMI inputs, a CableCard slot, and RS-232

mitsubishi_lt-46244.jpgThis 46-inch LCD HDTV has a 1920 x 1080 resolution and an eight-millisecond response time. Part of Mitsubishi's high-end Diamond Series, this TV
features the company's smooth 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur, a
common LCD issue, and boasts a generous connection panel that includes
four HDMI and three component video inputs, plus a CableCARD slot and
dual RF inputs to access the ATSC, NTSC and ClearQAM tuners. The HDMI
inputs accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24. Both an HDMI and component input
are located on the side panel for easy access. The TV lacks a PC input,
but it does offer RS-232 and Mitsubishi's NetCommand system, which
allows for more intuitive control of analog and digital sources.
Picture-in-picture functionality is not available, but the TV Guide
Daily program guide is offered. A USB port allows you to view digital
photos.

Additional Resources
• Read more LCD HDTV reviews by HomeTheaterReview.com's staff.
• Explore Blu-ray options in our Blu-ray Player Review section.

For an LCD, the LT-46244's menu includes only
an average amount of picture adjustments. You get four picture modes,
including a game mode to reduce lag time, but only two
color-temperature options. PerfectColor and PerfectTint allow you to
adjust the saturation and hue of six colors, but there's no advanced
white-balance or gamma controls. The TV has seven aspect-ratio options,
but it does not offer the option to display 1080i/1080p signals with no
overscan.

The TV's ultra-thin frame and hidden speakers allow for a slim cabinet
design. Bass, treble, and balance controls are available, as is a
generic surround mode and a Level Sound feature to reduce volume
discrepancies between channels and inputs.

High Points

The LT-46244 produces a nicely detailed image with HD sources and
colors are very vibrant compared with other sets in the Mitsu's price
range.
The set's good light output allows images
to "pop" in a brighter viewing environment. In other words, you don't
have to be watching this LCD set in a fully blackened room to get a
respectable picture from it.
120Hz technology helps reduce motion blur without making film sources look overly smooth or overly processed.

Low Points

The black level is solid, but not as deep as the better high-end LCDs,
so the picture lacks some depth and richness in a darker room.
Colors are vibrant, but not completely accurate by industry and professional video calibration standards.
The Mitsubishi LT-46244's viewing angle and screen uniformity are only average compared to other sets in its category.

The speakers on this set sound terrible, even by HDTV speaker
standards. You will want to run this set with a receiver and speakers
or one of the increasingly good Sound Bar systems from the likes of
Zvox and/or Yamaha.

Conclusion
The
LT-46244 has an excellent complement of connections and features
compared to other players at this price point. Many installers and
retailers find the Mistubishi's ultra-thin depth to be the closer on
the deal as to why this set makes it into a project over other HDTVs
currently on the market. When comparing this LCD HDTV to other
top-performing LCDs in its class, it requires more calibration than the
others to meet the highest performance standards and, even then, the
more expensive, top-of-the-line LCDs will get the nod in terms of
overall video performance.

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