The 246 Series is one of Mitsubishi's top-shelf Diamond Series LCD lines; as such, it boasts a number of advanced performance technologies and features. The line includes screen sizes of 46 and 52 inches. We have not performed a hands-on review of the LT-52246, but here is an overview of the TV's features. This 52-inch, 1080p LCD has a traditional fluorescent backlight (as opposed to LED backlighting), 16-bit processing, and a 10-bit panel, and it features Mitsubishi's Variable Smooth120Hz Film Motion technology to reduce motion blur and film judder.
The generous input panel includes four HDMI 1.3a, three component video, and two RF inputs to access the internal NTSC, ATSC, and ClearQAM tuners (there is no dedicated RGB/PC input). The HDMI inputs accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals. Mitsubishi is one of the few companies that still offers a CableCARD slot that allows you to enjoy your premium HD cable content without a separate set-top box. The TV Guide Daily program guide is available, but picture-in-picture functionality is not offered. One of the component video inputs is located on the side panel, as is a USB port that supports JPEG playback and the GalleryPlayer feature for displaying high-quality artwork (this port doesn't support music or video playback). There is no Ethernet port for connection to a home network.
The setup menu includes the essential picture adjustments but lacks some advanced options found in other high-end LCDs. You get four picture modes (brilliant, bright, natural, and game) and an adjustable backlight, but there are only two color-temperature options (high and low), and the TV doesn't offer precise white-balance controls to fine-tune the color temperature. Gamma adjustment is absent, but the PerfectColor and PerfectTint systems allow you to adjust the hue and saturation of the six main color points. The Smooth120Hz menu differs from previous Mitsubishi incarnations; instead of high, standard, and off settings, you can perform incremental adjustment to produce the desired level of smoothness in film motion. The TV offers six aspect-ratio options for SD content and four options for HD content, including a full native mode to view 1080i/1080p signals with no overscan.
The LT-52246 has an attractive design, with an ultra-thin, gloss-black bezel that features blue accent lighting; a swiveling base is included. This TV lacks the five-in-one soundbar that Mitsubishi offers with some of its LCDs, including the 149 Series. Instead, you get a basic two-channel system, with speakers placed along the bottom of the panel. There's a subwoofer output on the backside to direct low-frequency information to an external subwoofer. Audio setup options include bass, treble, and balance controls, normal and expanded sound modes, and a level sound feature to minimize volume discrepancies. You have the option to enable an audio-only screensaver when listening to audio sources through the TV.
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