Mitsubishi WD-82838 3D DLP HDTV Reviewed

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Mistubishi_82838_DLP_3D_HDTV_review.gifMitsubishi has been offering 3D-ready rear-projection TVs for several years, so the company currently has a fairly extensive line of big-screen 3D-capable models. The new 838 Series is Mitsubishi's top-shelf RPTV line, which means it's loaded with the company's most advanced features and imaging technologies. The series includes screen sizes of 82, 73 and 65 inches. We have not performed a hands-on review of the WD-82838, but here is an overview of the TV's features. In the 3D realm, Mitsubishi TVs use a different display technology from the 3D signal format introduced by the Blu-ray Disc Association; so, to watch 3D Blu-ray movies, you need to purchase a special adapter (the 3DA-1, $99) or a 3D Blu-ray player that can output the Checkerboard display format (like Panasonic's DMP-BDT350). You'll also need to purchase active-shutter glasses of either the DLP Link or IR emitter variety. Mitsubishi offers the 3DC-1000 3D Starter Pack ($399) that includes the 3D Adapter, two pairs of active-shutter glasses, the IR emitter, an HDMI cable and a Disney 3D Blu-ray Showcase disc.

Additional Resources
• Read professtional 3D HDTV reviews from's staff.
Find 3D Blu-ray players to pair with the Mitsubishi WD-82838 3D DLP HDTV.

Beyond its 3D capabilities, this 82-inch, 1080p DLP rear-pro utilizes the company's Plush 1080p 5G 12-bit video processor and Smooth120 technology, as well as Immersive Sound Technology--which is Mitsubishi's name for the integrated sound projector that uses 16 tiny speakers to project sound beams around the room to simulate a surround sound experience. You can add the WD-82838 to a home network via wired Ethernet or the optional AzureWave AW-NU231 WiFi USB adapter ($69), and this TV includes Mitsubishi's StreamTV Internet platform, with access to VUDU video-on-demand, Pandora, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter and more. An interesting perk is the built-in Bluetooth A2DP audio streaming, which allows you to wirelessly stream audio from devices like the iPhone and Blackberry for playback through the higher-quality sound system. The WD-82838 measures 48.5 x 73.2 x 22.7 inches, weighs 143.1 pounds and has EnergyStar 4.0 certification.

The connection panel includes four HDMI inputs, three component video inputs and one RF input to access the internal ATSC and Clear-QAM tuners (no PC input). Many higher-end TVs have cut the number of component video inputs to one, which makes this TV a good choice for someone with several legacy components. The HDMI inputs accept both 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals, and one is located on the side panel for easy access. The TV includes dual USB ports: The back-panel USB port supplies power to accessories, while the side-panel USB port supports the WiFi adapter and media playback. The WD-82838 features a subwoofer output to mate an outboard subwoofer with the sound projector, as well as a center-channel input to use the TV's speaker system as the center channel in a true surround sound system. The Ethernet port is located on the rear panel, as is the "3D Glasses Emitter" port and the IR-NetCommand output that allows for integration into a more advanced control system.

The WD-82838 does not appear to offer as many advanced picture adjustments as you'll find in some higher-end TVs, but it includes the essentials. In addition to four preset picture modes, you get ISF Day and ISF Night modes. The basic video setup menu offers just two color-temperature presets, noise reduction and DeepField Imager and EdgeEnhance controls. Advanced options include PerfectColor and PerfectTint to adjust the saturation and hue of the six color points, as well as the ability to enable or disable Smooth120 technology. If you select the ISF Day or Night picture mode, you can access more-advanced adjustments, but the owner's manual does not describe exactly which adjustments are available. The TV offers six aspect-ratio options.

The SoundPro menu includes manual and automatic setup options for the integrated sound projector (a microphone is included for automatic setup). The manual setup menu allows you to set the TV location and general room dimensions, and you can adjust the beam angles and channel levels. Other audio setup options include four preset sound modes (stereo, surround, music and night), as well as bass, treble and balance controls and the ability to adjust the level of a connected subwoofer. The generic Level Sound function is designed to minimize volume discrepancies; the TV lacks advanced audio-leveling technology from Dolby or SRS.

A special 3D setup menu allows you switch 3D playback on or off, select the Checkerboard or Side-by-Side source format, select the type of glasses (DLP Link or IR Emitter), and reverse the glasses' L/R effect.

Competition and Comparison
Compare the Mitsubishi WD-82838 with its competition by reading the reviews for the
Samsung UN55C7000 3D LED LCD, the Panasonic TC-P54VT25 3D Plasma, and the Sony KDL-55HX800 3D LED LCD. Learn more about 3D HDTVs by visiting our 3D HDTV section.

High Points
• The WD-82838 is 3D-ready, and its 82-inch screen is much larger than what you'll find in the flat-panel 3D TV realm right now.

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