Skip to comments.Mitsubishi ...Introduces New Category of Large-Format Televisions (Laser TV)
Posted on 01/10/2008 11:37:18 AM PST by Reaganesque
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Introduces New Category of Large-Format Televisions with Groundbreaking Laser Technology
Mitsubishi's Revolutionary Laser Television Raises Home Entertainment to a New Level LAS VEGAS--(Business Wire)--Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. today announced the world premiere of the laser television category during the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, unveiling a new large-format LaserTV that delivers as much as twice the color of current high-definition televisions.
Mitsubishi has harnessed its worldwide leadership in precision laser technology to produce the first-ever laser-powered television, delivering a range of color never before seen in home entertainment. Precise and focused, the purity of laser light surpasses current high-definition technologies. Today's HDTVs display less than 40 percent of the color spectrum that the eye can see. Now, for the first time ever, laser produces twice the color. Laser beams provide the widest range of rich, complex colors, along with the most clarity and depth of field.
This LaserTV category introduction represents a significant milestone in Mitsubishi's strategy to lead the large-format, high-definition television space and meet the growing consumer demand for a richer, entertainment experience. Mitsubishi has long led in large-format and high-definition television innovation with introduction of the big screen category in 1978 and, subsequently, the world's first 50-inch rear projection TV, first 35-inch color TV, and first 1080p DLP(R) HDTV.
"Mitsubishi has delivered significant technology innovations in the large-format television arena, and the debut of LaserTV further strengthens our position and track record for HDTV leadership," said Frank DeMartin, vice president, marketing, at Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. "LaserTV technology creates a portal to an intensely real and vivid world - beyond ordinary flat TV. It's a true dimension experience."
A New Dimension in Home Theater: LaserTV and 3D
Mitsubishi LaserTVs not only provide the ultimate picture quality, they are also capable of delivering a true 3D viewing experience, demonstrating the company's continued commitment to set the standard for entertainment viewing by partnering with Hollywood on next-generation entertainment solutions. At the LaserTV launch event at the Palms Hotel on Monday, Mitsubishi teamed with leading 3D digital technology provider REAL D to demonstrate the most advanced 3D content available today.
The Mitsubishi large-format LaserTVs provide the highest performance in HDTV, and they do so with low power consumption. While today's flat panel HDTVs consume significantly more energy than the analog TVs that they replace, LaserTVs are energy efficient, consuming less power than comparably sized flat-panel sets.
The unique styling of Mitsubishi's LaserTV allows for easy wall-mounting in a variety of home entertainment settings.
Mitsubishi will ship LaserTVs to authorized retailers in the United States later this year.
About Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc.
Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc., an Official Sponsor of The PGA TOUR, manufactures and markets a comprehensive line of premium quality 1080p DLP(R) HDTVs and 1080p LCD Flat Panel HDTVs. Recognized as the world leader and innovator of large display high-definition televisions, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America builds products that lead the industry in quality, performance and ease-of-use. For additional information about MDEA and LaserTV, visit www.mitsubishi-tv.com
I’ve been reading about this...sounds wicked!
Did someone say "laser"????
Does Dr. Evil know about this “laser”??
got me by :59
Oh great! I can buy one of these and watch the Chiefs go 4 and 12 again next year, only more colorfully.
Cool! By the time my old ‘04 Mitsubishi rear projection tv bites the dust, the laser tv prices should be coming down.
I understand your plight. I just broke down and bought an LCD HDTV and now this.
Hey, I’ve still got a 1986 Mitsubishi tube that’s still running—although the sound is losing consistency on the tv but not on the DVD player. (Still puzzled about that.)
Unless there is a flood in your community...
“Oh great! I can buy one of these and watch the Chiefs go 4 and 12 again next year, only more colorfully.”
and in 3d.
At least we got to watch the Jayhalks and Tigers this year. I recorded the orange bowl in HD, I just need one of these to watch it over and over.
Wow! I hadn’t seen that picture. The difference is significant enough to be seen in a still picture. Holy Cow!
Super cool ping!
So how does this technology work?
And is it thin....Sony is selling that with it’s new OELD.
You have a bad cable or...
You have a bad port on your tv (this one depends on how you're hooking things up).
This much we know. Mitsubishi's LaserTV looks sweet. The rear-projection TV, the first to feature three lasers, premiered at CES to mostly good reviews. It looks very clear and crisp with vivid colors and dark blacks.
But there are still a lot of questions for LaserTV. First off, manufacturers like Sony are giving up on rear projection TVs because consumers are drifting toward flat panels, specifically LCD screens. The 65-inch is not exactly super thin at just under 10 inches deep. Are people going to want to get back into rear-projection TVs?
"This is not rear projection like anyone knows," said Frank Demartin, vice president of marketing for Mitsubishi. "It's a whole new category, a new product and a picture that you've never seen before."
While Mitsubishi talked a big game, they didn't really answer the all important price question. Demartin said it will compete with similarly sized flat panel televisions in price. But it's unclear if we're looking at a premium product or something that will compete at least a little on price.
Mitsubishi did say the televisions will sell later this year and will be available in various sizes similar to LCDs.
So can Mitsubishi compete? It's hard to say. But lasers do have a nice upside. It's got a good picture that shows off colors other displays can't project. And the lasers are durable and should last the lifetime of the TV. And finally, LaserTVs boast low power consumption, about a third of similar LCD TVs.
It’s a projection tv but instead of a lamp with a spinning color disc, it has three lasers that produce the primary colors red, green and blue. It’s not as skinny as the plasma screen tvs but it uses 1/3 the energy and can produce 80% of the visible spectrum as opposed to the best HDTVs that can only produce 40%. Prices are supposed to be competitive with what is out now.
I read that. Amazing, isn’t it? And the light source never burns out. Cool!
Calbe guys have checked it out and it’s not the cable. Electrician has checked it out and told me, because of it’s size (32” and in a beautiful wood enclosure) to throw it off my balcony (not an option). TV only works when hooked up via the VHS player and that I just don’t “get”.
Very strange.... :(
Mitsubishi - bringing excitement to America since 1941 (R) /sarcasm off
Might be the internal tuner. If you hook up the VCR to the TV using composite cables (rather than coax), the VCR’s tuner splits out the audio and passes it into the TV’s audio input, bypassing the TV’s tuner. If all coax inputs have the problem, and all composite inputs are fine, that might be your problem.
Good, then I can get a nice plasma TV for dirt cheap. I’ll hold off for a few more years.
Hey I've got one of those too! a 48" wide screen....bought it in time to watch the superbowl a few years back. The party was at my house that year! Still love watching that thing although my buddy just got a 52" plasma and it's amazing.
I’m not familiar with composite cables but I’ll get on it. I love my old tv and now that I know about the laser, I’d like to be able to wait for it. Thanks so much for the suggestion!
Too bad there’s nothing to watch on the thing.
Question: what about compatability of DVD players in terms of projecting the same images? (Clueless here)
Composite cables are where you have 3 cables with RCA connectors. Normally the yellow connector is for video and the red and white are audio. I guess I’m assuming that your TV has such connections, but I may be wrong.
Where did they find a TV as crappy as the one on the right? Is it 10 years old or what??
I'm not sure I understand your question.
The same old inane drivel that passes for "entertainment, news, sports," etc. There is nothing left, but an seemingly familiar aroma from an empty bottle. Now, Mitsubishi is making available a more handsome bottle.
Those are among my more optimistic thought about television.
The preamp for the tv audio is probably going bad. The DVD player sends a line level signal. My guess, at least.
Will a “regular” DVD player be able to produce the same level of definition on the laser tv? I thought that one had to have a compatible (laser) DVD player to get the same intensity?
No truer words ever spoken. I can’t believe the amount of money you pay for a tv today that’s only going to be operating about 6 years.
I should know since I’ve had the thing so long but will have to check when I get home. Appreciate the input. (pun intended)
Exactly and we can also watch all the reruns that tv keeps showing because they are so cheap and all the ads they promised we wouldn’t be seeing on pay tv.
What a scam.
A regular DVD player would certainly produce a nicer picture on the laser-based TV than it would on a standard definition TV like yours. You would get the full, maximum benefit of DVD resolution, which you currently do not get. However you would get a better picture yet with a Blu-Ray or HD DVD setup. Ordinary DVD players are not HD resolution.
That looks like a great movie!!
You have to admit the Zero was one hell of an engineering feat when it was first introduced.
Now Mitsubishi continues this, but in a (hopefully) less lethal manner.
Resolution aside, doesn't look like it. If the color reproduction of this thing is as good as they say, it's most likely more than what a DVD can produce since they were designed to produce color for what could be displayed over a decade ago.
If it’s a CRT TV it could give trouble sooner than you think. The big problem is burn in from fixed patterns, like the Fox News and CNN logos and crawls. I recently sold an ‘04 Mitsubishi 73” CRT and replaced it with an ‘07 Mitusbishi 73” DLP; much better. I’ll have to wait a while for the laser.