Today, Microdisplays or Rear projection TVs (RPTVs) are the best (value wise) in big screen HDTVs. RPTVs prices continue to drop, as larger flat screen LCDs and plasma TVs flood the market. Mitsubishi WD-65833 is one of the most expensive RPTVs on the market today.

Mitsubishi WD-65833 is big but looks sensuous, sleek and trendy. It has a glossy black finish. It also has glowing blue lights, which can be turned off, in front. This gives it a rather unique look. There is a thin bezel along the sides and top of the screen. This, along with the placement of speakers (which are placed below the screen and not to its sides), makes it look much smaller and sleeker. It weighs 78.1 pounds and its dimensions are 58.2 X 39.5 X 16.1 inches.

Mitsubishi WD-65833’s remote has red backlighting behind every key. One drawback is that it does not have a Return key, making it difficult to navigate the menu system.

The picture controls offered by the Mitsubishi WD-65833 are quite good. Brilliant, bright, Natural and Game are among the usual picture modes. It has two colour temperature presets, low and high. Low provides a more accurate greyscale. It also has the Perfect Colour and Perfect Tint features. The first helps in reducing the red push but is ineffective on green and yellow. The second feature, which is Perfect Tint gives adjustments for the primary and secondary colour for tint. This model also offers HDMI 1.3 associated features of Deep colour and xv Colour. It also has a judder eliminator, i.e.120Hz processing. Mitsubishi WD-65833 also has 3D capability.

Mitsubishi WD-65833 comes with a two-unit IR emitter, which allows the TV to other AV devices. This is usually used to command a satellite box or cable and an AV receiver. Commands of many remotes can be easily learned by the system. However there is a slight delay, less than one second, between the press of each button when this remote is used to control the dependent device.

WD-65833 has many connectivity options. There are four HDMI 1.3 inputs, one in the front and three at the back. It has three components, video inputs of which two are on the rear jack pack and one in front. In addition to these it also has two FireWire, two composite video, two S-video and two RF inputs. Too round it all up there is a coaxial digital audio output and RS-232 control port, which is used for programming touch panel remotes.

Performance of the WD-65833 where colour fidelity was concerned could do with some improvement. Also the Video Noise feature was slightly ineffective. We were a little disappointed as the 120Hz feature was not as effective in this TV as in Sony. The black-level performance was very good and the greyscale in Low colour temperature setting gave us no cause for complaint.

The Mitsubishi WD-65833 comes in the $2555.00 to $ 2999.99 price range, which is a little steep for a rear projection HDTV. However it does have many features. So if a rear-projection HDTV is what you are looking for, you could check it out.

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