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Rear screen projection TVs are dead

Mitsubishi has announced the end of its rear projection screen TVs. For many years if you had big-screen TV, it was typically a rear projection style unit. As pricing on LCD and plasma TV sets came down and screen sizes increased, consumer interest in rear projection TVs waned.

Mitsubishi was the last manufacturer producing these relics from the past, but the company has informed its authorized service centers 73-inch, 82-inch, and 92-inch DLP projection TVs will be discontinued.

Mitsubishi Electrical Visual Solutions America (MEVSA) president and CEO Junichi Nose stated that the change was part of an "important change in business direction, which will necessitate a corresponding restructuring of the MEVSA organization."

MESVA's Max Wasinger added, "We are in the midst of an orderly exit from the DLP TV business. MEVSA will now focus on B-to-B (projectors, display wall, printers, digital signage, monitors, etc.) and the home theater projector business."

Mitsubishi's line of projection screen TVs were far from inexpensive. The 75-inch LaserVue TV sold for about $4,000 at retail locations around the country. 

Source: CE Pro

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RE: Poor example....
By Denigrate on 12/3/2012 11:01:18 AM , Rating: 2
But it's tough to hand that dude on the wall, and all the marketing is focused on the LED/LCD units.

RE: Poor example....
By TheCommish on 12/3/2012 11:29:09 AM , Rating: 2
Lots of people love the idea of mounting TV's on the wall, but then bitch about all the wires hanging everywhere. Many just end up buying a stand so they can hide the wires and/or relocate it if necessary. Once you have decided on using a stand, the 18" depth of the DLP becomes a non-factor. It's been the best bang-for-the-buck for quite a while. Mine is a 73" Mitz from Jan 2010 for $1300 delivered (Dell). At that time, maybe you could get a cheapo 60" LCD for that price.

RE: Poor example....
By Dr. Kenneth Noisewater on 12/3/2012 5:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
LCDs and Plasmas don't have the fan noise of RPTVs. I've got a 56" with a pretty darn good picture (JVC LCoS) but the fan noise is LOUD :/

RE: Poor example....
By Mitch101 on 12/3/2012 5:37:47 PM , Rating: 2
Ive never heard the fan on my Mitsubishi. Sure it exists but Ive never heard it.

Reality is its time for RPTV's to go away. The cost of manufacturing the box the components reside in, front surface mirror, fresnel, Bulb, Calibrating, and shipping size. The size alone you can fit 3-4 flat panels in the same space. This time next year we should see 60" LCD for the same price as RPTV's today so it just makes sense to drop the box.

RE: Poor example....
By mcnabney on 12/4/2012 9:50:41 AM , Rating: 2
I have a Samsung LED DLP and I can only hear the fan if I stick my head behind it -and even then it is a soft whir. Something must be wrong with the fan.

RE: Poor example....
By inperfectdarkness on 12/4/2012 2:31:50 AM , Rating: 2
Plasma's need to die off too. Heavy, shorter life-span, prone to burn-in (if you're not careful), high power consumption, and hot enough to roast marshmellows by the rear vents.

RE: Poor example....
By abhaxus on 12/4/2012 5:13:05 PM , Rating: 2
heavy: myth (samsung 60" E8000 TVs are within a pound of each other for either technology)
shorter life span: myth (both are typically rated to 100,000 hours half life)

You are probably as likely to have burn in on an LCD as you are on a modern plasma, unless you do something any reasonably tech savvy person would consider dumb. They use as much power as a traditional LCD, and create as much heat. Sure, if you compare to LED backlit models they are less efficient, but at the prices most people buy plasmas at (entry level) they are vastly superior in all aspects, and at the higher end, many are willing to trade power consumption for the superior picture they offer.

RE: Poor example....
By Mitch101 on 12/3/2012 5:33:35 PM , Rating: 2
Ive got a 65" DLP that sits on top of the dresser in the bedroom. The dresser space would otherwise get cluttered with junk so there is no real loss of space if I had bought a flat screen and hung it on the wall only a loss of a cluttered counter top.

Best bang for buck personally is a projector if you have a dark enough room. About the time I should be in the market for a new bulb we should see laser projectors that can come close enough to bulb projectors to make the switch. Yes there are a few on the market but that lack the lumens to compete still but its getting there. Im hoping we should see 4k laser projectors in the coming two years? So I can increase my projected image to 180". :)

RE: Poor example....
By CarbonJoe on 12/5/2012 11:39:31 AM , Rating: 2
Too bad Mitsubishi exited the LCD TV market a few years ago.

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