Mitsubishi Axes DLP Rear Projection TVs
December 3, 2012 9:31 AM
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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.
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12/3/2012 1:00:45 PM
We bought our 62" DLP set in 2004. Other than having to replace the lamp twice over the years, it's been a great set, with a bright, sharp image and no issues at all. Lamps are about $80 on eBay.
A friend, however, had a near-identical set and suffered the BGLOD (Blinking Green Light Of Death). This was a fault condition that almost always was caused by blown capacitors. Really gave Mitsubishi a black eye, though the capacitor fiasco affected numerous other industries also (I keep a souvenir Asus motherboard that showed bulges in about half the caps).
But we've been happy/lucky with ours. Couldn't care less about the thickness, since we have ours in the living room corner.
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