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 5:34:10 PM
I'd be surprised if it doesn't have a bulb. I have a SONY LCD rear projection, and the bulb went out after 3.5 years. We had a 4 year warranty, and had it replaced for free. I probably should have not bought the warranty, though, as you can buy the bulbs on Ebay for $15, and they are easy to replace yourself. I do like my rear projection TV, and it's lasted for 7 years so far, but I'd buy a large, thin, LCD TV if buying today.
12/3/2012 8:34:44 PM
That's why it's important that mine is an LED DLP. Yours is LCD.
An LED DLP is a permanent device. In theory, with other DLPs they're permanent too, so long as you keep replacing the bulb. LCD and plasma TVs are disposable...when they die, you throw them away.
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