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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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By TakinYourPoints on 12/3/2012 9:47:27 PM , Rating: 1
DLP rear projection is technology that had been replaced by much better displays years ago. So many huge flaws, it long overstayed its welcome.

LCD HDTVs are still trash but plasmas are amazing, and they're at a point now where a $1200 Panasonic will get you almost the image quality of a $6000 Pioneer Elite Kuro from several years ago. They're fantastic

Bye bye to outdated technology that wasn't even that great to begin with.

RE: Good
By mcnabney on 12/4/2012 10:06:06 AM , Rating: 2
If plasmas are so good, why do they not even claim 1% of the market?

They have awesome black levels and contrast, but they suck massive power and burn in (a friend has a 3 year old Pannie and you can always see burn-in developing due to his predictable viewing habits. They also weigh a ton.

RE: Good
By TakinYourPoints on 12/4/2012 1:26:03 PM , Rating: 1
Source for your numbers please. The number is a lot bigger than 1% just based on the amount of showroom and online sames space they get.

They do get outsold by LCDs, but it is due to marketing. LCDs are objectively inferior where it counts (picture quality) but they also have much better profit margins for manufacturers and retailers, so they'll put way more effort selling them than they would plasmas. This is why plasmas seem to be the domain of the enthusiast and people who know WTF, while LCDs are sold to the uninformed masses.

Burn-in and image retention are two very different things, and the latter (which is what is more likely to happen) isn't permanent. As it stands, I haven't had any IR issues with my Pioneer in five years, and this is with playing video games that have static UI elements. I haven't heard of any burn-in issues in ages.

Who cares about their weight, do people move their TVs around a lot?

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