Until very recently, Mitsubishi has made DLP high definition TVs the core focus of their large screen HDTV manufacturing. The company has always done particularly well in the design and manufacturing of this breed of big TVs, and has continued to dominate the market for DLP sets long after other major firms left for the perceived greener pastures of plasma and LED HDTVs. The Mitsubishi WD-73742 WD-73742 DLP HDTV is perhaps the culmination of all of Mitsubishi’s efforts to serve this segment. And in our opinion, the TV really does deserve being christened the mother of all DLP 3D TVs.
Mitsubishi WD-73742 Design & Remote
Setting up the 73-inch Mitsubishi WD-73742 DLP HDTV is a science in and of itself. But it’s one marked by a distinct degree of aesthetics, as this behemoth TV has a very attractive design. Mitsubishi didn’t just go big with the WD-73742’s screen size: the company did a really great job with making sure this set looked really good. The huge 73-inch screen that stretches across the face of the WD-73742 is framed by a super-thin black bezel, making this TV almost 100% screen from essentially all viewing angles.
And the TV itself, despite its wide girth, is actually relatively thin. We say relatively, because at a maximum thickness of 18 inches, it’s not particularly thin in a world of ultrathin plasma HDTVs. But for DLP TVs, this represents an admirable design accomplishment for Mitsubishi. The set is also cleverly designed in the sense that from the most direct viewing angles, the TV almost doesn’t even appear to be a DLP TV at all, bearing a striking resemblance to an LED or plasma.
Also, well not something new for a large DLP TV, users should expect the TV to take at least 10 seconds to fire up. As for connectivity, the backside boasts all the expected fare: 3 HDMI ports, LAN and USB ports, and digital audio component hookups.
So the TV looms large in your living room or home theater room, and it looks great from the moment you set it up. But in that same vein, it’s worth noting that the TV is going to require some serious manpower to get it where you want it. This TV is extremely heavy, and moving it can be a very labor-intensive task.
The remote is fairly standard, with large, backlit buttons and app support. Mitsubishi also makes it easy to control the television with an iPhone, tablet, or other smart device with a free app.
Stream TV Internet Media
The Stream TV Internet Media offerings and interface provide a full-stack Smart TV content package. The interface itself is streamlined, offering nothing flashy but delivering quick and easy access to content providers ranging from Vudu to Amazon to Facebook and beyond.
Picture Quality & 3D Performance
Six color, 120-Hz processing and the naturally vivid colors of DLP (recall that DLP stands for “digital light projecting”) make the picture quality of the WD-73742 DLP HDTV second to none. The picture performance in general is a genuine step up from some of the high-end LED flat screen HDTVs we’ve reviewed in the last year. And that’s an honor achieved as much because of the nature of DLP TVs compared to other HDTVs as it is because of Mitsubishi’s achievements in developing this technology. The TV offers a whole slew of picture quality settings, and the 2D performance is as superior as we could ask for. Which is to say the 2D picture quality is exceptional.
The 3D performance of the TV is, in our humble opinion, what makes the Mistubishi WD-73742 DLP HDTV a really exceptional set. The 3D is exceptional in the truest sense of the word. Is it the best 3D we’ve ever seen? We would probably have to say no. Is it the best 3D we’ve seen on a DLP set? Maybe. Either way, the picture quality, depth of true 3D, absence of crosstalk, and range of available picture settings make the 3D viewing on the WD-73742 a major selling point of this DLP TV. The 2D + Depth feature also offers exceptionally good 2D to 3D conversion, and used in conjunction with the advanced calibration options and incredibly bright colors, the effect can border on staggering.
For 73 inches of cinema-quality DLP technology in 1080p, the WD-73742 DLP HDTV’s price tag of $1,189 seems a little like a hands-down steal to us. That might seem like a lot to spend, and if the TV were smaller, or if it delivered less in the way of premium 3D home cinema experience, we might site the price as a negative. But as it stands, we think the price is just right for this TV. The fact is, high-end plasma or LED sets with screens in this size can cost four or five times as much.
The Mitsubishi WD-73742 is perfect for people looking to create a high-end home theater setup without spending their life savings, and our view is that the price is a net positive for the WD-73742 DLP HDTV.
The Mitsubishi WD-73742 DLP HDTV is a massive and well-designed DLP HDTV from a company with a lot of experience building great electronics, and in particular building premium DLP HDTVs. The WD-73742 delivers a solid, vivid, and fully satisfying 3D home theater experience. The exceptionally high-quality 2D and 3D viewing, along with its many outstanding features make this DLP TV the natural choice for a very specific segment of customers. That segment of customers would entail any individual or family interested in creating an authentic 3D cinema in their home, and doing it without spending a much greater sum of money on a high-end plasma or LED HDTV.
Overall, we would classify the Mitsubishi WD-73742 DLP HDTV as not just one of Mitsubishi’s best DLP TVs, but as one of the most cost effective DLP TVs in general, and one that offers an enormous 3D HDTV bang for your buck value.