Mitsubishi WD-65833: Big HDTV, Brash Colors

This huge rear-projection TV draws you in with its vast 6 inch, 1080p screen and continues to please with its ample four HDMI ports. Its also the best RFTV I’ve seen, when properly calibrated, for displaying 1080i digital video sources such as cable and satellite HD programming. Some of the WD-65833’s component video inputs, however, introduced unwanted video noise. In addition, colors were way to vivid at times.

Texas Instruments’ DLP microdisplay technology drives the WD-65833’s screen at 1080p resolution, with image overscan sacrificing 5.5 percent of the video’s border (typical for RPTVs). Projecting standard-definition DVD video content the WD-65833 maintained good image detail, although its detection of 24-fps, material (some film and digital cinema) was sluggish; this resulted in scanline artifacts and loss of detail, until the TV eventually locked on. My HQV Benchmark DVD confirmed that the TV’s film-mode detection was lackluster and revealed its complete inability to detect other common frame-rate cadences, such as those encountered in animated material and time-compressed video (which includes most “edited-for-TV” movies).

On a brighter note, my HD HQV Benchmark tests revealed the WD-65833 to be the best HDTV I’ve seen to date at processing 1080i video into the TV’s native 1080p resolution. Use of the component inputs, however, increased the amount of video noise in the picture- the front component input was especially bad. Two of the TV’s three component video inputs also sacrificed some of the finer details in my 1080i test pattern, slightly softening the picture overall. Again, the front-accessible input was the worst offender.

The WD-65833 produced some very good contrast ratio result, but its picture isn’t as bright as you would get from a smaller RPTV. This set should be fine for a moderately lit room, but won’t be bright enough to counter a sun-drenched environment.

The WD-65833 supports a new color space standard called x.v.Color (aka xvYCC), which displays deeper, more saturated colors than were previously available in a digital video signal. I was pleased to find that the TV’s “natural” picture mode automatically constrains itself to the HD color spec- except for green and yellow, which were unfortunately oversaturated. Green errors were the most noticeable and were visible in skin notes. Taming these wild colors was not difficult, thanks to the TV’s six color saturation and hue adjustments, but it took a little tweaking.

All in all, this big HDTV is affordable for its size and represents a pretty good high-def deal. Just watch out for its overcolor sceen and noisy component ports.

Price range
Mitsubishi WD-65833: $2.999

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