The biggest claim to fame enjoyed by DLP projection high definition televisions is their very large display areas at a price that is comparatively inexpensive when compared to other HDTV technologies. In the category of biggest bang for the buck, that may well make the Mitsubishi WD-65737, as well as the other three members of the 737 series, champions among champions. Not only are they inexpensive when compared to similarly sized LCD, LED or Plasma screen TVs, they’re also several hundred dollars less expensive than Mitsubishi’s own top of the line DLP sets, the 837 series.
This review makes specific reference to the 65-inch, diagonal measure, Mitsubishi WD-65737. It is technically identical, however, to the 60-inch WD-60737 as well as its larger siblings, the 73-inch WD-73737 and the humongous 82-inch WD-82737. Therefore, the observations in this review apply to each of the four sets in the series.
As with any DLP projection TV, the biggest selling feature is its very large screen size that is very reasonably priced. The Mitsubishi 737 series HDTVs are available in four sizes. The smallest is the 60-inch, diagonally measured, WD-60737 followed by the 65-inch WD-65737. Those two sizes have a few equivalent models in LCD, Plasma and LED TVs though they come at much higher prices. The two largest models, the 73-inch WD-73737 and the mammoth 82-inch WD-82737 have no size peers outside of other DLP projection sets.
The reason for choosing the 737 models over Mitsubishi’s own 837s is very simple: price. While we find that the top rated 837s are a great deal for the price, the entry level 737s are even less expensive. The lower prices come, of course, by sacrificing some of the more sophisticated features that truly make the 837s competitive with LCDs, Plasmas and LED TV in terms of pure performance. Nonetheless, the Mitsubishi 737 series DLP TVs offer an awful lot of HDTV for the money.
Most importantly, the 737s share the Texas Instruments Digital Light Processing technology with their higher priced siblings. As such, all images are displayed at full 1080p. Integrated technology called Plush 1080p 5G is used to convert all lower resolution signals to 10080p for display. We were impressed with the overall improvement that results from most current content. After all, only Blu-ray discs currently provide full 1080p resolution consistently. Of course, full 1080p source material is displayed at its inherent best.
Another critical shared feature is Mitsubishi’s 6-color processor. Typically, images are produced by combining the three primary light colors of red, blue and green to produce the entire color palate. The 6-color methodology is able to produce a broader spectrum of natural looking colors, purer color saturation, more accurate colors and truer whites.
PerfectColor color honing replaces the more traditional tint and color adjustments that were seen on legacy TVs and it is a great improvement by allowing for individual adjustments of the six colors independently. The 737s do, however, lack the more advanced PerfectTint slide controls that are available on the 837s for honing the image even further. Though color in general is awfully good for a projection TV, we note that black levels which are so critical for low light scenes and for producing true blacks and shades of gray are disappointing compared to the best LCDs, LEDs and Plasma models. It’s not surprising nor did we find it to be a deal breaker, but is worth a mention.
Other features of the Mitsubishi 737s are Smooth 120Hz Film Motion which is designed to more accurately replicate the 24 frames per second that motion pictures are shot in. While movies were pleasant to watch on this TV, there is a small degree of jumpiness that we’ve found to be better controlled by some other 120Hz refresh rate screens. The TV is also touted as being 3G ready though at this point, that will have little benefit except for playing some video games. On the other hand, 3G technology is likely to be the next big thing in home theater so it’s nice to be ready for it.
Rear panel inputs are rather standard though just a bit abbreviated compared to most contemporary models. There are three HDMI interfaces as well as two sets of combined component/composite inputs. There’s also a stereo audio input for PC/DVI sources and an antenna/cable interface. The side panel houses an additional set of combined component/composite but lacks an additional HDMI interface or a USB port that we’ve come to expect.
The Mitsubishi WD-65737 and the other DLP projection TVs in the 737 series may very well offer greater screen real estate for the money than any other group of sets on the market today. They’re clearly entry level sets when compared to Mitsubishi’s more sophisticated and feature rich 837 series but they are also hundreds of dollars less for comparable sizes. For consumers who want a really big, really good TV at a moderate price, this is a great place to look.