Did you see the news about Japan offering their 1st 3D television series? 3DTV adoption rates have been modest at best, but if CES 2011 was any indicator, manufacturers are not letting up and the technology is just getting started. Mistubishi stuck to their big screen heritage, with their booth this year showcasing supersized 3D displays, the largest being a 92" DLP screen which put out a beautiful image in both 3D and 2D modes (note the comparison to a 46" screen above and you can better appreciate the size of this monster). There was also a more "modest" 82" 3D display and an array of LED LCD displays, laser equipped displays and perhaps most impressively, a 155" OLED meant for commercial use, but obviously hinting at a consumer future offering whole wall entertainment displays.
We got to also sit on in a few demo sessions inside the Mistubishi booth demonstrating both their 3D displays in optimal darkened room conditions, alongside their Unisen sound projection technology which arguably creates the best integrated sound out of the box for a HDTV model (we'll be following up with a hands-on review very soon). The 3D was about on par with all the best 3D displays out there, but like others, still exhibited some of the characteristics of a still developing technology, notably 3DTVs propensity to exhibit the best results with animated features versus real world filmed footage.
What did truly wow us on the personal level was Mistubishi's Diamond HC9000D 1080p full HD home theater projector, a behemoth pro model that supports 3D content. Our humble 720p projector is ripe for an upgrade, but the HC9000D might be a little of our ballpark (price is quoted to be under $10,000, so expect something like $9,999):
- 3D image up to 100" maximum image size
- Full HD 1080p resolution
- 120Hz refresh rate
- Provides 120,000:1 contrast ratio
- An independent management
- Utilized an extra-low dispersion glass
- 4,000 hours of lamp life
- 19dBA noise level
- Two HDMI 1.4 ports