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Mitsubishi WD-73734

73" Medallion Series 1080p rear-projection DLP HDTV

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The 73" WD-73734 showcases Mitsubishi's many industry-leading display technologies, including powerful video processing and ultra-precise picture adjustments. Mitsubishi's Medallion Series DLP™ HDTVs offer most of the performance and conveniences of the top-of-the-line Diamond Series models, but for several hundred dollars less.

Color without compromise
The key to the WD-73734's exceptionally accurate and vivid color is Mitsubishi's six-color light engine. Instead of using only the red, green, and blue primaries to create all colors, this system adds three "sub-primary" colors to improve accuracy (see illustration). The high-speed color wheel actually has six different colored filter segments. This innovative approach produces a brighter, wider range of colors, as well as whiter whites.

Dark scenes with all the details
Mitsubishi built state-of-the-art CRT-based projection TVs for decades, and the deep blacks and high contrast of CRTs served as the benchmark for their top DLP models. The WD-73734's Dark Detailer "dynamic iris" regulates the lamp's light with incredible speed and precision, to optimize both the bright and dark areas of each scene.

Built-in tuners for HD reception, plus four HDMI inputs
The WD-73734 has built-in tuners to pull in local digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required). Cable subscribers can use the built-in "QAM" tuner to watch unscrambled cable programs without a set-top box. Four 1080p-compatible HDMI inputs let you experience this set's full potential with your current and future high-definition sources.

Medallion models also include Mitsubishi's NetCommand® control system, which lets you operate almost any brand of cable or satellite TV set-top box, plus other components, using only the TV's remote.

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Highlights:

  • 73" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • Smooth Picture™ 1080p DLP system (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Mitsubishi 6-Color Light Engine with 6-segment color wheel
  • Plush1080p™ video processing (upconverts all signals to 1080p)
  • Dark Detailer™ dynamic iris for deeper blacks and better contrast
  • PerfectColor™ & PerfecTint™ color adjustments
  • Deep Color and x.v.Color support
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • partially illuminated multibrand remote control
  • "NetCommand for HDMI" remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 9 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video
    • 2 S-video
    • 3 component video (2 rear, 1 front) — accepts signals up to 1080i
    • 4 HDMI v1.3 (3 rear, 1 front) — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • coaxial digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • front USB port for digital photo playback
  • 65-1/4"W x 43-5/8"H x 17-1/2"D
  • weight: 96 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Tip: For a list of over-the-air digital TV stations you can receive, as well as antenna recommendations for your location, enter your zip code in AntennaWeb's mapping tool.

FREE "white glove" in-home delivery: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Type
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DLP
Screen Size
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73"
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture
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No
Compatibility
1080i Compatible
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Yes
720p Compatible
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Yes
CableCard Compatible
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General
Audio Output Power
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10 watts x 2
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer)
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280 watts
Standby (Manufacturer)
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2.00 watts
Dimensions
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65-1/8
Height (inches)
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43-7/8
Depth (inches)
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17-1/4
Footprint Width (inches)
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36-5/8
Footprint Depth (inches)
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14-1/8
Weight
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108 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs
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2
Total Video Inputs
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9
Digital Inputs & Outputs
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NetCommand
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  • 73" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • Multibrand remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 9.25' IR emitter cable with 2 IR blasters on one end and a 3.5mm miniplug on other end
  • 2 Pieces of dual-sided tape (for blasters)
  • Owner's guide
  • Quick reference guide
  • HDTV quick set-up guide
  • Product registration card

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Features

HD Definition DLP Display System With Smooth Picture: The Mitsubishi 734 series widescreen HDTV uses Texas Instruments most advanced Digital Light Processing technology for its rear-projection DLP design. In combination with Mitsubishi's exclusive light engines the TV delivers over 2-million pixels. This DLP TV can be used as a high-performance television or multimedia monitor capable of producing stunning high-definition video images and clear, detailed, high-resolution images from a personal computer.

Integrated HDTV Tuner: The widescreen Mitsubishi DLP TV has an internal HDTV tuner able to receive both over-the-air HDTV broadcasts (via an antenna) and non-encrypted digital cable broadcasts, including non-encrypted HDTV cable programming.

6-Color Light Engine: Mitsubishi's exclusive 1080p DLP 6-Color Light Engine generates yellow, cyan, and magenta directly, in addition to the primary colors, for brighter colors, wider range of colors and whiter whites. The resulting picture quality adds realism to yellow sunlight, blue skies, and crimson sunsets.

TurboLight 180: This optical design focuses light more efficiently to produce a 10% brighter on-screen image. TurboLight technology produces a brighter image without increasing the amount of power consumed or heat produced, therefore it does not compromise the life or performance of the lamp. Mitsubishi's TurboLight 180 directs more light to the DLP chip surface resulting in a brighter, more vide on-screen image.

Plush 1080p: Mitsubishi developed the Plush 1080p technology so that everything you watch looks better on the 1080p HDTV. It reformats 720p and 1080i HDTV signals in order to fill the TV's native resolution 1080p screen with a sharp, clear picture. Plush 1080p scales and converts the picture precisely with minimal side effects, achieving greater detail and clarity.

Tru1080p Processing: Mitsubishi's Tru1080p Processing maintains 1080p high definition signals as 1080p from beginning to end of the video signal. All 1080p DV-I, HDMI, and 1080p broadcasts signals are passed through with no down conversions. This advanced 1080p DLP technology for HDTV viewing delivers over 2- million pixels to you on-screen for a full and true 1920 x 1080 resolution.

x.v.Color System: x.v.Color is the new standard in high definition color. The television's x.v.Color Wide Color Palette enables up to 80% more color than standard HDTV for increased realism and vivid, natural colors.

Deep Color Technology: Deep Color creates smooth transitions between different shades and eliminates color bands and complements the x.v.Color system's wide color pallet. Enabled by HDMI 1.3, Deep Color goes beyond previous 8-bit HDTV.

4D Video Noise Reduction: Mitsubishi's exclusive 4D Video Noise Reduction system uses advanced algorithms to better identify video noise from fine detail and correct the signal rather that distort it. The advanced 4D Video Noise Reduction system corrects the image in four dimensions - horizontally, vertical, within each frame and across multiple frames to provide and image that is crystal clear and very detailed.

DarkDetailer: DarkDetailer uses a dynamic aperture system (dynamic iris) to add depth and texture to the picture, it improves the contrast ratio by more than four times, giving you a wide array of colors and shades that are essential for optimal viewing of dark, dramatic scenes while also providing maximum brightness.

PerfectColor: PerfectColor is another exclusive Mitsubishi feature that gives you the ability to adjust the intensity of six separate colors (Magenta, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue) independently of each other and separately for every input. PerfectColor is a full color matrix, much more powerful than a conventional color intensity control with only red versus green color balance.

PerfectTint: PerfectTint provides the ability to adjust the tint of the six separate colors (Magenta, Red, Yellow, Green, Cyan, Blue) independently of each other and separately for every input. PerfectTint is much more powerful than conventional color tint control, which can only shift the tint of all colors at the same time.

SharpEdge: The SharpEdge signal processing system enhances horizontal and vertical edges for stunning picture precision. SharpEdge senses the vertical boundary and amplifies it while minimizing distortion. The end result is crisp and sharp edges.

DeepField Imager: The DeepField Imager feature constantly adjusts brightness and contrast for optimum settings in all areas of the picture. It can even optimize complex scenes containing both dark and bright areas. DeepField Imager analyzes 135 sectors of the picture in real time, while determining the optimum blend of contrast and brightness settings for the picture using advanced algorithms. Based on its picture analysis it dynamically adjusts for areas that are too high or low in contrast and/or too dark or bright and displays the best balanced picture in every scene.

Picture Mode: Picture Mode allows you to optimize the image for different lighting conditions. You can choose from the following Picture Modes:

  • Bright: suited for most daytime viewing and x.v.Color sources
  • Natural: suited for most nighttime viewing and x.v.Color sources
  • Brilliant: for use under strong light
  • Game: optimizes picture and video processing for gaming consoles

Picture Settings: In addition to the three Picture Modes, the 734 series TVs offer the following custom picture settings:

  • Contrast: adjusts the white-to-black-level of the picture
  • Brightness: adjusts the overall brightness of the picture
  • Color: adjusts the overall color intensity
  • Tint: adjusts the red-to-green ratio
  • Sharpness: adjusts the picture detail and clarity
  • Color Temperature: adjusts how white is displayed on the TV
    • Low: white images will have a warm cast, closest to 6500K

    • High: white images have a cool cast, may provide the most realistic picture under bright lighting
  • Deep Field Imager:
    • On: black levels dynamically enhanced in portions of the screen to provide strong contrast with detail over mixed screen content
    • Off: contrast adjusted uniformly across the screen
    • Demo: split screen to highlight Deep Field Imager

TV Display Formats: The TV offers the following TV display formats:

  • Standard: the TV's full-screen format, use for HDTV signals, 4:3 images are stretched evenly to fill the screen, 2.35:1 aspect DVDs have black bars at the top and bottom, but show the entire image correctly
  • Wide Expand: enlarges the picture, cropping some of the image on both sides, useful to remove or reduce black side bars added to narrow images that are converted to 16:9 signals for digital broadcast; available for 1080i, 720p, digital SD 16:9, and digital HD signals only
  • Expand: enlarges the picture to fill the screen, cropping off some of the image at the top and bottom, useful for reducing letter box bars on non-anamorphic DVDs; available for analog and digital SD 4:3 signals only
  • Zoom: enlarges the picture, cropping some of the image at the sides, top, and bottom, useful for removing or reducing black top and bottom bars on 2.35:1 anamorphic DVDs; available for analog and digital SD 4:3 signals only
  • Stretch: stretches a narrow 4:3 image across the screen non-uniformly; there is less stretch in the center than at the sides, allowing the image to fill the screen with less distortion than is seen in the Standard format; available for analog and digital SD 4:3 signals only
  • Stretch Plus: similar to the Stretch format, but to minimize distortions the picture is expanded to crop off portion of the top and bottom; available for analog and digital SD 4:3 signals only
  • Narrow: displays narrow 4:3 images in their original aspect and adds stationary black side bars to fill the screen; available for analog and digital SD 4:3 signals only

Film Mode: In Film Mode, the TV automatically detects and applies film-decoding correction for images that originated on 24-frame-per-seconds film cameras and were converted to 30-frame-per-second video for broadcast (3:2 pulldown conversion).

Audio Settings: The television features independent Bass, Treble, and Balance settings. These settings can be adjusted from 0 to 63 with 31 as the midpoint (flat).

Surround Settings: The television features simulated stereo and surround settings:

  • Simulated Stereo: creates a simulated stereo effect through the TV's speakers when watching a monaural program
  • Surround Sound: creates a simulated surround effect through the TV's speakers when watching a stereo program

Level Sound: Level Sound automatically equalizes the volume level when there are significant sound-level differences between program segments, such as between regular programming and commercials.

ChannelView: ChannelView shows memorized channels on ANT1 and ANT2. It displays digital channel names and program information as sent by broadcasters or your local cable service providers (may be incomplete). No program information is displayed for analog channels. An analog channel name is displayed only if you assigned a name to it in the Setup Menu. You can assign a six character name to either an analog or digital channel.

Favorite Channels: The Favorite Channels feature lets you store groups of favorite channels in up to six different Favorite memory banks. This allows you to store Favorite Channels by each household member or by category or content. You can store the same channel in multiple Favorite banks.

Closed Captioning: The television features both analog and digital closed captioning.

  • Analog Captions: For analog channels, broadcasters can send either standard closed captions or text service. Standard closed captions follow the dialogue of the characters on screen and display in a small section of the screen. Text-service closed captions often contain information such as weather or news not related to the current programs and cover a large portion of the screen.
  • Digital Captions: For digital channels, broadcasters can send up to six different caption selections or can send analog captions that are the same as those sent by the analog station. Each TV station may broadcast only on or two types of captions or none at all. The TV cannot decode closed captions received on component or HDMI inputs. Digital channels allow you to select front type, size, color, background and opacity of the closed caption characters.

Parental Lock: The Parental Lock menu give you control over three different types of parental controls. You must create and use a custom pass code to open this menu to enable or disable the lock options. The three parental controls available are as follows.

  • Ratings: V-Chip technology lets you restrict access to programming based on program-rating signals sent by the broadcaster or by movie ratings.
  • Lock By Time: Lock By Time allows you to block all use of the TV during specified hours of the day or night.
  • Front Panel Lock: Front Panel Lock lets you disable controls on the front panel to prevent inadvertent changes to TV settings.

USB Photo Port: You can view digital JPEG photo files up to 5 MegaPixels on the TV using the USB Photo port located on front of the television. You can connect your digital camera, USB thumb-drive or USB card reader. The TV's Type-A USB port supports still images recorded on digital cameras using the Exchangeable Image File Format, version 2.1 (EXIF 2.1) standard for digital still cameras and Design Rules for Camera File Systems version 1.0 (DCF 1.0). You can view back your still images in a single photo, slideshow or thumbnail fashion. A single photo can be rotated clockwise in 90-degrees increments. The thumbnail mode allows you to view 10 still images at once. The slideshow mode's interval and frequency can be adjusted to your preference.

Note: The TV can read JPEG files as created by a digital camera. If you edit a picture file on a computer and resave the image, the TV may be unable to read the resaved image file.

PC Compatible: The television can be used as a computer monitor and connected to your PC via one of the TV's HDMI inputs using an HDMI cable, DVI-to-HDMI cable, or an HDMI cable with an HDMI-to-DVI adapter. You will also need to connect the DVI/PC Stereo RCA Audio input of the TV to your computer for sound. You can adjust the horizontal and vertical position of the computer image. The television supports the following PC video formats: VGA, W-VGA, SVGA, W-SVGA, XGA, SXGA, WXGA, PC 720p, and PC 1080p.

TV Timer: The TV Timer feature allows you to set a day and time for the TV to turn on automatically and the device and channel to display when it switches on. If the TV is already on at the requested time, the TV still automatically tunes to the channel you designated in the Timer menu. You can select a Daily timer, Mon-Friday timer or individual days of the week.

Sleep Timer: The TV's Sleep Timer can be set to 30, 60, 90, or 120 minutes.

Energy Mode: The Energy Mode option lets you select the TV's level of power consumption while the TV is turned off. You can choose between Low Power or Fast Power On. The Low Power setting uses less energy, but the TV takes longer to power up. Note: The standby power specifications were measured by Crutchfield in both the Low Power and Fast Power On modes. In the Low Power mode, the power consumption measured 1.5 watts average. In the Fast Power On mode, power consumption increased to 12.25 watts average.

Custom Stand: The WD-73734 television can be used with the custom Mitsubishi TV stand, model number MB-73PB (item number 690MB73PB, sold separately).

Remote Control

Multi-Brand Remote: The television comes supplied with a multi-brand IR remote control with illumination for the main function buttons. The remote is pre-coded to operate Mitsubishi and other manufacture's components such as Cable Boxes, DTV Receivers, Satellite Receivers, VCRs, DVR, Laser Disc Players, DVD Players/Recorders, DVRs, A/V Receivers, Audio Amplifiers, and CD players.

NetCommand For HDMI Devices: The TV's remote can operate some functions of compatible HDMI devices able to receive commands through the HDMI cable without any setup. For example, compatible A/V receiver's connected via HDMI will power on with the Television's remote control and automatically switch inputs to the correct audio input when you select an audio/video device in the TV's Input Selection menu. NetCommand also allows the TV's remote control to operate Play, Pause, Stop, Record, Search and Menu functions of compatible VCRs, DVD players and DVRs via HDMI connection.

NetCommand IR: The NetCommand IR feature provides on-screen control of analog-connected products such as your AV receiver, DVD player, satellite receiver and/or VCR. To set it up, you simply "tell" the TV what products are connected and "teach it" their IR (infrared) commands. The TV's remote will then take control through the TV's NetCommand system, eliminating the clutter of all those other remote controls. It's capable of learning most IR remote control codes from standard home theater product, rather than relying on a pre-programmed library of codes. The TV comes supplied with a 9' IR emitter cable that features 2 IR blasters for 2 controllable audio/video components and a male mini-jack connector that plugs into the back of the television. Netcommand's IR blasters can also be used to control scheduled recordings of other connected audio/video devices.

Input and Output Notes

ClearThought Easy Connect: The TV's ClearThought Easy Connect feature automatically recognizes when you plug in an input and prompts you to assign a name to it. You can choose from the following names - Cable box, Camcorder, DVD, DVD2, DVR, Game, HD Disc, Satellite, VCR, PC, On/Off (antenna inputs only), and Off (HDMI inputs only). The TV ignores any unused inputs, so the result is an uncluttered Input Selection menu where you can easily find and select connected devices by name.

High Definition Video Inputs:

  • Component Video: three component video inputs (1 front, 2 rear) that support analog transfer of 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i video signals
  • HDMI: four HDMI version 1.3 inputs that accept digital 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p (including 24 Hz) video signals plus PCM digital stereo signals, the HDMI inputs can also accept a variety of PC signals and resolutions

Front Panel Inputs: The TV is equipped with front panel HDMI and component video inputs, along with analog L/R audio. Composite video can also be connected to the Video/Y jack of the component input. There is also a USB port on the front of the television.

USB Port: A USB photo port is located on the front panel of the television for viewing JPEG images from your connected digital camera or USB thumb drive. A USB cable is not supplied.

Dual Antenna Inputs: The television features two 75-ohm F-connector RF antenna/cable inputs that can each receive digital and analog over-the-air channels from a VHF/UHF antenna or non-encrypted digital and analog cable channels.

Digital Audio Output: The TV features a coaxial digital output for transfer of a Dolby Digital or PCM stereo signals to your home theater receiver. Audio from analog broadcasts and sources is converted to PCM by the TV.

 
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The TV is absolutely incredible - it beats our LCD in the bedroom. We ordered it on a Monday afternoon and it was delivered on Friday (the same week) afternoon.
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