Mitsubishi LT-52149 Review Washington DC
Mitsubishi LT-52149 Review
December 1, 2008 By Adrienne Maxwell
Mitsubishi takes a different approach to TV audio.
Many attribute the emergence of the sound bar as a surround sound alternative to the popularity of flat-panel TVs, as consumers clamored for sleek audio packages to suit their sleek new TVs.
Given that the two genres are intricately linked, it’s surprising that we’re just now seeing the first instance of a high-end TV manufacturer incorporating a five-in-one sound bar into a TV. The manufacturer is Mitsubishi, and the TV is the new 52-inch, 1080p LT-52149.
For those who may not know, a five-in-one sound bar houses all five audio channels in one cabinet and uses acoustic manipulation and/or digital signal processing to create a sense of surround envelopment.
In this case, the LT-52149’s sound projector includes 16 tiny drivers that direct sound beams toward specific points in the room, using room boundaries to reflect the sound where necessary. The TV includes Dolby Digital and Pro Logic decoders to process incoming audio signals.
Remove the sound bar from the package, and the LT-52149 is a still a well-endowed, high-end LCD that employs Mitsubishi’s most advanced imaging technologies, including a 120Hz frame rate.
The generous connection panel features four HDMI and three component video inputs, as well as a CableCARD slot and dual RF inputs to access the internal tuners, with the TV Guide Daily program guide. A side-panel USB port allows for easy viewing of JPEG photos. The HDMI inputs accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signals, and they are the only means of inputting digital audio to the sound bar.
The first performance characteristic that will likely catch your eye is the LT-52149’s color. Some people may find it instantly grabbing; videophiles may find it distractingly inaccurate.
The picture inherently has too much green in it, and selecting the TV’s Low color-temperature mode further exacerbates the problem. Even though the High temperature is a little too cool, it winds up being the more natural-looking choice under the circumstances.
The individual color points are also a little off the mark, but only green looks clearly oversaturated—and that effect is exaggerated because of the picture’s inherently green base.
Mitsubishi’s PerfectColor system allows you to adjust the intensity of the six main color points, so you can tailor color saturation to your preference. However, the lack of user-accessible white-balance controls means you can’t do anything on your own to adjust color temperature and remove the green push. That requires the services of a professional calibrator who can access the service menu.
I must confess, even though I knew the color palette was inaccurate compared with my reference display, I was still drawn in while watching Blu-ray and HDTV sources.
It doesn’t hurt that the LT-52149 has nice overall contrast and actually produces a respectably deep black level for a traditional LCD. The result is a rich, well-...