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Mitsubishi takes it to the next dimension with new 3D HDTV line, LCDs with built-in 16-speaker bar

Mitsubishi has already thought big with its laser-based 65-inch LaserVue HDTV, but now it's going bigger with the new 3D-Ready DLP-based lines, which start at 60 inches and include two 82-inch sets—all featuring technology for watching compatible content in three dimensions. That content is pretty scarce (i.
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Mitsubishi has already thought big with its laser-based 65-inch LaserVue HDTV, but now it's going bigger with the new 3D-Ready DLP-based lines, which start at 60 inches and include two 82-inch sets—all featuring technology for watching compatible content in three dimensions. That content is pretty scarce (i.e., non-existent) for the moment outside of some 3D computer games, though the success of new 3D movies like Monsters vs. Aliens could spur movement on the home video front.

The 737 series ranges from 60 inches (the $1,499 WD-60737) up to 82 inches (the $4,199 WD-82737), with stops along the way at 65 inches (the $1,799 WD-65737) and 73 inches (the $2,499 WD-73737), while the 837 series comes in 65-inch (the $2,199 WD-65837), 73-inch (the $2,999 WD-73837), and 82-inch ($4,999) flavors. The biggest difference between the two lines are the 837's advanced video adjustments—whether that is worth a few hundred bucks more is yet to be determined. All will be available immediately.

For those more interested in technology that's useful today, Mitsubishi has also unveiled the new Unisen LCD lineup (pictured above), all of which come with a 16-speaker sound bar (including subwoofer) built into the bottom of the units that's capable of virtual 5.1 surround sound. The sets let you assist the speakers in providing optimal sound by manually entering the TV room's dimensions into the on-screen interface or using the calibration microphone. They also come with 120Hz refresh rates and are Energy Star 3.0 compliant.

Unisen spans three lines, comprising eight sets. The 151 series has 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch models, ranging in price from $1,799 to $2,599, while the 153 series offers similar sizes but for a couple hundred dollars more. The 249 Diamond line is even pricier, with the 46-inch priced at $2,799 and the 52 inch costing $3,299. Details as to how the three lines are different weren't made available, but you'll be able to find out more when the sets ship next month.

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