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Old 03-12-2005, 01:53 AM   #1  
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I'm in the market for a new HDTV, I have my eyes on the Mitsubishi WS-48515. Does anyone have any feedback on this TV? Good,bad..


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Old 03-14-2005, 11:10 AM   #2  
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I cant believe that nobody has one of these sets!!! Someone must know!!!


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Old 03-14-2005, 11:12 AM   #3  
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Ive got a two year old 55 " Mits and have had no problems. Sorry, I cant help more but wanted to respond.

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Old 03-14-2005, 04:28 PM   #4  
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It's a CRT based RPTV, 1080 interlaced, beware of screen burn.
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Old 03-16-2005, 12:08 PM   #5  
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Hey there,,,,
I just had my WS-48515 delivered last Friday.

The good news is .... the picture in incredible. At least as good as many DLP sets I have seen.
The subjective bad news is that it has too be one of the ugliest cabinets available.
The bad news is that in my setting the "protective shield" caused so much glare that it was nearly unwatchable.
The good news is that the screen is removable and after I removed it (not that easy) there was no glare at all.
The bad news is that the Net Command stuff is a bit complicated.
The good news is that yoou can figure is out without screwing anything up. I just used regular inputs.
The bad news is that is says to leave the remote set on TV which then requires you to use the ir emitters.
The good news is that you don't have to and the remote is in fact programmable via the little slide switch (look on the back for the codes.)
The bad news is that this TV suffers from the same off/on reset probs associated with other Mitsu sets.
The good news is that one reset usually corrects the problem and if you contact Mitsu customer relations they will send you the latest software upgrade (version 4.05).
The bad news is that my set suffered an alignment problem in the the vertical bars were asymetric, the viewing area was not centered on the widescreen.
The good news is that this is probably not a common occurence and another set probably wouldn't have the problem.
The bad news is that on the first contact regarding the bad news above the Mitsu tech told me that this was "OK" and that was just the way it is.
The good news is that on the second call the tech said it wasn't "normal" and that Mitsu would authorize a service visit under warrany to correct this problem.

To summarize, even with all the bad news I like this set. I repeat the picture is awesome.
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Old 03-16-2005, 02:51 PM   #6  
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Hey there,,,,
The good news is .... the picture in incredible. At least as good as many DLP sets I have seen.
Of course, your CRT set is interlaced & burnable & 30 fps while DLP is progressive & burn proof & 60 fps...
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Old 03-16-2005, 08:16 PM   #7  
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I don't have the technical knowledge to understand it all but I expect that what Mr Wizard said is quite correct and I will have to be careful about screen burn. In fact Mitsubishi recommends that you have watch vertical bars no more than 15% of the time. Perhaps that comment should go in the "bad news" category. Certainly this set is not leading edge technology and if I had a DLP sitting beside it in my house I might find the picture on the DLP better. That being said, I also didn't have to pay for leading edge technology and to my eyes the picture is just fine. Let's hope I don't regret my choice later with screen burn problems.

Hmmmmm ,,,, SPF 30 on the ,,,,,,,, naw ,, probably not
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:05 AM   #8  
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Yes it does happen, especially if you watch CNN with the news bar at the bottom of the screen but most crt rp tv's have pixel shift to help prevent burn in. Bottom line , don't leave a static image on your screen for more than a half hour or so. I have had my sony crt rp tv for 4 yrs w/o any problems and static images are paused on my screen all the time. But beware it does happen. Just ask my friend who works from home and watches CNN all day long. He has a nice burned in bar at the bottom of his screen.
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Hmmmmm ,,,, SPF 30 on the ,,,,,,,, naw ,, probably not
hahahaha

Unfortunately, you'd need to put it on the INSIDE of the screen!
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Old 03-17-2005, 08:34 PM   #10  
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OK here's a bit more info about the Mitsu 48515 and burn in.
When I first set up my set the picture was centered. After a few days it was no longer centered between the vertical bars, either the black bars or the grey bars. Not knowing any better I became concerned about this. After calling Mitsu a couple of times and being called back a couple of times I was finally put in touch with a local service tech who seemed to know what he was talking about and he explained the phenomenon to me. It seems that this asymmetry is a function of the TV itself. The TV set actually shifts the picture every so often (like a few days) so that the bars are frequently "resized." Not only will it change the position of the picture it changes it proportionally. By that I mean that it may shift it for example an inch to the left one time and only a half next time. The purpose of this is pretty obvious. I was also informed that the Mitsu manuals used to make reference to this "feature." I sure wish they had included it in mine. It would have saved me a good deal of consternation. As it is I'm starting to save up money for when the screen has to be replaced. Does anyone have an idea of how much that costs?

Oh, for those who might be interested, I installed my version 4.05 software upgrade today. Nuthin to it. When I contacted Mitsu about it they shipped it next day UPS !!!! (can you believe that) I don't really see any difference in performance yet, we'll see.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:17 PM   #11  
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It does not burn the screen it burns the CRT guns. They will run up to $500 each to replace. The low end would probably be about $250 each. You have three.
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