Mitsubishi WT-42313 for a grand...any negatives?

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  1. Steve Stogel

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    Unless there's something huge I'm not taking into account, I think I'll be picking up a 42313 here in the not too distant future. It meets several requirements for me, one of the most important is that it's less than 40" tall. That's how tall my current 32" tv is on its stand. My center channel is on top of the TV, and I use a Sony 1251 CRT PJ on the wall (so need to build a screen) just above the speaker. So I can't go any higher with my TV. The 42313 is only 34" high or so, so I could actually lower my PJ'd image about 6". That would be a nice benefit.

    So the question is is there any reason not to jump on this set for $999 brand new? It meets my height requirement, has a large, flat top (which is perfect for my center channel...unlike the Hitachi, I think it was), and I've always liked the Mitsubishi HD sets (remembering all the way back to that first 46" HDTV I saw of theirs some 6+ years ago.

    HOWEVER, I haven't shopped TVs in a long time, and even though the 42313 seems to have garnered at least respectable reviews here, I just wanted to check to see if there was something I was missing before I plopped down a grand. I know having a Table Top TV on the ground is far from ideal, but my only HT room is my living room, so I needed it to be below 40" and I wanted a bigger and better picture (my present TV is a 32" Phillips that's got to be 8 years old...all I wanted to make sure it had was S-video back then). So a 42" HDTV will be a nice upgrade for my non-PJ viewing.

    Have I missed anything, or should I just shut up and go get the TV?

    Steve
     
  2. John S

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    Sounds like a good deal to me....
     
  3. Tom#B

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    From simply the cost perspective, that seems to be a very good price from what I've seen. I can't speak to the quality of that set - other than to say that a friend of mine bought the 55" version of that model and he loves it.
    Do you mind me asking where you're getting that price?
     
  4. Steve Stogel

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    Well, there's a couple of yes votes, I suppose.

    I hope it doesn't break any forum rules (and I don't think it does), but that's what The Home Theater Store is selling this set for. They were selling last year's model (the one without DVI) for 999, but they're out of those, so now they're selling the 42313 for 999.
    I know Conn's had it for $1,200 and will price match +15% of the difference, so I could actually save $30, but I spoke to the salesman at HTS for quite a while a few weeks ago, he was a straight shooter, and I'm not going to give some Conn's sales guy a commission when it was the HTS guy that spent 45 minutes to an hour with me (checking out FP DLPs actually) and not pressuring me to buy anything. I'll eat the $30 and send the commission (and the sale) where it should go.

    Now, if I was someone who didn't spend that time (i.e., anyone else) with the salesman, I'd be inclined to buy it from Conn's, get the price match, and save the $30.

    Steve

    BTW, I'm pretty sure all the HTSs are doing it, and I hope they don't get screwed over for me pointing it out, hence the use of the "spoilers." Plus I've never been able to use the spoiler thingy before :^)
     
  5. steve lucchetti

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    I purchased the 42313 for $1600. If you could get it for less, I would grab it. I've had the set for a few weeks and it's nice, although I am waiting to have it prof. calibrated to improve picture quality.
     
  6. Steve Stogel

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    Well, I just brought home my wt-42313. Man is this thing light. 110 lbs, I believe. It is not, however, as shallow as you would think for a 42" RPTV (I believe it's 25", which seems to be pretty close to the norm for lots of 50" and up RPTVs).

    Haven't done a lot to it tonight, but I had to play with the convergence and settings. Pulled my Cyberhome P-scan DVD player out of my bedroom (the only one in the house that does 480p) and hooked it up. Very, very nice picture considering I haven't even VE'd it yet.

    Does anyone who owns this set have any setup tips? I suppose I could read the manual (and I guess I will [​IMG] ), but I'm talking about something you may have learned from experience or just the best overall tips that jump to the forefront of your mind. Thanks for any help, and thanks for convincing me to spend the 999 for this thing. I just can't imagine doing any better for $1,000.

    I remember when that first 46" Mitsu came out for, what, 3500+? That was the set I wanted, and now I have a very comparable one with DVI for 1/3 of the price. Of course, I waited 5-6 years to buy an HD RPTV, but I did get my Sony 1251 a couple of years ago to satisfy me in the meantime. Now I just need to order that Momitsu and get my HD receiver from Dish Network. Woo-hoo!!!

    Steve
     

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