Mitsubishi Adds Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Soundbar And More To New HDTV Line

When you think of HDTVs, you probably think of names like Sony, Vizio, Toshiba or Sharp. Maybe even LG. But Mitsubishi? It's true, they make televisions, and some pretty high-end ones at that. The company hasn't really had a super high profile TV since the LaserVue set a few years ago, though that one didn't exactly take off due to the prohibitive MSRP. Aiming to hit a sweeter pricing spot, the company has introduced their third-generation Unisen Immersive Sound LED TVs, which do a lot more than just show content coming from your cable box.

This new line is centered around a 55" LED TV (sizes from 40" to 55" are available) with a 1080p panel, but what makes them stand out from the rest is the massive soundbar that's built into the bottom. All told, there are 16 total speakers that reproduce 5.1 channel surround sound, so buyers of this wouldn't need to invest in a separate sound system. The other big new feature is StreamTV, which does what it sounds like it would. This TV is Web-compatible, so when you plug in an Ethernet cable to get it online, StreamTV allows viewers to see all sorts of online content from Vudu, Pandora, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, Associated Press, The New York Times, etc.

If you don't have a hard wired connection nearby, the built-in Wi-Fi will take care of that for you. There's even Bluetooth streaming, which is very rare to find integrated on a TV. This allows users to send audio from their iPod Touch, cellphone or other device right to the television. And really, this is all just the tip of the iceberg; the company's other lines offer somewhat less features with a lower MSRP, all of which is detailed just below.

Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America Announces Its 2010 Unisen Immersive Sound TVs

New Edge-Lit LED Line-Up Includes Wireless Streaming Internet Media and New 55-Inch Screen Size

IRVINE, Calif. --(Business Wire)-- Apr 08, 2010 Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America, Inc. today unveiled the third generation of its one-of-a-kind Unisen™ Immersive Sound LED TVs. The 2010 line is packed with significant, new features and supplants last year's 52-inch models with a slim, impressive 55-inch screen size. Each new premium LED TV delivers the optimal blend of superior picture performance with unparalleled immersive sound technology, providing viewers with a complete sensory experience. Unisen will allow consumers to enjoy concert quality sound in their homes without the clutter of separate home theater components. The Unisen Immersive Sound LED TV 2010 line-up will feature screen sizes ranging from 40 to 55 inches.

"Our unique brand of Unisen Immersive Sound LED TVs fill a significant void in the marketplace, by providing consumers with an efficient, streamlined home entertainment experience," said Max Wasinger, executive vice president of sales and marketing, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. "Unisen continues to stand out in the endless sea of flat panel TVs, by uniting beautiful LED edge-lit imagery with fully integrated, multi-speaker immersive sound technology."

Key features for 2010

* Edge-lit LED: This cutting-edge backlighting technology bends and diffuses light for a sharper, brighter image. An added bonus: The arrangement of the LEDs along the edge of the screen makes an ultra-thin profile possible. LED-lit TVs are also more energy efficient than conventional CCFL backlit LCD TVs.
* Immersive Sound Technology features 16 intelligent speakers that direct perfectly balanced audio waves beside and behind the user to reproduce 5.1 surround sound and create an unparalleled entertainment experience. Through the use of an advanced algorithm, the sound technology delays the sound beams and projects them independently from the 16 speakers at varying intervals, to create fully immersive surround sound.
* StreamTV™ gives viewers instant access to an extensive library of high-quality entertainment and social media content. Grab your Unisen remote and choose from over 100 different streaming applications, including Vudu movies, Pandora, Flickr, Picasa, Facebook, Twitter, Associated Press, The New York Times and more.
* Integrated Wireless Internet allows for seamless connectivity to your wireless home network, to stream your favorite movies and music from the internet to your Unisen Immersive Sound LED TV.
* Bluetooth Audio Streaming lets you wirelessly stream audio from any Bluetooth® A2DP device (such as an iTouch/iPhone or Blackberry) to your Unisen TV. Now you can listen to your favorite music through Unisen's Immersive Sound Technology, and still take your playlist with you wherever you go.

All 154, 164 and Diamond 265 series Unisen Immersive Sound LED TV models for 2010 include Edge-Lit LED Backlight, Multi-Speaker Immersive Sound Technology with Variable Subwoofer Output and Center Channel Mode, StreamTV™ Internet Media, new Thin Depth Design, True120Hz, Energy Star™ 4.0 Qualified, Clear Contrast Panel, Plush 1080p® 5G 12-bit Digital Video Processing, 6-Color Processor™, 4 HDMI™, Deep Color™ and x.v.Color™, Easy Connect™, USB Media Input, and Detachable IEC Power Cord.

The MDEA 164 series is available in 40, 46 and new 55-inch screen sizes, and in addition to the features above, includes 16-Speaker Immersive Sound Technology, Built-in Wireless Internet, Bluetooth A2DP Audio Streaming, EdgeEnhance™, DeepField Imager™ and Advanced Video Calibration.

The MDEA Diamond 265 series is available in 46 and new 55-inch screen sizes. In addition to all features within the 154 and 164 series, each Diamond model includes 18-Speaker Immersive Sound Technology, True240Hz, new Thin Depth Design with Blue Light Accent, Plush1080p® 5G 18-Bit Digital Video Processing, iPhone Remote Control App, Audio Calibration Microphone, Perfect Color™, PerfectTint™, ISFccc® Advanced Video Adjustments, NetCommand, and Wired IR input.

"It's true that, for 2010, we're taking sound and picture quality to a higher level, but the core strength of the Unisen Immersive Sound LED TV line remains the same," says Frank DeMartin, vice president of marketing, Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. "We're giving consumers the television experience of an ultra high-end home theater system, seamlessly integrated into a sleek flat panel package you can only get from Mitsubishi."

Availability and Suggested Retail Pricing

154 Series
LT-55154 - $2,499.00

164 Series
LT-40164 - $1,699.00 LT-46164 - $2,099.00 LT-55164 - $2,699.00

265 Series
LT-46265 - $2,499.00 LT-55265 - $3,199.00

Via:  Mitsubishi
la_guy_10 4 years ago

Neat features again though I would stay with Samsung, Sony, Vizio, Sharp. Something about a automobile company making a valuable piece of electronic equipment I will use everyday does not not sit well with me. Although my grandmother bought one of the first projection screens waaaaay back when and it was a Mitsubishi and worked ok, now that I think of it they may have been one of the first to market with the flat panel projection TV's if not the 1st they were one of the first.

kid007 4 years ago

they are more than an automotive company, do your research... and yes they were the first one that came with flat panel projection...

Mitsubishi is a very respectable brand in countries outside the U.S. same as DAIWA and other brands out there...

la_guy_10 4 years ago

@ kid007 simmer down killer, I understand they make alot of other products actually I was well aware they started as a ship company similar to Hyundai. They are known here in america though for their automobiles actually the eclipse the be specific. Anyhow, I stand by my statement something about a company who did not cut their teeth in electronics is unsettling to me. You have a good day :)

lifeasjosh 4 years ago

Personally, i think having a tv in the living room that said Mitsubishi on its label would be an interesting conversation starter...."So, i see you have a Mitsubishi tv, a? Yep, 0-60 in about 3.2 clicks." Hopefully they will come out with an intercooler upgrade for the backlight, add some kick to the power button when you turn it on.

inspector 4 years ago

LOL if that was a joke i got it Big Smile.

So what will the wifi do?

Marius Malek 4 years ago

- "This new line is centered around a 55" LED TV (sizes from 40" to 55"are available) with a 1080p panel, but what makes them stand out fromthe rest is the massive soundbar that's built into the bottom. Alltold, there are 16 total speakers that reproduce 5.1 channel surroundsound, so buyers of this wouldn't need to invest in a separate soundsystem." 

Whoa whoa whoa. You can't get 5.1 out of a single outsource from the TV can you? That's 2.1 at best if it supports the lower end of the audio spectrum. But still, those 16 speakers will deliver some high quality sound, depending on what type they are of course. I can see that as having an advantage over other TV's with their puny systems. 

What I would like to see, are TV's that have integrated 5.1-7.1...hell even 9.1 upgrade capabilities. You wouldn't have to buy a separate receiver for your surround sound system, just maybe a DVD or BluRay player to play your movies or what have you. All you'd need are quality speakers that integrate into your TV. Sure, you are technically buying the receiver with your TV, but imagine it as a bundle package...without the extra need for a shelf. 

greyad 4 years ago

nice looking tv..i wished i had a wifi in my tv too..i have sony 46inch z series and that thing is literally useless without the add on box which cost another 150 dollars...

RyuGTX 4 years ago

I would love to hear this new sound bar myself. If this works well, that will be a great improvement as sound bars in the past have been below average. I wonder if there are ways to configure it based on common room shapes and configurations. Or maybe it doesn't even matter?

animatortom 4 years ago

All these little trick features just to jack up the price back to what the high end was before the recession.

I had a 60" Mitsubishi, and it served me very well over close to twelve years. They are great when it comes to their imagining technology. their projectors get some of the highest marks. The WiFi is a cool addition, and it should save you an extra router, one specifically for the tube.

They also happen to be very good at getting people to shill out the big bucks then a year latter introduce something twice as cool. This is where my argument of make it right the firs time comes into play. If they are going to start integrating all these things into our new TVs, then include four free pairs of 3D glasses and the system, along with all this other stuff. Why make us think this is cool. When we will only get this home and see a commercial for 3D and say hey Wait a Minute!

I know I am going to wait until they actually get it right. Although I am ultimately going with a projector!

unknownD3VIL 4 years ago

lol will these be available in my Mitsubishi car?

Zerox 4 years ago

Mitsubishi Makes great TV's. Some of the best. This TV is by far the best sounding TV on the market. It actually does reproduce 5.1 Dolby. How it works is you put a Microphone at your listening position it sends out test tones so the rear channels come from the rear. The rear sound is bouncing off the walls to land at your listening position from the rear. Plus it has a sub woofer out for your .1 channel. If you go buy a decent ($500) sub woofer and pair it with this tv you will get a better sounding solution than any HTIAB. Mitsubishi is the only manufacturer still producing DLP's.

CLavalley 3 years ago

Ok let me start off by saying hold your negative comments if u do not own this TV. I bought this exact model and it was worth more than what I paid. I have owned Toshiba's, Sony, vizio and none compare. The sound is 5.1 not 2.1 like the know it all suggested. The clarity in sound and picture is outstanding. Over all I give this TV an A+++ and highly recommend it to any and all for gaming music and movies Also great for sports

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