Bigger is Smaller

Here’s a conundrum for you: how can the continued miniaturization of electronics play a role in the HDTV market where consumers are looking to buy ever larger displays? Well, Electronic House just named the Mitsubishi LT-46144 LCD HDTV as a 2007 Product of the Year. What’s so special about this 46″ 1080p LCD model? It has a frame around the screen that is less than one inch wide, which makes it possible for this model to fit in the same physical space as many competing 42″ models. According to Mitsubishi, you get almost 130 square inches of extra viewable screen space.

The LT-46144 has all the other latest features you’d expect: three HDMI 1.3 inputs, 120 Hz refresh rate, and widere color gamut. The company will be showing the set at CEDIA in Denver in September (and I’ll be there to tell you how it looks).

Of course, if you want a thin bezel around your HDTV screen, you can’t beat rear projection. Most plasmas and LCD HDTVs are at least as wide as their screen’s diagonal dimension (even without side-mounted speakers); the LT-46144 blows this rule of thumb away at just 42.3 inches wide. But the narrow bezel on the Samsung HL-T5087S 50″ DLP rear projection model helps it come in at just 45.1 inches wide. That’s less than three more inches in width for four more inches of diagonal image (which translates to a lot more increased screen size than the difference between 42″ and 46″ models.)

This fall, we can expect to see rear projection bezels dwindle to almost nothing, especially with the new Laser TV models that are anticipated in time for the holiday buying season.

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