LCD TVs are getting major makeovers these days, with new features and styling that are sure to attract even more buyers. Aside from the increasingly common 120Hz operation, the cabinets are getting smaller in order to emphasize the picture itself. Mitsubishi’s latest line, including the LT-46144, exemplifies this trend with some of the thinnest bezels on the market, which allows larger screens to fit in smaller spaces than ever before.
(Kingdom of Heaven)
|Good; snowflakes in opening scene clear.||Good; blue sea and sky at Messina very nice, skin tones natural, green foliage a bit exaggerated.||Pretty good; letterbox bars unobtrusive, opening black background nice and deep.||So-so; some detail lost in opening dusk scene and darkened castle interiors.||Smooth motion; overall, picture a bit too contrasty.|
(Star Wars IV)
|Spaceship exterior hulls well-defined.||White interior of Princess Leia’s ship excellent, skin tones a bit ruddy.||Black of space reasonably deep, letterbox bars unobtrusive.||Mediocre; detail lost in interior of Jawa transport.||Slight shimmering as opening backstory fades into distance.|
|Superb; blades of grass clear, texture of ground sharp.||Brown bison, blue sky excellent, green foliage slightly exaggerated, skin tones slightly ruddy.||No opportunity to test.||So-so in darkened lab, some detail lost.||No problems noted.|
|A bit softer than I’ve seen on other TVs.||Skin tones slightly ruddy, not bad overall.||No opportunity to test.||No opportunity to test.||No problems noted.|
The LT-46144’s slim bezel cuts a dashing figure, and the picture quality is quite good overall, especially in terms of color and blacks. Detail is generally good, but not quite as sharp as it could be if the set had 1:1 pixel mapping. Shadow detail is only so-so, and the audio is among the worst I’ve heard from a TV. Even so, this set is a worthy contender in the LCD sweepstakes, so give it a long look.