Mitsubishi Ultra Thin Frame Premium Flat Panel TV with Integrated Sound Projector
Mitsubishi has a new range of flat panel TVs known as the Mitsubishi Ultra Thin Frame Premium Flat Panel TV with Integrated Sound Projector. Well, it certainly sounds like a mouthful, but good thing it provides an earful as well, featuring integrated sound capabilities that will transform the home entertainment experience with innovative sound technology by offering consumers a built-in home theater TV solution without the need and hassle to install extra speakers or additional wires. Best of all is, this system can be controlled via a solitary remote control, and you won’t suffer from the lack of viewable real estate either with 46″ and 52″ panels to choose from.
The integrated sound projector (iSP) reproduces true 5.1 surround sound from a single speaker cabinet attached below the TV screen. The speaker enclosure houses a 16-speaker array that creates a 5.1 channel sound field. Through the use of an advanced algorithm, the iSP delays the sound varying intervals to each of the 16 speakers. As a result, the speaker generates 5.1 distinct sound beams that are focused both directly and indirectly to the listener.
I’ve always been rather skeptical on how manufacturers claim that simulated environments are just as good as the real thing – I am a strong advocate that substitutes just aren’t up to par with the original. I suppose this Mitsubishi TV does a pretty decent job with its integrated sound projector, but will it work better in a small room or a large hall? I think the answer lies in the former, since sound has less distance to travel before it bounces off the walls to create that surround sound effect, whereas a large hall would sound pretty weak. It is like one of those virtual 5.1 earphones that are better off doing stereo sound IMHO. You can pick up the 46″ LT-46149 and 52″ LT-52149 this July for $3,299 and $3,699, respectively.