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Sunday, 01 July 2007
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Mitsubishi HC5000 LCD Video Projector
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The Downside
Blacks and shadow detail are the Mitsubishi HC5000’s biggest weaknesses. I wouldn’t make such a big deal of this if it weren’t for the fact that the competition, both at the same price point and below it, is better than the HC5000. A simple change adding more flexibility to the fixed Iris settings would go a long way to solving this problem. I would also like to see at least one more HDMI input on the projector. This would add flexibility, given the fact that the component inputs are flawed by a loss of resolution with HD sources, and that the industry as a whole is moving toward HDMI as the standard format for connectivity.

Mitsubishi’s HC5000 leaves a bit to be desired in overall performance when compared to many other 1080p projectors in the $4,000 to $5,000 price range. When you consider the fact that contrast ratio is the most important element of the picture to the human eye, and that black level performance is directly related to contrast ratio, you then see why the HC5000’s lack of truly compelling blacks is a problem. One of the main competitors to the HC5000 is Sony's VPL-VW50, a.k.a. the Pearl. The 5000 definitely produces sharper, more well-defined pictures than the Sony, but the Sony beats it in the areas of black level and shadow detail. My reference projector, the Samsung SP-H710AE 720p one-chip DLP projector at about $3,000, handily outperforms the HC5000 in all areas of picture performance and is less expensive.

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