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Mitsubishi HC6000 3LCD Video Projector Print E-mail
Tuesday, 01 July 2008
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Mitsubishi HC6000 3LCD Video Projector
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The Downside
Overall, the HC6000 is an impressive front projector for a sub-$4,000 machine. However, like everything in consumer electronics, there are some negatives. The blacks on the HC6000 could still use some improvement, even though they are significantly better than those on Mitsubishi’s previous HC5000. The fact of the matter is that the black-level performance is still not as good as the best LCD and DLP-based front projectors. As is the case with most projectors sold for under about $15,000, the HC6000’s overall color fidelity is marred by its inaccurate primary and secondary colors. Green is particularly far off from the HDTV specification and, as such, renders natural objects like grass much too punchy and lime-hued.

Mitsubishi’s HC6000 is a big step up from last year’s HC5000 as far as performance and features are concerned. Video processing is significantly improved over last year’s model, with Silicon Optix’s Reon-VX HQV processing. The most significant picture advancement in performance comes with the incrementally improved black-level performance, which significantly boosts the contrast ratio. This gives images produced by the 6000 much more snap and pop than last year’s HC5000, which was particularly disappointing in black-level performance. The new 6000 may not be quite as good as the best LCoS projectors in this regard, like the JVC RS-2, but blacks are good enough for most material. It also delivers on its 1080p-resolution promise for the most part, with good video processing courtesy of Silicon Optix. The lens for an inexpensive projector is also pretty good, which means you will actually see most of that resolution. It offers an extensive feature package, the most impressive being the electronic motorized zoom, focus, horizontal and vertical lens shift features usually only found on much more expensive projectors. My two biggest complaints are the inaccuracy of the primary and secondary colors and the less than perfect blacks. The best direct competitor in terms of price, features and specifications would be the Sony VPL-VW60. I would give the edge to the Mitsubishi in terms of overall performance, because of its better lens and video processing. It is also a really good value when compared to the Sony, which lists for $1,000 more.

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