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Mitsubishi HC6000 Projector Review

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For some time now, the Mitsubishi HC6000 Projector has been an optimum device for home theater standards due to its Silicon Optix Reon video processor and of course its assortment of features. This stealthy, appealing, black projector is not only quiet when running but has control buttons on the top surface, with two HDMI 1.3 jacks on the back, a component-video input, a VGA port, RS-232 input and a 12-volt output. For switching aspect ratios during standard-def programs, there are options such as 4:3, 16:9, Zoom 1 or 2, or Stretch. However, during high-def 720p and 1080i/p, choices are from 16:9 and a 2.35:1 mode. For other settings, there is an Image setup menu which allows for display below-black (0 IRE) and above-white signals.

According to the reviewer, “Like any sophisticated front projector, the HC6000 is stocked with plentiful settings to tweak its picture. Of its three color-temperature presets, the Mid (medium) mode delivered the most accurate color. Auto Iris functions typically create deeper-looking blacks on front projectors, but they can also rob the picture of punch by reducing the brightness of white highlights.” With both an HD DVD of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and a Blu-ray Disc of Pan’s Labyrinth, there was a great amount of detail. As stated, “The HC6000′s standout Auto Iris mode delivers consistently punchy-looking, filmlike pictures without the compromises usually associated with that feature. And it’s also dead quiet — a big plus if you use it in a small- to medium-size room.” For out of the box temperature and color reproduction, “Tracking measured 180 K of the 6,500-K standard from 20 to 100 IRE.

Adjustments made to the red, green, and blue brightness and contrast controls in the User Color Temperature submenu helped to improve gray- scale tracking, which afterward measured an impressive 123 K from 20 to 100 IRE.” The verdict on this projector is that for the price of around $3,995 it presents quite the bargain with crisp 1080p picture, strong blacks, and adjustment options.

[via Sound and Vision Magazine]

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