Posted on August 26, 2008 Art Feierman
The Mitsubishi HC1600 home theater projector replaces the highly popular HC1500 projector. The two are very similar overall, both in physical design, and in overall performance. Interestingly, Mitsubishi seems to have made some improvements, but also some compromises, relative to the older projector. Notably, the real compromise is that the HC1600 has a slower spinning color wheel than the HC1500.
This shouldn’t matter for most folks, but for the small percentage of people who are sensitive to the rainbow effect, with the slower color wheel, rainbows will be a bit more noticeable, and it may make the rainbow effect visible to some, who never had the issue with the older home theater projector.
In exchange, the newer HC1600 projector is a bit brighter, although not dramatically so. For some, though it fits into the concept, of “every bit helps.”
The Mitsubishi HC1600 is a true “entry level” projector – one of a small handful of home projectors that sells for under $1000. Once a basic calibration is done, the HC1600 produces a competent image with good color accuracy, and pleasing colors, including skin tones.
Also of note, it has a standard computer input, and has enough lumens to double as an entry level, portable business projector.
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