Posted on October 25, 2006
Of the half dozen newly announced “affordable” 1080p projectors (under $10,000 list price), this is the least expensive, and the first one in to us for review. As a result, we can’t reasonably compare the HC5000BL (link to specs) against our experiences with other competing 1080p projectors. Still, the performance for overall image quality, out of the box color accuracy, black levels, shadow detail, features, etc., are well known from lower resolution 720p projectors. The higher resolution of the HC5000BL is a given. We therefore expect this $4495 projector to perform competitively with lower cost, lower resolution home theater projectors, in the areas mentioned above. Like all the other affordable 1080p projectors announced at CEDIA, the Mitsubishi HC5000BL is not exceptionally bright, but would be rather average compared to most 720p projectors, and no match in brightness for “light cannons”, like the new 720p Panasonic PT-AX100U or Epson Cinema series projectors. This Mitsubishi, like the 720p projectors just mentioned, are all LCD driven, not DLP.
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