Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

Color Temp over IRE Range, Best Mode

30 IRE 6551
50 IRE 6634
80 IRE 6576
100 IRE 6582

Before we provide our settings, lets see what we started out with: Pre calibration, these are the color temperatures over the grayscale range.

 

Lumen Output and Color Temp for various Picture modes at 100 IRE

Cinema 486 @ 6897
Video 486 @ 6662
3D 804 @ 7556
Game 804 @ 7564
A/V Memory 1, 2 or 3 476 @ 6602
ISF Day 761 @ 7458
ISF Night 444 @ 6628

The Mitsubishi does impress, right out of the box.  Grayscale is more accurate than the HC7900DW’s right out of the box.

Mitsubishi HC8000D Basic Settings

In addition to calibrating Red Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment.

Cinema Video 3D Video Game
Contrast (0) 0 0 0 0 0
Brightness (0) 2 2 2 2 2
Color (0) 0 0 0 0 0
Tint (0) 0 0 0 0 0
Color Temp (Medium) (Medium) (Medium) (Medium) (Medium)
Gamma (Cinema) (2.1 Video) (3D) (3D) (Cinema)
Iris 1= Auto 1 all modes
Iris 2 (High Contrast) (High Contrast) (High Bright) (High Bright) (High Contrast)
Brilliant Color (Off) (Off) (On) (On) (Off)

Mike’s Notes: Grayscale Calibration

The HC8000 calibrated extremely well, doing much better than the HC7900 recently reviewed.  It’s slightly less bright than the HC7900 and like that projector, turning Brilliant Color on increases lumen output, to the detriment of grayscale.  If you look at the grayscale chart, you’ll see near perfect grayscale tracking, with Delta E under 1.0 throughout the entire measured IRE range, with an average of 0.5.  This is one of the best results I’ve seen on a projector to date.

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