Mitsubishi HC8000D Home Theater Projector Review

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Mitsubishi HC8000D Projector: Pros

  • Excellent overall color, and especially skin tones
  • Very good dark shadow detail (but not “best in class”)
  • Very good black level performance in the midst of serious competition
  • Zoom lens for good placement flexibility
  • No problem with any 720p or 1080i/p content from any DirecTV 3D channel, or Blu-Ray 3D
  • Optional 3D glasses and emitter provide plenty of range for 3D
  • You can use Mitsubishi’s proprietary 3D glasses which are brighter, or use the typical universal glasses out there
  • Good looking CFI (for smooth motion)
  • Lamp Life is excellent (rated 5000 hours) in Eco Mode
  • Low maintenance – no filters to change
  • Lamp can be replaced without unmounting the projector
  • Dynamic iris very smooth
  • Better than average documentation
  • Excellent warranty: 3 years parts and labor
  • A smaller projector, fits nicely in smaller rooms

Mitsubishi HC8000D Projector: Cons

  • A just below average of 486 calibrated measured lumens in “best” mode, is enough for medium sized screens
  • Could be a lot brighter in “brightest modes”, still less than 1000 lumens
  • Actual “brightest” measured mode – is unwatchable (but others come close) we really don’t care about any mode if High Brightness color temp is selected.
  • Lamp life is well below average if you run at full power for the most brightness (2000 hours)
  • Fair amount of audible noise at full power, but many other good projectors are louder (including most other DLPs)
  • 3D glasses and are optional (just a reminder) and the bright (proprietary ones) are expensive at $199 each
  • 2D-3D conversion is good, but still enough issues to want better before most will use it for 2D movie or sports content
  • Remote is dated, backlight dim, buttons soft
  • Definitely could use additional user memory positions

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