Posted on July 27, 2010
Long awaited, we get a long, close look at the Mitsubishi HC9000D – their first 1080p 3D capable home theater projector. That said, Mitsubishi sees the HC9000D as a 2D projector, first and foremost. I’ll start by saying it’s sure far brighter than the old HC7000, a really nice ultra high contrast projector, that we’ve liked.
Click to enlarge. SO close
The HC9000D is a larger projector, black shiny finish and sculpted lines. Only a few home theater projectors we’ve reviewed are this large. The new JVC’s come to mind, and also the Sony VPL-VW90ES. This HC9000D is large even by the standards of typical “larger” home projectors like last year’s JVCs and most others. Of course almost everyone buying an HC9000, will either ceiling mount it, or rear shelf mount it, so size isn’t that critical.
The HC9000D is well loaded with features. All lens functions are motorized, there’s support for an anamorphic lens. There’s a full CMS (color management system) for calibrating the projector, and of course, support for 3D.
Speaking of 3D, I have yet to see/review any 1080p home theater projector that really has enough brightness to not be somewhat dim with 3D content, on a typical 100″ diagonal 16:9 screen. We were unhappy with the JVC RS60, and also the brighter Sony VPL-VW90ES (about 30% brighter in 3D than the JVC). That’s despite the Sony having over 200 hours on the lamp when we measured, which could mean an extra 10% more brightness with a new lamp. We still found the Sony could use a good deal more. Personally, I found that I could consistently watch content at the Sony’s levels, but truly yearned for more brightness.
This Mitsubishi HC9000D projector is brighter than the Sony, but not dramatically so. After factoring in the extra couple hundred hours on the Sony’s lamp, when measured, the HC9000D likely still has a 10-20% brightness advantage compared to the Sony. The HC9000D, so far, is the brightest, serious, 3D capable 1080p projector that I’ve seen.
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