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Mitsubishi HC5500 1080p Home Projector Review: Image Quality-2

Posted on August 9, 2008 by Art Feierman

Black Level and Shadow Detail

Black Level Performance

Black level performance is pretty much what we have come to expect from most 1080p projectors in the under $4000 range. In fact most are pretty similar in this regard, with only the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, being rather significantly better than the HC5500 (and all of the others). Still, the black level performance is good enough, that it is "good enough", that other factors become equally important.

I like to start with space scenes, after all, there's nothing like the inky black of outer space, especially considering that it is computer generated.

Next, also from Space Cowboys is an image you can find in just about every review in the last year and a half. As you can see, this image, which is not overexposed, reveals a good star field and a very black back:

Here's a new image, from the DVD-HD calibration disc. Expect to see this image in all future reviews: This dark and bright scene is handled very nicely by the HC5500, with the shot below beling slightly overexposed, yet there are good blacks in many of the buildings. The image looked just great on the screen!

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