Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC3000 Projector Review – Warranty

The bottom line, is that the HC3000 does need some adjusting to maximize the picture and your viewing enjoyment. You have several options, of course, starting with a professional calibration, however, short of “dropping the big bucks”, you could simply input the settings I have reported here, and see how they work out for you. Better still, get yourself a calibration disk designed for end users, such as the AVIA disk, which dealers sell for less than $50. That (and other competing disks) will let you set brightness, contrast and adjust for best gray levels. Most of these disks are very user friendly. The AVIA disk for example has a very good tutorial, it focuses more on getting the job done, than trying to explain the technology. Almost anyone who can use a remote control, should have the wits to go through the tutorial and then calibrate their projector. I estimate that it shouldn’t take more than 1 hour on your first try. Once you have the hang of it, you can probably complete the process in 20 – 25 minutes. Rocket science made easy!

Image Noise

I have a new toy, I recently started using the Silicon Optics HQV disk to look how projectors compare on jaggies, motion artifacts, and noise. The noise levels were very good and passed the test. Only on some motion artifacts on one test, was the projector a bit slow in correcting. The HC3000 does have an (image) noise filter, and the general background noise, is essentially invisible at normal viewing distances. You probably can see the noise when looking for it, but you aren’t likely to notice while enjoying content. (Unless, of course, you are one of those people who spends more time analysing the image, than watching the content).

So, overall, image noise is not a problem, and the HC3000 should be better at handling it than the average DLP projector. (LCD projectors seem to have less image noise, but have other issues instead, such as vertical banding – which personally, I find to be more serious if visible.

Time to move on – a quick word about the warranty, then on to the Summary, pros and cons.

Mitsubishi HC3000 Projector Review - Warranty

Mitsubishi provides a 2 year parts and labor warranty (US) on the HC3000 (link to specs). This is pretty typical of projectors in this price range.

Consider: The Optoma HD72 also offers a 2 year warranty, the InFocus IN76 has a one year warranty, the Sony HS-51A has two years, the BenQ PE-7700 has a three year warranty with first year replacement program, the Epson Cinema 550 has 2 years with a 2 year replacement program, and the significantly less expensive Panasonic PT-AE900u a one year warranty. The Sanyo Z4 also far less expensive, has a three year warranty, as does Optoma’s slightly more expensive Darkchip3 HD7100.

So, overall, the Mitsubishi HC3000 warranty fits right smack in the middle of the pack.