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Mitsubishi HC6800 - Review Summary

Posted on May 30, 2010 by Art Feierman

A summary of the Mitsubishi HC6800 projector's pros and cons and capabilities.

Mitsubishi HC6800 Projector - The Bottom Line

The Mitsubishi HC6800 home theater projector is definitely a refined projector, but not an overly high performance one. To clarify that, let's say that it makes an excellent choice for those looking for a home theater projector with good performance, but also with the right important amenities and abilities.

In other words, the HC6800 is nicely endowed, with power brakes and power steering - oops, I meant power zoom, power focus and power lens shift. it also excells in a couple of areas, notably, having an exceptionally sharp image for a 3LCD projector, and also for being one of the quietest home theater projectors around.

The HC6800 is, basically, really well behaved. And it also puts a fine image on the screen.

Where the Mitsubishi HC6800 projector comes up a bit short is in the area of contrast and black level performance. In this regard, it's a good, but not an "ultra-high contrast" projector. It's black level performance can be beat by a number of similarly priced projectors including the Epson 8500UB, BenQ W6000 and even the slightly less expensive Panasonic PT-AE4000 and Sanyo PLV-Z3000 - soon to be replaced by the PLV-Z4000 projector. The black level performance of the HC6800, as I have noted elsewhere in this review, is more in line with the less expensive Epson Home Cinema 8100, Mitsubishi's own low cost DLP, the HC3800, and the price comparable LG CF181D.

The Dark Knight, Blu-ray. This HC6800 image is a good example of a night time image with enough bright lights that the difference in black levels between the LG, and some projectors with better blacks, isn't going to be very noticeable, if at all.


HC6800 Brightness

After reading about the black level disadvantage above, don't despair. The HC6800, in best mode, is brighter than all the "ultra-high contrast" projectors I just mentioned, but for the BenQ W6000. And the only other brighter projector in "best" mode is the LG, which has nothing at all in way of a black level advantage over the Mitsubishi.

In brightest mode, however, the HC6800 is barely average, so while for movie watchin, it can fill a larger screen than most of the others around its price or less, you will need good lighting control for your HDTV and especially sports, since it can't match the brighter "brightest mode" projectors like the BenQ, the Epson and the LG.


Mitsubishi HC6800 Color Performance

Really nice, my only complaint being what I can only describe as a very slight "grayish" quality to skin tones. Folks, they look fine, I'm just trying to give you a term that might describe the HC6800's skin tones, compared to another projector. We're really quibbling here.

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