The Very Bottom Line on the HC7900DW projector
Love the color! Love the sharpness. I really did enjoy watching the HC7900DW as long as I didn't go too large an image. In 2D, no problem watching a 2.35:1 movie filling my full 124" diagonal 1.3 gain screen in my theater.
Black level performance of the HC7900 is definitely "ultra-high contrast", but it is more in line with the Panasonic (at the low end of the range) and well below the Epson and Sony which are the best in the under $3500 range. For most it's just fine. For us "serious" enthusiasts, it's acceptable, but "could defnitely be better." (I feel the same way about the Panasonic PT-AE8000.)
The overall brightess we've discussed isn't a problem, it simply sets limits on what type of room setup the HC7900DW should go in, and the number of folks who will find it a really good match for their viewing preferences and environment.
Overall, a very impressive projector. It's not the right one for my room, and my tastes (which include lots of sports with intentional ambient light present), but it might be a great projector for you, especially if movies are really your "focus".
I believe that there are enough other really good competing projectors out there - most of which are brighter, that you consumers have lots of choice. DLP fans in particular, though, should give this one a close look.
That said, the HC7900DW does have a lot going for it, and it will be a great choice for a good number of people, especially those demanding great color and sharpness. As a result, I "determined" that our Hot Product Award was the right one for the Mitsubishi HC7900DW projector, primarily because of the excellent handling of skin tones.