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Mitsubishi HC9000D Projector Calibration and Settings

Posted on July 24, 2011 by Art Feierman

Once again, we adjust the general controls and perform a grayscale calibration. As is normal, we do not do a full individual color CMS calibration. We leave that for your calibrator. If you aren't into calibrating your HC9000D - either yourself (hobbyist), or hiring, then we strongly recommend you try plugging in our settings, and seeing if you like them better than the defaults.

Mitsubishi HC9000D Color Temperature

Out of the Box Measurements:Lumen Output and Color Temp for each Picture Mode, at 100 IRE:
Dynamic 865 @ 7866
Cinema 687 @ 6452
Video 750 @ 7429
3D 813 @ 9263
User 1, 2 or 3 700 @ 6607
Color Temp over IRE Range, Best Mode (Cinema):
30 IRE 6686
50 IRE 6757
80 IRE 6591
100 IRE 6452
 Impressive numbers for right out of the box!    

Mitsubishi HC9000D Basic Settings

In addition to calibrating Red, Green and Blue for a correct grayscale balance (6500K), there are a number of other settings that come into play. Typically Contrast and Brightness (white balance and black balance), need to be done first. Color saturation and gamma also need adjustment.

Settings for measurements (default values are in parenthesis):All other settings at default.
Dynamic Cinema Video 3D User 1, 2, 3
Contrast (0) -5 -2 -1 -5 0
Brightness (3) 8
(0) 2
(0) 2
(3) 7
(0) 1
Color 0 0 0 -20 (0) -8
Tint (0) 0 0 0 0
Color Temp 9300K 6500K 7500K 9300K 6500K
Gamma -2
(2.1 Video) (3D) (2.1 Video)
Cinema Filter
(Movie) (Movie)

Mitsubishi HC9000D Post Calibration Grayscale: User 3 (based on Cinema)

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration):
20 IRE 6687
30 IRE 6532
40 IRE 6564
50 IRE 6672
60 IRE 6690
70 IRE 6552
80 IRE 6493
90 IRE 6412
100 IRE 6368
Average gamma 2.23
Lumens at 100 IRE 701 @ 6482
Average Gamma 2.16

The HC9000D has a very large color gamut. As I understand it, the projector lacks all the tools for Mike to reduce that to match standards. The unintended result is that the image inherently tends to look a bit oversaturated. A reduction of the color (saturation), helps nicely, but is more dealing with the symptons, than addressing the cause. Still, the end result is what you get on the screen, and the HC9000D looks real good.

Mike Notes:  As there is only one User color temp, you can only calibrate one mode.  All RGB settings are carried over to all modes.  The projector has a JVC RS1-like color gamut, everything (especially green is oversaturated). 

I did a quick check of the color management and it appeared to affect secondary colors while adjusting primary colors, making it difficult to use.  Measurements showed that the Color control should be turned down to -14, but the picture seemed a bit washed out at that setting, so I switched it to -8.  Dynamic mode with the High Bright color temp looks a little better than the default 9300 color temp, so I would use that combination for daytime viewing of Sports etc.

What's interesting about Mike's comments, is that, for some strange reason, a lot of CMS setups out there aren't working ideally. This has been brought up in the forums about the Sonys' as well. The two lower cost JVC's don't even offer CMS, and JVC has had issues too, on the workings of their CMS. Seems a lot of that going on in the $4K and up projectors these days. It just makes life tougher on calibrators. (Note: We normally only balance the grayscale, and do not adjust the individual colors, most good calibrators will, do a full CMS adjustment though).

RGB Settings

Calibration settingsUser 1 picture mode with User Color temp.  Gamma on Cinema, Lamp on HighRGB settings (default is 0)
User 1
Contrast (Gain) R= 0
G = -52
B= -72
Brightness (Offset) R= 0
G= 0
B= -2

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