Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HC9000D Projector – Image Quality-3

The RS15 seems about comparable to the Mitsubishi as well, but it does not use a dynamic iris. That would indicate that in an even darker (dark) scene (such as the Bond night train), the iris will get the Mitsubishi a touch blacker than this JVC, although the RS25/RS35/RS50/RS60 will still have the advantage.

Finally, a little side by side imagery. On the left is the HC9000D, on the right the JVC HD250.

Note there are two images. I mentioned elsewhere that the HC9000 (on the left) iris is a slow one.

The first image was taken immediately after putting up a black screen, and pausing. The image immediately below it let a black frame run for a several seconds before taking the picture. The first one indicates roughly what the dynamic iris will do on the Mitsubishi, rather quickly. However, if the dark scene is very long, the blacks will continue to drop it seems, until you get the second image.

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In other words, on long dark scenes, the Mits will produce blacks at least as good as the JVC, but on shorter scenes, the JVC will have the better blacks.

One other point. You can clearly see the hot lower right corner on this HC9000D. Uneven backgrounds always exist to some degree or another. This leve of hot spot is barely detectable on dark scenes, but still worse than one would expect as an owner. Uneven backgrounds are often related to minor imprecisions that can come from too much shipping violence. Review units do a lot of traveling, so we’re used to a spike like this, but you normally shouldn’t expect any unevenness to be noticeable under casual viewing. In this case the JVC HD250 does better.