Projector Reviews

Compare Projectors – HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 – 3

Shadow detail

Once again, a slight advantage goes to the HC5500, which we described as “particularly good”, while the PLV-Z700 was merely “very good”. The bottom line is that the Mitsubishi HC5500 has a slight advantage in both areas.


Satellite Comparison

Epson 6100
Mitsubishi HC5500








The differences in black levels, please keep in mind, are slight – insignificant, say, compared to either of these entry level projectors going up against any of the UHC (ultra-high-contrast) projectors like the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, Mitsubishi HC7000, Panasonic PT-AE3000, and Epson Home Cinema 6500UB.

Shadow Detail Comparison

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Mitsubishi HC5500






In the satellite images below, the left image is the HC5500, the PLV-Z700 is on the right. Keep in mind, again, that all the HC5500 images are too contrasty, due to the settings used at that time. All that extra contrast does “distort” the final images you see, including hiding a lot of shadow detail that was present.

Color accuracy - Skin Tones and Overall

Both projectors are comparable in terms of skin tones. No clear winner. In terms of overall color accuracy, the two are equally tight, in terms of adhering to the ideal 6500K. Neither projector had a shift in color temperature of more than 170K over the range from 30 IRE (dark gray) to 100 IRE (white). Again, no clear winner.