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Mitsubishi HC5000

alaTest has collected and analyzed 64 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the black level and noise. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the size and value for money.

design, image quality, usability, noise, black level

value for money, size

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Mitsubishi HC5000 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 86/100 = Very good quality.

Review analysis

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Mitsubishi HC5000 (black)

 

Review: Unlike most manufacturers, Mitsubishi has offered both DLP and LCD projection technologies, both in microdisplay RPTVs and in its front-projection line of products. First announced at the CEDIA show in September 2006, the LCD-based HC5000 is...

Relatively inexpensive for a 1080p projector; accurate color decoding; solid video processing; well-rounded feature package

Iris settings are not good enough for dedicated darkened theater setups, and consequently blacks are not as deep as the best 1080p projectors

Although stylish and affordable for a 1080p projector, the Mitsubishi HC5000's black level failings prevent it from earning our recommendation.

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Mitsubishi HC5000 (white)

 

Design With a minimalist yet sleek design, the Mitsubishi HC5000 is both attractive and somewhat high-tech looking. My review sample was finished in white with black highlights underneath and on both sides, as well as directly around the lens. An...

Relatively inexpensive for a 1080p projector; accurate color decoding; solid video processing; well-rounded feature package.

Iris settings are not good enough for dedicated darkened theater setups, and consequently blacks are not as deep as the best 1080p projectors.

Although stylish and affordable for a 1080p projector, the Mitsubishi HC5000's black level failings prevent it from earning our recommendation.

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Mitsubishi HC5000 Projector Review

 

In a sea of new 1080p projectors being released this year, Mitsubishi has a distinctive product that sets it apart as a leader. The C2Fine technology renders an incredible picture and does indeed produce some excellent black levels. If you're shopping...

VERY quiet ; No screen door effect ; Motorized lens shift, zoom, and focus ; Backlit remote ; Native 1080p/24/60 support ; HDMI 1.3 with 480i support

Slow, noticeable, undefeatable auto-iris ; Weak remote signal ; HDMI didn't pass Blacker-than-black ; Cumbersome menu system ; Limited horizontal lens shift range

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Mitsubishi HC5000 1080p Front Projector

 

Normally, a new performance plateau is defined by products at the highest possible prices, followed by less expensive models as more consumers fund larger manufacturing volumes. For some reason, however, this is not the case with 1080p front...

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Mitsubishi HC5000 Three-chip LCD projector

 

No, the compelling story of CEDIA 2006 in front projection was the growing number of three-chip LCD and LCoS 1080p projectors that were well south of $10K. Standing out tall among these was Mitsubishi's HC5000, not only because it was one of the least...

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Mitsubishi HC5000 Three-chip LCD projector

 

CEDIA 2006 was something of a riches to rags story. We saw many three-chip 1080p DLP projectors announced at prices that were ridiculous and embarrassing, stretching into the many tens of thousands of dollars. And they were introduced with straight...

Outstanding, eye-popping resolution to HD limits

Dynamic iris clunky and obvious in operation

This is a somewhat difficult conclusion to draw because while the HC5000's foibles clearly crossed my frustration tolerance threshold by being distracting enough to remind me of the technology while watching movies, it is also priced very attractively...

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Review: Mitsubishi HC5000 Home Theater Projector

 

Mitsubishi is flexing some real muscle in the world of home theater projectors these days. Their recently released HD1000, a 720p projector retailing at $1,495 is an outstanding value for the money. And coming on the heels of that release is the...

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Mitsubishi HC5000BL

 

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Excellent overall out of the box performance ; Especially good flesh tones ; Rich saturated colors ; Very good shadow detail ; Excellent black levels (within the limitations of dynamic irises) ; Excellent placement flexibility (1.6 zoom, and more lens...

Brightness is average - limiting screen size, and a potential problem with those dealing with more than a minimum of ambient light ; Remote's range is slightly limited ; Backlight comes on when you press any button - I prefer a dedicated backlight button

Perhaps the really important point here, is that it really was a pleasure watching Phantom, and the 5th Element, and even Sin City (a real challenge for dynamic iris projectors)

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Mitsubishi HC5000U LCD Projector: First look

 

Highlights: Three-chip 1080p LCD at a better-than-Sony price, Silicon Optix processing, dynamic iris for deep blacks, HDMI and DVI inputs, motorized lens shift and zoom, 5,000 hour specified bulb life.

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Mitsubishi HC5000U Front Projector: On the Bench

 

Mitsubishi wowed many a CEDIA attendee with the HC5000U, a full-on, three-chip 1080p LCD projector for just 4500 bucks. But its not a stripped down bargain model either, featuring Silicon Optix processing in the form of the REON chip set (think of this...

Mitsubishi wowed many a CEDIA attendee with the HC5000U, a full-on, three-chip 1080p LCD projector for just 4500 bucks. But its not a stripped down bargain model either, featuring Silicon Optix processing in the form of the REON chip set (think of this...

Product Specifications

The element life of the next-generation C2 Fine LCD panel has been markedly extended by using an inorganic alignment layer/ normally black mode. Even after long hours of use, high picture quality is maintained with high contrast. This 1920 x 1080 dot full-HD resolution LCD panel can reproduce images of true high-definition quality. In order to display full-HD resolution, the HC5000 is equipped with a lens system comprised of 17 elements in 14 groups, including three ED (extra-low dispersion) lenses, which are more costly and deliver higher performance than conventional glass lenses. This lens system dramatically improves chromatic aberration and peripheral focus. ED (extra-low dispersion) glass lenses To allow impressive big-screen images to be enjoyed even in a small room, the HC5000 is equipped with a 1.6x power zoom and focus. The projection distance for a 100-inch (16: 9) picture is just 3.1 meters. In addition, to enable the screen adjustments no matter where in the room the projector is placed, there is also a power lens shift for moving the lens vertically and horizontally, greatly increasing installation flexibility. The HC5000 is equipped with an auto iris featuring a proprietary Mitsubishi Electric aperture design. A unique algorithm enables detection of color information in addition to conventional brightness information, so the color information in dark scenes can be vividly reproduced without getting lost.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:13.9in
Height:4.9in
Weight:12.3lbs
Width:13.1in

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1000ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
Max Image Size:25ft / 300in
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Max Screen Distance:50ft
Min Image Size:4ft / 50in
Min Screen Distance:5ft
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC/PC
Manufacturer:Mitsubishi
Model:HC5000/HC5000U
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Mitsubishi

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM/NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
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