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Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector

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Introduction to the Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector

Whenever I attend the CEDIA Expo, I visit all the projector manufacturers, both large and small. While Mitsubishi is a large company, their projectors are not as well-known as other brands. At the 2012 Expo, I had a chance to check out their all-new DLP models.

Mitsubishi currently offers four projectors in the Home Entertainment line, ranging from 1300 to 1500 lumens and 4000 to 330,000 to 1 claimed contrast. Naturally, I requested their flagship model, the HC8000D-BL. In addition to 3D, it offers frame interpolation, a 24p frame rate of 120Hz, 2D-3D conversion, a slick multi-iris system, and a compact lightweight chassis that makes installation easier. The imaging chip is Texas Instruments' DarkChip 3 and makes for some impressive contrast performance. You can read more about that in the In Use and On the Bench sections.

With even the best-performing projectors dropping in price to affordable levels, Mitsubishi has its work cut out for it in the sub-$3k segment. The competition comes in the form of LCD models; Epson and Panasonic most notably. And there are other DLPs from Optoma and BenQ that cover both sides of the $3000 price point. Let's unpack the box and see how Mitsubishi stacks up!

MITSUBISHI HC8000D-BL 3D DLP PROJECTOR SPECIFICATIONS

  • Design: Single-Chip DLP 3D Projector
  • Panel Type: 0.65-inch Texas Instruments DMD (DLP) DarkChip 3
  • Color Wheel: 6-Segment, 4X and 6X Speed
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • 3D formats: Frame-packing, Side-by-Side, Top-Bottom
  • 2D-3D Conversion: Yes
  • Throw Ratio: 1.4 – 2.1
  • Lens Shift: 12-47% Vertical
  • Light Output: 1,300 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 330,000:1 Dynamic
  • Iris Control: 4 (3 Fixed, 1 Auto)
  • Image Size: 50" – 300"
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.4a, 1 Component, 1 VGA, 1 3D Emitter
  • Control: 1 RS-232, 2 12v Trigger
  • Lamp Power: 240 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 5000/3000 Hours (Low/Normal)
  • Dimensions: 5.6" H x 15.6" W x 12.9" D
  • Weight: 12.6 Pounds
  • Warranty: 3 Years with Express Replacement, 1 Year/500 Hours on Lamp
  • MSRP: $2,999 USD with Spare Lamp
  • 3D Glasses: Sold Separately, $199/each
  • 3D Sync Emitter: Sold Separately, $99
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