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Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector

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The Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector In Use

I recently added the superb Blu-ray restorations of the original Star Trek series to my library. These seem a perfect test for any display given their natural color palette, consistent contrast, and amazing detail. The HC8000D-BL did not disappoint. Color was beautifully saturated and natural as could be. These discs are not quite perfect thanks to some poor quality film elements; and they showed themselves. I firmly believe that a display should put out exactly what's on the disc; no more and no less, and the Mitsubishi delivers. Aside from a barely higher black level, the picture looked every bit as good as my reference Anthem LTX-500. The clarity was the thing I noticed most. DLP is typically the sharpest projector type given its single-chip design. Thanks to that fact and an excellent lens, this projector renders one of the clearest images I've ever seen.

Skyfall boasts a reference-level transfer and it looked superb on the Mitsubishi. The color palette is mostly cool in tint; which can result in a flat picture, but not so here. Every detail, every dimensional cue, and every speck of dirt, was handled beautifully. With all the fast action, I took time to experiment with the Frame Rate Conversion feature. I found it one of the best implementations of frame interpolation I've used to date. The effect is quite subtle and unless you use the True Video mode, it never suffers from the soap-opera effect. There are five settings and even the maximum still looks natural and film-like.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 is my favorite torture test for shadow detail. Pretty much this entire film takes place in the dark and many displays will beg for mercy within the first few minutes. While the blacks did look a touch gray, detail never failed to be at the forefront. Thanks to excellent gamma performance and the fixed iris options, I've rarely seen this movie look better. I tried the High Bright mode for Iris 2 and found it did brighten the picture nicely without destroying the projector's dynamic range. After a time though, I went back to the High Contrast mode and left it that way for the remainder of the review. I also tried the auto iris options and found they really weren't necessary. This projector has such great native contrast; I don't believe the auto iris adds anything to the mix.

3D Viewing

For those of you who partake of 3D movies, this projector does as fine a job as other DLP projectors I've sampled. Thanks to their great clarity, non-existent crosstalk, and great motion processing, DLP presents a superb 3D experience. Mitsubishi has done well here. There is just enough light when you set the fixed iris to High Bright. You'll want to do a separate 3D calibration because the glasses throw a visible green tint over the image. I watched two very familiar titles, Imax Wild Ocean and A Christmas Carol. The live action Wild Ocean looked great with tremendous depth to the 3D effect. Even the underwater sequences, which don't really pop on most displays, looked pretty good on the HC8000D-BL.

3D mode has its own separate adjustment for Frame Rate Conversion with five levels. For Wild Ocean it looked better on zero but for A Christmas Carol, a CGI title, I set it to one. This Disney 3D Blu-ray is set almost completely at night and any display not up to snuff for light output will suffer. Even though the Mitsubishi is not the brightest projector I've reviewed, this film held up very well. Again, the superb rendering of detail and complete lack of crosstalk saved the day.