Mitsubishi HC5000, 1080p Front Projector

August 23, 2006

Mitsubishi HC5000We’ve already explored some of the 1080p DLP and SXRD front projectors set to make a big impact at the up-coming CEDIA Expo in Denver, this September 13-17th. However I was just able to get confirmation from Mitsubishi America on what might be one of, if not the most affordable 1080p front-projectors introduced at this years CEDIA.

The Mitsubishi HC5000 incorporates at least one (and possibly several) feature I’ve yet to see in any other 1080p front projector. And to be quite honest this is notable at any price, much less the price confirmed to me by Mitsubishi America. But I’m getting ahead of myself here. Let’s take a quick inventory of the HC5000’s features to put this into perspective:

•3LCD (C2 FINE), full 1920 x 1080 resolution
•Video processing – Silicon Optix’s (HQV) Reon-VX chipsept
•Enclosed optical path (reduces dust build-up in the light path)
•Dynamic iris
•750 lumens (Low Mode) 1000 lumens (High Mode)
•Up to 5000 hours of lamp-life (in low mode)
•Powered lens shift and powered zoom
•Inputs: HDMI x1, Composite x1, S-VIDEO x 1, Component x 1
•Available in standard black or optional white
•Suggested retail of $4495 and available in October

Yeah did you catch that last line? Suggested retail of $4495. With Sony’s VPL-VW50 (Pearl) reportedly coming in around $4999 to $5499, Mitsubishi would appear to be aligning themselves for direct comparisons between the HC5000 and VPL-VW50.

I’ll be the first to admit I’ve never been a big fan of LCD projectors but I’ll also admit to the fact that I’ve never spent any real face-time with a “3LCD” powered projector. 3LCD is said to greatly improve on two areas that caused me to shy away from previous LCD projectors, namely screen-door-effect and black level. Needless to say I’m willing to give LCD another look (bad pun).

CEDIA 2006 is shaping up to be the year 1080p front projection breaks the 10k or better price of admission, with sub 5k projectors already announced for display at this years show. Can we expect even more 1080p front projectors to surface at CEDIA 2006? As always, time will tell.



Posted by Bryan Greenway | | Filed Under Home Theater Projectors


Comments

  • Kevin Wadsworth

    This is great news. I’d heard rumors about this projector, but this is the first concrete posting I’ve seen (including price). I still have a 9-10 yr old SD set and was hoping I could hold out for 1080p before upgrading. This might just be the projector.

  • Kevin Wadsworth

    This is great news. I’d heard rumors about this projector, but this is the first concrete posting I’ve seen (including price). I still have a 9-10 yr old SD set and was hoping I could hold out for 1080p before upgrading. This might just be the projector.

  • westcott

    For those of us who suffer from the ill effects of spinning color segmented wheels, LCD is the only affordable solution. 3 chip DLP’s are still in the relative price stratosphere.

    No worries. My 700u will get me by until the 3 chip DLP design prices are where LCD is now.

    Who knows, SED technology may make its way into the market by then although Canon and Toshiba sure have been quiet lately.

  • westcott

    For those of us who suffer from the ill effects of spinning color segmented wheels, LCD is the only affordable solution. 3 chip DLP’s are still in the relative price stratosphere.

    No worries. My 700u will get me by until the 3 chip DLP design prices are where LCD is now.

    Who knows, SED technology may make its way into the market by then although Canon and Toshiba sure have been quiet lately.