Home Theater Projector
December 18, 2007
One year ago, in October, 2006, Mitsubishi released the HC5000, which brought full 1080p resolution performance to market at a rock bottom price tag of just $4,495. It seems hard to believe, but at the time it was the lowest priced 1080p projector on the market. Everything else was $4995 and higher. The HC5000 was not only low priced but it was a fully-loaded, high performance 1080p projector that, at the time, set a new price/performance benchmark in the industry.
Last week Mitsubishi decided to continue the lead in price/performance by dropping the price of the HC4900 to just $1995 after a $500 rebate. Thus, Mitsubishi is officially the first vendor to break the $2,000 barrier with 1080p resolution projectors. The HC4900 is a slightly downscaled HC5000, but it retains almost all of the performance advantages of the HC5000. And at a mere $1995, it is one of the best values in the home theater projector market at this time.
ANSI lumens: 1000
Contrast (full on/off): 7,500:1
Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.74" three-panel inorganic LCD, Micro Lens, with 160W UHP lamp.
Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.
Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to SXGA 1280x1024
Connection Panel: One HDMI v. 1.2, one DVI-D, one 15-pin VGA, one 3-RCA component input, one s-video, one composite, one 12V trigger, one 9-pin DSub serial port.
Lens and Throw Distance: 1.60:1 power zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal powered lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10.1' to 16.5'
Lamp Life: 2,000 hours, 5,000 hours in eco-mode
Warranty: Two years.