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Mitsubishi HC4900 Projector Mitsubishi HC4900
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7500:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$4,495 MSRP

Mitsubishi HC4900
Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, 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.

Specifications

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.

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