This year, Mitsubishi has released two new "Diamond Series" 1080p projectors at two different price points. Their flagship model, the HC7000, was reviewed earlier this month, and is a good choice for dedicated dark room home theater. Now, the HC6500 has arrived, and brings with it solid performance at a lower price. High lumen output, a very sharp picture, and great shadow detail make it a good performer with HD film and video, while quiet exhaust and a 5,000 hour lamp life make it a pleasure to use. The HC6500 is for sale through authorized dealers for $3,495 or less.
Mitsubishi HC6500 Specifications
ANSI lumens: 1200
Contrast (full on/off): 15,000:1
Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.7" three-panel inorganic LCD with 160W lamp.
Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.
Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one YPbPr component input, one VGA port, s-video, component video, one serial port, and a 12V trigger.
Lens and Throw Distance: 1.6x powered zoom/focus lens with powered vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10' 2" to 16' 6".
Lamp Life: 2,000 hours (5,000 hours in eco-mode)
Replacement lamp price: $450 retail. Street price closer to $330.
Warranty: Two years.
The Mitsubishi HC6500