October 27, 2008
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