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72000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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$4,995 MSRP

Mitsubishi HC7000
1080p Home Theater
Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, October 8, 2008

Placement flexibility. The HC7000, in addition to a powered zoom/focus lens, has powered vertical and horizontal lens shift. The zoom range is 1.6:1, which gives it an advantage over most 1080p DLP projectors, which typically use 1.2:1 zoom lenses. Vertical lens shift range is 2.5 picture heights, while horizontal range is 10% of the picture's width. To put this in perspective, this makes the HC7000 easier to install than the popular 1080p DLP models that don't have lens shift, but slightly more restricted in installation options than some popular 1080p LCD projectors.

Dual Mode Anamorphic Stretch. First introduced on the HC5500, Mitsubishi's Dual Mode Anamorphic Stretch allows the viewer to install an anamorphic lens permanently in front of the projector, rather than on a moving track. When showing 16:9 films and video, the projector compresses the signal horizontally such that it passes through the lens and is stretched back to the proper 16:9. Since motorized tracks for anamorphic lenses typically cost quite a bit, this is a helpful feature that can save you money.

Long lamp life. The HC7000 has a lamp rated for 2,000 hours in Normal mode and 5,000 hours in Eco mode. Replacement lamps appear to be selling for roughly $330, which means that the HC7000 costs a paltry $0.07 per hour to operate.

Whisper-silent operation. Since the release of the HC5000, Mitsubishi's first 1080p projector, their 1080p line has been known for quiet operation. Somehow, they have managed to get the HC7000 even quieter than their previous models, so sometimes it is hard to tell if the HC7000 is even turned on.

Low heat output. Fan noise and heat exhaust tend to go hand in hand. A projector with a high-wattage lamp gets much hotter than one with a low-wattage lamp, requiring a more powerful air circulation system and resulting in louder, hotter exhaust. The HC7000 has a 160W lamp, which allows it to use a whisper quiet fan as mentioned above and keeping heat exhaust to a bare minimum. In my theater, perfect light control requires shutting the door, and after a two-hour movie it is not uncommon for the air temperature to rise five to ten degrees. Using the HC7000, the room is kept relatively cool and comfortable.

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Reader Comments(11 comments)

Posted Aug 7, 2014 6:40 AM

By Jon Atlanta

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Just upgraded to the 7000 series. I have a new extra bulb from my 6800 series. Does anyone know if I can use that or is it just a lost cost?

Posted Oct 25, 2009 8:40 AM

By chris caster

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Am extremely satisfied with my Panasonic PT-L701e projector using it mainly for my 1500 SP DVD’s playing them with my HD Toshiba DVD player, can any one tell me if i will get better results projected them with the Mitsubishi HC7000 projector connected through progressive YP BPR component connectivity. Thanks........

Posted May 28, 2009 6:25 AM

By Matthew Gadd

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Quick question? I have a fairly good impression from other articles about the reliability of inFocus and Epson projectors, and they seem to be right on the mark. Anyone had any bad experiences with Mitsubishis?

Posted Apr 8, 2009 2:44 PM

By BobbyD

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The Mitsubishi HC-7000 uses the same LCD panels/Light engine as the Epson 7500UB. The two are simular. The Epson includes a ceiling mount and a spare lamp.

Posted Nov 9, 2008 9:18 AM

By greg l

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I too am interested in a head to head or thoughts on the mits hc7000 vs an infocus 83 since both are about the same price.I am on the verge of buying either one within one week and am having difficulty deciding.Which one will give the better picture overall? Does the cons of the 83, bulb life, noisy 33db, potential RBE ,limited zoom outway the pros,extra lumens, colour accuracy, great blacks and no dust blobs..and is the LCD format now equal or close enough in pic quality to make dlp/lcd a stalemate? thx G

Posted Oct 17, 2008 4:54 PM


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how do they compare with epson EH TW 5000 ?

Posted Oct 15, 2008 5:00 AM

By Hank Frankenberg

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RE the Mitsubishi HC7000, your summary box at the top says $4995 MSRP, but in the body of your review you state: "Cost. At $3,995 MSRP, the cost of the HC7000 might be more than the average do-it-yourselfer would want to pay." Which is the correct MSRP?

Posted Oct 14, 2008 8:54 AM

By BigBellyBilly

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I'd love to know how this stacks up against one of the better DLP's, the InFocus IN83 ?

On noise alone (17db against 27db) it's impressive, but can the latest 3LCD panels compete on all round pic quality compared to DarkChip4 DLP ?

If you have time, please post your opinion on how it compares? Thanks

Posted Oct 13, 2008 4:50 AM

By Potetgullmannen

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Interesting review. Been a happy HC 5000 customer for almost two years now. Going for a upgrade this autumn/winter.

Gorm, isn't dynamic contrast of 24.000:1 very low compared to specified 72.000:1?

Anyway, how do you compare it to HC6000 or even HC5000? How "big" will the upgrade for me be? I have a totally light controlled room. 92" screen. Soon I have to replace the lamp of my HC5000 (it has started giving me warnings about that on start up), or buy a new projector.

Posted Oct 11, 2008 2:02 PM

By Gorm

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Hi I’m curios about hove you obtained that ANSI-contrast? When I measure the one I’m testing, I read 313:1 ANSI. Native on/off is about 1900:1, and dynamic contrast a little over 24.000:1. After reading your test, I have double-checked every measurement both with my ProgressiveLabs C-5 and my KonicaMinolta T-10.

Posted Oct 10, 2008 10:34 AM

By Leonard Eckian

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One area that would add to this already excellent review would be the familiar category of image sharpness. This has been addressed before in other reviews. Between the convergence tolerances of any 3-chip design and the quality of the optics used image sharpness can vary noticeably between various models. In the past Mitsubishi has scored well in this area.

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