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72000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$4,995 MSRP

Mitsubishi HC7000
1080p Home Theater
Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, October 8, 2008


Not as versatile as some competing units. The HC7000 is a videophile's projector, meant for a darkened room. It has better zoom and lens shift than its DLP competitors. However, there are many 1080p LCD projectors out right now with 2.0:1 zoom, a greater lens shift range in both the horizontal and vertical, and higher lumen output. This allows them to be placed in rooms with more ambient light, or in more unconventional mounting situations.

Cost. At $3,995 official street price (minimum advertised price), the cost of the HC7000 might be more than the average do-it-yourselfer would want to pay. The HC7000 is a premium product being sold through specialty retailers and custom home theater designers/installers. The advantage to buying through such suppliers is that if your projector needs service, you have a local business you can contact for help. And if you require installation assistance, many specialty resellers are equipped to install the projector as well as other home theater components for you.

No Frame Interpolation. Several 1080p models coming to market this fall have frame interpolation capability on board. The HC7000 does not. We expect this to become a significant competitive issue in the months ahead.

Black case. Previous Mitsubishi 1080p projectors were released with the option of either a black or white case, while the HC7000 is offered only in black. While it may seem minor, the HC7000's sleek black case can actually be a detriment. Most folks have white ceilings, and the HC7000 sticks out against a white background fairly obviously. While this may not bother you, we receive a lot of e-mail saying that a large visible projector on the ceiling may not meet with spousal approval. We would have liked to see Mitsubishi's color options continue on this model.

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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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