1080p Home Theater
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.