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72000:1 Contrast Ratio
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Mitsubishi HC7000
1080p Home Theater
Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, October 8, 2008

Shootout versus Panasonic PT-AE3000U

Panasonic's AE3000 is another high contrast 1080p LCD projector coming to market shortly, and it just so happened that we had both models in the lab simultaneously.

Lumens. In its brightest mode, the AE3000 measures 1273 lumens, which gives it a big edge over the HC7000's maximum 670 lumens in rooms with ambient light. More lumen output is also preferable for larger screen sizes or content like video games, so the AE3000's extra brightness makes it a more versatile projector.

Contrast. The HC7000 has higher on/off contrast than the AE3000, so dark scenes will look darker and bright scenes will look brighter on the HC7000. However, the AE3000 has a bit higher ANSI contrast, at 446:1. Therefore, in any given scene, the AE3000 may appear to have slightly higher dynamic range than the HC7000. In essence, these two projectors are roughly equivalent in contrast performance.

Placement Flexibility. The AE3000 has a 2.0:1 powered zoom as well as a greater lens shift range than the HC7000, but unlike the HC7000 the lens shift is not powered. While lens shift is usually an "adjust once" item, there are times when adjusting it while in use could prove helpful, and it is easier to do this on the HC7000.

Additional Features. Panasonic's AE3000 has a number of features that are not found on most other projectors. These include a wave form monitor and split-screen viewing to aid in calibration, a lens memory function that will automatically sets the lens for either 2.35 or 16:9 display, and a frame interpolation capability that runs at 120 frames per second and can sharpen objects in motion. We will discuss these in full in our AE3000 review, which will be posted shortly.

Cinemascope 2.35 options.The HC7000 has the dual Anamorphic stretch modes that eliminates the need to move an anamorphic lens. However, the AE3000 does the same thing, though the aspect ratios are not labeled "Anamorphic" as they are on the HC7000. With either projector, mounting an anamorphic lens does not require a track system. In addition, if you want to set up a 2.35 format screen without an anamorphic lens, you can do that on both projectors by using the powered zoom lens adjustments to zoom back and forth when you change from 2.35 to 16:9 material. One nice advantage that the AE3000 has over the HC7000 is that it will automatically zoom the lens back and forth at the touch of a button, whereas these adjustments must be made manually on the HC7000.

Style. The HC7000 comes in sleek, glossy black casework that has more of a high-style consumer-oriented look and feel to it. The AE3000 is a more reserved, flat dark gray, rectangular box with an industrial look. Which of the two appeals to you is a matter of taste, but they will definitely look different in your theater space or living room.


Mitsubishi's HC7000 is, above all else, a serious theater projector. Designed with contrast and color performance as primary concerns, the projector is a perfect addition to a darkened, light-controlled home theater. While other projectors are more versatile and can be installed in rooms with more ambient light, the HC7000 has the high contrast and quiet operation that make it an excellent choice for traditional home theater.

The HC7000 and its little brother the HC6500 are the sharpest 1080p projectors we've seen this fall - when it comes to sharpness, they are in a class by themselves. In addition to its unique sharpness, the HC7000 also has very competitive contrast, color saturation, and color accuracy. It is also strong in image clarity and three dimensionality. For these reasons, it rates five stars for performance. It rated slightly less in features and value due to lack of frame interpolation, the lack of a high brightness mode, and street prices that are somewhat higher than the competition.

Review Contents: Overview and Advantages Additional Advantages Disadvantages Shootout vs Panasonic

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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