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3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 12.6 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Color Wheel:6x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:Vertical
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$349.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.4 (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL
3D Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, October 2, 2012


Mitsubishi has been making home theater projectors for many years now, and they have been consistently solid products. The HC8000D-BL is no exception. It offers a bright, vibrant picture with accurate color that is best suited to a dark theater environment. Its picture quality is competitive with other projectors in its price range. It does not have some of the operational features you may get with other products, and rear shelf mounting will be a challenge with its limited vertical lens shift. However, its one key advantage over the competition we've seen thus far is superior 2D to 3D conversion. Those with large 2D Blu-ray collections who want to see them in very satisfying 3D conversion would be well advised to take a close look at the HC8000D-BL.

Many folks will be tempted by the HC7900DW because it's less expensive and available on the Internet, while the HC8000D-BL must be ordered through limited distribution resellers. However, the HC8000D-BL's $500 premium is a bargain due to the higher performance, extra lamp, and longer warranty. The HC7900DW is a solid projector, but it does not have quite the same level of polish that the HC8000D-BL does.

Review Contents: The Viewing Experience Key Features Performance Limitations
  HC8000D vs HC7900DW Conclusion

Reader Comments(14 comments)

Posted Jan 26, 2014 5:32 AM

By Image Processor

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Any time you see "DLP", think what's the lifetime, can the DLP be replaced, and how much does it cost. The DLP I had only lasted about four years. Sure, it's possible that in four years the image display systems will inject it straight into our visual cortex, but maybe not....

Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:33 AM

By DarkCinema

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Do you need an IR emitter or can you also use DLPLink glasses?

Posted Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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iwolf - correct; only the HC8000D-BL can use the high-performance glasses.

Posted Oct 17, 2012 12:16 AM

By Nick

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Hello and thanks for the review.

Could you tell how the HC8000 compares to Panasonic PT-AE8000U and JVC DLA-RS55U contrast, black levels and ghosting?

Posted Oct 12, 2012 8:52 AM

By iwolf

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"The HC7900DW uses "generic" 3D glasses"

Are you saying 7900 can NOT use mitsubishi black-liquid-high-performance glasses? Only "generic"?

Posted Oct 9, 2012 10:30 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Hi guys, thanks for writing.

Singing Italian, JoeBoy, Joe - That depends on a couple of things. Let's say you're using Cinema mode at full power. If you have a 1.3-gain screen, you can go to 120" at 16:9 and still get 18 fL. If you want to use Eco mode, you should stay closer to 100"-110" diagonal.

You can do a 100" diagonal 16:9 screen with the HC8000D in 3D and still get a picture that is bright enough. So the ideal, at least for me, is a 100" diagonal 1.3-gain screen. With 2D, you can do Cinema Eco, and with 3D you can do 3D at full power. You get a pleasantly bright picture in each instance.

2.4:1 is tricky. I am assuming you are not using an anamorphic lens and are just zooming the picture to fit, in which case the same numbers apply - 120" diagonal for full power and 100" diagonal for eco. You get slightly lower average illumination but not enough to throw the projector out of the acceptable range.

Wondering - No, I don't think so. The HC7900 and HC8000 accept the HDMI 1.4 3D formats, but they show you 60 frames per second per eye. That doesn't mean they can accept direct 120Hz.

chris - it's not 6x per color per second, it's 6x per color per frame. I can also guarantee that your HW300T does not have a 6x speed refresh rate.

Posted Oct 9, 2012 8:32 AM

By iwolf

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How is the dynamic iris working on 8000? Is it noticeable, annoying? There was a complains about auto iris on HC7800D. Is 8000 better?

Posted Oct 6, 2012 11:32 PM

By ilya

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How are they compared to HC7800D ? Are blacks better ?

Posted Oct 6, 2012 1:05 PM

By chris

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You wrote "you can switch the projector into 6x speed mode, thereby reducing the chances you'd ever see a rainbow artifact to just about zero". I have a HW300T LED projector. I can see rainbow artifacts quite easily depending on the material. So are you implying that the refresh rate on my projector is less than 6 refreshed images per colour per second? More importantly, are you saying that a 6 refresh rate is the magic number I need to not see rainbow artifacts?

Posted Oct 4, 2012 8:45 PM

By Joe

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Hello Bill...I'm curious as well. What is the largest 2.35 screen this PJ can handle IMHO?

Posted Oct 4, 2012 5:18 PM

By Wondering

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Also, is that a true 120hz PC-Ready 3d implementation? Been waiting for a 1080p 60 3d capable projector of merit that isn't hugely expensive =)....

Posted Oct 4, 2012 4:13 PM

By JoeBoy

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I would like to know the same...How large of a 2.35 screen can this PJ handle in a completely light controlled batcave, in my case. Thanks!

Posted Oct 4, 2012 12:59 PM

By Nikonf5

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Any chance of getting the model numbers of the Mitsu emitter you tested with AND the proprietary Mitsu glasses as the 7800 prop glasses were badly reviewed and these sound different.

Also, the emitter has a different model number from the 7800 and am wondering whether the IR is different as well to accomodate universal glasses.

Posted Oct 3, 2012 10:41 AM

By Singing Italian

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Hey Bill can you let us know what size screen the HC8000D-BL can handle in a darken room. Im assuming its what the HC7800 can do since no information was posted,and what about screen size for 3D.

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