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2500:1 Contrast Ratio
1500 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$1,495 MSRP

Mitsubishi HD1000U
Home Theater Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, October 2, 2006

(Editor's note: as of November 2006, Mitsubishi is no longer offering a free lamp with the purchase of the HD1000U -- but the price has now dropped to $995. --bl)

The coming months are an exciting time for home theater enthusiasts. The latest 720p projectors are dropping to new pricing lows, making them affordable to those even on modest budgets. One of these new, low-cost 720p projectors is the Mitsubishi HD1000U. This 1500 ANSI lumen DLP projector is ideal either for dark room viewing, or for rooms with some ambient light or larger than average screens. It delivers stellar color performance and good contrast, even when pushing out 800 ANSI lumens in a video optimized mode. People are going to love this projector because it offers great picture quality in 720p resolution for street prices under $1500.

Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1500

Contrast (full on/off): 2500:1

Light Engine: 1280x720, native 16:9, 0.6" single-chip DLP, with a 7 segment 4x rotation speed color wheel and a 200W lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

The Mitsubishi HD1000U

Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to SXGA

Connection Panel: One HDMI port, one 15-pin VGA port, one set of YPbPr component inputs, one s-video input, one composite video input, one 12V trigger, one serial port, and one USB port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.20:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 11.9' to 14.5'

Lamp Life: 2,000 hours, 3,000 hours in eco-mode

Warranty: One year.

Review Contents: Intro and Specs General Impressions Additional Impressions Performance and Conclusion
 

Reader Comments(11 comments)

Posted Mar 1, 2010 8:28:46 AM

By Marty Peterson

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How would this projector work mounted ruffly 8-10 away from the screen? Please help.

Posted Dec 15, 2009 9:13:45 AM

By mac

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I have an HD1000U and the remote control doesn't work well. I've replaced the batteries but didn't help. One needs to press very hard and be very close to the projector for the remote to work. Does anyone have this problem? Is there a way to fix it? If not, where can I buy a remote? Is there a better remote that is compatible with the HD1000U?

Posted Mar 18, 2009 4:41:58 PM

By theover

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Hi,

I't was this site which helped me decide a couple of years ago on what would be a good reference and quality HD beamer, which I was able to by in germany at the time for 1000 euros, and I was never sorry.

There are some settings I used with this beamer on:

http://www.theover.org/Diary/ldiary66.html

(and some pages around that number)

I'm very satisfied with it, also as a reference for my own HD work, though of course I'd be more thrilled with a 1080 version!

Theo Verelst.

Posted Sep 8, 2008 8:06:36 PM

By Gandalf

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Sorry, that should have read $1,500 not $15K. I built my screen using drapery backing material which has a 1.8 gain compared to the highest quality screen at 2.8 and low-end screens at 1.0. Surround sound is a Sony 900W w/ progressive scan DVD.

Posted Sep 8, 2008 8:02:22 PM

By Gandalf

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I was not interested in the finer details of scaling and all of the stuff that your naked eye really cannot distinguish. I compared the HD1000 to a Sony HS10 and HS20 and the images on Discovery HD theatre blew them both away on the HD1000. In my opinion the HD1000 is better than the Sony for over 1/2 the cost. If you are looking for great HD quality in a low budget home theatre, this projector is a MUST. I have had mine for two years now and love all of the Discovery, PBS, and sports and other live events that I can handle in HD for under $15K for my whole home theater. Hope this helps.

Posted Feb 12, 2007 12:47:11 PM

By jzdupj

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who cares about its being "sharp and clean" in scaling the DVD content, especially without any reference to other PJs. People buy an HD projector for high def image quality on 720p and 1080i content, not for 480 stuff. And this review simply doesn't tell you anything about whether the high def on this PJ looks sharp or not. Useless reviews like this just ruins the PJC's influence among perspective shoppers in my opinion.

Posted Feb 12, 2007 11:42:11 AM

By Atropos

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"You know this review can't be written by Even Powell or anybody with a little bit of a following, because the whole review failed to mention one single most important quality of a PJ that almost everybody is looking for: SHARPNESS, and how it is stacked up with other PJs. It is a useless review on any PJ without considerable portion devoted to that aspect of a PJ."

It's right there in the performance section.

"When scaling DVD content to native 720p, the HD1000 did a respectable job. [b]The image in all cases was sharp and clean, with no hint of softness.[/b] While there was some very fine detail lost in intricate scenes, it is all but unnoticeable during most use. Native 720p content suffers no loss at all, since it is not scaled."

Posted Feb 12, 2007 9:34:02 AM

By jzdupj

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You know this review can't be written by Even Powell or anybody with a little bit of a following, because the whole review failed to mention one single most important quality of a PJ that almost everybody is looking for: SHARPNESS, and how it is stacked up with other PJs. It is a useless review on any PJ without considerable portion devoted to that aspect of a PJ.

Posted Jan 31, 2007 11:37:25 AM

By violinfred

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I.m a new owner of the Mitsubishi HD1000U. I have used an InfocusX1 for two and a half years. I thought the X1 was great on my 84" across screen. But when I fired up the Mitsubishi right out of the box with no tweeking, I was WOW!!! I could easily use a scree 8' across and still have a wonderful picture. I used a Toshiba up scaleing DVD plaer and at both 720P and 1080i the picture was just about perfect. My first audiance had their breath taken away by its beauty.

Posted Jan 19, 2007 6:57:56 AM

By mlfloyd

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I am an owner and I think the machine is great! Please share your calibration settings referenced in your review of the Mitsubishi HD1000U.

Posted Dec 13, 2006 2:52:18 PM

By skywalker

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What dvd scaler or dvd de-interlacer does this projector have? Would the projectos dvd scaler provide better quality that say a oppo dvd scaler?

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