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Toshiba TACP TDP-MT500 Projector Toshiba TACP TDP-MT500
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2000:1 Contrast Ratio
700 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$3,499 MSRP

Toshiba TDP-MT500 for Home Theater

Evan Powell, October 15, 2003

There are folks who want the highest performance possible in a home theater projector and are willing to pay premium dollars for it. Conversely, there are those who want the best picture they can get for the least possible outlay. Then there are those in the middle-home theater enthusiasts who want clearly better performance than you get from the economy-class machines and are willing to pay extra for it. But they don't want the expense and the extravagance of the high-end machines.

With an MSRP of $3,999 and street prices much lower than that, the Toshiba MT500 is targeted at this mid-market buyer. It delivers superb video quality for the money, but it is not well-suited for very large home theater installations. Rather, it is an outstanding projector for those who don't have big rooms to accommodate a large theater set-up.

Product Overview

Light Engine: Native resolution 1024x576, 16:9 aspect ratio, 0.7" DLP chip, with 210W, 2000 hour lamp. Six-segment, 5x speed color wheel. Rated at 700 ANSI lumens and 2000:1 contrast.

Lens: Manual zoom and focus with 1.2x zoom factor.

Inputs: One DVI-I w/HDCP, two sets of 3-RCA component, one S-video, one composite, no audio onboard.

Signal compatibility: 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i, computer XGA compressed.

Color systems: NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-N, PAL-M, PAL-60

Weight: 7 lbs.

Audible noise: 31 dB

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