Mitsubishi XD490U User Reviews
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Great little projector, amazed at the image quality and relatively low fan noise. Good control over the output image and some options I didn't expect it to have.
Any Problems: A HDMI and component input would be a nice addition. Also sitting near it it produces noticeable heat.
This is an update to a previous posting. I am now using a Toshiba HD-A2 DVD player with the HDMI with no problems. The Denon 2910 DVD player only had the red flash with the HDMI not the S-Video or the composite.
This is a very bright projector. I have a 19 foot throw on a wall that I smoothed and specially painted, and I can watch golf during the day with lots of sunlight. The HD television with the HDMI is unreal good, just pops off the screen. At night the low setting is even really bright. This projector could easily be to bright for a home theater operation. I choose this projector for the brightness and the 4:3 ratio. My wife and I watch a lot of older dvd's and I wanted to max the screen. My last projector was a InFocus 530 LP that was 2000 lumens, but this projector is atleast twice as bright. The colors are really nice as well.
Any Problems: I have a Denon 2910 DVD player and the HDMI has a problem where it causes a red flash about every 5 seconds. Other than that the picture quality is really good.
After much research on lumens, contrast ratios, warranties and types of displays, the XD490U came out way ahead! After we received this DLP projector with a stunning 2500:1 contrast ratio and popped it out of the box, we were wowed; it delivered. I had read several articles about contrast ratios, were they important or not? So, we tested this projector with a staunch competitor that we had available. We set it up side by side with a Sanyo PLC-XU48 LCD, 3000 lumen, 450:1 ratio. A decent projector. And to be honest we figured there would be little difference. We were dead wrong. The differences were substantial on the picture quality, detail and crispness of the images. The colors on the XD490 jumped off of the screen. We could see detail in the images from a distance that you would never have seen from the washed out picture of our comparable Sanyo. The Mitsubishi ran quieter and much cooler than the Sanyo as well. It also the ability to adjust it's colors to shoot on a wall that is off white as well as other colors. The Mitsubishi SC490U delivers! On top of that, they have a better warranty, one-year lamp warranty and a policy of sending you a projector to use if yours is in the shop. We are satisfied customers!
Any Problems: No problems yet... the only design flaw (in my opinon) is the height adjustment on the front consists of only one leg and two on the back. I am just used to having two legs on the front to adjust height and level.
I bought a sharpvision to get my wife hooked. She liked it and at $889 she loved it. However I can not control the light in my living-dining-kitchen with large south facing windows. Have blackout blinds orderd, So I have been following that I told her about the Mits 490 she fell asleep till I took it out of the box and we watched the Superbowl on it with friends. It is fantastic out of the box. No one who has looked at it has seen any rainbows. I have not hooked up a DVD with scaler yet but certainly think it would be outstanding. The colors are brilliant and the picture is viewable in a moderately lighted room. I have only had it 2 weeks but all versions of inputs are as good as my Sony plasma One thing I noticed immediately is that the reds were more lifelike than the sharpvision.
Any Problems: Haven't been able to figure out how to flip the picture b;ut really hven't tried the Sharpvision had a single toggle which worked great. I really should have said ease of use was a 5 but can't yet. This is more of a full featured projector than the Sharpvision but the sharpvision would be perfect if you had a reasonably light controlled room this thing is super bright. 3000 lumins