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Hitachi Home-1: Entry-level Home Theater

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800:1 Contrast Ratio
700 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

Hitachi has been making quality LCD projection products for years. Until now their focus has been on business and commercial products. However with the Home-1, Hitachi makes its first step into LCD projection systems designed specifically for the consumer home theater market. After a close look at the Home-1 we are convinced that Hitachi product managers and engineers were well aware of their competition and designed accordingly. They have created a remarkable consumer product. It is beautifully executed, and will compete exceedingly well given the street prices at which it is currently being offered.

Product Overview

Specifications. 700 ANSI lumens, 800:1 contrast, native 16:9 widescreen format with 852x480 resolution LCD panels.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576i, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to SXGA. NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL-N, PAL-M, PAL60, SECAM.

Lens and throw distance. Manual zoom and focus, moderate average throw distance with a very long 2.08x zoom range. Throws a 100" diagonal image from as little as 8.5 feet to as much as 17.5 feet--by far the longest zoom range we've yet seen on a portable projector.

Vertical and horizontal lens shift. With the lens in center position it throws an image with the centerline of the lens intersecting the center of the image. Vertical lens shift moves the image up or down on the screen such that at the extreme ends of the shift the image is either entirely above or entirely below the centerline of the lens. Horizontal lens shift moves the picture side to side up to a maximum of 50% of the picture width.

Lamp life. 2000 hours. There is no indication that the unit is programmed to extend lamp life when running in Whisper mode.

Connection panel. Located on the rear of the unit. Includes one computer 15-pin VGA port, one set of three RCA component inputs, one S-video, one composite video, one set of audio jacks, as well as a separate single audio port for computer audio to drive the single onboard speaker, one RS-232c control port. The connection panel also features a storage slot for the credit-card size remote control.

Installation options. Table mount, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.

Fan noise and operating modes. Two operating modes include Normal and Whisper. In normal mode the audible noise from the fan is very low. In Whisper mode it is extremely quiet.

Warranty. One year.

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