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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 7.9 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Color Wheel:4x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$299.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.3, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

Mitsubishi HC4000
1080p DLP Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, December 15, 2010

Sharpness and Clarity. Sometimes it is hard to differentiate between the inherent sharpness of a projector and the appearance of sharpness produced by high contrast; all else being equal, a higher-contrast projector will appear sharper. So we switched the HC4000 into the Sports/High Brightness mode mentioned previously, its lowest-contrast mode, in order to make sure we weren't mistaking one for the other. The HC4000 is indeed sharp. Fine detail is never muddy or blurred, even during fast motion. What's more, the HC4000 has very little digital noise, which aids in the perception of detail.

Throw Distance Flexibility. With a 1.5:1 zoom lens, the HC4000 is head and shoulders above most of its DLP competition when it comes to throw distance. The HC4000 can display a 120" diagonal image from a distance of about 12 to 18 feet. Since home theater rooms can take many different shapes and sizes, the long zoom range will help get the HC4000 into more homes.

Lamp life. The HC4000 has an estimated lamp life of 3,000 hours in high lamp mode and 5,000 hours in eco-mode, which is above average for this class of projector. What's more, replacement lamps cost only $299, meaning it costs between six and ten cents per hour to operate the projector.

Audible noise. Audible noise is important on a projector like the HC4000, since chances are it'll be sitting directly over your head or between your seats. The fan is noticeable, but not loud. Fan noise is low-pitched and sounds more like air emerging from an HVAC vent than the sort of high-pitched noise one would associate with an electronics fan. This is good news; low-pitched noise with no whine is much easier to "tune out" than high-pitched noise--especially if your home theater speakers are capable of any significant volume.


Slow signal lock. To display video, two HDMI devices must first perform a 'handshake' to identify themselves to one another before sending data. The HC4000 takes a long time to lock, initially, compared to other projectors. While this has no effect on the actual watching of the movie, it can get annoying when the projected image flashes between black and blue several times before finally locking to the signal from your DVD or Blu-ray player.

Connectivity. While the HC4000 has just about every connection one could wish for, it only has one HDMI port. Since just about every signal source uses HDMI these days, this could pose a problem unless your A/V receiver also includes an HDMI switcher.

Placement flexibility. While the HC4000 has better throw distance flexibility than most DLP projectors, the lack of lens shift can limit your options for installation. The projector's 33% upward throw angle offset is just about perfect for a ceiling mount, placing the image slightly higher than center on a standard eight-foot wall. You may not want to ceiling mount your projector, preferring to put it on a rear shelf or bookcase behind the seats. If that is the case, the HC4000 will be difficult to use without tilting it and applying keystone correction. We always avoid the use of keystone adjustment on 1080p projectors, as it forces the projector to compress all 1080p image sources including those from Blu-ray. As long as we have a 1080p projector and a 1080p source, we want to see the image mapped pixel for pixel for the best possible resolution.

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Comments (6) Post a Comment
PatB Posted Dec 16, 2010 12:24 PM PST
Your comment about "single frame contrast" seems to refer to ANSI contrast. You used to measure and publish this figure. Why did you quit?

My old InFocus X-1 was a business projector with two modifications. It had a Faroujda anti-aliasing chip and it could skip the clear segment on the color wheel for movie viewing. I never hear about anti-aliasing anymore. Am I to understand that all electronics now are so good that it's irrelevant?

Secondly how do modern DLP projectors acheive their high lumen modes if they don't use a clear color wheel segment?
TREY Posted Dec 22, 2010 2:58 PM PST
Trent Posted Jan 13, 2011 6:25 PM PST
What is the best "bang for the buck" projector to use with my home golf simulator. Keep in mind I need to ceiling mount (10 ft ceilings) the unit and have some lighting around the hitting area. Thanks, Trent
KcF Posted Apr 26, 2011 7:48 AM PST

Your old X-1 needed a good anti-aliasing chip because of the low resolution of the x1 (800x600). This HC4000 projector as you probably know runs at 1920x1080p and can display most videos in their native resolution. The anti-aliasing is used to display high resolution on a low resolution screen so it is not needed much anymore.

Modern dlp chips have improved and are able to reflect more light. The chips themselves have also shrunk. I believe this allows the same light to be focused more concentrated.
Dain Posted Jul 26, 2011 10:15 PM PST
Hi, it would be a right choice to update my Infocus SP7205 (720p but impressive image quality) to this Mitsubishi HC4000?? I use it for watching bluray movies in a light controlled room. I'm looking for a low price 1080p projector and the Mitsubishi hc4000 it seems to be a right choice.
gnanamani Posted Oct 11, 2011 9:59 AM PST
pl kindly inform me the compatible htib with hc4000 pl

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