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Mitsubishi HC5000
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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Mitsubishi is flexing some real muscle in the world of home theater projectors these days. Their recently released HD1000, a 720p projector retailing at $1,495 is an outstanding value for the money. And coming on the heels of that release is the flagship HC5000, which brings full 1080p resolution performance to market at a price tag of just $4,495. Being the lowest priced 1080p projector on the market, we expected Mitsubishi to cut a few corners to hit the aggressive price target. They did not. The HC5000 is a fully-loaded, high performance 1080p projector that clearly sets a new price/performance benchmark in the industry.


ANSI lumens: 1000

Contrast (full on/off): 10,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.74" three-panel inorganic LCD, Micro Lens, with 160W UHP lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. NTSC/PAL/SECAM.

Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to SXGA 1280x1024

Connection Panel: One HDMI, one DVI-D, one 15-pin VGA, one 3-RCA component input, one s-video, one composite, one 12V trigger, one 9-pin DSub serial port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 1.60:1 power zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal powered lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10.1' to 16.5'

Lamp Life: 2,000 hours, 5,000 hours in eco-mode

Warranty: Two years.

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mcresearch Posted Oct 29, 2006 7:55 PM PST
I'm confused; the article states that the projector is bright enough for a 120" screen yet the projection calculator says it's not. I would be upgrading from an NEC LT240z which on paper is a lot brighter but in practice, not that bright - and I only have a 100" screen at present.
ATXIT Posted Nov 5, 2006 7:20 PM PST
I was wondering what the latency on this particular projector was. I want to run this projector for pc gaming purposes mostly. I've emailed and called Mitsu, but no one really knows. If anyone can help me out, thanks ahead of time.
ashaw4811 Posted Nov 13, 2006 8:40 PM PST
Any suggestions as what type of screen would be best for HC5000BL?
Brabus Posted Nov 17, 2006 5:53 PM PST
What means "Computer resolutions up to SXGA 1280x1024" ??

I can't work (and play) with PC at the native resolution of panel?

If this absurdity is true, the HC5000 is very useless for gamers and for everybody interested to use this Projector on a PC!

Why an unforgivable and serious defect like this has not been reported on the review?
TheLastKnight Posted Dec 27, 2006 4:44 PM PST
I have been in the market to purchase a HD projector for 8 months. I waited for Projector Central to release their full reviews and ended up purchasing the HC5000BL. I also purchased a ceiling mount, 8M HDMI, HDMI switcher, and Draper Cineperm Screen from The Projector

I am using a 119" screen with the projector mounted 13ft back. All I have to say is its amazing. I havent tried using my laptop just yet to see if I have PC issues but I have been watching HD 1080i content. I will purchase a HD DVD or Blu Ray player after i get a better idea whats coming out of the format war. For now its Direct TV and local HD in 1080i. I have read many reviews and all my viewer who come over my house think its amazing. I would have liked to had a few screens to switch out and play with because I wonder what a gray screen would look like. My theater room is completely a dark room 21' by 13 ft wide. The image is plenty bright although I wouldnt really want it darker, its just bright enough to make me feel very happy. I think projector central did a fine job in the review and have thanked them for it. I would like them to rate screens for the FullHD projectors as they do change. The CinePerm screen has a viynl 2 in boarder where I would have prefered a nicer boarder but then I would have paid more and when watching movies I would have not noticed at all.

The only thing I didnt know was I needed to mount the projector level then use the lens shift to correct the keystone effect since I mounted it on the ceiling. Not even mentioned in the manual so I found out on a forum right after the install. You can trust this review and very happy that I purchased it.
AV_Integrated Posted Feb 26, 2007 8:42 PM PST
It is typical of projectors to only accept computer resolutions up to a certain level. The solution is to get a computer with a DVI or HDMI output on the video card and then set the output resolution of the computer to the maximum that the display can handle.

In this case, 1920x1080 @ 60hz should be an accepted resolution without any issue at all.

But, if you are feeding the projector via a VGA connection then SXGA is likely the highest resolution that will be accepted.
dale6 Posted Apr 19, 2007 10:36 AM PST
"What means "Computer resolutions up to SXGA 1280x1024" ??

I can't work (and play) with PC at the native resolution of panel?

If this absurdity is true, the HC5000 is very useless for gamers and for everybody interested to use this Projector on a PC!

Why an unforgivable and serious defect like this has not been reported on the review?"

According to the manual, the native resolution can be used via DVI input. Over analog input, only SXGA is available.
dakota Posted Dec 12, 2008 3:47 PM PST
What is a good ceiling mount for the hc5000???
jsjacks Posted Nov 18, 2011 8:09 PM PST
I bought this projector along with a 92" screen in July of 2007 and have never regretted the decision. Everything in the technical review is true low noise (except when my 7.2 surround system engages)and gives me excellent picture detail. I paid $3000.00 and frankly it is much cheaper than any television set of comparable size and quality. Now 3 years later the debate is whether to move up to 3D with Mitsubishi or Panasonic and herein lies a question. Will the 92" screen size be limiting these projectors?
Michael Paquette Posted Sep 30, 2013 4:00 PM PST
I have the HC5000. It's been great but now I have blue patches on the screen that will not go away. Doesn't matter what mode it's in. Can you tell me what that is?
Jim Johnson Posted Oct 7, 2013 1:32 PM PST
Blue patches on the screen is probably due to dust in the projector. Get an air spray, open up the projector and use the air spray to clean it out.
Karin Charles Posted Jun 13, 2015 6:42 AM PST
I am looking for a fan filter replacment, have not been able to find one. I would appreciate any advice on where I can purchase one.
Finn Posted Mar 22, 2016 7:59 AM PST
Anyone can help or know if this projector is a HDMI 1.4 unit or what version is it at? Cheers
Dee Posted May 22, 2016 8:51 PM PST
Does anyone else have issues with dark scenes its very hard to make out the picture on mine and I don't know how to correct it if it can be
Frank Ricketts Posted Nov 23, 2018 8:11 AM PST
My system is stuck in Chinese and cannot read the menu and don't have an instruction booklet. How can I get the instruction book?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 26, 2018 12:58 PM PST
The main page of our database entry for this and most projectors features a link to an uploaded PDF of the manual. You can navigate there by typing the brand and model of the projector into our search field. For the HC5000, you can find the manual here:
Austin H Posted Mar 24, 2019 1:08 PM PST
I found this projector for 32 dollars at a thrift store and it's amazing. I'm just missing a cover for the lens.

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