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Mitsubishi HC6500U Projector Mitsubishi HC6500U
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15000:1 Contrast Ratio
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Mitsubishi HC6500U
Home Theater
Projector Review

Bill Livolsi, October 27, 2008


Contrast. While shadow detail is very good, black level on the HC6500 is not quite as deep as the competition. This is evident when it is viewed side by side with a unit that has a deeper black, but when viewed alone, there is no sense that the HC6500 is lacking.

ANSI contrast on the HC6500 measured out to 304:1, which is better than a number of 1080p LCD projectors released last year which we measured at around 250:1. However, several of the new high contrast projectors coming to market this fall are generating higher ANSI contrast, including the Mitsubishi HC7000, which we measured at 409:1.

Color Requires Calibration. The HC6500 has easy-to-use color controls and is simple to calibrate. It does require calibration out of the box to reach its best possible performance. Our test unit required some fine-tuning to remove a green bias that was present with the factory default settings.

No Frame Interpolation. Several 1080p models coming to market this fall have frame interpolation capability on board. The HC6500 does not. We expect this to become a significant competitive issue in the months ahead.

Available from Select Dealers Only. The Mitsubishi is in restricted distribution, and is available through local authorized dealers and some retailers such as Best Buy. Restricted distribution means restricted discounting, so you probably won't be finding this model available for much less than the sticker price anytime soon.

The good news is that the HC6500's retail price of $3,395 is significantly less expensive than most other limited distribution products. If you're looking for the personalized service of a local dealer, installation assistance, easy return for service, etc., but don't want to break the bank, the HC6500 may be the perfect option.

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Comments (10) Post a Comment
kevinp Posted Oct 30, 2008 11:57 AM PST
compared to the panasonic this seems to be overpriced by about $1,500.

Is there anyone who would prefer this to the panasonic ?
Scott Fink Posted Oct 31, 2008 1:09 PM PST
I just purchased the Mitsubishi HC6500U for $2499.00. I will update on the performance after i get this installed.
raggarichie Posted Nov 7, 2008 2:52 AM PST
I paid a little over 2000 for mine. I've not received it yet though. The bulb life is the main reason I'm buying this Mitsubishi. I think the total cost of ownership, if the bulb last 5000 hours is well worth it.
Dr. Robert, PHd EE Posted Nov 30, 2008 5:17 PM PST
Very nice Bill! I enjoyed the comparison. I am still using the ancient Toshiba MT-2 which cost me 10,999 back in the day when there was no HD Content. Do you believe that it does a fair job at rendering 720P ? I am about ready to upbrade as soon as the porjector manufacturers get the cobwebs off of the Lazer projetor prototypes. Would you believe a projector bulb that lasts one million hours? I have seen them.
Nossy Posted Jan 12, 2009 1:23 PM PST
There's no doubt that the Panasonic AE3000 offers alot more bang for the buck with it's features and performance and lower price. There's also no question that the HC6500 is a solid performer that will satisfy most mainstream folks. I'd recommend the AE3000, but if you can find a HC6500 for cheaper (I found mine at Best Buy as a close-out model for $2199) then go for it. I did originally had my heart set on the AE3000, but the price for the HC6500 was hard to resist - including a 3-year no interest they had going. In a nutshell, no regrets as I am really satisified with the performance and it is one of the quietest and lighter projector. However, I wouldn't pay $3,000 or more for this projector as there are better projectors at that price range.

Currently I am projecting a 120" screen at about 14 feet and it is a joy to watch. I am not missing the 120Hz features that are the new trend in LCD and projectors since I use this projector mainly for movie watching. If you watch alot of sporting events it's great, but for movies, it's a no-no.
Jim Posted Feb 7, 2009 5:52 PM PST
I own the older Mits HC5000 for over 2 years and I have loved it. The HC6500 should be an improvement over my older HC500. The picture is razor sharp and it has a beautiful picture. I'm projecting it onto a Da-lite 106" screen. The picture looked great right out of the box and it is ultra quiet. My collection of 350+ Blu-ray & HD-DVD's look wondeful as do my 1500 standard DVD's.
Alex Posted Feb 19, 2009 8:24 AM PST
I own a Mitsubishi HC-5000 I got the day ti was reviewed here at (paid euro 2900)

After aroud 3500 hours the lamp started to have difficult startup, but at the same time i got the flashing message stating "soon to replace the lamp". I am now at 4220 hours, picture still perfect, i have bought the new lamp(euro 260), but it is still boxed.

The picture of this projector is still making everyone say "wow" and if the HC-6500U is an improvement, it will be overwelming!
beastmode Posted Feb 23, 2009 10:10 AM PST
$1925 is what I paid FEB09. I've never owed a projector until now and I can say even without a screen and blue ray or HD it's amazing. I plan to paint my room dark gray and buy a Studiotek fixed screen soon along with a Playstation 3 for blu ray. Speakers have come down as well. From what I've read you don't need to spend a lot to get good sound. Can anyone recommend a good ceiling mount for this projector?
John in SA Posted Aug 1, 2009 2:52 PM PST
Just bought the HC6500 at Best Buy. They're discontinuing this model and there is plenty of room to deal. List price in our area is $2499, but they brought it down to $1900. They also knocked $500 of a 92" Screen Innovations Reference Series, so I bought it at $950.

Reading the foregoing reviews has me quite excited to see how this performs when it is installed in a couple of days.
Garyc Posted May 30, 2012 6:28 PM PST
I've had the mitsu 6500 for about 2 years - performs flawlessly. I was able to adjust everything myself. Many projectors have very limited adjustments to where they mey not work in your room which is why I chose the mitsu 6500. Even DVD images are crystal clear. It has been maintenace free. Mitsubishi knows what they are doing.

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