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Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D Home Theater Projector

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Street Price: n/a
3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 12.6 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Color Wheel:6x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.5x manual
Lens Shift:Vertical
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$349.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.4 (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p

This is shaping up to be a year of evolution rather than revolution in home theater projectors. Mitsubishi's latest offering is the HC8000D-BL, a successor model to their HC7800D that garnered high praise for its film-like image and smooth reproduction of detail and exceptional 2D to 3D conversion. The HC8000D-BL, in a clear continuation of this tradition, incorporates some definite improvements over last year's model in terms of picture quality in both 2D and 3D. Retail price is the same as last year, $2999, but that price includes an extended warranty, an extra lamp, and a picture that packs a punch.

The HC8000D-BL is being released in limited distribution and is available from authorized retail shops and custom installers. At the same time, Mitsubishi is releasing a second model for open distribution that will be available from online Internet resellers. This model, the HC7900DW, is quite similar to the HC8000D but it is a bit higher in lumen output, lower in contrast, and costs $2499 instead of $2999. While this review will focus on the HC8000D-BL, most observations can be applied equally to the HC7900DW. The differences between the two models are spelled out in the Comparison section.

The Viewing Experience

The HC8000D-BL, like its predecessor, is a projector intended for use in a darkened home cinema environment. And while it has a good deal of placement flexibility, the easiest place to mount it for most people will be on the ceiling due to some limitations on lens shift range.

We set up the HC8000D-BL on a low table, which is the best option for folks who don't want to ceiling mount their projectors (a rear shelf mount is not a realistic option unless it is a very low rear shelf). The HC8000D-BL has some vertical lens shift, just as the HC7800D did, but like its predecessor it has an upward throw angle even at the bottom of the lens shift range.

The picture from the HC8000D-BL is solid and competitive, but not uniquely exceptional in today's market. The projector has is a smooth, natural image and accurate color in Cinema mode that conforms very closely to the Rec. 709 standard, even before calibration. It can be marginally tweaked to more or less perfect after calibration. If, on the other hand, you want a punchier, more dramatic image, switching the projector to 2.4 gamma as opposed to the default 2.2 will give the picture some additional oomph.

If you want a reference projector, this is a good place to start. The HC8000D-BL, like its predecessor, is a no-frills, all-business approach to home theater, and users will get reliable performance from it.

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Comments (14) Post a Comment
Singing Italian Posted Oct 3, 2012 10:41 AM PST
Hey Bill can you let us know what size screen the HC8000D-BL can handle in a darken room. Im assuming its what the HC7800 can do since no information was posted,and what about screen size for 3D.
Nikonf5 Posted Oct 4, 2012 12:59 PM PST
Any chance of getting the model numbers of the Mitsu emitter you tested with AND the proprietary Mitsu glasses as the 7800 prop glasses were badly reviewed and these sound different.

Also, the emitter has a different model number from the 7800 and am wondering whether the IR is different as well to accomodate universal glasses.
JoeBoy Posted Oct 4, 2012 4:13 PM PST
I would like to know the same...How large of a 2.35 screen can this PJ handle in a completely light controlled batcave, in my case. Thanks!
Wondering Posted Oct 4, 2012 5:18 PM PST
Also, is that a true 120hz PC-Ready 3d implementation? Been waiting for a 1080p 60 3d capable projector of merit that isn't hugely expensive =)....
Joe Posted Oct 4, 2012 8:45 PM PST
Hello Bill...I'm curious as well. What is the largest 2.35 screen this PJ can handle IMHO?
chris Posted Oct 6, 2012 1:05 PM PST
You wrote "you can switch the projector into 6x speed mode, thereby reducing the chances you'd ever see a rainbow artifact to just about zero". I have a HW300T LED projector. I can see rainbow artifacts quite easily depending on the material. So are you implying that the refresh rate on my projector is less than 6 refreshed images per colour per second? More importantly, are you saying that a 6 refresh rate is the magic number I need to not see rainbow artifacts?
ilya Posted Oct 6, 2012 11:32 PM PST
How are they compared to HC7800D ? Are blacks better ?
iwolf Posted Oct 9, 2012 8:32 AM PST
How is the dynamic iris working on 8000? Is it noticeable, annoying? There was a complains about auto iris on HC7800D. Is 8000 better?
Bill Livolsi Posted Oct 9, 2012 10:30 AM PST
Hi guys, thanks for writing.

Singing Italian, JoeBoy, Joe - That depends on a couple of things. Let's say you're using Cinema mode at full power. If you have a 1.3-gain screen, you can go to 120" at 16:9 and still get 18 fL. If you want to use Eco mode, you should stay closer to 100"-110" diagonal.

You can do a 100" diagonal 16:9 screen with the HC8000D in 3D and still get a picture that is bright enough. So the ideal, at least for me, is a 100" diagonal 1.3-gain screen. With 2D, you can do Cinema Eco, and with 3D you can do 3D at full power. You get a pleasantly bright picture in each instance.

2.4:1 is tricky. I am assuming you are not using an anamorphic lens and are just zooming the picture to fit, in which case the same numbers apply - 120" diagonal for full power and 100" diagonal for eco. You get slightly lower average illumination but not enough to throw the projector out of the acceptable range.

Wondering - No, I don't think so. The HC7900 and HC8000 accept the HDMI 1.4 3D formats, but they show you 60 frames per second per eye. That doesn't mean they can accept direct 120Hz.

chris - it's not 6x per color per second, it's 6x per color per frame. I can also guarantee that your HW300T does not have a 6x speed refresh rate.
iwolf Posted Oct 12, 2012 8:52 AM PST
"The HC7900DW uses "generic" 3D glasses"

Are you saying 7900 can NOT use mitsubishi black-liquid-high-performance glasses? Only "generic"?
Nick Posted Oct 17, 2012 12:16 AM PST
Hello and thanks for the review.

Could you tell how the HC8000 compares to Panasonic PT-AE8000U and JVC DLA-RS55U contrast, black levels and ghosting?
Bill Livolsi Posted Oct 17, 2012 10:17 AM PST
iwolf - correct; only the HC8000D-BL can use the high-performance glasses.
DarkCinema Posted Nov 7, 2012 9:33 AM PST
Do you need an IR emitter or can you also use DLPLink glasses?
Image Processor Posted Jan 26, 2014 5:32 AM PST
Any time you see "DLP", think what's the lifetime, can the DLP be replaced, and how much does it cost. The DLP I had only lasted about four years. Sure, it's possible that in four years the image display systems will inject it straight into our visual cortex, but maybe not....

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