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Review of Mitsubishi HC9000D

We've just completed a thorough road test of Mitsubishi's flagship home theater projector, the HC9000D...

When we first saw a preproduction sample in our lab last November, the 3D capabilities had a few quirks to iron out, but the 2D picture quality was a thing to behold.

Now that the 3D issues have been squared away, the HC9000D can be counted among the elite of home theater projectors under $10,000. Mitsubishi has built projectors using LCD and DLP technology, and now with the HC9000D comes their first design using Sony's SXRD reflective technology.

I know all the hype is about 3D. But believe it or not, what I appreciate the most about the HC9000D is how good a plain ole standard def DVD looks. To be sure, Blu-ray looks beautiful and 3D is fascinating novelty, but I've been dusting off my collection of some 300+ DVDs and running them on the HC9000D this past week. What a treat to see them on a projector of this quality.

At the moment, 3D is a focal point for many of the new home theater models. But for most people, 3D will be an occasional diversion, not part of the daily viewing diet. So at the end of the day, a projector that excels with conventional HD broadcast, Blu-ray, and DVD will be of immense value. That is really what the HC9000D is all about.

See the review of the Mitsubishi HC9000D here.

Evan Powell
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Mel Posted Apr 19, 2011 8:18 AM PST
I wonder how many readers can afford this projector? I can, but I couldn't talk myself into doing it (and neither would my wife).
Mojo Posted Apr 22, 2011 11:28 AM PST
I'm curious, can you share the data on which you base the claim "for most people 3D will only be an occasional diversion?"

I know there is a lot of debate about how firmly 3D will eventually penetrate when the dust settles, but to state something like this as if it were fact is disingenuous to 3D and misleading to consumers.

Maybe 3D is only of passing interest to YOU, but please don't flatly assume it's a fact for everyone; and if you're going to make product recommendations, i'd like to see them based on at least surveys of users, not your personal opinion.
JustNeil Posted May 3, 2011 3:02 PM PST
>> I'm curious, can you share the data on which you base the claim "for most people 3D will only be an occasional diversion?"

I don't know about the original poster's reasons, but I just bought a 3D-capable monitor for my PC so have for the first time looked around specifically for 3D movie DVD's/blu-rays.

What I found is that even now, 2 years or so after 3D TVs first went on sale, there is exactly 1 3D movie available that isn't a sickly cutesy Pixar-type CG or a documentary, neither of which interest me. The movie is Tron Legacy. Even 3D Avatar isn't available for general purchase yet. you have to actually buy a Panasonic TV kit for like $220 to get it. Is it any wonder that 3D is still niche? I mean WTF Hollywood? Are you really TRYING to kill off 3D? If so you're doing a good job.
Greg Posted May 4, 2011 1:53 PM PST
>> I'm curious, can you share the data on which you base the claim "for most people 3D will only be an occasional diversion?<<<<

QUOTE:I don't know about the original poster's reasons, but I just bought a 3D-capable monitor for my PC so have for the first time looked around specifically for 3D movie DVD's/blu-rays.

What I found is that even now, 2 years or so after 3D TVs first went on sale, there is exactly 1 3D movie available that isn't a sickly cutesy Pixar-type CG or a documentary,....... Is it any wonder that 3D is still niche? I mean WTF Hollywood? Are you really TRYING to kill off 3D? If so you're doing a good job. END OF QUOTE

You have answered your own question, yet you dispute the obvious claim Evan Powel made. Let me paraphrase it for you: For most people 3D will be an occasional diversion because there are HARDLY ANY 3D movies available yet.

What part of that reasoning you still don't understand? You can buy 3D PJ and hope to watch many 3D movies in the feature BUT for now, it;s a plain ole DVD and BR. What happens to 3D only time will tell.
lemansfanatic Posted May 4, 2011 5:47 PM PST
I personally could care less about 3d movies (yet), but there are many computers that are able to upgrade current 2D games into 3D. There is one youtube video where a guy is driving a racing game on a 100 inch projector in 3D, and that is what brought me to search projectors-GAMING, not movies.

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