On Screen Display
No change here from other Mitsubishi projector models, as the OSD combines their familiar graphic icons with clear text. The groupings are mostly logical in layout, and unlike the majority of projectors out there, the OSD remains on screen for as long as you like, which is very helpful at setup and when making adjustments further down the road.
The remote’s nicely contoured back panel fits comfortably in the user’s hand, while dedicated buttons provide extensive picture adjustment controls and help control the projector’s various inputs. The remote features backlighting, although the backlight level is a tad on the dim side, and isn’t adjustable. Overall though, the projector’s remote control design is a good one, featuring discrete power on and off buttons, along with individual buttons for the three user-adjustable picture memories.
Blu-ray Evaluation: Billy Idol In Super Overdrive Live
Indie label Eagle Rock Entertainment is doing a fine job of cranking out great-looking (and mostly very good-sounding) Blu-ray HD concert discs, and this recent release of Brit rocker Billy Idol in concert features super crisp HD detail, although the quick cuts and numerous close-ups might be just a tad too detailed—it seems our Billy is drenched in sweat almost from the get-go.
With the color control turned down a few notches from the factory default, the Mitsubishi puts out a wonderfully colorful picture that isn’t over-emphasized in any way. A check with the colorimeter shows the Mitsubishi’s colorimetry is just about spot-on perfect, in terms of the ITU Rec.709 HD color gamut standard—an amazing result given the HC3800’s very affordable price. No need for the Brilliant Color feature either.
The blacks are exceptionally good for such a budget-priced projector, and close-ups of Billy and his satin-anodized black microphone show off the deep blacks very well. In the low lamp mode, there’s still plenty of brightness, and the blacks improve noticeably (and lamp life increases substantially as well).
Wide shots of the stage show the dark brick stage walls and ceiling, and numerous shots of the audience in the venue show very good shadow detail. This is another area where the Mitsubishi performs as well as much more expensive models.
Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: 2010 Winter Olympics (NBC)
To get the most detail, you’ll want to make sure the overscan is set to 100% (pixel-for-pixel). With the numerous on-screen graphics presented during the various competitions, the Mitsubishi delivers crisp detail, with no noticeable color fringing at the edges (sometimes a problem with single-chip DLP projectors).