Mitsibushi carries over the fine styling from the HC6000’s earlier versions, with a compact and elegant cabinet finished in charcoal gray, along with a lens cover that is sculpturally shaped to match the cabinet’s curves and contours. The optical system includes extensive adjustment capability by remote control and includes motorized zoom and motorized focus, as well as motorized lens shift—both horizontal and vertical— to allow easy dialing-in while standing close to the screen. The HC6000 also features a top-notch video processor, powered by the Silicon Optix Reon Hollywood Quality Video chip, which features excellent upconversion from standard definition sources and similarly impressive 1080i deinterlacing to 1080p.
Note: Unlike direct view TVs, a projector’s picture quality and the corresponding optimum contrast and brightness picture settings are a function of the particular screen’s size and the type of screen material used. If you’re setting it up yourself, a test DVD or Blu-ray disc with the appropriate test patterns is de rigueur.
(Across The Universe)
|Sharp as a tack, especially on B&W protest montage at the very beginning.||Rich, not overly saturated, yellow dance hall lighting gives appropriate golden hues.||Excellent deep blacks, dark scenes in English club nicely rendered.||English actors wearing leather and flannel coats, properly detailed.||None noted. As expected, HQV processor scores well with HQV BD NR tests.|
(The Devil Wears Prada)
|Very clean, no softening or edge artifacts.||Vivid cerulean cable-knit sweater in Chapter 9 “Stuff” scene, natural skin tones.||Nighttime Paris scenes feature inky blacks, dark grays.||Tuxedos rendered with sufficient detail to reveal fabric types, sheen.||NR functions not available via HDMI, only via analog connections.|
Mitsubishi has a winner with the HC6000, providing a top-notch video processing section along with an excellent optical system that allows the easiest and fastest setup via the remote control. It’s also pleasantly devoid of gimmicky picture “enhancement” functions, and is instead endowed with truly useful adjustment options, including 4-way blanking (they call it “shutter”), something I wish all displays offered. There’s plenty of light output at the low lamp setting for reasonably sized screens, which will provide the longest lamp life—the on-screen timer system and the corresponding explanation in the owner’s manual suggests a 5,000 hour lamp life when run in low lamp mode. It also has great deep black performance and a video processor that virtually guarantees artifact-free results with interlaced sources. That it comes in at $1500 less than its predecessor makes it a great projector value.