1080P Projectors Saint John NB
Saint John, NB
January 1, 2007 By David Birch-Jones
Savvy shoppers know not to jump into the next-generation pool too quickly, as this year’s early adopters all too often become next year’s remorseful owners. They are surely wary of the new crop of 1080p projectors, which are among the first to convey the full resolution of which high-definition video is capable. But they will be shocked to learn that it makes no sense to wait for affordable 1080p projection—because it’s already here, in the form of Mitsubishi’s $3,495 HC5000 1080p LCD projector. [Editor's note: The price was $4,495 at the time of the review; Mitsubishi lowered the price in September 2007.] It’s no web-merchant cheapie, though—Mitsubishi equipped it with motorized optics and one of the top "super deinterlacer" chips, the Silicon Optix Realta HQV.
The motorized optics turn the often tedious installation chore into a breeze, providing both horizontal and vertical lens shift as well as focus and zoom. The range of the vertical lens shift is quite generous, which allows for shelf mounting at the back of the room, as well as ceiling-mount positioning well above the height of the top of the screen. Calling up the various motorized lens functions also activates a sharply defined single-pixel-width green crosshatch test pattern that lets me dial in the optimum height and lateral positioning in under a minute.
Calling up the setup menu provides me with sensibly named color-temperature choices, including an only slightly reddish Warm setting, a neutral-looking Medium setting, and two very bluish Cool and High Bright settings. A quick run-through of some of my favorite high-def scenes stored on my DVR’s hard drive tells me that Medium is the choice for realistic color rendition, and the owner’s manual indicates that choice provides the optimum 6,500 degrees Kelvin color temperature.
Prior to verifying this claim with my color analyzer, I settle in and watch the Over The Hedge DVD. After this enthralling, sophisticated animated movie finishes, I wonder out loud how I could possibly justify the need for HD DVD, as the upconversion from my DVD player’s 480i output to 1080p is flawless. At least some credit surely goes to the Silicon Optix Realta chip.
A few days later, the color analyzer indeed confirms that the projector’s Medium temperature setting is quite close to the mark, coming in at around 6,900 degrees Kelvin in the middle of the gray scale and hardly wavering from that at the darkest and brightest ends. The "User" setting lets me fine-tune the gray scale even further, bringing me closer still to the 6,500-degree ideal. While any good display can benefit from calibration, I do have to say that, assuming a color-neutral screen material, the HC5000’s factory color-temperature performance at the Medium setting is entirely satisfactory.
I do like the three dedicated picture memory buttons on the remote control, as w...