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Mitsubishi HD4000 DLP Projector Review

by April 16, 2006
  • Product Name: HD4000 DLP Projector
  • Manufacturer: Mitsubishi
  • Performance Rating: StarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: April 16, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 3995
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Display Technology: Single 0.65-inch DarkChip2 DLP technology from Texas Instruments

Resolution: 1280x768

Brightness: 2000 Lumens

Contrast Ratio: 2500:1

Noise Level: 37dB typical 31db low lamp mode

Lamp Life: 3000 Hours standard

Horizontal Scan Rate: 15-80 kHz

Vertical Scan Rate: 50-85 Hz

Image Size: 40-inches to 275-inches

Throw Ratio: 1.63 to 1.97 (Distance/Width)

Uniformity: 90% Or Better

Keystone Correction: Horizontal and Vertical

Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SEACAM, EDTV, HDTV

Computer Compatibility: UXGA, SXGA, WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA

Input Connectors: HDMI, Component Video, S-Video, Composite
Video, VGA   

I/R Pickup Receivers: Front and Rear 

12-Volt Trigger 

Dimensions: 12.20” W x 3.90” H x 9.60”D (310 x 100 x 215 mm) 

Weight: 6.5 Pounds (2.8kg) 

Power Supply: 100-240 Volts 50-60Hz 

Projection Methods: Front, Rear, Ceiling Mount, Table Top

Warranty: 3-Year Limited Warranty; 90-Day Lamp Warranty


Pros

  • Very bright
  • Excellent black level and color
  • Very good internal video processor
  • Excellent 3-year warranty with Express Replacement, 24-hour rapid swap out.

Cons

  • No lens shift
  • Remote has sporadic operation
  • Excessive rainbow effect (RBE)
  • Lacks fine image detail
  • Average build quality and generic styling
  • HDMI will not sync with HTPC
  • Low performance to price ratio

Introduction

Mitsubishi has built a solid reputation over the last decade manufacturing high quality, high performance display devices and is an industry leader in the implementation of DLP technology. Front projection systems are becoming popular in many typical home theaters, and it’s no surprise that Mitsubishi has several front projectors to choose from including the recently introduced HD4000. The HD4000 is the second 1280x768 dark chip 2 projector we have reviewed thus far. We were very impressed with the previous 1280x768 projector, the Optoma HD-72. Naturally one would assume that because the projectors share the same DMD technology that they would be similar in performance characteristics. We were very surprised to find out that that was NOT the case.

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About the author:

RLA Home Theater and Hi-Fi began as a hobby and has expanded into a business. Ray took his love of music and movies and turned it into his personal business to bring movie theater sound and quality into the homes of his customers. Ray brought great knowledge and expertise to us from a custom installer/integrator's perspective.

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