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Mitsubishi HC4900 Review

Mitsubishi HC4900 Full Definition LCD Home Theatre Projector

Mitsubishi making an LCD projector was quite a surprise as they are mostly known for their work on DLP models. This HC4900 features the full definition 1080p resolution as native and with that amount of detail this projector will give you one of the sharpest native widescreen pictures available. Though the contrast level on the unit is a little lower than we'd like at 7500:1 it is still very decent and the unit boast an incredible 19dB noise level which is almost inaudible.

Though traditionally LCD units have lacked the contrast to be truly successful un the home theatre market this unit is utilizing the new iris technology to create quite a strong contrast level of 7500:1. The new technology has really made LCD projectors number one in the home theatre market of late and it's another step forward for LCD with brands like BenQ and Mitsubishi (both traditionally DLP) releasing LCD projectors.

The Mitsubishi HC4900 offers a massive lamp life of 5000 hours on economic mode. We found that this setting though is only applicable for a fairly dark room. The unit has a 1000 lumen brightness on the brighter settings but in economic mode the picture dims quite a bit which is still fine up to about 100inches diagonal in image size with a dark home theatre room.

Powered Focus and zoom! A fun feature to play with but in most home theatre rooms you won't be moving the projector for years and one time you will focus and zoom it to your liking means you may as well use a manual adjustment (that can't malfunction).

Lens shift - none. No it's not that big a deal most people like the idea of lens shift but end up putting the projector dead center anyway. But for the few that like to put their unit to the left or right of the screen this isn't the unit for you.

The image itself was quite good 1080p resolution we tested it on a blueray player as well as some of the higher definition games in an xbox 360 and we were impressed by the image detail and the very good colour processing. It offers an incredibly sharp image with amazing colour, outstanding detail and fairly good contrast. It lacked in this area against others like the EMP-TW1000 which has a 12000:1 contrast but still quite decent. We even tried it with a standard DVD (which runs at 576p) and even at the lower resolution the upscalling made a good image.

All in all taking the price into consideration it is a very good unit. The price is a stand out retailing below $4k and offers a good little package with a great picture.

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