My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsMitsubishi HC4000 300-Inch 1080pFront Projector (Black)From MitsubishiList Price: $1,999.00Price: $1,049.97Availability: Usually ships in 1-2 business daysShips from and sold by CircuitCity19 new or used available from $964.35Average customer review:(37 customer reviews)Product DescriptionFinely detailed images, true to life color, enhanced brightness and contrast, and affordability.HC4000 home theater projectors have it all. These HD projectors bring movies, televisionprograms and games to life for incredible home entertainment. Advanced Technology andFeatures DLP DarkChip3 ensures true reproduction and fine detail. New 1.5x short-throw zoomlens improves image depth and deep blacks. DDP3021 Full 10-bit panel driver built in forsmooth expression of dark gradations. Blu-ray 24P direct output compatible capable of outputtwice the speed of cinema film. Up to 5000 hours of lamp life in low mode. Anamorphic lenscompatibility to provide lens appropriate to media being played.Product Details Color: Black Brand: Mitsubishi Model: HC4000
Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 8.00" h x 13.00" w x 15.00" l, 7.72 pounds Native resolution: 1080p (1920x1080)Features Estimated Lamp Life Rating: 5000 hours (low mode)Usage, Replacement Lamp: VLT-HC3800LP (1-Year or 500-Hours lamp warranty),2-Years Limited Parts and LaborWarranty Native 1080p, HDMI connectivity, Manual Focus & Zoom Lens (Zoom Ratio 1.5:1) Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1 (on/off), Color Wheel: 6-segment (RGBRGB),Brightness/Lumens: 1300 ANSI Lumens, Decibels: 31dBA (standard mode)Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews131 of 138 people found the following review helpful.Top-drawer picture quality and value, difficult to positionBy D. AlexanderFor many theater installs, the HC4000 was the best 1080p projector in its price range as of late2011. Epsons 8350 is a strong alternative.My projector is an HC3800. The HC4000 is functionally identical save for an improved DLPchip that yields slightly lower maximum brightness and somewhat higher ANSI contrast. Thereappear to be no other differences in the manual or elsewhere. My impressions of the HC3800should therefore apply wholesale to this model. My testing area is a light-controlled room with a12 x 5 2.39:1 WilsonArt Designer White screen with 1.2 gain. The throw distance from the lensto the screen is around 16.Before diving into the main review, Ive listed some background issues:PROJECTOR SPECIFICATIONS:Three key specifications of any projector are lumen output, ANSI contrast, and absolute blacklevels. Lumen output dictates how well the projector will handle ambient light and large screensizes without washing out or becoming uncomfortably dim. ANSI contrast measures dynamicrange, or the brightest and darkest tones the projector can display at the same time. The punchof an image with bright lights and dark shadows is heavily dependent on ANSI contrast. LowerANSI numbers imply a flatter image with grayer blacks. Finally, low absolute black levelsensure that in completely dark scenes, black appears black and not a dark slate. Roompreparation affects the relative importance of these attributes; ambient light and reflected lightfrom nearby surfaces can negate differences in black levels and ANSI contrast.
Beyond image quality, certain features aid in placement flexibility. A generous zoom rangeallows the projector to display a range of image sizes from a particular position, or the sameimage size while moving the projector. Lens shift allows the projected image to be movedwithout moving the projector or incurring keystone distortion. These features are more commonin LCD projectors than DLP. More expensive projectors can have motorized or automated lensshift, which is helpful if the projector is placed in an inaccessible location or constantlyswitching aspect ratios.SCREEN TYPES:The projection surface can be almost anything from a painted wall to a retractable, acousticallytransparent theater imitation. Gain, a multiplier that interacts with the projectors lumen output todetermine how bright the picture will appear, is a fundamental attribute of all surfaces. A typicalwhite screen with no additives has a gain of about 1.1. Maximum gain for white is about 1.3.Gray screens are 0.7 to 0.8. Screens with reflective additives like glass beads or silver can have again of up to 4. Gains above 1.3 correspond to progressively tighter viewing cones, so peoplesitting off-center to a high-gain screen will see a dimmer picture.The purpose of a low-gain gray screen is to shift the entire brightness range of the picturedownward. Blacks become blacker, whites become grayer. The combination of a gray screen anda high-lumen projector can effectively compensate for ambient or reflected light that wouldotherwise cause a very high black level with a white screen. A low-lumen projector paired withgray will just produce a dim picture. For screen sizes below 100", the HC4000 is bright enoughto be paired with a gray screen in modest ambient light.DLP VS. LCD:Modern projectors produce color by shooting light through a spinning DLP color wheel or anLCD panel. Each has ups and downs. LCDs can suffer from alignment problems, and some willshow a noticeable grid between pixels on large screens. They do tend to have excellentplacement flexibility, especially in regard to lens shift. DLPs will have a whine from the colorwheel and the potential for some people to experience flashes of color (rainbows) when theyshift their gaze to different parts of the picture. DLP color wheels with more segments mitigatethis tendency at the cost of reduced brightness. Lens shift is uncommon. Zoom controls tend tobe minimal.HC4000 PLACEMENT:The HC4000 is a DLP projector. Its very small, and when paired with a Vantage PointCGUPM12-S, blends into a black ceiling. Setup is difficult because the lens on the HC4000 isangled and because the vertical center point of the projected image varies with the zoom setting.The lens offset (the vertical shift of the projected image relative to the lens location) is veryaggressive, so if the HC4000 is mounted upside-down on the ceiling, wide zooms will produce alarge image that may dip into the floor. Because my ceilings are only 8, I have this issue. Thesame characteristic, however, makes the HC4000 well-suited to short throw distances andplacement on a coffee table or between seats.
The native projected image is 1920x1080, a 1.78:1 aspect ratio. My 2.40:1 screen corresponds toa resolution of 1920x800, so I used my HC3800s advanced controls to shift the image signal tothe top of the pixel grid. The bottom 280 pixels project a black signal onto the floor thatgenerally isnt visible. To match the top of the projected image to the top of my screen, I wasforced to tilt the projector slightly upward and correct with the digital keystone controls. Theimage degradation from keystone was invisible in movies and extremely subtle in Windows.HC4000 IMAGE QUALITY:Sharpness is very good. The HC4000 is capable of showing all the detail and every flaw in Blu-Ray source material. Simply by virtue of the gigantic screen size, its actually less forgiving thana smaller LCD monitor of the same resolution.ANSI contrast is excellent. Any scene with both lights and darks, which is almost all of them,has as much punch as a non-CRT projector can have. The HC4000 surpasses the Epson 8350significantly in this area.Absolute black levels are good to very good. Credits and space scenes with small stars look inky.Scenes where a character is bumbling around in the dark are less compelling; as your visionadjusts, the blacks look closer to slate.Color gamut is good. Greens and blues are fairly strong. Red, a bit less so. All three roughlymatch the standard 72% NTSC of most computer monitors. The gamut is noticeably less widethan my 102% NTSC 2408WFP.Color accuracy is good to excellent. Like all projectors, the HC4000 is capable of a brightergreen than red or blue, so the high-brightness white balances will cause a green push. Mediumwhite balance and the first two gamma modes are much more accurate and preferable with littlesacrifice to brightness. Color is pleasing out of the box. This projector does not require anexternal calibrator to look good.Brightness is very good to excellent. The HC4000 is capable of high lumen outputs whilepreserving black levels and color balance. Few, if any comparable projectors can go as bright inthis Best mode, though some of them (e.g., the Epson 8350) have special Sports modes capableof extremely high brightness with a green push. For screen sizes over 100" with significantambient light, these alternatives may be a better choice.Subjectively, the HC4000 and a large screen will astonish almost every first-time viewer. Whenbacked by a powerful speaker system, the experience is as thrilling, or more, than almost anytheater.HC4000 GENERAL:No complaints about the menu system, which is effective, easy to navigate, and functional.
The HC4000 has an Aspect button on the remote that digitally switches between 2.39:1 and16x9 aspect ratios. This is the most compelling feature of the unit if you intend to use it with anHTPC and a 2.39:1 screen. Switching aspects with other projectors like the Panasonic AE4000 orViewsonics Pro8100 requires moving the lens around. The HC4000s digital switch isinstantaneous. You do lose some resolution; 16x9 uses the equivalent of 1420x800 pixels insteadof the full 1920x1080, but the downsampling algorithm is excellent and you wont miss thedifference.Ive seen a couple of niggling issues among four HC3800s that also apply to the HC4000. Onehad a small amount of light bleed from the projector body. In a noise-dampened room, the high-pitched whine of the color wheel is too apparent to me. The HC3800 is also acutely sensitive toHDMI cable quality. With my 25 cable run, every now and then, Ill see a subtle sparkling in thedeepest blacks. Equally rare is an aberration that looks like a heat current drifting across theframe in bright areas of static images.SCREEN SELECTION:Im compelled to write a small aside on screen aspect ratio and how it relates to anamorphiccontent and the Aspect button.With DVD, the standard NTSC resolution is 720x480. PAL, the European format, is 720x576.These correspond to aspect ratios (width:height) of 1.5:1 and 1.25:1. Movies are filmed at wideraspect ratios, generally 1.85:1 or 2.39:1. Encoding these films to DVD conventionally wastes alot of vertical resolution; in the case of a 2.39:1 movie on a PAL DVD, the upper and lowerquarter of the DVD picture would be a black signal. So-called anamorphic DVDs solved thisproblem by distorting the aspect ratio of the film to fill the DVD frame, squashing it on thehorizontal axis and expanding it on the vertical. A special anamorphic lens attached to aprojector could then stretch this signal out horizontally to remove the distortion, thereby using allthe resolution of the DVD format for the film. The projection screen would typically have anaspect ratio of 2.39:1.Blu-ray changes things. The universal BD resolution is 1920x1080, an aspect ratio of 1.78:1. TheBD consortium has redefined anamorphic to mean a movie filmed in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1.Most BD disks are therefore labeled anamorphic. None, however, employ the squashingtechnique of anamorphic DVDs. Wider films simply encode black bars in the BD signal; a 2.39:1film on BD will have an actual resolution of about 1920x800, with the remainder above andbelow as black. Because theres no aspect ratio distortion, anamorphic lenses have nothing tocompensate for, and are therefore of no use.*Lets bring all this down to Earth. If you buy a projector, youll need a screen. But what aspectratio? The ideal used to be 2.39:1 with an anamorphic lens, but is that still true? Heres how itworks with the HC4000, assuming the projected image is adjusted to fill the screen width:1.78:1 Screen* 2.39:1 content - content is centered, filling the screen width. 1920x815 resolution. Projectedblack bars fill the remaining screen height on the top and bottom.
* 1.78:1 content - content matches screen area. 1920x1080 resolution.2.39:1 Screen* 2.39:1 content - content matches screen area. 1920x815 resolution. Black bars projected aboveand below screen area.* 1.78:1 content - content is centered, filling the screen height. If projector image is resized withzoom controls, resolution is 1920x1080 and while black bars appear on the left and right sides ofthe screen, they are not projected. If Aspect button is used, resolution is 1420x800 and the blackbars are a projected black signal.If we assume you want the largest possible screen (within the constraints of viewing distance)and your screen is height-limited, 2.39:1 gives the largest area. If width is the limiting factor,then 1.78:1 will be larger. And if youre unwilling to sacrifice any resolution, only 1.78:1 willpreserve it for all content without manipulating the projectors zoom controls.* Some users choose to introduce the aspect distortion themselves and correct it with ananamorphic lens. This allows 2.39:1 projection without a projected black signal above or belowthe screen, though with no additional resolution. Countering that advantage are increased cost,lens distortion, and lost sharpness from the initial interpolation.HIGH-BRIGHTNESS SETTINGS:For anyone with a large screen, Ive spent a few hours attempting to find the brightest colorsettings that dont cause problems elsewhere. The idea was to create a steep gamma curve for90% of the brightness range and then to roll off the last 10% to prevent clipping. The result is alot of black detail and enough brightness in Eco mode to approximate full lamp.User Gamma: Sports (or Video for more neutral color) 10/10/5Contrast: 0Brightness: 5Color Temp.: MediumColor: 1Tint: -1Sharpness: 1BrilliantColor: OffInput Level: NormalSome of this merits explaining. Display devices in general have three major controls: whitepoint, black point, and gamma. The white point sets what tone in the source image is displayedas pure white. Black point, the same for blacks. Gamma is the line connecting the white andblack points that maps the intermediate tones. Curve the gamma line upward and you get abrighter image without clipping (cutting off) whites or turning the deepest blacks into grays.With a conventional CRT television, Contrast sets the white point, Brightness sets black, andthe gamma adjustment could be named almost anything.For this projector and most others, Sports gamma is the brightest of the three available gamma
curves. It has a small green push for which I apply a slight tint adjustment. Video gamma hassomewhat more pleasing color.Most of my tweaking was in the interaction between Contrast, BrilliantColor, and the input level.All three clip the white point in different ways. Input level does it in a neutral way at RGB 235or so (on a 0-255 scale). Contrast starts neutral, but will cause a green push in the whites athigher settings. BC is an enigma. On a gradient chart, it has no effects on pure R, G, or B, butbrightens and clips other colors, including whites, on a grayscale gradient. It only makes sense tohave it enabled with the Enhanced input level; with Normal input, youll seen posterization(banding) on the bright side of a gradient. You can fix the banding by dropping the contrastcontrol to -12 or so, but then you lose the additional brightness.For movies, my best results were clipping the input levels with Normal, but then bringing up theblacks with Brightness so that pure black in a movie was mapped to pure black on the projector.That setting was ultimately 5. When I had Enhanced input with BC on, I ended up at -25. Theresults were similar, but the first way is less of a tug-o-war on the tone curve.Anyway, on my screen, the above settings result in a very bright picture, no banding, neutralcontrast, and fairly accurate colors. Im very pleased with it for movies. Windows itself benefitsfrom less aggressive gamma.If you intend to downvote, please leave a comment. I do try to be accurate, Id much prefer toknow the issue.33 of 35 people found the following review helpful.My first projector and Im very impressed!By Luke8907I received my Mitsubishi HC4000 last week from Amazon and after watching Monday NightFootball with some of my co-workers last night, I feel like I should put up a little review. Likemost people, I did do some Internet research to find out if buying a projector was a good idea forme. Initially, I was planning on buying a fairly large LCD or plasma TV around 55" to 60"screen size. Then, I started day-dreaming about what it would be like to have a HUGE screen towatch movies,sports, and play games on. I did a quick Google search for "projector reviews" andfound 2 good websites (projectorreviews.com and projectorcentral.com) that had lots of goodinformation about projectors. I quickly found out that projector price and technology hadimproved considerably over the last 5 to 10 years. I quickly narrowed down my choices to 2projectors in the price range I was willing to spend ($1K to 1.5K), the Epson 8350 and theMitsubishi HC4000 based off the reviews from the 2 websites I listed above. Both sitescommented that the Mits HC4000 had the best picture quality for the price, even though theEpson was close. The biggest advantage the Epson has is lens shift, which, allows for much moreflexible placement of the projector. I didnt need to mount my projector in a corner or some otherodd place in my room so, I felt that picture quality and sharpness were the most important factorsin my decision to go with the Mits HC4000. Right out of the box, I hooked up the projector tomy media player via HDMI and put on a 1080p MKV movie file and shined it up on the wall andWOW! The sharpness and color were indeed as impressive as the review websites hadmentioned. I also used the advice from an article on projectorcentral to paint my wall with a
specific can of white paint made by Sherwin Williams to get a DIY screen for dirt cheap and itdoes look great.It was a leap of faith for me to buy something that normally I would have to see in person tomake a decision on purchasing but, I am glad I did it and Im looking forward to many morenights of movies,sports, and games!!!49 of 59 people found the following review helpful.FrustratedBy SiGMitsubishi Hc4000 Hc4000 - Dlp Projector - Desktop - 1300 Ansi Lumen - 1920 X 1080 - 16:9A great projector or rather has a potential to be one.First the good: very sharp picture, good black levels thanks to DLP dark chip 3.Bright enough for large screen 120" even with lights ON. Audible noise acceptable in low lampmode. Easy to install thanks to long zoom range and keystone correction. My projector isattached to 7 1/2 ft ceiling and from 16 ft generates perfectly rectangular image on 120" screen.Now the bad: this projector has problem with image uniformity which makes the picture darkeron one side. Also there is a significant light leakage from the vents and around the lens.And the ugly: My projector suffers from lens internal light leakage which creates an halo or aring of light about 3 ft outside the screen. This can be seen on the wall when the scene turns darkand you are in a dark room. This problem is very distracting since the ring appears anddisappears as the scene changes.And a word of advice to everybody: Be sure to check the SELLER RETURN POLICY(including exceptions!) before you waste your hard earned money. I failed to do it and for now Iam stuck with a great but defective projector waiting for Amazon to bail me out since theSELLER refused any assistance even though the manufacturer (who provided great technicalsupport) issued an exchange case number. Note, Amazon is NOT the seller.So let the buyer beware!See all 37 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by CategoryPatio Furniture SetsCamera & Photo Similar Items
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