Projectors

Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector

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The Design of the Mitsubishi HC8000D-BL 3D DLP Projector

The HC8000D-BL utilizes a single TI 0.65-inch DarkChip 3 along with a six-segment color wheel and a 13-element, all-glass lens. The zoom ratio is 1.5 with a very low f-stop factor of 3.0 to 3.5. This means the light reduction as the lens is zoomed out is minimal. Manual vertical lens shift is available but the range is small at 35% of screen height. And the offset at minimum shift is still 12% below or above the screen edge. Focus and zoom controls are manual. Of course, keystone correction is supported but since this always reduces resolution, I don't recommend using it.

The chassis is all-black with a just a little bling in the form of a silver ring around the lens, which is mounted off-center. The HC8000D-BL is extremely compact and light which makes installation much easier. Even a small table placed in front of your seating will do. On top are basic controls for power, menu operation and input selection. Ventilation runs down both sides from front to back and there is no light leakage evident. The fan is fairly quiet even in the bright lamp mode which I used for all testing and viewing. If you run the projector right-side-up, two adjustable feet at the front will help get things level.

Around back are two HDMI 1.4a inputs along with a single component RCA and a VGA D-sub port. There is no composite or USB input. A mini-DIN connector is there for the separate 3D emitter and there is control available from an RS-232 input and two 12-volt trigger outputs. Infrared receivers are located on the front, back and top of the projector. You can control which receivers are active in the menu system.

The remote is also small and compact with a full complement of keys for all major functions. At the top are discrete power buttons and a 3D-mode toggle. This can be used to turn off the 3D effect when watching native 3D content. Next down are input selectors and controls for Frame Rate Conversion (frame interpolation), picture mode and the color management system. In the center are the directionals for menu navigation. On the lower half are more direct-access buttons for picture adjustments and the 2D-3D conversion feature.

The glasses and emitter are sold separately at $199 and $99 respectively. The emitter connects to the projector with a cable and throws a fairly wide field. I had no trouble syncing up when watching in 3D. Speaking of the glasses, I found them somewhat large and heavy compared to others I've tried recently. They reminded me of the first generation of 3D glasses that we saw perhaps a year or two ago. Power-on is via slider switch; which I prefer. The non-rechargeable button battery is included and rated for 70 hours of use.