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Dec 21, 2005 2:12 AM
I have been asked to install a Mitsubishi HC-3000.
I know there are a wide number of 720 projectors out there. Does everyone feel the Mitsi is the best unit at it's existing price or does someone have any alternative suggestions with back up as to why you like the alternative.
Dec 2, 2005 9:29 AM
Thanks for the post rcrymes. Of all the PJs I have seen in the last few months I like the HC3000 the best and it's nice to hear about someone who is real happy with it.
What size rooom do you have it in and where did you locate it, or are going to locate it?
How did you choose your screen, what made you go with the Behr Silver Screen?
Congrats on the PJ, hope your install goes smoothly.
Dec 2, 2005 12:52 AM
So far, so good..
I have to say that "out of the box", I was not impressed at all. The picture was virtually non-existent. I did not see a noticeable improvement in the picture quality until I plugged it in and turned it on.
I have not messed with any settings, because my PJ is not in its final mounted position. So far I’ve fed it signals from the cables I plan to use 1-35’ HDMI (DVR), 1-35’ component (DVD), 1-35’ svideo (VCR/Tivo), and 1-50’ VGA (PC). All I can say is “awesome”. HDMI and component both carry a great picture. I honestly can’t tell the difference in quality, but my wife says the HDMI picture looks “cleaner”.
HDTV looks better than I could have ever imagined. I watched “Spanglish” on HBO HD and Monday Night football in HD. The 5.1 was really nice too. I am only accustomed to 5.1 when watching DVD movies, but the 5.1 combined with HD of that size is breathtaking.
I watched “Saving Private Ryan” and “The Matrix” on DVD. I started “Saving Private Ryan” just to check out the picture, but I was so riveted, I ended up watching the entire movie. I’ve seen that movie about 6 times, but never like that. Now, The Matrix was really nice and I enjoyed it, but “squeezed” 2.2:1 is more pronounced after watching 1.85:1. I know you can stretch it, but I wouldn’t do that either. I’m not disappointed at all, just surprised.
After hearing everyone bash SDTV, I was expecting the worse. I was pleasantly surprised. My wife and I are very happy watching SDTV over S-video. The source does make a difference also. We did notice an increase in quality when switching from the Tivo’s S-video out to the HD-DVR S-video out. We still like the picture quality from the Tivo, which is a very good thing as we still wanted to use it.
“B-E-A-Utiful”. Now, that is the biggest damn computer monitor I have ever had. It is crisp, and very clean. I’ve tried many different settings, but so far I have found 1280x1024 to be my favorite. I know there is scaling involved, but it just looks the best to me. I will fiddle a bit more with it when it is mounted. I was a little concerned about the long run, but it looks the same at 5’ as it does at 50’.
I have to say I am blown away by this PJ. I can’t tell you how it pairs up with the new LCD’s, but I can’t see how someone could be disappointed at all with this PJ. It is just a superb piece of equipment. I have been taking pictures throughout the construction, I will post them soon. I promise.
Right now, all the wires are run. I am in the process of patching the walls and ceiling from the wire runs. I will install the mount and PJ tomorrow. That will give me until Monday to sand, spackle, and paint my screen (Behr Silver Screen) before Monday. On Monday, a painter is coming to paint the room (medium brown). At that point, I will have to assemble the entertainment system, hang the drapes, and move everything back into the room. The hard part is over (I think). I will keep all who are interested updated on the progress.
Nov 15, 2005 4:05 PM
These are the 3 pjs I am down to after looking for the last month. My drywall is going in this week and I would love for someone to share their thoughts on the diffrences of these pjs. I need to decide here in the next week or so.
I have seen the Mit HC3000 and I really liked it, I think it is far better than the Benq7700 and even better DLPs, but I still have been unable to view the AE900 or Z4. In fact, I just got home from Magnolia store and asked the Mgr to get one, but they wont do it unless I order it and keep it.
I too hope we can get an answer on these and soon.
Nov 15, 2005 3:52 PM
I haven't seen Projector Central reviewers weighing in on forum questions, but I've read a lot of their reviews (many more than once). My impression is that they like Mitsubishi projectors and the one in question is no different, just a bit of a disappointment for lack of versatility in placement options. I think the brand has established a reliability level that is hard to beat, and Evan Powell's review gives me the impression he liked the picture quite well after making some adjustment to reduce the the out-of-the-box overly bright whites. Thus, if lens shift isn't needed and rainbow effect is not a concern, the HC3000 probably would hold its own against the 2 latest LCD biggies. Some would likely prefer its picture and I think I prefer its reliability record.
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