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Nov 2, 2005 4:33 PM
I am half way through the construction of my 23'x14' home theater and really trying to make up my mind on a projector. So far I have not been impressed with pjs I've seen until today. The local AV shop hooked up a HC3000, right out of the box, and I was really impressed with it. I was really wanting to see the AE900 and the Z4, but I am guessing they wont match the HC3000.
Has anyone else seen the HC3000 or compared it to the top LCDs for the $3K price range? Anyone know of a competitor to this model in DLP?
Oct 29, 2005 12:51 AM
The two user reviews are less than comprehensive.
Does anyone have this PJ yet and would like to comment on it?
I know Evan was expecting his unit today. I am still anxiously awaiting the review.
There is a decent thread on AVS, but nothing here. Oh well. I’m just hungry for more information.
Sep 23, 2005 6:05 AM
Mitsubishi destroyed me. I have had my "focus" on the 7205 for some time now. Well, I'll get back to that in a minute. (If you want to skip the BS and go straight to the question, go to the bottom)
I really like Mitsubishi as I have been using the XD50U "minimits" for a year now in the harshest environment. I am currently serving in Iraq and I use this PJ everyday. During the day I occasionally give briefs on it. On the average, I watch at least 1 movie per night. Sometimes, I set up a board outside my housing unit and view movies with other soldiers. That thing gets full of sand and dust like you would not believe. That PJ has never let me down. It has been a morale lifesaver for me. Many soldiers, like me, are planning to put together home theaters when we return in November. This is based on the experiences we’ve had with the XD50U.
So, when I started looking for a PJ, the first PJs I considered were Mitsubishis. As I did more and more research, I found that I wanted a 16:9, DLP, WXGA projector for SDTV, HDTV, DVD, PC, games, the works. My price range was and is under $4000. I was sad to see that Mit did not have one. My searching came to rest on the IF 7205.
Having my heart pretty much set on the 7205, Mitsubishi introduces this HC3000. Talk about a monkey wrench! WOW! This is going to be a real nail biter for me. They are comparable in price. Contrast of the Mit is almost double. Most of the other stats are in line with the 7205. I am trying not to get too excited. I really hope this PJ is released soon so I can hear what people have to say about it. I don’t want to toss the 7205 away as I believe it has proven its worth, but I can't ignore this new PJ because of my attachment to this company and their product.
I was a little taken back by the DC3 controversey, but it must not make that much of a difference in my opinion. If it did, the people reviewing the PJ would have said "this doesn't measure up to other DC3 PJs" If you can't immediately tell the difference between watching a DC2 and a DC3 PJ, then what's the advantage besides saying “I have a DC3 and you don’t”? I’m not paying the extra cash to be able to say that. In fact, some said the 3000 out performed DC3 PJs in some ways.
Price.. I am still unclear on what the MSRP is on this PJ. I imagine that it will be comparative to other 720p, DLP machines. Even at $3500, it is less than the 7205. It is not fair to compare the 3000 to PJs with less resolution.
I can see why lens shift would be important to a couple of people, but it shouldn't be an issue for most. I will simply set it up, see where the picture is shining, and then put the screen there. DONE! Maybe I'm oversimplifying this, but it seems to be a waste to have a feature that you use once.
When I look at reviews of PJs from Mit with the same design, I see lots of happy owners. That doesn't mean that the 3000 will be the same, but it shows a good track record.
So, that is where I am in my decision making process. Any words of wisdom that could help me in this process would be greatly appreciated.
I have 2 concerns at this time........
Why is there a filter in this PJ? All of the other Mit PJs that are similar in design do not have filters. Is the light engine not sealed? If not, that would be major.
The HC3000 is not 1080p compatible like the 7205 is (small concern).
Sep 19, 2005 3:59 PM
i'm putting together a small movie-watching room (10' x 15' -- not a theater) and am trying to decide which projector to get. at first i was thinking of the sony vpl-hs51, but more recently was thinking of getting the optoma h79 after reading very good reviews of it. one of the requirements that both of those projectors meet is that they're quiet (which matters since they'll sit either on a coffee table in front of us or on a shelf above and behind us).
now i'm hearing some nice things about the mitsu hc3000 and am wondering whether they're comparable and if so whether i should wait for the hc3000 instead of the h79. i can tolerate the price difference between the two, though of course there's no point in paying much more if there's only a little difference. any thoughts would be welcomed. thanks,
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