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Topic: OH NO THEY DIDN'T..Mitsubishi why?
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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.

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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).
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Even though I'm an Infocus fan, I wouldn't get the 7205. There are better PJs for cheaper prices in its class. The BenQ PE7700 and AE900U for example...or even the Sony VPL-HS51. I prefer DLP so I'ld get the PE7700. The reason the HC3000 is under budget PJs is because of its rather low MSRP of $2995.
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I guess I have some decisions to make...

From the 7700 review "When fed an interlaced signal, there was a substantial amount of breakup in panning and motion scenes." and "Overall the PE7700's onboard scaler outperformed the optional upscaling on our DVD player, but did not quite match the results of the DVDO iScan HD+ video processor."

From the HS51 review "the iScan HD+ lets you achieve the best possible image quality on the HS51 from all sources."

From the 7205 review "Unlike other HD2+ models we've seen, we would not recommend use of an external video processor that bypasses the Faroudja subsystem on this unit."

So, i guess my question is... Is it better to buy the 7205 OR one of the other two units with an ISCAN for about $500 more. I guess I can see how an Iscan can be useful. This would also affect what receiver I get. Would I still have to get an A/V receiver on top of all of this? or just an audio receiver?

I do like the 3 year warantee on the BenQ. I'm not crazy about LCD, but its not out of the picture (especially the AE900).

I currently have an old Toshiba DVD player with component out (480i only). That is the preferred signal for playing dvds on the 7205. I don't plan to upgrade until HDDVD/BD is in full production or it breaks.

Man! This gets more complicated everyday..
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Where can you buy an Iscan HD+ for $500?
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I was refering to about $3500 for a 7205 vs $4000 for 7700 and an iscan.
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