Mitsubishi Unveils Home-Theater Projector Pair

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CEDIA Expo 2009 Atlanta - Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's presentation products division will use CEDIA Expo to unveil a pair of home-theater projectors, including its newest Diamond-series edition.

The HC6800, which ships this month at a $2,295 suggested retail, is a high-performance 1080p 3LCD model that will be distributed through custom home-theater integrators and high-end A/V retailers eligible for Diamond-series status.

Mitsubishi HC6800

Meanwhile, the HC3800, which carries a $1,495 suggested retail, is a 1080p DLP-based home-theater projector designed for "budget-minded DIY video enthusiasts or home-theater newbies who want to step up their HD experience to full 1080p support," the company said.

Distribution for the HC3800 will be directed at popular online resellers and authorized Mitsubishi dealers, the company said.

The HC6800 was said to have been designed for easy installation through the use of a motorized vertical and horizontal lens shift.

"Users simply project a test-pattern grid onto their screen and line up the image with a fast -rack mechanism, then fine tune using a step-by-step tracking process," the company said.

The 3LCD projector incorporates an ultra-high-speed automatic iris that uses polarization to create a 30,000:1 contrast ratio. Brightness is listed at 1,500 lumens.

The HC6800 will be placed under the flagship HC7000 in the Diamond-series lineup. It features a sleek and highly stylized design with a matte-black cabinet finish.

Two anamorphic lens modes are added for widescreen 2.35:1 or 16:9 aspect ratio films when using special anamorphic lens attachments.

Meanwhile, the HC3800, which will ship in the third quarter, uses Texas Instruments' DDP3021 1080p DLP chip, with TrueVision Image processing and BrilliantColor.

Brightness is listed at 1,200 lumens and the contrast ratio is 500:1 ANSI (measured 3300:1 full on, full off).

Like the HC6800, the HC3800 includes two anamorphic lens modes.

It has an estimated 5,000-hour lamp life when used in low lamp-life conservation mode. It also uses a filter-free design with an advanced semi-sealed construction that makes the projector's optics resistant to dust, dirt and other micro particles within its light path, Mitsubishi said.


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