Mitsubishi’s new HC5500 High Definition 1080p LCD projector is the company’s latest entry level design that takes some of the best attributes of the HC4900, HC5000 and HC6000 projectors and targets those looking to get native 1080p (Full HD) resolution at an affordable price. The HC5500 uses a trio of the latest generation of inorganic LCD panels that are rated to last approximately 10 times longer than conventional organic film panels. The result is a high definition picture that will be stables for years. The HC5500 also features the impressive Reon-VX video processor for an outstanding picture in your home theater system. The 14-bit gamma correction has 16 times the gradation levels of the earlier 10-bit designs resulting in improved picture quality, especially in the dark areas of the image. Light output on the HC5500 is an impressive 1200 ANSI lumens with a full ON/OFF contrast ratio of 14,000:1 according to the manufacturer.
The HC5500 is designed with a newly structured cooling duct to improve liquid
crystal panel cooling efficiency. Fan noise is virtually non-existent in the Low Power mode and barely audible in the Normal mode thanks to a low-noise fan (large-size Sirocco fan) mobilizing a downsized motor that secures an ample air inlet for improved air intake efficiency, all while slashing the overall noise level to only 19dBA in the Low Lamp mode. This low power mode also has the advantage of extending the lamp life from 2000 hours to an whopping 5000 hours. At a replacement cost of $459 for the lamp, many users will find this option useful.
The Mitsubishi HC5500 offers a fast auto-iris control algorithm that is often found in more expensive models. The design automatically controls the light intensity on the screen with high precision and speed, resulting in deeper blacks and brighter whites. A 160W UHP lamp supplies the light source and can last up to 5000 hours in the Low Power mode. Video from Blu-ray players that are 1080p/24 will get displayed at twice the rate instead of applying a 2-3 pulldown that often adds judder to motion. The HC5500 comes with Mitsubishi’s 2-year warranty with a one year or 500 hour warranty on the bulb. The HC5000 is a light-weight projector weighing only 12.3 pounds and measuring 13.1″ x 4.9″ x 13.8″ (WxHxD). The best part is that this projector has an MSRP of $2495.
This projector design can be used with an anamorphic lens — something not commonly found in this pricing category. The flexible internal scaling allows the anamorphic lens to be permanently installed regardless of the source material. This greatly simplifies the screen and eliminates the need for sophisticated and costly screen options when viewing 2.35:1 or smaller aspect ratios.
The rear panel of the HC5500 accommodates all standard video interfaces including composite, s-video, component video, 15-pin RGB/component, and two HDMI v1.3 inputs. The HDMI digital interfaces support 10-bit and 12-bit video in addition to the current 8-bit color, resulting is less color banding and false contouring often found in earlier projectors. Video formats supported are 1080p/60/30/24. 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, and 480i. Computer resolutions as high as 1600×1200 are supported as well.
Having two digital video interfaces on the unit made it easier to connect equipment. . There is also an RS232 port that can be used to command the projector from an outboard controller. An IEC power receptacle is located here and accommodates a wide range of power source options (100V-240V, 50/60Hz). A 12-volt trigger output that can be used with motorized screens and provide up to 200mA of current is also provided.
- Native 1080p High Definition Projector
- 1200 ANSI Lumnes
- Auto Zoom and focus
- 14,000:1 contrast ratio
- 2 HDMI Inputs
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