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It looks like Mitsubishi is set to release a follow up to last years impressive HC6500. The new projector model, the HC6800, looks to improve in almost all areas over the 6500 from last year. There is no pricing information available as of yet, but since the HC6500 sold for an MSRP of more than $3,000, it is logical to assume this model will also sell for either at or slightly above the $3,000(MSRP)


Display

Imaging Technology 0.74" 3-LCD (with Micro Lens)

Brightness/Lumens 1500 ANSI Lumens

Native Resolution 1920 x 1080

Maximum Resolution 1600 x 1200

Viewable Size 50-300 inches

Contrast Ratio 30,000 : 1 (on/off)

Color Wheel N/A




Lamp

Estimated Lamp Life Rating 4000 hours (low mode)

Usage Replacement Lamp Replacement Lamp Bulb (VLT-HC6800LP)


Physical

Weight 16.5 lbs.

Dimensions (W x H x D) 16.8" x 17.3" x 6.3"

Power Consumption 250W/2.5A

Power Requirements AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz




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Deep blacks, brilliant whites. The HC6800 High Definition Projector brings cinema theater quality to home entertainment. Advanced technologies deliver contrasts now more distinctive than ever before. Images come to life with stunning color, clarity and sound quality. It's a home theater you never thought you'd get to experience.


Beautiful contrast, color and clarity even in brightly lit rooms, regardless of the source

At a high 1500lm, the HC6800 home theater projector gives you high-definition at its very best, even in the relative brightness of a living room with the curtains closed. Aperture ratio is a 20% more than what conventional LCD panels offer, providing distinctly superior reproduction. Images are consistently beautiful, whether played back from terrestrial digital broadcasts, Blu-ray media or other source.


Incredible true-to-source reproduction with advanced video processing

Reon-VX IC from Silicon Optix converts quality high-definition and DVD into 1,920 x 1,080 pixel images. A 10-bit calculation at the core of the high-precision I-P conversion function assures signals from all types of sources, from terrestrial, satellite digital broadcasts to recorded videos, are progressively played back with superior picture quality.
http://www.mitsubishi-presentations....rs/HC6800.html
 

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If compared with panasonic pt-ae3000 or epson's 6500ub, will be the 6800 better, the same or worst?
 

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Originally Posted by mike2060 /forum/post/17124400


"Images come to life with stunning color, clarity and sound quality"


This projector has a built in sound system?

I saw that also. Perhaps there are some hidden DAC's inside the projector.
 

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Just got my HC6800 last night to replace my Barco 1208 that went out. My Barco had great 1080p, but the HC6800 is outstanding. It looks awesome out of the box. Extremely quiet too. Highly recommend it. I struggled with the choice between it and the PT-AE3000, but finally decided on this one. I am happy.
 

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Where did you see the price on the 6800? Projectorcentral has it listed at $3,495. If it really is that low, I will have to seriously consider getting one.


Edit: Oops, missed it the first time around somehow. I see it at Twice.
 

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Wow that is definitely good news to see that the MSRP will be well under $3,000 for the HC6800. I can't wait to get a look at the HC6800. I still enjoy my 6500 from last year, and even though I don't watch it quite as often as the Marantz it is still a very sharp, very good looking projector, especially when you factor in the price.
 

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wellbornd -- How did you get a Mitsubishi HC6800 already? I didn't think they were available for sale yet.


You referred to it along with the AE3000. The HC6500 is the 2009 model, as is the AE3000. The 2010 models are the AE4000 (not available for another month, at least) and the HC6800, which also should not be available for another month, or so.

Elkhunter -- I question the price as quoted in Twice (I think it's a typo). I fail to see how they can improve on the HC6500 and be able to list it's MSRP for $1000 less (the HC6500 had a MSRP of $3495).


I think that the Twice article meant $3495, not $2495. Especially in today's economy. Also, like the HC6500, the HC6800 is not available for Online sales.
 

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Wow that is definitely good news to see that the MSRP will be well under $3,000 for the HC6800. I can't wait to get a look at the HC6800. I still enjoy my 6500 from last year, and even though I don't watch it quite as often as the Marantz it is still a very sharp, very good looking projector, especially when you factor in the price.

As I said, I think that that MSRP was a typo, unfortunately (it should be $3495, like the HC6500 was).


Although the HC6800 has doubled it's advertised On/Off CR compared to the HC6500, it still appears to be quite a way behind the Epson 6800UB (in the advertising wars). The Epson 6800UB is advertised at "up to 200,000:1". However, based on my HC5500 experience, personally, I think that Mitsubishi is being a whole lot more truthful.


I still think I will wait another year, or two, before I upgrade (I'm enjoying my HC5500 too much).
 

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Claus:


You're probably right about the $2,295 price being a typo.


Looks like another TWICE article, that I read yesterday, has a typo too.


In their "Sony Debuts Video At CEDIA" article, they list the VW85's MSRP as being $7,000; not $8,000, as posted in this forum. They also list the HW15's MSRP as being $2,800.
 

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Originally Posted by wellbornd /forum/post/17147845


Just got my HC6800 last night to replace my Barco 1208 that went out. My Barco had great 1080p, but the HC6800 is outstanding. It looks awesome out of the box. Extremely quiet too. Highly recommend it. I struggled with the choice between it and the PT-AE3000, but finally decided on this one. I am happy.

Please explain me why did you choose the Mitsu instead of the Pana?

I'm wondering which to buy but I can´t see them working



Thanks // LEO
 

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I also have the HC6800 and I love it!!! I have had mine now since August 27th. I do not know what the actual price these are supposed to go for since my HT guy said he was giving me a smoking deal.
I haven't had it calibrated yet but the picture out of the box is extremely good. If anyone has one also and has had it calibrated I would really appreciate it if you would share your settings.
 

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Claus,


Come on. Whom are you kidding about hanging on to the 5500 for couple more years?


LOL.


Too bad, it's $3,495 MSRP.


I normally do not trust these specs until a review is done by Art, not by Evan. Sure makes think interesting with all these great 1080p PJs at these prices.
 

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dragonbud0 -- No I'm not kidding. I'm up to 1500+ hours, and I'm really enjoying my HC5500. Since I watch a lot with some ambient light in the room (and on a 106" Da-Lite High-Power screen), any extra CR is not that big a deal for me (per Art, a 2:1 CR improvement is only really obvious in a side-by-side comparison, and in a totally dark room).


I estimate that I will be needing a new lamp sometime around Dec. 2010. Hopefully, by that time we should see some "real" PJ improvements (2010 CEDIA). Being retired, I have to watch my budget, so upgrading my PJ every year just isn't "in the cards" (I don't do that anyway, unless I have to). Besides, my surround sound system needs some serious upgrading (surrounds & sub-woofer), so that's where my "mad" money will be going -- those two items will cost more than the MSRP of a HC6800.


BTW, Art posted a 9/16/09 blog (CEDIA,Part 2) where his said that he "guessed" that the HC6800 should have a MAP more in line with the actual prices of the HC6500.

leo140hd -- Except for the CIH memory function and the FI (their most useful options), the HC6500/HC6800 is a much better PJ than the AE3000, in terms of build quality (IMHO). My HC5500 is my second Mitsubishi PJ, and they are built like the proverbial "brick s***-house". Looking back on the history of the 2009 PJ models, I would still opt for the Mitsubishi HC5500/6500.


The Panny's had a lot more problems than were reported for the Mits PJs (the HC4900 loss leader excepted) -- especially if you ceiling mount the PJ (panels shifting, one air intake not filtered, etc.). Except for some of the AE3000 features, the Epson 6500UB is the CR "king-of-the-hill" in terms of PQ.


As for the new models, the AE4000 appears to be a "no-show" (at least for another 3 to 6 months). so the 3-LCD choices are the Epson 6800UB {EDIT: S/B 8500UB} and the Mitsubishi HC6800 (Under $3K category). BTW, the Viewsonic Pro8100 (at a very good price now) is getting a lot of good PR (except for one problem that some users are reporting - 10 AVS member owners). There also are a couple of good DLPs coming out too (Mitsubishi & BenQ) for under $2K.

PS -- Panasonic has been pushing their upcoming 3D capability (a new BD player & new plasma HDTV). They may be delaying the AE4000 until they can figure out how to incorporate that into their USA version of the AE4000 model (a
rumor only).

cuttersky -- Art ( www.projectorreviews.com ) should have a review out in the not too distant future (6 to 8 weeks???). Hopefully one of the new AVS member owners will have some calibration info before then, however.
 
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