EH Buyer’s Scorecard: Mitsubishi HC4000 DLP Projector
A closer look at this DLP home theater projector, from in-house and around the web.
December 29, 2010 by Rachel Cericola

A big HDTV is nice, but nothing recreates the theater experience like a projector. When paired with the right screen, a projector can make a home theater that blows away even the biggest Cineplex.

Similar to TVs, you’ll need to choose a projector format. Digital Light Processing (DLP) features technology created by Texas Instruments, which uses reflecting lights and Digital Micromirror Devices (DMD) to create the image. The number of mirrors corresponds to the pixels in that projector’s image.

Mitsubishi has deep roots with DLP. Aside from incorporating the technology into many of their HDTVs, the company has been producing DLP projectors for quite some time. The latest is the HC4000, which uses Texas Instruments’ DarkChip 3 DLP light engine to produce 1080p images. Other features include an output of 1300 ANSI lumens, a contrast ratio of 4,000:1, and a 5,000-hour lamp life. An optional anamorphic lens can also be used for 2.35:1 movies.

What the Manufacturer Says

HC4000 home theater projectors bring high-quality image projection into the living room. DarkChip technology provides true reproduction of the digital source into finely detailed images with no noise or deterioration. Densely embedded micro mirrors built into these HD projectors improve the aperture ration of the latest innovative 0.65 Digital light Processing (DLP) chip.
Visit the Mitsubishi Website to Learn More About the Mitsubishi HC4000 Projector

Reviews and Ratings from Around the Web

Mitsubishi HC4000
Entry-level 1080p home theater projector.
Good bargain
Sharp image
Anamorphic lens support
Only one HDMI port
No lens shift
“Mitsubishi is known for manufacturing strong, well built projectors, and the HC4000 is no exception. For almost any installation, from the value conscious power user to the first time buyer, the HC4000 should be, has to be, on your list. This is a definite contender for our Editor’s Choice.”
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Projector Central
“The Mitsubishi HC4000 is a remarkably vibrant projector that will give you a double ‘wow’ factor: one for the sparkling, three-dimensional image you see when you light it up, and another when you tell your friends how little you paid for it.”
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” Without spending several hundred dollars more (in the US) , there aren’t really any projectors truly better to consider, just ones that are different, with other features, and choices.”
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What Electronic House Says

Building a home theater certainly isn’t cheap. Mitsubishi’s HC4000 seems to offer a lot of features at an entry-level price. [We found it averaging around $1,200 on the web.] The company made waves with its HC3800, but this appears to be a very worthy successor. Despite a few limitations, the HC4000 delivers the goods on the image (even out of the box!), making it the type of projector that even most videophiles would appreciate.

What is Electronic House Buyers Scorecard?
Rather than bring our users a single opinion on a product or service, our EH Buyers Scorecard combines what the manufacturer has to say about their product with real ratings and reviews from other websites, along with our own opinions and knowledge of the product to derive a wider lens recommendation that can help you in making a purchase decision.
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Rachel Cericola - Contributing Writer
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at

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