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The HC7000 also scores points with its exemplary sharpness. In fact, its HD pictures are really remarkably textured and clean, bringing out details in some of our favourite Blu-rays that we didn't even know were there. It helps in this regard, too, that the projector presents motion with impressive clarity, even when watching 24p sources.
More good news finds the projector upscaling standard definition with great finesse, maybe not leaving it looking as sharp as some rivals do, but keeping a tight lid on noise and edge jaggies.
There's no sign of that old but now largely defunct LCD projection problem of the screen door effect either, and of course, since the HC7000 isn't using DLP technology, you don't have to worry about the rainbow effect at all.
My problems with the HC7000 concern its brightness and, to a lesser extent, its colours. With a maximum claimed output of 1,000 Lumens and a 'real-world' output we suspect is rather less than that, the HC7000's images really do lack a little of the sparkle and dynamism that distinguishes the best projectors in its class. This brightness issue also limits the likely screen size the HC7000 will suit. Basically, I wouldn't recommend it for screens considerably bigger than 100in.
Partly because of its brightness issues, the HC7000's colours also lack a little vibrancy, especially when I compare them with top DLP models in a similar class like the InFocus IN82 or Optoma HD82.
There's another colour concern too, which is that some scenes - such as the horse on the beach scene in Casino Royale - seem to take on a slightly yellowish overall tone that no amount of tinkering with the colour management system was able to expel. Greens occasionally look slightly wimpy compared with the other primary colours too, though this is a very minor point.
Mitsubishi has certainly come on leaps and bounds with the HC7000, providing more evidence if it were needed that LCD has no intention of being overwhelmed by its great DLP and D-ILA rivals. But with the projection world now getting so scarily competitive, little issues like slightly impoverished brightness levels and minor colour tone slips are enough to cost the HC7000 the unreserved recommendation it would definitely have earned if we'd seen it six months to a year ago.
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