January 25, 2010 – In a review published today, Televisions.com combines laboratory measurement techniques with subjective picture- and audio-quality analysis to evaluate the design and performance of the Mitsubishi HC 6800; this LCD projector scored 7.4 out of 10 points. The review team praised the device’s bright images, balanced colours, and 2D lens shift function, but scored it down for the average contrast ratio and bluish tint in black areas of the picture. Based on these characteristics, Televisions.com goes on to recommend the projector to those planning to project a large image in a bright room, but warns away avid home-cinema fans because of- in particular – the weak blacks. The site’s head tester and editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich, said: "Simple operation and a versatile set of features add to the list of positives, but the blue-tinted blacks might turn away more-demanding home-cinema fans."
The review applauds Mitsubishi’s choice to include a Silicon Optics video processor ability to reproduce blacker-than-black information. Contrast is a particularly sore point in Televisions.com’s write-up – the review explains that the HC 6800’s 1,000:1 ratio compares poorly with those of other projectors, and offers advice on how to get the best one, it says, allows the HC 6800 to tease the best picture quality out of standard-definition signals. HD signals earn similar praise, although the review notes the projector’s contrast possible. Similar advice appears in the ideal settings section of the review, in which Televisions.com provides users with a list of settings, intended to optimise the Mitsubishi HC 6800 for HD playback in a dark home cinema. Friedrich said: "All in all, our test candidate can’t match the vivid presentation of the HC 7000, but offers almost twice the brightness – and that’s more than just a consolation prize!"
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