Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America's Presentation Products Division introduced the HC100U projector for home movie, sports, and television fans. Available this month at U.S. $1,495, the HC100U uses Texas Instruments DLP(TM)-chip technology.
The HC100U was designed as an alternative for home theater entertainment by offering big screen size-to-space efficiency ratio. The HC100U is approximately 12.2 in by 3.9 in by 9.6 in (WxHxD), reportedly throws an image up to 250 in diagonally, and weighs 6 1/2 lb.
"We designed the HC100U with the first-time home theater projector user in mind," said Steve Medina, manager of Product Planning and Development for Mitsubishi Digital Electronics America. "Our new projector delivers the picture and color quality you expect from Mitsubishi, but it's now in an easy-to-use, low-cost package that makes the home theater experience much more affordable."
Mitsubishi says its HC100U provides easy set-up: the direct component video and VGA inputs are standard and require no additional adapters. The projector also has a DVI-D, HDCP-compliant input for connection to high-definition set-top boxes and up-conversion HD DVD players.
With a 2,000:1 contrast ratio, the projector is said to provide a finite level of detail in black areas of a video image or DVD, which Mitsubishi says is typically a challenge for other front-projection displays. Its 1,500 lumens of brightness also allow it to be used during the daytime with shades or at night without turning out all the lights.
The HC100U is equipped with Mitsubishi's CineRich(TM) Color white level enhancement controls, which allows consumers to adjust white levels or allows factory settings to automatically adjust levels according to content signals.
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