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Mitsubishi HC3800 1080p Home Theater DLP Projector

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  • Home Theater DLP Projector 1080p
  • High Quality Glass Lens
  • 1300 ANSI Lumens
  • 4000:1 Contrast Ratio
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Technical Details

  • Screen Size compatibility: 50 - 300
  • HD Compatible
  • Is HD-Ready

Product Description

1080p DLP Home Theater Projector, 1300 ANSI, 6 seg. Color Wheel, 4000:1 contrast ratio, 7.9 lbs., HDMI input (v 1.3),

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Technical Details
Brand NameMitsubishi
Item Weight7.7 pounds
Product Dimensions10.6 x 13.6 x 5.1 inches
Item model numberHC3800
Color NameBlack
Special FeaturesScreen Size compatibility: 50 - 300, HD Compatible, Is HD-Ready
Frequency Response Curve50/60
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Shipping Weight12 pounds
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Date First AvailableApril 2, 2004
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Klaatu Barada Nikto on December 12, 2009
I just received my Mitsubishi HC3800 three days ago, upgrading from my much-loved Optoma HD70 which has given me over two years of home theatre spectacle. This was not an upgrade I would have anticipated, but when the early reviews indicated that the Mits was an exceptional projector, I got interested right away. As happy as I was with the quality of the HD70 image, I looked forward to the day when I could afford a full-HD 1080P projector. And now that I've got one, I'm very pleased. It's great to know that my new setup is delivering the most that HD can give.

You may be aware that the first shipment of these projectors had a problem with random shutdowns. Mitsubishi has responded speedily to resolve this problem. Check for a firmware release other than 1.0 to confirm that your unit has been fixed. Pressing the UP, DOWN, and ENTER keys simultaneously on the projector (not the remote) will display the firmware release. Mine is 3.0.

Another issue that has been reported occurs in the display of widescreen black-and-white movies. The left, center, and right of the image show variations in color, one side looking too blue and the other too red. I put on my Blu-ray of YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN to check for this problem and am happy to report that I saw no indication of color in the projected image.

The final issue is concern about the projector synchronizing with the HDMI signal. I have a receiver with four HDMI inputs, all of which I use, and a 25' HDMI cable connecting the receiver to the projector. I have noticed that the projector struggles slightly more with the HDMI handshake than my Optoma did, but the image so far has consistently stabilized after a few seconds.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By D. Alexander TOP 500 REVIEWER on November 1, 2010
For many theater installs, the HC3800 and HC4000 replacement will be the best 1080p projectors in their price range. Epson's 8100 and 8350 are strong alternatives.

This is my second 1080p projector model. I bought it from Dell after first trying and discarding three Viewsonic Pro8100 projectors. The first HC3800 that Dell sent had uneven sharpness across the frame. The subsequent two were refurbished units with other problems. The fourth and last was a new unit that I kept, and which now has 100 hours on the bulb.

My testing area is a light-controlled room with a 12' x 5' 2.39:1 WilsonArt Designer White screen with 1.2 gain. The throw distance from the lens to the screen is around 16'.

Before diving into the main review, I've listed some background issues:


The three most important specifications of any projector are lumen output, ANSI contrast, and absolute black levels. Lumen output dictates how well the projector will handle ambient light and large screen sizes without washing out or becoming uncomfortably dim. ANSI contrast measures dynamic range, or the brightest and darkest colors the projector can display at the same time. The 'punch' of a picture with bright lights and dark shadows is heavily dependent on ANSI contrast. Lower ANSI numbers imply a flatter image with grayer blacks. Finally, low absolute black levels ensure that in completely dark scenes, black appears black and not a dark slate.

Beyond image quality, certain features aid in placement flexibility. A generous zoom range allows the projector to display a range of image sizes at a particular distance, or the same image size while moving the projector.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MP06011999 on January 23, 2010
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I've put about 100 hours on my 3800 so far and here's the skinny:

* It has a great picture with lots of color saturation and enough lumen for my 144 inch screen with a little ambient light.
* Picture adjustments are a bit confusing, but little needed done anyhow, so no big deal.
* Installation with the 30+ degree lens offset is a bit tricky and makes for a limited use depending on your room.
* NOW THE BIGGIE - It has to go in to Mits for some problems. And they are: 1) The picture goes from cold (blue) on the right side of the screen to warm (brown) on the left side of the screen. This is only visible, yet very visible, in white or light color images. 2) There is an artifact on the lower left side of the screen that looks like a dirt smudge in the shape of a football about the size of a football on this 144inch screen. It is not on the outside of the lens or the screen and is probably dust on the optics inside. Which is also probably what causes the cold / warm issue mentioned above - dust on the internal optics. 3) There is a distinct clicking sound coming from the projector in about 1 minute durations whenever my forced air furnace kicks on. Naturally, heat rises to the ceiling where the projector is mounted about 4 inches down from. The extra heat causes the fans to kick on high (I guess) and makes a discernible "clicking" sound. It is annoying in anything but very loud scenes.

Well, that's about it. I discovered all of these issues about 50 hours ago, but I am not taking down the projector until after the Super Bowl. I have to say, the image is nice and sharp with deep colors. The quality issues, however, I guess confirms why the 3800 cost me about $1300. Would I buy it again? Well, yes.
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