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Mitsubishi XD600U Review

Jan 5, 2010 2:37 PM, By Jeff Sauer

Its brightness per pound and technological advancements make it a user-friendly, forward-thinking projector.

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High Brightness is No Exaggeration

The XD600U’s RGBWY five-segment color wheel was designed to achieve maximum brightness while still maintaining reasonable color accuracy. And Mitsubishi delivers. I measured a little less than 4400 lumens (4397) in Presentation mode. As you would expect, that brightness drops by almost 40 percent in Standard mode to 2738 lumens and down to 1191 in Theater mode.

The trade-off is that with less brightness, and less reliance on the white and yellow color-wheel segments, Standard and Theater modes can offer more accurate color reproduction. Specifically, yellow and cyan secondary colors, which skew heavily toward green in Presentation mode, move back toward where they should be. However, even in Theater mode, cyan stays too far toward green, as do primaries blue and red.

Pleasantly, Mitsubishi hasn’t exaggerated its contrast ratio claims either. I measured 2107:1 in Presentation mode and that was more than the 2000:1 number on the spec sheet. Like brightness, contrast ratios drop in the other modes to 1573:1 in Standard mode and down to 804:1 in Theater mode. The various Color Enhancer settings also have a noticeable affect on brightness and contrast measurement, which will allow installers to find the right balance between brightness and color in particular ambient lighting and room environments.

It’s that flexibility of power when needed and user-friendly features that make the XD600U more than the sum of its otherwise incremental improvements. And of course, through the prism of where the industry was just a few years ago, the XD600U’s improvements are nothing short of phenomenal.

Product Summary
Company: Mitsubishi
Product: XD600U
Pros: High brightness when needed; good contrast; audio mix feature; potential 3D capabilities; networking.
Cons: Trade-off between peak brightness and accurate color.
Application: Large boardrooms, conference rooms, lecture halls, and houses of worship.
Price: $1,895

Brightness: 4500 ANSI lumens
Contrast: 2000:1 full on/off
Native resolution: 1024x768 (XGA)
Configuration: 1x 0.7in. DLP DMD, five-segment (RGBWY) color wheel
Light source: 280W lamp (3000 hours, 5000 hours in Low mode)
Lens ratio: Manual focus, 1.4-2.1
Zoom: Manual 1.5:1 optical zoom, F=2.4-2.8, f=20.6-31.0mm
Projection distance: 3.7ft.-43.1ft.
Screen size: 40-300 diagonal inches
Loudspeakers: 10W monoaural
Dimensions: 13.6”x5.1”x 10.6” (WxHxD)
Weight: 7.9lbs.
Warranty: Three year parts and labor

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