Summary: I've been using this machine for 2 1/2 years now and its been great- it has shut down 4 times in very hot & humid weather when I didn't use my AC. The picture is great. I project a 110" picture against a light grey wall from about 18 feet. The projector is shelf mounted only about 2" off the floor. I really love this machine & would recommend it.
Pros: This truely is a great projector. The picture is perfect. There is no rainbow effect even if you try looking for it. Projecting on 122" screen the colors are amazing. It does project low (or high depending on floor or ceiling) so you must have a good place to mount. I am on a ceiling mount five inches from the celing Fourteen feet away it makes a 122" diag picture but it is almost all the way to the floor (w/ no keystone adj used) and 30 inches from the celing.
Cons: I too am having a issue with w/ a 30ft hdmi cable. I have tried this cable on 6 devices and it works fine. However it does not work from htpc to this projector. Tried 4 other cables from htpc to projector all worked fine. Projetor seems to be picky with cable quality or length. (all that worked where under 20ft)
Summary: This projector is amazing for the price. Great colors, fantastic contrast, full HD. It may need some color adjusting to fit your room, but you won't be disappointed. It doesn't have a dynamic iris, but it's still great, otherwise it'd be in the $2500+ price range. find a complete review at projectorreviews.com. absolutely amazing.
Summary: I had a Mitsubishi HC 900 and it gave me good service for well over 3 years. Even now it is serving me and when Mitsubishi launched the HC3800 1080P DLP, I could not wait. I got this and have been using it since March 2010. It's incredible and the pixels are amazing. You will feel like watching the movies in a regular theatre.
Top-drawer picture quality and value, though awkward to position
D. Alexander, Amazon
1 November 2010
Summary: 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.
Pros: Fantastic picture quality using an Xbox 360 over VGA connection.
Cons: A little tough to get the right placement, works out well sitting on the bookshelf in the back of the room. I had to find very thin books for it to sit on to adjust one side. The image tends to project higher than you'd think, I believe that's because it's meant to be on a mount and it would be upside down.
Summary: Environment and Mounting: The projector was ceiling mounted in a windowless basement theater room about 16 feet from my 92x52 inch da-mat screen (gain = 1.0). The top of the screen is about 15 inches below the ceiling. Since the ceiling height was only 7'8" I needed to build a recessed box in the ceiling so that the lens was just about flush with the ceiling. I still needed to tilt the projector's front upwards a few degrees so that the image filled the screen.