Comment by Projector Reviews staff:
We recently reviewed the Sanyo PLV-Z4000 projector, the successor to their very popular PLV-Z3000. Our conclusion was that the Z4000 is definitely an improved version of the Z3000, especially in color handling. We awarded the PLV-Z4000 our “Special Interest Award”. Please read the full PLV-Z4000 review for all the details!
Sanyo Introduces a New 120 Hz Full HD LCD Front Projector With Topaz Real HD and Color Management System
120 Hz Full HD panel produces artifact-free motion and is 1080p/24 capable
CHATSWORTH, CA.— April 28, 2010 – SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world’s largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announces the introduction of the PLV-Z4000, a high-performance 120 Hz Full HD 3 LCD front projector with 1080p24 capability for an exquisite home theater and HD video experience. With SANYO’s exclusive TopazReal HD system, the projector produces superb image quality and has a 3D color management system that enables extraordinary color accuracy. Through dual HDMI 1.3b inputs, it is Deep Color and x.v.Color capable. Rated at 1,200 ANSI lumens, with a 65,000:1 contrast ratio, it produces superb black levels even in ambient light conditions. The addition of installer-friendly mounting and optical features allow it to be used in a wide variety of rooms and environments. Scheduled for release at the end of May 2010, the SANYO PLV-Z4000 will have an MSRP of $2,495.
With its exclusive 3D color management system, SANYO’s TopazReal HD system melds several advanced technologies to create superb optical performance and a sharp and highly accurate image. The system uses 14-bit digital signal processing and a real-focus HD lens system that combines variable iris and lamp reactivity with a newly-developed high efficiency lens. The 3D color management system addresses changes in color phase and color level to produce near-perfect color reproduction, taking full advantage of the Deep Color and x.v.Color capabilities of the projector through its dual HDMI 1.3b inputs. Approximately 216 billion color combinations are possible.
With a 3LCD design that uses inorganic liquid crystal panels, motion blur and artifacts are virtually eliminated by doubling the input frame rate from 60 to 120 frames per second. Special interpolation frame generation technology determines the motion differences between frames, and through interpolation, generates new frames to fill the gaps between the original frames. The result is improved resolution and a smooth presentation, even with fast moving sports action. The projector is also capable of displaying an HD source from film material in its native 24 frame/second rate with full 1080p/24 resolution.
“The high performance achieved by our TopazReal technology makes this projector an extraordinary value in today’s home theater projector market,” says Sam Malik, Vice President and General Manager of the Presentation Technologies Group in the Consumer Solutions Division of SANYO North America Corporation. “The PLV-Z4000’s ability to display very high resolution artifact-free images with superb color accuracy, while being easy to install in any home theater environment, make it a great choice from the standpoint of both consumers and installers.”
Thanks to thoughtful design, the projector offers ultra flexibility to installers when using with a mount. With the industry’s most advanced lens shifting capability, the PLV-Z4000 allows the projector to be placed or installed in a number of settings, as images can be shifted vertically up to three screen sizes, and horizontally up to two screen sizes. Its short throw capability and 2x zoom functions allow a large image in virtually any size room and from most any mounting location. Ideal for small to mid-sized home theater environments, it can project a 100-inch diagonal image from between 10 and 20 feet away.
Unwanted noise produced by the projector is kept to an extraordinarily low 19dB through its use of a large aperture, low noise Sirocco cooling fan, allowing it to be mounted near viewers without special baffling to reduce noise. Its eco-friendly design requires minimal power consumption, drawing just 0.3 watts in eco-standby mode. A three-year parts and labor warranty covers the projector, with 90 day coverage on the original lamp.
-Brightness: 1,200 lumens
-Contrast Ratio: 65,000:1
-Input Terminals: HDMI 1.3b (x2), Component RCA (Y-Pb/Cb/Pr/Cr) (x2), D-sub 15 pin (RGB), S-video, Composite RCA
-Control Ports: DIN 8pin (RS232C)
-Dimensions: 15.7 (W) x 5.8 (H) x 13.6 (D) inches
SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. is a global company providing solutions for environment, energy and lifestyle applications. The Presentation Technologies Group is part of the Consumer Solutions Division of SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO North America is a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd.), and is based in Chatsworth, California. The Consumer Solutions Division is a service and sales division that markets digital projectors, digital still cameras, digital media camcorders, home appliances, security video equipment, audio systems, portable and mobile electronics and HD televisions. For more information on SANYO, please visit http://us.SANYO.com.