Sanyo PLV-Z2000 Home Theater Projector Review

Upon close inspection of these two images, you will note differences in what stands out. For example, running vertically about 1/3 from the right, the display of blue jewelery, looks different in the two images, in how it stands out from other objects to the left and right. Increasing the setting to 2, further changes the balance of the image.

I should note, that the Dynamic Gamma is a powerful tool, and one worth looking at, although the high setting is definitely a bit much. Note also, that too many dynamic tools, and they become more visible. With dynamic gamma engaged, along with dynamic lamp, and dynamic iris, and you’ll start seeing their impact on scenes, to the point of too much going on. The goal is to have the best picture, but without visible artifacts from these features.

The next main menu is the Picture Adjust mentu, which controls Overscan, as well as the usual manual adjustments for an analog computer signal, if the projector doesn’t do the best job automatically.

The Screen menu (not shown) is straightforward. It offers you a choice of each of the aspect ratios. There does not seem to be one for support of an anamorphic lens, but that may be hidden elsewhere, though I couldn’t find any mention in the manual either. One interesting feature that few projectors have, is the type of stretching that are typically found on plasmas and LCDTVs to fill the whole width of the screen, when you are dealing with a 4:3 source. These modes typically stretch the image horizontally, but with more stretch on the left and right, than the center where it’s more likely to be noticed. With a feature like this, you can fill the whole screen, but at least if you are watching basketball, if Shaq is in the center of the screen, he won’t look like a 5′ 8″ dwarf with 4 foot wide shoulders, as is so common when you see regular definition TV in a sports bar, on a plasma.

The Input menu (also not shown) is next. It allows you to select the source, from the menu. This, I’ll assume is primarily for those controlling the projector by computer or room controller, because the remote already has a separate button for each source.

The Setting menu is as extensive as the Image adjust. It starts with choice of menu languages, menu positioning (I moved it to the lower right), projector positioning (ceiling off/on, rear off/on), and a choice of Normal or Enhanced settings for each HDMI input. I was surprised at the effect on the image. By comparison, on my JVC, switching between the two settings seems to have virtually no impact on the image.

Lastly (not shown) is a very nice Information menu, which shows source, and resolution, and also aspect ratio, preset (or saved) mode, and Deep color (12 bit – HDMI 1.3), as well as lamp status (full bright, low, and two dynamic modes, aptly labeled A1, and A2. There is also lamp timer, and filter change timer reporting.

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