Posted on November 15, 2005 Art Feierman
Both of these excellent home theater projectors earned our Hot Product Award. Both have elevated the performance level of LCD based home theater projectors. In fact these models are comparable to the least expensive of the DLP projectors sporting the HD2+ DLP chip.
Before you go writing off DLP, however, understand that those competing DLP projectors, such as the BenQ PE7700 sold for around $4000 early 2005, but some are now priced competitively with the Panasonic PT-AE900u projector and the Sanyo Z4 projector. At a recent look, the Benq PE7700 projector seemed to be selling online typically for $2500 – $2700, and included a free lamp rebate and free ceiling mount.
1st image in above galleryof the Panasonic PT-AE900u projector, and 2nd image in above gallery of the Sanyo, PLV-Z4.
That said, these projectors are newer than the BenQ, and are far more flexible in terms of features, general ergonomics, and setup. You’ll have to decide.
Here I will focus on the differences between the Panasonic and the Sanyo projectors. Both home theater projectors produce excellent images, and some will favor one over the other, due to any number of possible reasons. Take either home, and you should be surprised. I’d guess either one will easily exceed the expectations of a first time home theater projector buyer, and even those replacing older projectors.
I’ll say right now, that neither is a clear cut winner over the other, although I have determined my definite preference, it isn’t necessarily for everyone.
PT-AE900u Projector vs Sanyo Z4 Projector: Image Quality
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