Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector: Pros

  • Good color accuracy post calibration in “best” mode (extremely minor yellow push)
  • Rich, dynamic image in “brightest” mode, with extremely good picture quality, for a brightest mode
  • Excellent shadow detail performance
  • Black level performance better than most projectors but not quite as good as the other ultra high contrast projectors, but it is low priced
  • Images really “pop” on bright scenes, and mixed scenes with a good amount of bright areas
  • Two HDMI 1.3 inputs,
  • Creative frame interpolation for smooth fast motion, with 96/120fps frame rate
  • Support for an anamorphic lens
  • Very sharp image
  • Plenty of user savable settings
  • Excellent remote control
  • Excellent placement flexibility with 2:1 zoom and lens shift
  • Audible noise is extremely quiet in low power, and quieter than average in full power mode
  • Very good menus
  • Sophisticated gamma controls (Mike did not play with). Gamma was very good
  • A lower cost ultra high contrast projector
  • Quite respectable price/performance (9/2010) (These things change over time!)

Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector: Cons

  • More difficult to calibrate than most, and lacks separate color gain and offset for grayscale calibration
  • Slight yellow/green push, noticeable on skin tones, may be correctable with adjustments in the Color Management section
  • While black levels are most impressive the Z4000 is still at the lower range of what we call “ultra high contrast”
  • Limited brightness – best with screens smaller than 110″ diagonal
  • Image tends to look a bit flat on dark scenes in Pure Cinema modes (I think that mostly due to running out of lumens)
  • Documentation is weak in terms of explaining the effects of the many dynamic features, and how they interact with each other

Sanyo PLV-Z4000 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Selection of inputs
  • Documentation
  • Physical appearance – basically a box, but with nice edges, monotone dark, flat gray, a clean look
  • Lamp life (unpublished)

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