Sanyo PLV-Z60 720p 3LCD Home Theater Projector Review: Overview

Sanyo has just started shipping the PLV-Z60, with first shipments arriving at dealers in a day or two. Most of the attention, and most of the new home theater projectors launched in the last year, have been 1080p. That said, there is still a strong, but smaller (than 1080p) market for these low cost 720p projectors.

 

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Sanyo has just started shipping the PLV-Z60, with first shipments arriving at dealers in a day or two. Most of the attention, and most of the new home theater projectors launched in the last year, have been 1080p. That said, there is still a strong, but smaller (than 1080p) market for these low cost 720p projectors.

While 1080p projectors start right below $2000, 720p projectors start below $1000 (DLP models) while most 3LCD home theater projectors – like the PLV-Z60, are priced around $1299. Rebates are common and can lower the price significantly on some of the more expensive 720p projectors.

 

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The PLV-Z60 is a classic 3LCD projector, with great placement flexibility. It uses two iris systems, one on the lamp, to help it achieve very good black level performance for a 720p projector. Let’s get started:

Sanyo PLV-Z60 Projector Highlights:

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  • Good, but not great out of the box color accuracy
  • Calibrates very nicely for extremely good color
  • Below average brightness limits Z60 to medium to smaller screens
  • Good black level performance, improved over the Z5
  • Excellent placement flexibility – manual wide range zoom and lots of lens shift
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  • Only 720 3LCD projector that comes with ability to remove possible dust blobs
  • Extensive color management controls
  • 2 HDMI inputs are 1.3, with 24fps and Deep Color support
  • Excellent 3 year warranty, with fast turn-around
  • Very quiet operation (22db in eco-mode)- not the quietest, but quieter than most
  • Remote rather small and a bit cramped, but very functional
  • Very good value proposition

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