Sanyo PLV-Z700 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projector Review
October 8, 2008 - Art Feierman
Sanyo PLV-Z700 Home Theater Projector: Summary
There is no question that Sanyo has introduced a very good entry level 1080p projector. With an MSRP of only $1995, the price is hard to argue. As I see it, by the time all the new models are shipping late this year, the PLV-Z700 will be one of at least three, and probably four, 1080p projectors that will be selling for right around $2000 or less.
Click to enlarge. So close. The Sanyo PLV-Z700 certainly will be very tempting to those who otherwise were planning to spend for a good 720p projector. True, it will typically be $700 to $1000 more than the 720p models, but, it gets you to 1080p. I should point out, that in areas like black level performance, the Z700 is roughly comparable to the better 720p projectors, including Sanyo’s own PLV-Z60, which we just reviewed. With that in mind, buyers in the general price range have a choice – save money, and settle for 720p, or spend the extra to get 1080p, and be done with it.
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The trickier decision will be choosing the PLV-Z700 as a money saving alternative to more expensive 1080p projectors, that offer a bit more performance. A number of projectors are going to start shipping in the next two months, that will sell in the $2500 – $3000 and change price range.
The Sanyo exhibits the maximum placement flexibility that is so typical of 3LCD projectors. What is interesting is that one of the PLV-Z700’s closest competitors is the Mitsubishi HC5500 3LCD projector that started shipping a couple of months ago. That model, unlike the Sanyo, does not have a zoom lens with a lot of range, and that may be a key deciding point for entry level 1080p projector shoppers.
The wide range of image enhancement mode combinations make for a projector that is an enthusiast’s delight, at least for those that really like to play with their projectors.
Time to organize the Sanyo PLV-Z700’s key features and capabilities in terms of strengths and weaknesses.