Sanyo PLV-Z700 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projector Review

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Physical Tour

We start looking at the front of Sanyo’s white cased PLV-Z700 home theater projector. A recessed, manual zoom lens is positioned off center, to the right. Focus and zoom rings are located on the lens.A motorized door closes to keep dust off, and to protect the lens, when the projector is powered down. From a placement standpoint, the 2:1 zoom lens (for a 100 inch, 16:9 aspect ratio screen), can be placed as close as 9.8 feet and as far back as 20 feet, as measured from the front of the lens. Note: For information on lens shift range, we cover that on the General Performance page of this review, or you can go directly there by clicking here.

There is an infra-red sensor in the front, to the right of the lens. Below the front are two screw thread adjustable feet.

On the top of the Sanyo PLV-Z700 (from now on, we are looking from the back of the projector), you will find the projector’s control panel, located toward the right side. A large Power button is furthest to the right, and front. (Press once to power up, twice to power down). The rest of the control panel consists of the usual diamond shaped array of four arrow keys for navigating the menu system, with an “OK” (enter) button in the center of them. To the left of the Up arrow, is the Menu button, and to the right, the Input button (source select). And that, folks is it, except for three indicator lights above the up arrow, from left to right: Lamp Replace, Warning, and Power.

On the left side (looking from the back), are the dials for vertical and horizontal lens shift, and a lock to hold those adjustments firmly in place. (sorry about the blue tape in the image)

The PLV-Z700 is designed to allow shelf mounting, and to accomplish that, the air intake is in the back while the hot air exhaust is located on the right side.

That takes us, finally, to the input panel on the back. The PLV-Z700 is has a very typical combination of inputs and connections, sporting two HDMI inputs (both 1.3, with Deep Color support), an analog computer input (standard HD15), and the usual S-Video (DIN connector) and composite video (RCA jack). In addition there are two component video inputs (each with the usual color coded R,G,B RCA type connectors). There is also the usual RS-232 service port, which can support controlling the Z60 from a computer or room control system. Finally, you’ll find the power cord receptacle and a Kensington Lock slot. There are two different air filter access doors in the back.

The last thing to note, is that the lamp door, to change out a lamp, is located on the bottom. This will require a projector that is using a ceiling mount, to be unmounted, to change the lamp. That’s a definite nuisance, but is the case on many, but probably less than half, of today’s home theater projectors.

Our “physical tour” of the PLV-Z700 ends here. The remote control is covered in the General Performance page. Now it’s time to get to what really matters the most – to most folks – image quality.

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