Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-2 Posted on October 24, 2013 By Art Feierman 1. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000 - Projector Sharpness2. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-2 - Out of the Box Projector Performance - Overall Picture Quality3. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-3 - Projector Features - Projector Pricing - Projector Value - Projector Warranties - Art's Two Cents Out of the Box Projector Performance Not everyone wants to spend lots of time playing with, adjusting or calibrating their projectors. Most want a projector that performs near or at the top of it’s game, without doing anything to it. Although both of these projectors can be improved upon with a professional calibration, there are still differences in how well they perform “out of the box”. In the case of these two affordable 1080p projectors, they both happen to produce very good “out of the box” performance. I can’t actually say that one is notably better than the other. Both, of course, can use some improvement, but many would be extremely satisfied, as is. Projector Brightness is an area where these two projectors go their separate ways. The Panasonic PT-AE2000U is significantly brighter in best movie modes, and even more so, in brightest mode, meaning you can go with a larger screen, or do better at fighting some ambient light. On the plus side for the Sanyo, is its Brilliant Cinema mode – although not as good as its best mode – Pure Cinema – it still looks very good, and some readers with PLV-Z2000’s have reported that they can recognize some difference between the two modes, they favor Brilliant Cinema, as more than good enough, and far, far brighter. From a practical perspective, the Panasonic is much brighter than Sanyo’s Pure Cinema, but definitely not as bright as Sanyo’s Brilliant Cinema. So, for those primarily interested in movies, that may balance things out a bit between the two. Still, the Sanyo’s Bright mode is far less bright than the Panasonic’s something like 40% less, which is significant. For those wanting to watch sports with some lighting in the room, the Panasonic definitely has the advantage. Sanyo’s Brilliant Cinema mode aside, figure the Panasonic, overall, for movies, and TV / sports, can handle screens about 15″ more diagonal, with the Sanyo at its best on typical screens (not those with very high gain), of about 100″ diagonal, while the Pansonic is comfortable on 110″ screens and can definitely go a bit larger. Overall Picture QualitySlightly different but these two projectors both produce an overall picture quality that I described in their respective reviews as – “a pleasure to watch”. No rough edges, even though neither of these can match some of the more expensive projectors out there. Enthusiasts, I believe, will slightly favor the Sanyo Z2000 over the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, in this regard, despite it being less bright. The average consumer, primarily by virtue of brightness, I think will favor the Panasonic, but, again, not by a great deal. For most folks, either of these will “knock your socks off”. 1. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000 - Projector Sharpness2. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-2 - Out of the Box Projector Performance - Overall Picture Quality3. Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-3 - Projector Features - Projector Pricing - Projector Value - Projector Warranties - Art's Two Cents Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000 Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000-3 You May Also Like Viewsonic PX727-4K Review: An Affordable 4K UHD Home Theater Projector Optoma UHD50 and UHD51A – 4K Capable Projectors Well Under $2000 Sony VPL-VW385ES – True 4K Home Theater Projector Review First Look Review of BenQ TK800 4K UHD Projector – Is Better For You Than The BenQ HT2550? Optoma W460 Business and Education Projector Review Epson PowerLite 108 Projector Review InFocus IN2128HDx Business and Classroom Projector Review Sony VPL-EW435 Business and Education Projector Review Epson PowerLite 990U Projector Review BenQ HT2550 Projector Review – The Best 4K UHD Value Yet?