Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs Sanyo PLV-Z2000 Posted on July 22, 2007 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 Overview Image Quality General Performance Warranty Summary, Pros, Cons In this comparison of two of the three $2000 and under 1080p projectors, we consider the Best In Class Winner, the PT-AE2000U, and the somewhat less expensive, Best In Class Runner-Up, Sanyo’s PLV-Z2000. These two excellent, low cost 1080p resolution projectors, are very similar in many ways, and different in others. Links to additional one-on-one comparisons Panasonic PT-AE2000U vs. Sanyo PLV-Z2000 Mitsubishi HC4900 vs. Panasonic PT-AE2000U Sanyo PLV-Z2000 vs. Mitsubishi HC4900 Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB vs. JVC DLA-RS1x Sony VPL-VW40 vs. Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB vs. Panasonic PT-AE2000U BenQ W5000 vs. Sony VPL-VW40 JVC DLA-RS2 vs. Sony VPL-VW60 Both of these projectors are of the 3LCD variety, and both offer exceptional placement flexibility, with 2:1 zoom lenses and plenty of vertical and horizontal lens shift. As a result, both should position well, either ceiling mounted or shelf mounted in just about everyone’s room. Let’s look at the key differences: Projector SharpnessHere’s the first significant difference. While the PT-AE2000U has very reasonable sharpness, it is among the softer looking of the 1080p projectors. This is due to Panasonic’s SmoothScreen technology. SmoothScreen makes the pixel structure of the LCD panels virtually invisible. Now, in my opinion, that is a good thing, but hardly critical for 1080p projectors. I say that, because most folks at normal seating distances, really can’t see the pixel structure either way. That’s markedly different than 720p projectors where some sit further back, just to avoid seeing the pixel structure and screen door effect, and others favor DLP projectors for the same reason (less visible pixel structure). By comparison, the Sanyo appears sharper than the Panasonic. The difference isn’t huge, but it definitely is a bit better. In this regard, I don’t think anyone bringing the Panasonic into their home is going to say “it doesn’t look sharp”. The Sanyo PLV-Z2000 does have more visible pixels, but you aren’t likely to see them unless you move closer than where you most likely sit. 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-Z2000-2 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?