Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
The trade-off between these two projectors is primarily one of price versus performance. Overall I consider the Home Cinema 6500UB to be the slightly better projector. It has a distinct advantage in terms of brightness, and an visible advantage in black level performance, although the Sanyo’s black level performance is still very good, and a greater step up from less expensive projectors, than the difference between the Sanyo and the Epson.
While there are subtle differences in many areas, the other significant difference is price. Typically, the PLV-Z3000 (at the time of this article), is about $500 less, making the Epson about 25% more expensive. (That $500 is certainly enough to pay for a good fixed wall screen.) The end result is that the Sanyo is an excellent value, but the Epson delivers enough extra ability to make it worth the $500. Those with really tight budgets should prove to be very satisfied with the PLV-Z3000 a real step up from less expensive projectors, while those with more bucks to invest, who appreciate/need the additional brightness and better black levels, will consider the Home Cinema 6500UB to be worth the difference.
When it comes to wanting an anamorphic lens, of course that eliminates the Epson (or requires you spend about $800 more for an outboard processor to support the lens, or about the same to go with the Pro Cinema 7500UB). For those who really value CFI, at the moment, the two projectors offer about similar performance, but if Epson can “fix” their 24fps CFI, it will have the advantage, as the Sanyo doesn’t apply CFI to 24fps (only 5:5 – non-creative).
I should note that the Sanyo also offers a larger selection of assorted dynamic features. There are so many combinations, of course, that it’s essentially impossible to look at more than a few combinations when we review a projector. The Epson has a smaller set of dynamic features. Our opinions are based on the end results of those features we decided to use as part of our “best” mode viewing. See the individual reviews for more details.
Click to enlarge. So close. The image Side, from The Dark Knight shows the Epson projector on the left, Sanyo projector on the right.
Choose wisely, you are likely to want to live with whichever you select for a number of years. If, on the other hand, you are already a hard core enthusiast, you might just be considering these two as just a temporary projector as you seek an even higher level of performance. If you work on the assumption, for example, that performance levels found in more expensive projectors like the JVCs, Planar, InFocus IN83, etc., are where you want to be, and you figure you can buy that performance level in a couple of years, for about the same as these two, then you just might want to pick the Sanyo and pocket the $500. That might get you into that next step up projector a year sooner.
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