Projector Reviews

Compare Projectors – HC5500 vs. PLV-Z700 – 2

Picture Quality

Comparing the Projectors Picture Quality

Black level performance

I had described the PLV-Z700’s black levels by saying I was “slightly disappointed, not bad, mind you”. By comparison, the Mitsubishi did slightly better, but not significantly so. I described the HC5500 as “a touch better than the Sanyo” and “typical of this group”.

Black level performance Comparison

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Mitsubishi HC5500

 

 

 

 

I did not have these two projectors in-house at the same time, therefore no side-by-side photos.

Black level performance Comparison

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Mitsubishi HC5500

 

 

 

 

 

Below are two pairs of images. In both cases, the Sanyo PLV-Z700 image is first. While observing the first pair, the Starship image from The Fifth Element, note that the Sanyo image is overall a bit brighter.

As a result, you’ll have to mentally compensate to figure out how much difference in blacks there really is. Our own experience says that it’s notably slighter than the blacks seen here. In the second pair, it is the reverse. The Sanyo image is a bit darker (the reason you see less stars).