Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
The Sanyo: “Once we got the PLV-Z700 calibrated, it started looking really good. Skin tones turned out to be extremely good overall, although in low lit scenes, it seemed they shifted just a little bit too much to red.” All together the Sanyo has a really nice final picture with a bit of “wow” to the image. It tends to look right – a good thing!
In the HC5500 review, I commented, relating to overall image quality: “Let’s say that the Mitsubishi HC5500 is a very good consumer model. It may not appeal to the hard core HT enthusiast, but should please just about everyone else.”
These two projectors are not too different. From a personal preference standpoint I do slightly prefer the PLV-Z700 for movie watching, at least if you have a smaller screen, so it doesn’t run out of lumens in its Creative Cinema mode.
Remember, I didn’t have both projectors here at the same time, and that the HC5500 was the first of the “new” projectors reviewed in the 2nd half of 2008, so was compared with older projectors. Both are very typical of the 3LCD projectors out there. The Mitsubishi has a slight advantage on darker scenes, thanks to the slightly better black levels, but, for general viewing, the extra lumens in the brighter modes, and otherwise comparable performance, the PLV-Z700 has a touch more wow factor.
A few general images. The first three are PLV-Z700, the lower three, the HC5500 projector.
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