Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
Both projectors take a pass in this category. They are both entry level, and while they have the usual sharpness, and other controls, including some which are dynamic, there’s nothing really to report, other than both do have internal support for an anamorphic lens.
These two entry level 1080p projectors are slugging it out for being the low priced leader. When I was starting on this report, some 4+ weeks ago, the PLV-Z700 was clearly the less expensive of the two. Last I looked though, Mitsubishi is offering a spare lamp rebate, and the two projectors, once you net out the rebates, are pretty close. And, of course that can change next month.
Meantime, if one considers the prices about equal, you end up with two projectors that in many ways are similar. Despite the slight Mitsubishi advantage in black levels, as an entry level projector, I just barely favor the PLV-Z700 on the image quality side. That’s just based on my viewing at the time, on a wide range of content. I think I would favor it a lot more if the black levels were the equal to the HC5500’s.On the other hand, I didn’t give the HC5500’s black level advantage much weight, as, for those really into serious quality black levels, hey, the action starts about $400 – $500 higher with the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, then the more expensive Epson UB projectors, the Mitsubishi HC7000 and Panasonic PT-AE3000.
Each has advantages in terms of brightness, depending on what type of content you are viewing, and your room conditions.
The Sanyo PLV-Z700, however wins hands down, when it comes to placement flexibility. That advantage (while it may not matter to you), was enough to put the Sanyo on top, and earn it our Best In Class Runner-Up award. Believe me, though, the HC5500 wasn’t very far behind! Two good choices for a first 1080p projector.
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