PLV-80 for Home Entertainment
If you are looking for the best possible home theater image quality for watching movies in a dedicated home theater or another room which you can fully darken, or have only extremely minimal ambient light, the Sanyo PLV80 is not the projector for you.
On the other hand, if you have a room you can't fully darken, or want to watch sports, HDTV, TV with a fair amount of lights on or even some outside light coming in, the PLV80 is probably exactly what you are looking for.
In the image immediately above, the projector is off, and the same six recessed lights are on. It gives you the best idea of how bright the viewing room is, when lit up.
I want to point out now, so I don't have to repeat it several times below, that trying to photograph the room with lots of ambient light, while there is an image on the screen, is tricky. If the room is exposed normally, so it looks right, then the projected image, is fully overexposed in the photo, so it looks blown out. That's why you'll see some images where you can see the ceiling lights are on, but the walls look very dark, so that the image on the screen looks correct.
Darker scenes in movies do not hold up as well, with the room's full lighting. Here is another pair of images - this time from Chronicles of Narnia. The first is with the same, full lighting on. Don't forget, too, that my screen is particularly large at 128" diagonal. If the screen was just 100" diagonal, then the image would be about 70% brighter. The second image is with lights off. (The color shift of the first photo, is not apparent when viewing the image, but an artifact relating to the exposure).
As you can see, the image is much richer below, but again, even under adverse lighting, this dim scene is watchable, although not great.
Now, I don't have any sports images for you, but I did do a number of images in the testing room, with the full lighting in there (a 10x16 foot room). These are bright images comparable to most TV content.