Projector Reviews

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Home Theater Projector Review: Image Quality – 4

Black Level Comparison

Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB
Mitsubishi's HC5500





Here is the same image from the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, which for the last year, has been the black level champ of the under $3,000 (US) projectors. You can appreciate the Epson’s advantage in black levels, with blacker blacks and higher contrast, for a more dynamic looking image:

The two images above, are just the kind of scene where a projector with exceptional black levels has a real advantage over one that’s merely average. I do believe you can appreciate how much more dynamic the Epson looks. Below is, again, the same image from the recent review of the direct competition to the PLV-Z700, and that’s Mitsubishi’s HC5500 – it is a little darker than the other two, yet the Epson still has the advantage:

Sanyo PLV-Z700: Shadow Detail Performance

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Panasonic PT-AE2000U
Epson Home











Below are images from Space Cowboys, of Clint Eastwood in a very dark room, lit only by a small table lamp.

The images are overexposed to bring out shadow detail in the blinds in the back. Because of the very low brightness, and long exposures, the images vary greatly in color saturation and contrast, and color shifts are exaggerated.