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Sanyo PLV-Z700 Home Theater Projector Review: Image Quality - 8

Posted on October 8, 2008 by Art Feierman

Sanyo PLV-Z700: Sharpness

Sanyo has been very consistent in terms of providing home theater projectors with a sharper than average picture. The Sanyo PLV-Z700 is no exception. I should note that with each new generation of LCD panels, the pixel structure is less visible, and this tends to give images a touch more softness. This does not affect the ability to resolve detail, which is what sharpness is all about, but it may mean a slightly less crisp looking image. You'll note there isn't a great deal of difference between most of these images.

Sharpness Comparison

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB
Panasonic PT-AE2000U
Sanyo PLV-2000
Optoma HD8000
InFocus IN82







Our first image is the closeup of the DTS logo, from their test disc. The Sanyo does extremely well, compared to most of the competition. That's impressive, considering that the Sanyo is perhaps the least expensive 1080p home theater projector on the market.

Click to enlarge. So close. The new DTS logo image which we will be using going forward:


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Monitor Comparison

Sanyo PLV-Z700
Mitsubishi HC5500
Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB









Bottom Line Sharpness: The PLV-Z700 produces a sharp image. It is, for example a bit sharper/crisper, than the Panasonic PT-AE2000U, the Epson Home Cinema 1080 UB, and the more expensive JVC and Sony LCoS projectors. There are other sharp projectors too, though, including the Mitsubishi lineup in general, as well as Optoma, and especially BenQ, which is about as sharp as it gets. I'll give the Mitsubishi HC5500 a slight advantage over the Sanyo.

Let's just say that, while a few projectors might be able to be a touch better than the Z700, that it's not really enough to matter. On the other hand, its sharpness advantage over some of the others I mention is definitely greater than the difference between it, and any that might be sharper. Translation: No problem at all! Just one more minor factor to consider.

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