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Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Posted on October 8, 2008 by Art Feierman

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Pros

  • Most affordable 1080p projector currently shipping (though competition at that price is on the way)
  • With minor performance compromise in "best mode", average or slightly above average brightness
  • Very good, post calibration
  • Sharper than most, image
  • Really good shadow detail
  • Dynamic irises on image and lamp, for improved black level performance
  • Extensive selection of image enhancement processing capabilities
  • Good image noise performance
  • Better performance than many on SD-TV sources
  • Performed very well on HDTV and hi-def sports, in particular
  • Very good remote control
  • Very quiet operation
  • Three year warranty

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Cons

  • Manual on disc only - no hard copy
  • Below average brightness, in absolute "best mode"
  • So-so black level performance
  • Lack of separate "gain" and "bias" controls make calibrating trickier than most
  • Many image enhancement features impact grayscale balance, thus, it's best to find the best combination of these that you like, and then perform the grayscale calibration (color temp)
  • Not the most film-like picture quality, but good, nonetheless

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Lamp Life (assumed - since Sanyo provides no lamp life rating)
  • Placement flexibility relative to most other 3LCD home projectors
  • Price performance when compared with other new entry level 1080p projectors that are shipping so far this fall
  • Manual - it provides some good descriptions of key and advanced features, but thin on other ones
  • You'll want to use the user memory areas, instead of the preset modes, if you want to make any changes at all, since the Presets (Creative Cinema, etc.) reset brightness contrast, etc., everytime you enter them. Not a big deal, but important to know (there are 5 user memory slots - more than enough)

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