Let us consider what it takes to produce an image worthy of being called full 1080p HD. There is resolution, and this projector delivers all pixels of every input type just as they are supposed to be. Unlike several projectors in this price range, the Sanyo does not lose any high-frequency information, except when using its component video inputs, and then only slightly. Installation and set-up are simple, whether on a bookshelf or tabletop or using a ceiling mount. The liberal horizontal (+/- 100 percent) and vertical (+/- 30 percent) lens offset allows for a square picture from a wide variety of locations. There is also light level which, with the included 1,200 ASNI lumen bulb, can create large images from 40 inches up to 300 inches (I used a 100-inch diagonal Stewart StudioTek 130, for example) to create light levels approaching those of commercial cinemas (about 16.5 foot-lamberts). A three-year warrantee gives you as the customer some security and satisfaction that Sanyo is not just building expensive paperweights. The ultra-quiet exhaust system, thoughtfully included on the right side of the projector, is quiet enough not to be noticeable, even in a small room. Add to this reasonably accurate colors and good but not stunning black levels, and you have yourself a real bargain.
Your time watching movies, television, video games and such is important and deserves a great picture. With a 1080p HD projector like the Sanyo PLV-Z2000, you really can begin to immerse yourself in the program material. In a theater with controlled lighting, this 1,200 ANSI lumen piece generates a substantially better and brighter image than its 720p parents. One need only put on an episode of Lost from a Blu-ray disc (1080p) and compare it to what is seen on ABC-TV (720p). The difference is striking. Not only is everything much, much sharper, but also the color quality is noticeably more realistic and three-dimensional. Calibration of the Sanyo produces an even finer result, but not as good as it could be if there were more controls for gamma and color temperature adjustment. Essentially, though, the PLV-Z2000 is Sanyo's first-generation attempt at full 1080p HD. They have learned from the volume of such projectors being manufactured by others and created a well-thought-out and easy to use front projector, which makes it that much easier to enjoy. Plug and play is the name of the game. You get a great value and more from this highly portable projector.
Read about the high points and the low points of the PLV-Z2000 on Page 2.