Sanyo PLV-Z2000 1080P 3-Chip LCD Front Projector Reviewed

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High Points
• The projector uses full 1920 x 1080P HD three-chip LCD in this first-generation light engine.
• A very quiet fan makes the projector almost sonically invisible, producing only 19.2 db SPL.
• Reasonable black level and contrast ratio, with a minimum of contrast- related distortions, are sometimes found in iris-based projectors.
• A three-year warrantee comes as standard, which is very rare in these days of disposable products.

Low Points
• Color primaries are a bit off, with both red and green being more deeply saturated than they are supposed to be.
• Once everything is connected to all inputs, there is very little room to maneuver.
• The contrast ratio is nowhere near 15,000:1; it's closer to 3,000:1, according to my in-home measurements. Note: embellishing contrast ratios has become a high-level game of statistical trickery that has sucked in many. This is why HomeTheaterReview.com notes all manufacturer contrast ratios as "reported," thereby allowing the user to count them as a comparative tool at best when making a projector decision. 
• Should you wish to calibrate the projector for maximum accuracy, you will find a minimum of user calibration controls and only a few service menu items that do not allow for much additional adjustment.

Conclusion
How do you know when you're enjoying a movie or television program? When you're not fiddling with the projector or remote control. With the Sanyo PLV-Z2000, you can just take it out of the box, hook up your sources, and off you go to the movies. It is very easy to use, particularly thanks to a backlit remote control, which you'll likely only use to change inputs or channels. It can fill both small and large screens and generates substantially colorful and detailed images that leave 720P in the dust. Given 1080p sources such as Blu-Ray and HD DVD, some newer video games and surfing the Internet can all be so much more enjoyable then ever before, and for a bargain price.

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HTR Product Rating for Sanyo PLV-Z2000 1080P 3-Chip LCD Front Projector

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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