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post #1 of 21 Old 11-13-2002, 07:45 PM - Thread Starter
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Wow!!... I just finish my first movie with the new Sanyo PLV-Z1 and this projector is awesome. It gives my 10000$ CPSX5500 a major run for the money. I am even thinking selling my Hitachi and pocket the 6000$ CAD difference!! ;)

Colors are very good, contrast is excellent and with slight defocusing, the screendoor is very acceptable.

IMO, this is the best deal I saw to date.

The scaling/deinterlacing is also excellent.

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Hey Ricky, glad to hear you're happy with the Sanyo Z1. I am about to pull the trigger on buying one and have some questions. I was wondering if you have the ability to test the Sanyo with any high-definition sources as I am curious how networks such as HBO HD, Showtime HD, or HD-Net look on this projector (I currently have a RCA DTC-100 receiver with a VGA output for high definition). Also have you tried using the component input on the projector or just the VGA input. Oh yeah, I was also wondering what type of screen and are you using with it and how large is the picture you are projecting. Thanks for any help with these questions.

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Congrats on the purchase. This seems to be a better projector than people are making it out to be. I think people are overlooking this one and that may not be such a good idea. It has the same if not better features than some of its competitors and it's cheaper! I am thinking of purchasing this one myself.One question, some of the other owners say that although this projector is only 700 lumens it seems alot brighter, is this true? Also what kind of connection do you have? Have fun with the new tech.

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You have had some time with the Sanyo PLV70 as you have sold a few to customers, so Rick whats your thoughts of PLV-Z1 compared to the PLV70.

Better resolution for sure and brightness also, but is it worth $5000.00 CA for the PLV70.

Is the CR and PQ just that much better on the PLV70.
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I totally agree with Ricky. For the money, this PJ is simply awesome.

Brian, regarding brightness, I can tell you that in Cinema Black mode, with a 75" wide screen, while playing Gladiator, on the battle of Carthage scene, I was able to read the operating manual without having to switch the room lights on. It's plenty bright.

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I totally agree with Ricky. For the money, this PJ is simply awesome.

Brian, regarding brightness, I can tell you that in Cinema Black mode, with a 75" wide screen, while playing Gladiator, on the battle of Carthage scene, I was able to read the operating manual without having to switch the room lights on. It's plenty bright.
That's what I found with mine, and didn't like actually. But I solved it by placing a ND2 filter in front of the lens. Now it's just great.
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Hi Ricky D, congrats on your purchase.
It looks like a winner, with awesome price/performance ratio.
now, a few questions:
1.- how does the Pj handle 4:3 images within a 16:9 screen? does the image fills the screen from top to bottom with black bars on the sides?
2.- Any concern with halos and/or light spill?
3.- Any link to user manual or specs?
4.- At what distance from the screen is screen-door noticeable, 1.5x screen width?
thanks in advance
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Guys,

First, I am using a 54x96 grayhawk!!
I hook up the Z1 to a Panasonic RP56 and component cables.
I haven't tried my satellite yet, but I do not have HDTV, since it is a Bell XpressVue 3100, so I will not be able to give you feedback on HD.

The projector is very bright, but washed out rapidely when I put some lights on.

Compare to the PLV70, there is a slightly more screendoor, but I found that defocusing on the Z1 gives better results than on the PLV70.
Otherwise picture are similar (blacks are slightly better on the Z1 IMO), of course the PLV70 light cannon is a must for those with high ambiant light.

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BTW, screendoor is a very personal matters... I was sitting at about 12.5 feet away from the 110" diag. screen and I was not bother much by the screendoor (especially after defocusing), but it was still noticeable on bright background.
One thing you need to know is I consider myself an expert at seeing screendoor, especially compared to my Hitachi CPSX5500 LCOS projector.
I guess most people won't bother with the Z1 screendoor.

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Ricky,
I was originally sceptical about this projector cause of a review-comparison I remember a week ago on a Japanese web site (it was posted here in avsforum). There they showed few pictures from Ae300 Z1.. where you c see the sanyo producing a very "green image". Are you noticing something similar?
Are you using default color configuration, or filter?
for me is really important the quality of the colors do you notice something that does not convince you?
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CAE,

IMO the colors were better than many projectors, especially out of the box. I have not seen anything particular about green tint.
I have tested it out of the box, whitout performing any changes.

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Ricky,
please go back and watch other movies on yout PJ. We need good eyes looking at it.
This PJ is really attractive:
usa/canadian warranty model soon available..
1000$ dollar saving respect the HS10..
short lens give the best in small room..

I am sure this will help someone to decide.

You know how much we love pictures; any change to get some shots from you? I am interested to skin colors :-)
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For the shots... sorry I do not have a digital camera. :(

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where can i find proper mount for ceiling also looking for filter nd 2 someone recommended here thanks i ordered this projector today .Thanks for all the help here .
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Is there any word on the Studio Experience availability/pricing yet?
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Studio Experience tells me it should be available for pre-orders within 2-3 weeks and pricing is not official yet, but should be around $2399.
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Studio Experience tells me it should be available for pre-orders within 2-3 weeks and pricing is not official yet, but should be around $2399.
What would be the advantage of getting the Studio Experience version?

I have seen the Sanyo version discounted below $1600, will Studio Experience's version be competitive?

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Did anyone pay around 1550$ USD and already got the machine ?

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I've pre-ordered the Sanyo PLV-Z1 at around $1550, supposed to be available the 18th, no clue when I'll actually get it. Free shipping makes it great :rolleyes:

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Just Checked SE's website and they have the Matinee HD1 on there now!

The price listed is what they preliminary told me... What is interesting is that it appears the price includes 2 lamps and a ceiling mount??? I don't know if this mean 1 additional lamp or 2? Probably just 1 additional. I don't know what a bulb costs for the PLV-Z1 but figure ~$350 or so and then a couple of hundred for the ceiling mount, then it's not that bad of a deal.... Still higher than the Sanyo version though. Personally, I cannot use a ceiling mount right now, so maybe they will work with you on the package.

I had pre-ordered a HS10 but am having second thoughts.... The price difference is pretty big between the two projectors. I know the HS10 has great resolution and will look great with HDTV, but I'm primarily will only use this for DVDs and nothing else. Is there really that great of an advantage of WXGA over WSVGA for DVD watching?

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Best price I have seen so far for the Z1 in US is $1498.00, a few others have it for $1525.00. And some have it as a bundle with DVD player and Reciever for around 2000.00 to 2500.00.

I'm up in Canada so exchange would make it around $2350.00 CA

Really cheap to send back for service if need be to States also, unlike sending it overseas.

Tempted to purchase it to see if it makes me happy. If does not work awesome on my 120 inch screen can always set it up in my bedroom on a smaller screen and then decide from there on either a PLV70 or HS10.
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