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post #91 of 103
Eugene,
The Z5 should be able to do it if the screen has sufficient gain (e.g., HiPower or Silverstar), however, this comes with its own set of compromises.
post #92 of 103
Eugene, I am running a 133" Hi Power and my puny Z2 lights it up great in a dark room. A Z5 would certainly work out just fine.

Scott B, sorry about my last post. Upon rereading it, it came off far more harsh than it was intended. I was trying to be sarcastic. Sorry if it came off as insulting.

Eugene's question helps to make the point I was trying to make myself, which is this.

Some people are extremely picky about Audio and Video. They demand absolute perfection across the board. I mean, EXTREMELY picky. Well, that's their perogative. But my problem is that sometimes, these very same people will use their "expertise" to influence a person's buying choices. This is all well and good, and most certainly welcome, but in reality, the vast majority of people won't even notice the imperfections these experts point out. And even if they do notice them, they won't really care.

I think if Eugene gets a 120" screen for his Z5, he will be perfectly happy, even if it isn't a Hi-Gain screen. I would agree though, that a Hi Gain screen like the Hi Power would work great, and believe me, if he gets one, he will be dazzled by it. I mean, my Z2 and Hi Power has dazzled me for 2 years. All I have really wanted more from it is better contrast, which the Z5 certainly has.
post #93 of 103
Hey Kilgore many talk-up the High Power as being "the choice". Yet the High Contrast Matte White screens is push heavily buy projectors retailers. And so my confusion continues. Which to screen material to purchase for a none light controlled room. A future Z5 owner. Any clarification?
post #94 of 103
Many people prefer the matte white or even grey screens because they help provide better contrast and better blacks for lower lumen projectors. A screen like the Hi Power definitely gives more punch and brightness though. It is true that black levels do get elevated, but so do white levels, and so the perceived overall contrast is still quite good. Again, some people obsess over black levels. Either option is fine IMO, but personally, I like the pop a Hi Power gives, and the overall contrast makes the elevated black levels are perfectly watchable.

The other aspect is that a Hi Power definitely has a smaller viewing cone. My experience with them is that essentially you have to be sitting within the width of the screen to appreciate the higher gain. In my case, the screen I have is 116" wide, and as long as seating is within that width, with the projector in the center, the advantage in gain is visible. Outside this distance, the gain quickly drops off, so you certainly don't want to be sitting off to the sides. A matte white or grey screen doesn't have this "problem, as the gain is pretty much the same whatever the seating arrangement.

So, IMO, the only reasons to avoid a Hi Power screen are:

1: your seating arrangement is such that some people will be viewing the screen from an angle.

2: you want your black levels to be as black as possible

The reasons to get a Hi Power are:

1: the image gives a more vivid punch and more plasma like vitality, and colors have more "pop"

2: the retro-reflective nature of the screen helps lumen challenged projectors.
post #95 of 103
If you ceiling mount your projector, i wouldnt waste money on a retro-reflective screen.

"Looks great when you stand up!"
post #96 of 103
Please note Sanyo will pay Fedex overnight shipping (both ways) for all warranty related services. The turnaround time is usually 48 hours. Panasonic does not pay the shipping and many reported that they had to wait for 3+ months to get their projectors back from warranty service.
post #97 of 103
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Originally Posted by qsmarcei
If you ceiling mount your projector, i wouldnt waste money on a retro-reflective screen.

"Looks great when you stand up!"
Some people on this site would beg to differ.
post #98 of 103
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Originally Posted by Kilgore
Some people on this site would beg to differ.
:) Got that right.
post #99 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Propel
many reported that they had to wait for 3+ months to get their projectors back from warranty service.
That seems to be a pretty broad generalization...."many" where are the figures to back that up?

I've owned a panny and have sent it in to Heartland for service. They turned my unit around in 24 hours. Others have posted on this forum similar experieces with Heartland, a panny service center.
post #100 of 103
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kilgore
Some people on this site would beg to differ.
Perhaps, but I'm not one of them. I have a HP and a HCMW with my ceiling mounted Z4. The HP lives in the garage whereas the Da-Lite HCMW gets to watch all the movies. My 8' ceilings and sitting position put me just outside of the sweet spot.

The HP really does look great when you stand up....

The HCMW looks great anywhere.
post #101 of 103
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Originally Posted by eugdog
Can anyone answer this question

Will the Sanyo Z5 be able to luminate a 120 inch diagonal screen Iwide screen) in very dark room (i.e night time with no lights on) at the the best picture setting.

If the answer is not then can you tell me

a) what is the maximum size screen size I could use a the best picture quality setting
b) if the Z5 still has the edge over the panny 100x at a brigter setting

This will be the decider in choosing which projector

Thanks for your help

Eugene
Eugene,

I have the ae900 on a 139" wide HP in a light controlled room and it is very bright on the low power setting. I don't see why you should have any concerns on a smaller screen. It should be a very nice combination either way.

Dave
post #102 of 103
Happybob,

You said you've seen the 900 and 100. Would like to hear your comments/review on the differences between the 2 projectors for people who are thinking of making the upgrade.
post #103 of 103
Has anyone compared PT-AX100U or PLV Z5 vs Optoma HD72

Thanks
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