Is anyone else in same boat as I am? All the raves about the new Z1 is making me wish I would have waited before purchasing the AE-200. Anyways, does anyone think it would be easy to sell the AE-200 on ebay for the price I paid for?
I have just sold 2 of my Panasonic TH-AE100 on Ebay for $1,100 each over the weekend. My Sanyo PLV-Z1 arrived today, it was shipped overnight from a authorized Sanyo dealer in PA. The price I paid is about the same as for a Japanese AE200. The unit comes with a 3 yr factory warranty, which sure beats buying overseas. Just finished watching HDTV (DirecTV) on channel 199 & 509 and must said, Z1 is a pretty awesome little projector. Look ma! no more screen door seating 1.5x of a 9' da-lite screen).
The Z1 has a internal 3:2 pull down scaler which does a pretty good job with S-Video and is comparable to my DVDO V2 and the Panasonic RP56 with the DCDI chip.
I certainly have no regrets selling the AE100 for the Z1.
I didn't see many people commenting on the Z1 scalar. Is it really that good? Would component be even better? What DVD player are you using? I have an old Sony S7700. Just wondering if I have to buy a new progressive scan player (such as the RP82) to go with the Z1? Any advice is greatly appreciated.
If you use Pscan output from the DVD player, then the pj's scaler doesn't matter. With the better built-in scalers in pj's these days, S-video & interlaced Component look nearly as good as a direct Pscan input.
This is true of the Z1, as well as many of the other inexpensive pj's that have ridiculous numbers of posts here. I've been saying for over a year that there's no reason for mfr's to put a bad deinterlacer or scaler in, when a good costs them $10 or $20 more!
I guess the type of feedback I wanted was people to tell me that Z1 is alot better than the AE-200 and it is worth getting it. At this point, I don't know how they compare without someone directly comparing the two for PQ, contrast, black level, etc. Hopefully someone has both of the projector and would appreciate the feedback on the comparison.
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