Sanyo PLV-Z4 Projector Review

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sanyo plv z4 projector

Here is another review of Sanyo’s awesome PLV Z4 Projector from HDTV Expert.

This machine is one of the top LCD projectors under $3500, and sits in the same class as the Panasonic PT-AE900U.

Review Summary:

“The PLV-Z4 is one of the best HD-resolution LCD projectors I’ve ever tested and a big step up from its predecessors. Color quality is improved – it’s as good as the Panasonic PT-AE700U — contrast levels are up, and grayscale tracking is getting better. The dynamic iris has a lot to do with it, but so do the expanded color controls. Dynamic irising is all the rage now; numerous LCD projectors and some LCD rear-projection TVs have incorporated it to kick out better black levels.

The longer zoom lens is probably the best idea of all. The 145W UHP projection lamp has enough juice in it to overcome the smaller aperture of this lens, and my measurement of 350 lumens should be more than enough to light up an 82-inch to 100-inch diagonal screen in a controlled lighting environment with a 1.5:1 projection throw.

The PLV-Z4 does an excellent job with 480p, 720p, and 1080i signals. To put the icing on the cake, add a good video processor for 480i or 576i composite or component video sources and take SDTV signal quality to the next level.”


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2 Responses to “Sanyo PLV-Z4 Projector Review”
  1. Panasonic PT-AE900U, Sanyo PLV-Z4, and Mitsubishi HC3000 Projector Comparison Says:

    […] The fact that it is also the least expensive of the new 720p products, as well as one of the few to include a standard 3-year warranty, is a strange anomaly in the marketplace to be sure. But someone at Sanyo decided to get very aggressive this year, and they did it in spades. It is difficult to beat the overall value proposition represented by the Z4. Sanyo PLV-Z4 Full Review […]

  2. markspidie Says:

    I bought this for $1100 from tiger direct. Dropped in price $400 overnight.

    All I can say is that the picture is fantastic and it gives you a wide flexibilty in installation.

    Use it at 100″ screen. I will wait on the 1080p to come down in price (like a $1000). This is more than a temporary visual fix.

    Cannot go wrong.