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A Thousand Emails

After returning from a long Thanksgiving weekend we were greeted with well over a thousand emails in the box. Since we cannot respond to each of them personally, I will address the issues of the most common topics here....

Many asked about comparisons of the Sanyo PLV-Z2 to various other models in, above and below its price range. We will get some comparative comments up in the next week or so.

With regard to reviews, we have the Panasonic PT-L500U (aka PT-AE500) in house. It is a very strong product, and comparable in both performance and price to the Sanyo PLV-Z2. The review will be posted Monday afternoon. Subsequently we will post a separate article offering a detailed comparison between the L500 and the Z2.

We currently have the Mitsubishi HC3 in the lab also. We should have that review done within another ten days or so.

The Sony HS20 is still scarce. We have requested one from Sony and expect to see it soon. Once we get that unit we will let you know when to expect the review.

Also, we still plan to review the Optoma H76. Currently we do not have one, and we have no idea when we will. To our knowledge production units have not yet arrived in the United States. Once we get an H76 and are able to see it up close and personal, readers of this page will be the first to know about it. We will probably receive the economy-class Optoma H30 before the H76, and we will do the reviews in the order we receive the products.

We expect to see the updated Philips bCool XG1 next week. The situation is that during the review we discovered an obscure performance defect on this unit that nevertheless could create problems for users opting to use progressive scan 480p input for DVD. Philips has developed a fix for it, and we are waiting to check it out. Personally, I like the Philips XG1 very much. It is bright, very quiet, and has great video attributes, especially with progressive input. We believe owners of the XG1 will be very satisfied with their choice. The fix involved a software update, so not a big thing to worry about.

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