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15000:1 Contrast Ratio
1200 Lumens
Street Price: n/a
$2,495 MSRP

Sanyo PLV-Z2000
1080p Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, October 29, 2007

Advantages

The Z2000 is the most attractive home theater projector Sanyo has ever built. Its beautiful clean casework has an understated elegance that will make it a welcome addition to any living room or multipurpose family room. It is relatively small compared to many 1080p home theater models, so it can be installed unobtrusively. Its white casework will cause it to virtually disappear against a white ceiling, so it can be installed in a typical living room without calling attention to itself. If it is combined with a motorized retractable screen, the entire video system can be made to disappear when not in use. This is a huge plus for those who don't want their living room to be permanently dominated by a video system.

Sanyo has routinely built home theater projectors with a 2.0x zoom lens, which is about as long a zoom range as we find on this class of product. This zoom range let's you put the projector anywhere from 10 to 20 feet from the screen if you want an image size of 100" diagonal. One word of caution in planning your installation-using the telephoto end of a zoom lens reduces light output no matter which projector you use. Light output is always at its maximum with the lens in its widest angle configuration (shortest throw distance for any given screen size). In the case of the Z2000, you lose about 38% of the total lumen potential of the projector by moving the projector back and using the longest telephoto setting. That light loss is about normal for a zoom lens of 2.0x range.

With the latest 1080p LCD panels in the Z2000, visible pixelation is reduced to just about nothing. Viewed up close there is a distinct pixel structure. But the inter-pixel gap is small, and the screendoor effect is subtle even at very close viewing. Once you back away to a distance of one screen width, the effect disappears entirely.

There are seven pre-set calibrations for various types of dark room and ambient light viewing--Brilliant Cinema, Creative Cinema, Pure Cinema, Natural, Living, Dynamic, and Vivid. Pure Cinema is the dimmest, and Dynamic and Vivid are the brightest and also the least color balanced, being biased toward the blue and blue/green. In addition there are seven user programmable memories so you can make whatever adjustments you want, calibrating it to your taste preferences.

There are five programmed color temperature options. From warmest to coldest they are Low 2, Low 1, Default, High 1 and High 2. On our test unit, Low 1 was the preferred setting for film, however, you can make whatever adjustments you want to that, or any of the programmed options. Color accuracy is one of the Z2000's strong suits. It is possible to dial in a picture averaging about 6500K with relatively uniform gray scale tracking.

The Z2000 provides for a wide range of lumen potential, from the low 200's up to over 1000 ANSI lumens. For us, the most satisfying calibration for optimal video generated about 400 ANSI lumens.

The Z2000 has a cool 165-watt lamp and extremely low fan noise. Thus it can be installed comfortably in a small room.

Sanyo Z2000 Rear Panel and Filter

The connection panel is on the rear of the unit. The projector is 13" deep, so add about 3 extra inches for cable connections, and you can install it on a shelf that is 16" deep. Fan exhaust is from the right side as you look at it from the rear, so it is important that there be plenty of clearance for heat dissipation, particularly on that side of the unit. The air filter is located below the connection panel. It is easy to unsnap the grate to access the filter for periodic cleaning, as shown in the photo above.

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Reader Comments(10 comments)

Posted Jul 7, 2014 7:53:22 AM

By Miika Valkonen

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I bought this projector in 2007 when it first came out. I have had absolutely zero problems with it whatsoever. Even still have the original bulp in it with 4000+ hours!

Posted Jan 12, 2013 7:14:19 PM

By Dave

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I have a faint yellow spot on my screen about a 2ft. round or somewhat oval, screen size projection is about 120 inch's, can someone plz tell me if thats a burn spot on the bulb or lens or what it can be and what I can do to correct this. the projector I have is a sanyo plvz 5 and is on it's second bulb and has plenty of hours left.

Thanks Dave Z

Posted Feb 16, 2012 10:13:39 PM

By BrettJ

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I have had the Z2000 for 3-4 years now, the lamp needed replacing I sent the machine back and it was a faulty bulb and replaced under warranty. The lamp has gone again only 12-15 month after being replaced. I was told when the first lamp went that the warranty which was from 3 years would cover this lamp for 3 years from the date it was replaced, as this was the promotion when I originally bought the machine, however, I am now being told 3 month or 1000 hours. Can someone help me. The other thing they are throwing at me is that Sanyo have been bought out by Panasonic and Panasonic wont cover the 3 year deal.

Posted Dec 24, 2011 11:07:03 AM

By Jeff

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I have had this projector for about 4 years (1500 hours) and its still going strong. I would like a higher lumen projector though

Posted Jun 24, 2011 8:42:37 AM

By Cole Fullon

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My blue polarizer also burned out after a year and a half. When I sent it in for warranty though, they refused to fix it and sent it back. A printed sheet that accompanied said it was "not economical to repair". I've bought an Epson, and it is a real improvement in quality, brightness and contrast.

Posted Apr 7, 2010 9:11:49 AM

By Slim

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Like my last two Sanyos (Z2 and Z3), the blue polarizer is dying around 5,500 hours, despite the fact that the filters are cleaned like clockwork. Fortunately, it's still under warranty for the next 3 months, but it's disconcerting that this is my third Sanyo to have this issue. I'm sure they'll fix it under warranty, but I think my next projector will be an Epson instead.

Posted Feb 19, 2010 9:57:47 AM

By Matt

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Got this projector the day it came out. 5000 hours and counting, still works flawlessly.

Posted May 6, 2009 1:52:49 AM

By Chris

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Been enjoying this pj for almost a year and the other day it fro-zed up on me and from 4-29-09 to 5-1-09 Sanyo repaired it by upgrading software to the latest version of V102! All shipping and repairs covered under warr. Not bad for a 3 day turn around just in time for the weekend.... Great pj...Great Service... Everything working like the day I bought it!

Posted Dec 29, 2007 10:10:54 PM

By blackbusiness

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I just bought a z2000 and it stopped working on the third day. Looks like several folks on the AVS forum have had the same exact problem. Basically, the unit powers off, the door shuts 90% of the way, and the warning light of death comes on. I have plugged out the unit to no avail and I will have to deal with Sanyo support on Monday. I JUST got this thing. Not good.

Posted Nov 13, 2007 4:19:02 PM

By alkemac

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Dear Sir: A great review of the Sanyo PLV-2000 and its comparison with the Panny pt-ae2000. In your review you state, "The Z trumps the AE in SD that was upscaled from Blu-ray & HD DVD players." Does this statement imply that the DVD players were performing the upscaling, or were the projectors doing the processing? If a DVD player, having great upscaling qualities, were performing the processing, would this bring the AE2000 up to speed? Would the Panny SD picture be as clear as that of the SanyoZ? I enjoy film noir and other genres from the 30s, 40s and 50s and wish to view these film at their best, minimum grain without softening the picture.

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