1080p Home Theater Projector
October 29, 2007
It is difficult to find much to complain about with the Z2000. The only notable weakness we could find was in the deinterlacing of 480i signals. On the HQV test disc, the rotating bar looked flawless, but there were obvious deinterlacing artifacts in the flag. The racetrack clip showed severe moiré patterns in the stands. Thus, we would avoid feeding the Z2000 a 480i signal. While it would be nice if the standard definition deinterlacing was more comprehensive, it is easily bypassed by outputting progressive scan from your various sources. If you are investing in a 1080p projector, you should plan to use sources that will let you get the greatest potential from the projector. That includes HD DVD and/or Blu-ray HD disc players, and cable/satellite boxes with digital outputs. With this type of source equipment, the weakness of the Z2000's internal deinterlacing of 480i becomes a non-issue. (By the way, we see no problems with 1080i deinterlacing.)
A second issue to mention is that there is no anamorphic stretch mode with high definition signals. With HDMI or component video in 480i and 480p, the Zoom mode will give you the anamorphic stretch you need to accommodate an anamorphic lens. But when the signal is switched to 1080i or 1080p, Zoom mode becomes a different function that simply maintains normal aspect ratio--it fills the vertical space of the screen with the 2.35 image, and crops off both sides, which is of course useless for anamorphic lenses. Now, this is not relevant to you if you are going with a standard 16:9 format screen in your home. The only time you'd need this feature is if you intend to switch to a super wide Cinemascope 2.35:1 format screen and add an external anamorphic lens.