Sanyo PLC-XP100L User Reviews
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Excellent brightness and colours. We've had this projector for 3 months now. On a large, 4m x 3m screen the picture quality is hardly any different to what is seen on the LCD monitor from the PC. We can run the projector with the vertical blinds left open during the day (although angled away from the screen) which is great for the Church atmosphere. Focus, keystone and lens shift all operate via remote control so there's no need to climb to the ceiling for adjustments. The 10,000 hour auto-scrolling air filter ensures that air flow is maintained consistently over the filter life. Whenever the filter clogs up a little the projector will automatically scroll the filter to a fresh new portion. Our previous projector kept warning us of clogged filters every now and again. The projector also gives you the option of switching off "On screen displays" to give a more sophisticated appearance when blanking the screen or switching video sources.
Any Problems: The projector is fussy about VGA signals. Whilst our previous projector (Hitachi) was able to handle a 800x600 resolution from the PC 20 metres away this projector was producing a very wavy image. The problem was solved by connecting a VGA splitter which boosted the VGA signal from the PC. Now we can run 1024x768 resolution with no issues. An additional VGA splitter helps send a 1024x768 Laptop VGA signal 60 metres away with excellent picture quality. Another negative of this projector is that it's difficult to tell whether the projector is "on" or "standby" by the indicator lights. The "Lamp" indicator only slightly dims when switched on (the power lamp remains on whether switched on or standby) compared to standby. I've found it more reliable to see the glow of the lamp showing through the lens or the back grills, especially when we've blanked the screen.
Purchased 4 for church main auditorium. Great picture, easy to mount, easy to use. Reliability issues, but solid case construction. However manufacturing reliability seems flawed (read problems)
Any Problems: All 4 have been in for service (within 7 months of purchase), 2 had bad filter gears, and filters jammed. 2 others constantly overheat and shut down often. Goes into abnormal condition warning and shuts itself down at random intervals. We are at high altitudes, and temperature where projectors are at are on average 80 degrees, and fans run at high speed, but they still kick themselves off.
I recommended this projector to replace a current aging projector in an auditorium setting at the University I work at. The price was very reasonable since it was nearing the end of it's production run. We paid just under $5K for the projector without the lens. The lens was $1.8K but was necessary for the facility we installed it in. Our projected distance is just under 50 ft. to the screen which is 22 ft. wide. With the LNS--T31A Long Zoom lens installed, the image fills the entire screen and is capable of filling a larger screen if one has that. Our old projector was an NEC large venue and was only rated at 3K lumen which when purchased 7 years ago, was not too bad. It's cost for the projector and lens at that time was a little over $8K. There is absolutely no comparison between these two projectors when it comes to brightness. This Sanyo blows the older NEC away in both image brightness and quality. We can fill he screen and keep the lights up for presentations in this facility. With the old NEC we had to dim the lights at least to 50%. The image quality is excellent for a 1024 X 768 native resolution projector. Our University doesn't need to have a higher resolution since we are liberal arts and never require this in this room. It would be nice but the next level is too expensive for our budget. We do run films on a 35 MM projector in this facility for an Independent and Foreign Film series every semester and occasionally cannot get the film in a 35 MM print. When showing a movie on the DVD player playing through an HDMI output using an HDMI-DVI cable the image is outstanding. You can see the pixels in the first two rows but this is expected given the native resolution of this projector. However, the size and brightness of the projected image overcomes this except for the most dedicated of purest movie goers. I have tested the brightness comparing it with our 35 MM film projector and was amazed they were very close. I ran a movie on the DVD which was in the format of 16:9 and then turned on the 35 MM movie projector, rotated the lens turret to CinemaScope and opened the aperture and I could still see the projected image from the video projector. It was a bit washed out which one would expect it to be but the image did not completely disappear. We are completely satisfied with this purchase and look forward to it serving our needs for some years to come. Of course we will eventually need to upgrade to a higher resolution as will be necessary in the future. This is a given with today's technology advancing at leaps and bounds.
Any Problems: The only quirky thing that I can identify about this projector is its keystoning adjustment. It is a bit difficult to get it exactly square but after several attempts we got it as close to square as we could. We have to set any projection device off center in this room since the center of the projection booth has a support column which helps hold the building up. Lens shifting is a must in this auditorium.