Sanyo PLC-XP200L User Reviews
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We have owned this projector for over four years. The price was great and the projector has never failed to run. The best part of this projector is the pj net adaptor which provides real time data and allows remote management of the projector. However this projector suffers from two problems. The first is the unfortunate tendency for dust to accumulate on the LCD panels. We noticed within 2 months of running the projector that the image started turning purple. When we inquired with Sanyo they blamed the conditions at our facility. We sent it in for cleaning, but the problem returned immediately. I built a dust box with two computer fans for ventilation and use high quality heater filters for intake air and replace them monthly. The condition has improved greatly and the projector actually runs cooler in the box. However it still suffers from dust accumulation and I have sent the projector in every year for cleaning, but last year Sanyo switched locations for repairs and sat on the projector for several days. I called two different locations and talked to three different people before they would even look at it. They seemed confused. I explained that the projector was vital to our business, but I'm not sure if they cared. This was after I spent $350 for overnight shipping. Their costs also increased for cleaning and return shipping so significantly that it just doesn't make sense to use Sanyo's services anymore. I don't know whether to classify this problem as a reliability issue or a matter of poor image quality or perhaps both. It might even be considered poor construction. The other problem is motion blur which I guess is common on LCD displays. Most people don't notice it until I point it out, but I have yet to identify a solution for improving the condition on this projector and frankly the manual isn't any help.
We have installed over a dozen of these units and have never had a problem with any of them. They are bright and sharp. The advanced filtering system reduces the need for servicing as well. Sanyo has a variety of lenses available making this model.
I bought one of these for outdoor cinemas in the summer of 09, we did a 24'x18' rear projection and it was visible as the sun dipped below the trees, excellent value and good colour. The built in scan converter means the composite inputs are every bit as bright as the RGB ones, a big step up from previous models. I've been using several for the last 3 years without problems!
Any Problems: As you might expect with low cost projectors there are limitations. Once understood we can live with this. the worst thing is the tendency of dust to settle on the lcds leading to frequent cleaning after dry weather or use in unclean environments. Please fix this Sanyo it spoils an otherwise great bit of kit.
I wish this projector were better. The price was very attractive however this projector is plagued with dust issues. Within 400 lamp hours of purchase, I had to send the projector in to Sanyo for repair since there were major areas of discoloration. Sanyo would not give straight answers about the condition of our projector and when it would be finished. A Over a month later I finally received our projector back but within less than 100 lamp hours the same problem was happening again.
Any Problems: Major problems with keeping dust off the optics, extremely slow repairs, and poor customer service. I would not purchase from them again.