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Sanyo PLV-Z700 Projector

Sanyo PLV-Z700

HD 1080 (1920x1080), 1200 ANSI Lumens,
16.5 lbs, $1,995 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.0 out of 5
3 User Ratings
Image Quality 3.7
Features 4.0
Construction 4.3
Ease of Use 4.3
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 3.7

User Reviews

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Review by PrayForSanyo

Never really posted on the Internet, but I really loved this projector, so I'm doing it. Had this projector for six years, logging over 10,000 hours. I went through the starter and three additional bulbs during that time, even though they're only rated for 1500 hours. None 'popped', they just dimmed over time (excluding the starter which is rigged to die). "Type the numbers on the left". I rolled 69169. Nice captcha ;) I was highly impressed by the reliability, picture quality, ease of use, and mostly it's ability to paint a perfectly oriented, sized, and unstretched 76" image from 86" away and about 3 feet above the thrown image's center. A single HDMI cable from my receiver displayed Verizon & Comcast cable and DVR boxes, two PCs, a PS 2 and 3, a Nintendo 64, GC, Wii, and Wii U, all flawlessly, even with all the wonky resolutions I'm sure those presented. I would list the weaker points at fan noise production (not terrible, but could be better), brightness (which could be partially due to how long I used my bulbs), and of course the fact that Sanyo is now out of production. At 10,000 hours, the blue polarizer burnt out, which produces a roundish yellow/green tinted area in the middle of the picture and at the edges. It's very noticeable on a white background (like the Wii / Wii U), less noticeable during normal TV / movies unless you're looking for it. But at $1400, 10,000 hours is pretty darn good, so I'm not upset by the recent burnout. I came here looking for a replacement. It was the only site that helped with my unique throw requirements the first time around - kudos to you guys. But I gotta say, I really don't want a BenQ (isn't that a kid's show? lol), Epson (yay for crappy 80's printers), or Optoma (who?) replacement and Sony is quite pricey. I was hoping to find a good Panasonic, as they were a top competitor when I looked the first and second time 11 and 6 years ago (had another Sanyo before this), but their recent models look kinda iffy. Ugh. Seriously - if I could buy a new one, even matching the 6-year-old features but maybe a bit quieter and brighter, I'd do it in a second and probably have zero complaints. My first Sanyo (can't remember the model) was 1080i, about $1500, in 2003, long long long before flat panels or TVs anywhere close to the 76" display I had. People's jaws just dropped when they saw it and I told them it was only $1500. Thanks for 10-11 years of projector goodness, Sanyo!!!!

Any Problems: Blue polarizer burned out after 10,000 hours. Produced a moire effect on an ancient DaLite gloss-finish screen. Matte was fine. Sanyo died. RIP.

Review by Robert

Have had this for 5 years bulb just actually died after 2500 hours, been complaining about bulb for a while. Very happy with this unit and has been a quality projector.

Any Problems: none

Review by Colbster

I owned this projector, which was not bad. I had to replace the bulb twice which costs an additional $700. After less than 2 years, the blue polarizer burnt out and the entire middle of the screen took on an ugly yellow/greenish cast. Made it intolerable watching hockey or anything with white in the image. I sent it in for warranty repair at my own expense ($80) and they sent it back not repaired, saying on the paperwork that it was not economical to repair. There are much better projectors on the market and I will never buy from Sanyo again.

Any Problems: Doesn't last long and they won't fix it.