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SANYO'S New PLV-Z5 16.9 Home Entertainment Projector Moves to the Head of Its Class With the Highest Contrast Ratio

CHATSWORTH, Calif., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- SANYO, one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD projector products, introduces the PLV-Z5. This home projector has a heretofore unheard of 10,000:1 contrast ratio. The extremely high ratio here means brilliant rich colors due to the stunning contrast.

Images are further enhanced with the industry's first twin-iris system. Integrating a lens aperture and lamp aperture, this new system delivers true-to-life images with outstanding gradation in a variety of viewing environments. Also, SANYO's newly developed TopazReal Technology blends together the brightness level of the lamp output and newly designed LCD panels, helping to achieve a superior and sharper picture in scenes with any brightness level. The PLV-Z5 design delivers crisp, bright high-contrast images, even in well-lit environments.

The SANYO PLV-Z5 can handle today's demanding interface possibilities. A full complement of input terminals, which includes two digital HDMI interfaces and two sets of component video inputs, together with composite video and S-video connections, provides extensive flexibility. Users can even connect a PC (or Mac) to the projector via the D-sub 15 input.

As if extremely high contrast isn't enough, the PLV-Z5 has innovative 3D-color management that allows the viewer to adjust and save the hue, gamma curve, and level of any color. Fine-tuning the image settings enables compensation for specific conditions in every viewing environment.

Today, everyone wants a big image for widescreen high definition. With a brightness of 1100 ANSI Lumens, the PLV-Z5 can project images on a 100-inch screen from a mere distance of 9.8 feet (up to 20 feet). That's big even in a small room.

Another factor in image quality is the 12-Bit Digital Processing IC. While the 12 bits of RGB color are streaming through the image processing IC, a small part of the Z5's "brain" is quietly analyzing each frame of image data, looking for bright scenes, dark scenes and those in between. This projector will sense a darker scene coming and automatically turn the image brightness down (through the twin iris and lamp react functions). Then, when the scene brightness up, so does the on-screen image, automatically and seamlessly. This process adds teeth to the dynamic contrast ratio to reproduce deeper, truer images.

In addition to all its technically advanced features, the PLV-Z5 has many practical features, especially in original ideas for dust control. The lens is protected from dust by a motor-operated sliding shutter that can be opened or closed automatically by remote control.

The SANYO PLV-Z5 has easy set-up and is designed to play from just about any location. This is aided by the Z5's advanced lens shift capability (the widest in its class) that allows a consumer to (based on location from the screen) adjust to achieve a geometrically accurate and undistorted picture.

The PLV-Z5, with a 3-year warranty, has a MAP price of $1,695.00, and it will be available in mid-October. Better yet, there will be a consumer after-purchase $200, mail-in rebate running between October 20, 2006 and January 31, 2007.

About SANYO
Based in Chatsworth, CA, SANYO Fisher Company is a leading marketer of high-quality multimedia, consumer audio and video, communications, security video, office automation, air conditioning and home appliance products. (The Presentation Technologies Division, through its parent company in Japan, is one of the world's largest producers of LCD projectors.) The company is a division of SANYO North America Corporation, a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (Japan), one of the world's largest electronics manufacturers.

For more information on SANYO's complete line of LCD projectors, please call 888.495.3452 or visit www.sanyo.com.

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