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Opinion of west3man - Jul 12, 2004

Sanyo PLC-SU20N Projector
SVGA (800x600), 1200 ANSI Lumens,
8.6 lbs, $3,995 (MSRP)
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by west3man - Jul 12, 2004
Image Quality 5.0
Features 5.0
Construction 4.0
Ease of Use 4.0
Reliability 5.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
I purchased the Sanyo PLC-SU20N as a refurbished unit from an online retailer at a WICKEDLY LOW PRICE! The first thing I noticed was the HUGE beautiful picture. Shortly after that, I noticed that the projector would get alarmingly hot - and occasionally shut itself off, presumably b/c it was overheating. I sent it to Sanyo for servicing, since it was still within the first 90 days. They said there was glass in the motor and something else. They apparently fixed these issues, since when I got the projector back (within 6-7 days from the day I sent it AT NO COST TO ME), the overheating was no longer an issue. Unfortunately, as I'll soon explain, the Sanyo repair tech(s) caused a hairline crack one side of the projector by apparently over-tightening it and caused a color shift by doing the same thing on the other side (except with no external damage).
Recently, the image had begun turning purple (and sometimes red) - indicating a dying lamp. After MUCH frustration and occasional, temporary fixes, I loosened a screw on the side of the casing and the picture IMMEDIATELY improved. Luckily, it seems I do NOT have to purchase a new ~$400 lamp!
It's now how it for about 5 months and am VERY pleased with my $599 purchase, despite the difficulties!

COMMENT: Having zoom, focus, and all other features available on the remote, as well as the unit, is VERY convenient! I highly recommend choosing a projector with this option (among MANY others I won't go into right now).

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* over-heating (fixed by Sanyo personnel b/c of 90-day warranty)
* color adjustments sometimes difficult to balance/maintain
* purple tint to image despite adjustment options(and sometimes still is noticeably purple), apparently due to over-tightening by the Sanyo repair personnel. (Loosening a screw caused an immediate and dramatic improvement in color quality.)