October 15, 2004
We have just posted the review of the Sanyo PLV-Z3. These are exciting times in the home theater projector business, with all of these hot new models showing up. The Sanyo Z3 is an improvement in many ways over the Z2, and it is being offered at a more aggressive $2,495 MSRP to boot ($500 less than the Z2). I was hoping also to post a companion article with this latest review comparing the Sanyo Z3 with the Panasonic AE700, but we've still got some final side by side evaluation to do. So that piece will be done and posted by this coming Tuesday at the latest. But reading the two reviews, you can get a lot of what that article will cover.
I had mentioned in the last posting that we are seeing several new low-cost home theater projectors in various stages of release, all of which feature 1280x720 resolution LCD panels, including the Sony VPL-HS51, the Sanyo PLV-Z3, the InFocus Screenplay 5000, and the Panasonic AE700. I had forgotten to mention the Hitachi PJTX100, which clearly belongs in this group as well. Each of these products has a configuration of features, capabilities, and price points that represent attractive value propositions for the consumer. You may expect reviews and comparative commentaries on all of these units in the next few weeks.
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