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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
1100 Lumens
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Sanyo PLV-Z5 Home Theater Video Projector

Bill Livolsi, October 13, 2006

Last year, the Sanyo PLV-Z4 earned a very high rating for its image performance, feature set, and placement flexibility. At the time, it was hard to consider how Sanyo would improve upon such an excellent projector. Now, with the release of the PLV-Z5, we have an answer. The PLV-Z5 is a direct evolution of the Z4, with improvements in several important areas of image quality. The result is a rock-solid performer that sells at the astounding low estimated street price of $1695.

Preliminary Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1100

Contrast (full on/off): 10,000:1

Light Engine: 1280x720, native 16:9, 3x 0.7" PolySi LCD.

Data Compatibility: Computer resolutions up to WXGA.

Connection Panel: 2x HDMI inputs, one VGA input, two sets of component YPbPr inputs, one S-Video input, one composite input, one service port, one kensington lock point, hardwired power on/off switch.

Lens and Throw Distance: 2:1 manual zoom/focus lens with manual H/V lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10.1' to 20.1'

Warranty: Three years.

General Impressions / Feature Set

The Z5 uses the same sleek gray casework as the Z4, complete with motorized lens cover. The cover opens automatically when you power the projector on, then closes up again when it's turned off. This will help to keep dust off of the lens without forcing you to remember to replace the lens cap or flip up the front cover as on the older Z3.

The connection panel is almost identical to that of the Z4, with one major addition: The PLV-Z5 has two HDMI ports to the Z4's one. This will allow the connection of two high-quality digital sources to your projector without requiring the use of an HDMI switching device. In addition, there are two YPbPr component inputs, S-Video, composite video, a VGA port, and a service port. The Z5 should have ample connection options for most any set of home theater equipment.

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Reader Comments(12 comments)

Posted Nov 5, 2006 3:36 PM PST

By SaveOnProjectors

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... and now with a $200 rebate PLV-Z5 looks like THE best value out there. I personally prefer it over PT-AX100U since I have it installed in a basement with perfect light control. I had a chance to compare AX100 & Z5 side by side and I second the review, if you put both in a dark room, Z5 wins in my book.

Posted Feb 22, 2007 1:43 PM PST

By beleafer

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Have you had any problems with your plv-z5?hard hard was it to set up? I am thinking of buying the PLV -Z5.

Posted Feb 7, 2008 4:34 AM PST

By Surdyman

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I want to sell my Panny AX100U and go for a PLV-Z5... anyone agrees/disagrees with me? This particular model; has issues....

Posted Feb 21, 2008 11:58 AM PST

By NKnight

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Is upgrading from a Z4 to Z5 a worthwhile thing to do? Has anybody done this? Or should I just wait for a 1080p? My one beef with the z4, is that any dark scenes in movies seem very "dark".

Thanks, Nate

Posted Dec 8, 2009 2:16 PM PST

By Ray

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If you have a "adjusted" z4.. no real reason to go z5. If you calibrate the z4 the picture quality is so close to identical I can not see any difference.(if there actually is any). the output level is so close that it really isnt a factor either, remember 100% increase is equivalent to one F-stop on a camera. If you dont have either "no Brainer" Z5 (unless you dont mind spending a couple hours calibrating, recalibrating the Z4. both are practically the same projector. same replacement bulb, and almost exactly the same features.

Posted Feb 18, 2012 6:07 AM PST


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Posted Nov 7, 2012 12:29 PM PST

By john johnson

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R U comeing out with 1080p in a plv-z5

Posted Nov 26, 2012 6:47 AM PST

By ademir cordeiro

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Estou vendendo um projetor sanyo plv Z5 c apenas 300hrs de uso, quem conhece, sabe a qualidade.

Posted Nov 26, 2012 6:48 AM PST

By ademir cordeiro

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Estou vendendo um projetor sanyo plv Z5 c apenas 300hrs de uso, quem conhece, sabe a qualidade.

Posted Apr 11, 2014 3:20 PM PST

By dragonman

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Is the pixelation noticeable on this projector

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