1080p Home Theater Projector
The Z2000 is the most attractive home theater projector Sanyo has ever built. Its beautiful clean casework has an understated elegance that will make it a welcome addition to any living room or multipurpose family room. It is relatively small compared to many 1080p home theater models, so it can be installed unobtrusively. Its white casework will cause it to virtually disappear against a white ceiling, so it can be installed in a typical living room without calling attention to itself. If it is combined with a motorized retractable screen, the entire video system can be made to disappear when not in use. This is a huge plus for those who don't want their living room to be permanently dominated by a video system.
Sanyo has routinely built home theater projectors with a 2.0x zoom lens, which is about as long a zoom range as we find on this class of product. This zoom range let's you put the projector anywhere from 10 to 20 feet from the screen if you want an image size of 100" diagonal. One word of caution in planning your installation-using the telephoto end of a zoom lens reduces light output no matter which projector you use. Light output is always at its maximum with the lens in its widest angle configuration (shortest throw distance for any given screen size). In the case of the Z2000, you lose about 38% of the total lumen potential of the projector by moving the projector back and using the longest telephoto setting. That light loss is about normal for a zoom lens of 2.0x range.
With the latest 1080p LCD panels in the Z2000, visible pixelation is reduced to just about nothing. Viewed up close there is a distinct pixel structure. But the inter-pixel gap is small, and the screendoor effect is subtle even at very close viewing. Once you back away to a distance of one screen width, the effect disappears entirely.
There are seven pre-set calibrations for various types of dark room and ambient light viewing--Brilliant Cinema, Creative Cinema, Pure Cinema, Natural, Living, Dynamic, and Vivid. Pure Cinema is the dimmest, and Dynamic and Vivid are the brightest and also the least color balanced, being biased toward the blue and blue/green. In addition there are seven user programmable memories so you can make whatever adjustments you want, calibrating it to your taste preferences.
There are five programmed color temperature options. From warmest to coldest they are Low 2, Low 1, Default, High 1 and High 2. On our test unit, Low 1 was the preferred setting for film, however, you can make whatever adjustments you want to that, or any of the programmed options. Color accuracy is one of the Z2000's strong suits. It is possible to dial in a picture averaging about 6500K with relatively uniform gray scale tracking.
The Z2000 provides for a wide range of lumen potential, from the low 200's up to over 1000 ANSI lumens. For us, the most satisfying calibration for optimal video generated about 400 ANSI lumens.
The Z2000 has a cool 165-watt lamp and extremely low fan noise. Thus it can be installed comfortably in a small room.
The connection panel is on the rear of the unit. The projector is 13" deep, so add about 3 extra inches for cable connections, and you can install it on a shelf that is 16" deep. Fan exhaust is from the right side as you look at it from the rear, so it is important that there be plenty of clearance for heat dissipation, particularly on that side of the unit. The air filter is located below the connection panel. It is easy to unsnap the grate to access the filter for periodic cleaning, as shown in the photo above.
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