1080p Home Theater
Sanyo has just begun to ship their latest high performance 1080p home theater projector, the PLV-Z3000. Not only does this projector offer improved contrast over last year's popular Z2000, but the big news is that it is the first home theater projector under $10,000 to offer 5:5 pulldown. What's the benefit of 5:5 pulldown, you ask? Well, 5:5 pulldown is a way to eliminate judder that is a by-product of the 3:2 pulldown conversion required to convert 24 fps film to 30 fps video. This occurs in the NTSC world of 60 Hz power, and is not relevant to those living in countries using PAL or SECAM.
In addition to 5:5 pulldown, the Z3000 also includes a new Smooth Motion system which can be activated or not at the user's option. Smooth Motion is Sanyo's name for frame interpolation. It evaluates the motion changes in two sequential frames of film or video, and generates an interim frame that results in smoother motion when the camera is panning, or when an object is moving across the screen at a moderate rate.
None of the other 1080p projectors released thus far offer 5:5 pulldown, and few offer a frame interpolation system. So let's take a closer look at the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, with special attention to these important new features.
ANSI lumens: 1200
Contrast (full on/off): 65,000:1
Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, 0.7" inorganic LCD panel, with 165W UHP lamp.
Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.
Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one VGA port, two YPbPr component inputs, s-video, component video, one RS-232C port.
Lens and Throw Distance: 2.0x manual zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal lens shift.
Lamp Life: unspecified
Replacement lamp price: About $300 street price.
Warranty: Three years.
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