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Sanyo PLV-Z700
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10000:1 Contrast Ratio
1200 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

Last year we said the PLV-Z2000 was the most attractive home theater projector Sanyo had ever built. The newly released Sanyo PLV-Z700, the company's latest 1080p projector, uses the same design as the Z2000, with identical casework, color, and connection panel. Other than the model number sticker, you can't tell the difference between them from the outside.

With the Z700, Sanyo continues its tradition of delivering aggressively priced home theater projectors that deliver exceptional performance for the money. This is the first 1080p resolution home theater model to come to market with a retail price of under $2,000, and street prices well below that.

The differences between the Z700 and the Z2000 are these:

• The Z700 is a bit lower in lower contrast due to the use of organic LCD panels vs. the inorganic panels in the Z2000.

• Different physical iris mechanism.

• HDMI has been upgraded from version 1.3a to 1.3b.

• Anamorphic stretch mode has been added.

• Retail price has been reduced to $1,995.

Sanyo PLV-Z700 Specifications

ANSI lumens: 1200

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

Light Engine: 1920x1080, native 16:9, three-panel inorganic LCD with 165W UHP lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3b ports, one 15-pin VGA, two 3-RCA component input, one s-video, one composite, one 9-pin DSub serial port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 2.0x manual zoom/focus lens with vertical and horizontal lens shift. Throws a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10 to 20 feet.

Lamp Life: Unspecified

Replacement lamp price: $380 retail. Street price closer to $320.

Warranty: Three years.

Sanyo PLV-Z700

Sanyo PLV-Z700: Shown with front panel open; panel automatically slides shut to enclose the lens when not in use.
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Darryl Zimmer Posted Oct 1, 2008 2:39 PM PST

Have a question about your write up: "The difference between the Z700 and the Z200 are these" statement, you mention that the Z700 uses organic LCD panels.. BUT in your "SANYO PLV-Z700 Specifications you state "3 panel INorganic" Might want to check this out.

Thanks for your time,

Darryl Zimmer
Guy LaRochelle Posted Oct 8, 2008 10:03 AM PST
In your article,you mention that "there is no published expectation of extended lamp life in low power mode".

I'm a little surprised by that! When reading on the subject all around the net, people always read that lamp life should be longer when using low power mode... How can you come up with such a comment and not back it up yourself?

Perhaps there are no published expectation, but is there something somewhere that prooves the contrary?

Jakob Posted Oct 12, 2008 9:15 PM PST
Has it got the same problem as the Z5 when ceilingmounting it? That though you use it in eco/low mode the noise level is raised to the level when using it in normal mode.
Nick Posted Oct 29, 2008 1:26 PM PST
Does anyone know if this unit suffers from any sort of ghosting at all? I'm looking to step up to a 1080p projector from a very old one, but I want to make sure it won't suffer tremendously whilst I play video games on it. I'm not really up to speed on the whole projector market, so is ghosting even a factor on any of these units anymore? Thanks!
Mark W. Posted Nov 10, 2008 11:58 AM PST
I love this unit except for one big problem:

Is no one else bothered by the Auto Iris? In an attempt to keep contrast high, it pumps unnaturally. It closes in dark scenes, making them too dark, and opens in bright scenes. The 'pumping' from dark to light is very unnatural.

the feature can be disabled in the advanced menu, but the big problem is that every time you turn the projector off, it defaults back to Auto Iris.

I shoudn't have to go ddep into the menu every time I power up.

Does anyone have an answer to this?
Sascha Posted Nov 12, 2008 4:51 AM PST
Just for your information:

German Sanyo website lists a lamp life of 3000h in Eco-Mode and 2000h in Standard-Mode.

There are few dealers that sell that unit for 999 Euro here.
Mark W. Posted Nov 12, 2008 9:32 AM PST
Follow up:

Thank heaven, I figured out the Auto Iris thing. Set it to 'Fixed' in the advanced menu, then go to the 'Store' option to save that and any other preferences to a 'User' setting, then the unit will power up each time without defaulting to the annoying Auto Iris setting.

Whew! I was almost ready to send the unit back for refund.

I find it odd that the review didn't mention how awful the Auto Iris is. I don't consider myself a videophile (I AM an audiophile). I don't see how any self respecting videophile could tolerate an obvious pumping of brightness level. It's the same thing as over-compressed audio.
Mark W. Posted Nov 12, 2008 9:37 AM PST

I have the 700 ceiling mounted and it is EXTREMELY quiet! I can hear my PS3 from across the room much louder than the 700 which is about 5 feet over my head.
jordi Posted Dec 10, 2008 11:59 AM PST
Mark W. I also got a z700 but when I start the projector autoiris is set to fixed. Other options are mode1 and mode 2.

I'm not good fine tuning my projector. Can you post your settings? brightness, contrast, and options you've enabled? thanx.
Dominic Posted Dec 18, 2008 8:34 PM PST
Hello, great comments guys. A couple of questions. I am considering purchasing the Z700 as my first foray into the front-projector world. This unit to be installed in a basement home theatre/family room. The setup of the room will be a variable viewing distance to about 18 feet max. The room has one egress window, of which drapes, and the screen will block out the diffuse light that enters. So basically the room will mostly be lit by artificial light and therefore 100% adjustable. We currently have a regular DVD and SD digital cable. In addition to the projector, I've also been told Santa is also bringing a Wii this year. So here are my questions:

Is 1080p really worth the extra $$? Should I be concerned with any real-world issues like SDE, color reproduction or any lag time for video games with this unit? Will the image quality on standard DVD or cable still be good or will an immediate upgrade to Blue-Ray and HD be required.

I appreciate any advice. Thanks, Dom
Thomas Amsler Posted Mar 2, 2009 5:36 AM PST
I just bought the Z700 and now I am also trying to find the best fitting filmscreen. Either one with an engine (I am aware that the screen could get some waves with time) or a framed one. Is it really better to have a gray one over a white? I was looking at Steward and Projecta ones but couldn't decide what's best for this projector...
steve Posted Mar 11, 2009 2:19 PM PST
Hi Dominic, I just saw your posting today. The answer to your question, "Is 1080p really worth the extra $$?" is yes if your going to to be purchasing a blu-ray player in the future. If your main viewing is only going to be standard dvd's than a cheaper 720p projector would probably be better for you. I own the Sanyo 1080p, and no longer have much interest in watching or hearing standard dvd's anymore.

Blu-ray movies when encoded properly visually and sound wise, blow standard dvd's out of the water. Trust me, once you've seen and heard a high quality blu-ray movie you'll get hooked. I own 2 projectors at this time, and watch standard dvd's on my 480p projector. And of course my blu-ray movies on the 1080p. Safe to say my 480p is just collecting dust.

Besides watching movies I really enjoy the eye candy of blu-ray discs that show video of outdoor scenery like "Over America". This is where a big screen and projector come in handy.
merril Posted Nov 10, 2009 4:42 PM PST
my plv z700 projector keeps shutting off on its own,while we watch movies,wonder whether anyone else is having the same problem? and what could be the reason?
LeoVix Posted Nov 23, 2009 8:00 AM PST
No 12v screen trigger. Very disappointing...
Nik Posted Jan 5, 2010 10:58 AM PST
Got this on Dec 2009 from bestbuy clearance for under $800. So far its been the best projector, runs silently! no fan noise! Bluray/BD video quality is much better then my old 720p dlp projector. DVD/internet video are almost same result. 2x zoom and lens shift are handy. Can't beat the price for 3lcd 1080p...right??
Roy Posted Feb 5, 2010 9:53 AM PST
Does anyone have a problem with the keystone effect on a ceiling mount? Does the Len Shifting accomodate for keystoning and does it distort? Any replies would be graciously received.
ashraf Posted Apr 3, 2010 3:27 AM PST
keystone how to arange what are alternate
Lani Marie Posted Jun 22, 2010 4:50 PM PST
I am having the same problem with my projector - model #PLV-Z700. Did you get any feed back about the projector just turning off?

Thanks for your time. Lani Marie
Chris Posted Sep 2, 2010 1:04 PM PST
It's probably overheating, make sure there is good ventilation around the projector.
Colby Posted May 13, 2011 12:42 AM PST
This was a good projector until a polarizer filter burnt out and prevented the blue color from coming through correctly. The entire screen is tinted yellow/greenish where it should be white. I sent it back on warranty and they refused to repair it, saying only it was not economical to repair. That's not really the point, is it? If you make a defective product, you have to stand behind it. If you don't, then no-one should buy your products... Which brings me to my summary. Don't buy Sanyo projectors.
Dave W Posted Dec 13, 2011 1:50 PM PST
Hey there! When I first got this projector it would toggle between 1080i and 1080p when needed. Now it is stuck on 1080i and I can't get it to play Blu-ray etc. How do I fix this? Please help! I couldn't find a way to manually switch this in the settings!
dj bounce Posted Nov 22, 2014 1:12 AM PST
does anyone no how to get my sanyo plv-2000,to give perfect white images on 1080i instead of yellow,thanks,dj

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