Affordable Projectors for Non-Dedicated Home Theater Rooms - Sanyo PLV-Z2000 1080p Projector


About the Sanyo PLV-Z2000

At CEDIA 2007 Expo, one of the products that generated a lot of attention was Sanyo’s first entry into the 1080p space, the PLV-Z2000 three-panel LCD projector. Part of the buzz was the list price, $2,495, with a pretty impressive set of specs to go with it.

For my reviews, the PLV-Z2000 seemed like a perfect place to start. First, with various rebates and discounts, street pricing on the Sanyo is only $1,895, which is competitive with flat-panel displays producing a fraction of the projector’s image size. (Note: Sanyo just announced a new entry-level 1080p projector, the PLV-Z700, with an MSRP of $1,995).

Second, the Sanyo is extremely flexible when it comes to placement. The PLV-Z2000 has a 2.0x zoom lens, which means that depending on the size of the image you want to project, you can mount the Sanyo anywhere from a coffee table close to the screen all the way to a shelf in the back of the room.  Plus, it has a generous vertical and horizontal lens shift capability. For someone looking to set a projector in the room without a lot of hassle about perfect placement, such flexibility is a great benefit. Keep in mind that the vertical and horizontal lens shift, as well as the zoom, are manual adjustments. So if you choose to mount the Sanyo on a high shelf or ceiling, making adjustments for various aspect ratios will require physical access to the projector.