Sanyo PLV-Z2000


posted 8/11/2008 by Dan Keener
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The latest projector to go under the GamingNexus staff’s watchful eye is the Sanyo PLV-Z2000 1080p LCD projo. In what can only be described as a “throwback” design, the PLV-Z2000 is a brute of a projector that has the look of a pure professional grade product. I was eager to understand why the unit was designed with such a large chassis in today’s world of ever shrinking Home Theater electronics. It didn’t take long to find out, and I was pleasantly surprised when I powered it up…

The Specs
Model PLV-Z2000
MSRP $2,495
Best Retail price $1,849
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Contrast 15,500:1 (open IRIS)
Response Time n/a
Lamp Life (Hrs) Not Published - Typically 2,000 - 5,000 (low setting)
Dimensions (in) 5.7 (H) x 15.75 (W) x 13.6 (D)
Weight (lbs) 16.1
Mounting Pattern n/a
Inputs HDMI (2), VGA (1), Component (2), S-Video, Analog, Serial (1 each)
Outputs n/a
ANSI Lumens 1,200
Zoom 2.0x
Screen Size (in) 40 - 300
Throw Distance (ft) 3.9 - 60.4 (724.8 in)

Out of the Box
The Z2000 comes packaged in standard materials, including cardboard protective end pieces and a soft foam bag. The box itself is rather large for a projector, because the PLV-Z2000 is one of the biggest Home Theater projos I have encountered on the market in some time. Also included in the box were the owner’s manual, a warranty card, remote, 2 AA batteries, lens cleaning brush, power cable and DVD/CD.

The Sanyo PLV-Z2000 is built about as solid as any Home Theater projector, with a large chassis that is a soft white in color. Despite the unit being large and boxy, it has a very clean appearance primarily due to the motorized lens door on the front. The door will automatically open or close when the power is turned on and off, allowing the front panel to keep a clean and clutter free look.

The top of the unit has nine-buttons and three indicator lights. The buttons are all flush to the surface to create a smooth surface. The bottom has raised feet, an access panel and three threaded openings for a ceiling mount to connect. The side panels contain the two manual lens controls (and lock) on one side, while the other is basically taken up with vents and all the product information plates and stickers. The back panel is very clean, with just the video inputs, power switch, plug connection and some smaller vents.

The Sanyo PLV-Z2000 won’t win any beauty contests, but it does have the look of a professional grade projector. In most setups, the projo is mounted or concealed, so the look of the unit usually doesn’t matter as much as what it produces on the screen. Besides, it’s the picture that counts, right?

The remote for the Sanyo PLV-Z2000 is consistent with what is expected of a projector remote. It is of medium size, backlit and has buttons for just the primary controls of the projector. The upper section contains buttons for the backlight, power, menu, info, screen, reset and the directional pad. The bottom section contains seven Input buttons along the left side, image controls (preset, user, sharpness, temp, etc) on the right and lamp controls on the bottom. Much like other projectors I reviewed, the “Reset” button centered above the directional pad is a bit odd, as this presents the opportunity to undo the custom setting as quickly as your child (or anyone) can pick up the remote.

Ergonomically, the remote fits in your hand very well, and does not have much weight to it. With the lens shift and focus controlled manually from the chassis, there are no buttons on it for these features, which helps keep the size small. The layout, size and backlighting make for ease of use while navigating, even in a darkened room. Pretty basic stuff, yet highly functional.
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