Works great in my basment theater room, use in low light settings. A+
5 October 2011
Summary: Great projector for a DIY theater room. Easy set up and great picture. This is a low lumen projector so use in low light settings. It is installed in my basement theater room where I can have almost zero ambient light.
Summary: I bought it for educational purposes. The various input ports for VGA, Video RCA, Composite Video, and S Video allowed me to install a computer, a VCR, and a DVd player ready to interchange their use when I am giving classes. The instructions giving in the manual are very easy to follow. The images are very good and can be seen clearly without the need of a dark room. The sound of the fan of the proyector is the average and it won't bother much.
Summary: Personal Experience I bought mine as a grade A reconditioned unit on ebay over 3 years ago. It cost me Â£700 (around $1400 at today's exchange rate but nearer $1000 at the time). It still carried a year's warranty and looked brand new (normally the warranty is 3 years). I picked it up in person and was told the lamp may have been used.
Summary: Personal Experience This replaced a Epson S1. Was happy with the 16x9 image and the bargain basement price $499. But 300+ hours later the lamp dies. With this short lamp life the bargain Sanyo turns into a money pit! The Epson had almost 1500 hours (still burning bright) when I sold it. Problems Short lamp life.
Summary: Personal Experience Been living with this machine for over 3 years now. Picked it up at bargain price, so wasn't expecting too much. However, it has exceeded all my expectations. Not a top performer, but an excellent all-rounder for the money. Problems Very well behaved. Have also found Sanyo very helpful (unlike the makers of my previous projector: Sony). Remote can be a bit tricky, and it's picked up the odd speck of dust inside, but nothing serious to complain about.
Summary: Personal Experience This is an update to the PLV-Z1 that I have owned for close to three years. It has performed flawlessly and has had no warranty issues. It is still running on the original bulb, about 1300 hrs and still going strong. I have also hooked it up to a Sony HDTV recorder and HD images look great. Still waiting for widespread adoption of HD-DVD or Blu-Ray, until then the 960x540 panels are sufficient.
Summary: Personal Experience Can't beat this product for only $500.00,,,I sit 1.3 times back,,,do see the screen door but not really a issue,,,for $500, great bang for the buck, it's as simple as that!,,,I am sure there are nicer pictures out there, but come on, look what $500 gets you,,,buy this product, you won't be disappointed,,,can't comment on the reliability, just got the projector.
Summary: Personal Experience I found the Z1 for $499.00 new. So I upgraded from my Epson S1. I have to say at that price it was a real bargin. Screen door is almost non-exsistant and colors pop off the screen. Problems None, but I have read that bulb life can be short but at this price $499.00 new, I felt it was worth it.
"Movies are better watched in Theaters... at home"
Pablo Martinez-Castro "mc_kappa", Amazon
2 November 2005
Summary: I have enjoyed several films now with this great baby. Resolution is great for the type of projector. Not excellent but absolutely good for seeing a film at home. At least much better than buying a 2 to 3 thousand dlls TV and providing an image that could be as big as twice the biggest TV or even more. Noise is a bad point; but, with an accurate home theater system with the perfect sound level, you forget about the noise.