Summary: Personal Experience Sometimes in credit-crunched times one may have the best part of a HT system & think... wait a minute my LCD just doesn't fit the sound. Hmmm maybe i'l get a projector. This PJ must have made waves back in 2004 because the bluray 1080i picture is Superb,yeah even in 2013. PC native 720p is also excellent along with upscaled or native HDTV.
Summary: Personal Experience Bought this projector back in 03' and it still is preforming. I Have yet to buy a new bulb! At this point when it goes I may just buy a new projector! I just ordered a Blu-Ray player and we will see how it digests the 720P from it. Till now I've just been using a DVD std player and it works just fine! I Have a home made 98" diag screen of (Melamine) which works fine!
Summary: Personal Experience I bought this when I returned from the desert in January 2003! I chose this one over the panasonic at the time becuase of the lens shift and that allowed me to be mnore flexible with where i put it. It's still running great! Still I've had almost 7 years of use on this thing. I can't complain. Problems I am starting to have the blue haze in the corner but it's very minor and I only notice it when there's a white background.
Summary: Personal Experience Great while it lasted, but blue haze as mentioned before starts on the left hand side. Approaching 5000 hours its impending death is a little disappointing. I think its more to do with the technology than the brand. Please note I've put good (4 stars for all) based on what its been like, not compared to later projectors.
Summary: Personal Experience The Z-2 was fine for a couple of years. Enjoyed the picture quality and value for price, but found lamp life to be short and shortly after warranty ran out I had a blue haze problem. Problems Sanyo support not good and very expensive to fix the lcd issue causing the blue haze - basically after a little over 3 years the projector is shot - ends up a horrible value after all.
Summary: Personal Experience Warning: This product only lasted 2 months out of warranty. My initial experience was good to very good. I put it up in my basement and its bright, vivid picture wowed my family. There is a three year warranty. Just a few months before the warranty I noticed a blue section on the left side of the screen. After a while (until after the warranty had expired), it expanded to the entire screen looking like a big blue brain.
Summary: Personal Experience installed with a home made screen 92" diagonal. Very happy with the image with a DVD. When I first got the projector, I played a Amelie this has hand written red letter on black. The basic Sony DVD was terrible, I also tried a LG with DVI not any better and finally the DENON with DVI output is working very well. Problems Sometimes (rare or not often enough to complain...
Summary: Personal Experience Well I said I would post again, and after a year all I can say is ...I LOVE THIS PJ!!! Now with that said, I am now upgrading to the PLV-Z5. This was a great first experience with a projector. To bad this PJ is hard to find anymore for the first timer. Thank you Projector Central for being here!!! Problems Just keep the filter clean.
Summary: Personal Experience Purchased at B&H 9 months ago on sale for $1K. Have used almost daily for ~3-4 hrs per day. Picture is clear, of high resolution, exhibiting good color. Some minor vertical banding is evident on flat backgrounds - blue sky, clouds- but I hardly ever notice it unless I look for it. Works best in a darkened room. Very quiet. Manual Lens XY shift is a real plus for offset projection.
Summary: Personal Experience Im surprised so many people think the image is exellent. I think it sux! Poor brightness and black levels and worthless contrast ratio. Pixel alignment is another great dissapointment. The positive things are the great lensshift and the low noise. Problems No picture when fed with upscaled (720p) DVD via component.