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Old 01-31-2007, 11:14 PM   #46
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Doesn't hurt to just call and find out.
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Old 02-01-2007, 03:44 PM   #47
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took a picture of what the image look like with my camera, what do you guys think?
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It doesn't look good. I'm wondering if the panels are damaged from heat or something else. What's the average room temperature that you operate the projector in? Do you power off at the unit or at the power surge protector?
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Old 02-01-2007, 05:08 PM   #49
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It doesn't look good. I'm wondering if the panels are damaged from heat or something else. What's the average room temperature that you operate the projector in? Do you power off at the unit or at the power surge protector?
The room is in average 20 celsius, it's plug into a UPS the exhaust vent have a free room of 2 meter, the intake is about 10" from the wall, but it has plenty of room to bread, it's wall mounted.
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Old 02-02-2007, 07:02 AM   #51
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If it detracts from your ability to enjoy watching HD...you should have it serviced while it's under warranty.
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Old 03-28-2007, 09:32 PM   #52
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A few things related to Z5 if someone could please help out. I am looking to buy the Z5, and a new Carada 106"screen. I will use them in our current place for about a year and then have a more opportune setup in the new place. Currently I plan to use the projector on the floor, under a table, where I used to have my old one. In the next place I will mount it from the ceiling.

In the next place I believe I will be able to place the projector far enough back to be at an optimum distance to the 106" screen I want to buy. For now though I can only place it on the floor and 11 feet back. So if I want to fill the 106" screen then I have to full 2X zoom on.

The current room only has large partially shaded windows at the opposite end of the room as where the screen will be.

So my questions:

1. Will I have any problem projecting from the floor upwards with the Z5?

2. I dont have to have perfection, but will I lose alot of noticeable picture quality by using 2X zoom?

3. For the 106" screen, what gain would you recommend? From the choices below it looks like choice #2, Brilliant Lite with a 1.4 gain, is best for me, but opinions?

Classic Cinema White Screen Material

Our Classic Cinema White screen material provides an exceptionally wide angle of view, helping to maintain a consistent image from different seating areas. It has a gain of 1.0, and is most suitable for dedicated theaters with good ambient light control.
Brilliant White

Our Brilliant White screen material has a gain of 1.4 for that extra bit of punch, with a minimal decrease in viewing angle. It is also a thicker, more opaque gauge of vinyl than our Classic Cinema White. With its higher gain, it is a good option for dimmer projectors, or in environments with some ambient light such as boardrooms or churches.
High Contrast Grey

Our High Contrast Grey screen material has a gain of 0.8, and can improve your image’s contrast by lowering the black levels. This material is a good option for digital projectors with less than spectacular contrast ratios.


4. I understand that the bigger the projected picture the less brightness. During the day there is some ambient light where we are now. So, can I simply make the projected image smaller (less zoom) during the day, giving me a smaller but bright enough picture that only fills part of the screen. Then at night, in total darkness I can use the zoom again to see the larger picture.

If this works, then is the zoom control easy to use? Is that controlled on the remote?

Thanks in advance!
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Old 03-28-2007, 10:03 PM   #53
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The floor is a wierd place to have a PJ. You're going to have to use keystone correction with that kind of an angle. As for screens since you're going to have ambient light you can't control, I would go with either brilliant white or contrast grey.

The zoom control is not on the remote...it's a slide-ring outside the lens you have to manually adjust. The focus is a turn-ring on the lens housing you also manually adjust.

The Z5 is a very nice PJ...congrats and enjoy. You'll get better results once you move in to your new place and can ceiling mount.
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Old 03-29-2007, 08:18 AM   #54
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I bought the PLV-Z2 in July of 05 and I got my parents one a few months later. My parents have already blown 2 bulbs, while I am still on the first bulb at over 1,600 hrs. Mine is ceiling mounted and theirs in sitting on a shelf at the back of the room.
2 Bulbs! How do they use the projector?

General rules of thumb I use:

1. If I turn it off, I try not to turn it back on for at least an hour to let it fully cool. Otherwise I just leave it on.

2. I try not to leave it on for extended amounts of time - I like to let it cool after very long periods of use for parties and such (were talking 6-8 hours...)

3. Always use econo mode

4. Clean the filters regularly

Using the above guidelines, I have achieved over 3000 hours on a bulb. The only reason it blew was due to over heating which also damaged the LCD - a result of dirty filters. I think I could have gone past 4000 hours if it wasn't for that.
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Old 03-29-2007, 03:18 PM   #55
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BTW...how has the Z3 been for you lately? My brother is still happy with the Z4 he got (cleans the filters regularly ) and I just helped a friend of mine setup a Z5 in his new HT setup.

Must say, the Z5 looked damn good. What an image it puts out!
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I'm still thoroughly enjoying my Z3. I don't forsee replacing it until I could replace it with its 1080P counterpart at around $2k. Until then, it will be just fine for me.
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Old 09-04-2007, 08:41 PM   #57
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To be quite frank I am now scared that I have made a bad decision in regards to buying the Sanyo over the Epson PowerLite Cinema 400. Coming on here and in other forums, people have complained extensively about Sanyos poor warranty follow through, and now poor bulb life. Had I found this out earlier I probably would have gone with the Epson. However I based my purchase decision on price, black levels, and sharpness, which the Z5 got rave reviews for, on projector central,and projector reviews.

I live in Canada, bought online from a store in the US, and have no way of getting repairs done other than shipping it back to the US. There are no stores around here that offer a selection of projectors to view, so I was forced to make a purchase decision based off of online reviews.


I guess what I'm wondering is, " Did I make the right decision in buying the Z5, or should I pay the 10% restocking and buy the Epson? "
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:07 PM   #58
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I have been nothing but satisfied with my Z3 and Sanyo's warranty. Its also 3 years.

I did have to pay for my first repair, but it was my fault and an expensive lesson learned. The filters need to be cleaned regularly. Especially the very fine filter. It may look clean, but you should be able to see through it. I find compressed air is the easiest way to clean that one.

First issue I had was LCD damage - since my filters were dirty, repair wasn't covered.

Second issue was very similiar, but not as bad. I sent it in and received it back all within 5 days. It was fixed 100%. All they did was clean it - and at no charge- all included in the warranty. I never thought about it having just been dust, but doesn't matter as it was covered.

So, from my experience, Sanyo support has been excellent.

EDIT - I would add that most people's poor warranty experiences are probably due to the filters not being cleaned properly.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:13 PM   #59
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My brother has had the Z4 for over a year now and is very happy with its performance.
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Old 09-04-2007, 09:21 PM   #60
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Yeah, performance is great, picture is great. Even my wife (who was very against me getting it) doesn't like watching movies elsewhere now.
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