Sanyo today took the wraps off a 1080p LCD projector that will ship this fall for less than $2,000. The sub-$2,000 price point will be a big selling point for the Blu-ray and game console-owning crowd, many of whom face tough choices when it comes to LCD, plasma and DLP HDTVs that often run well over that price.
While the PLV-Z700 is technically Sanyo’s entry-level projector, it is equipped with a full 1080p HD 3LCD panel, advanced lens-shifting technology, a variable iris and Sanyo’s 3D color-management system.
The PLV-Z700 will ship in October for $1,995.
The PLV-Z700 offers a full-HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 and displays in a native 16:9 format. Outfitted with a lens-shifting function, the PLV-Z700 can effectively adjust to the equivalent of three screens vertically and two screens horizontally. Combined with the 2x zoom, it is possible to create a large screen projection virtually anywhere, even in small rooms such as dens or bedrooms.
The projector’s minimum display is 40″, while its maximum is 300″ (with projection distances of approximately 4 to 60 feet, respectively).
The new variable iris offers rapid adjustments that control the amount of light projected on the screen every 1/60th of a second. Factor in a contrast ratio of 10,000:1, along with the more advanced variable iris that includes built-in noise reduction, and the HD projector is capable of reproducing rich and deep black colors.
The PLV-Z700 also incorporates Sanyo’s new 3D color management system that address changes in color phase and color level. This new color-management system was designed to optimize the potential of Deep Color via the projector’s two HDMI 1.3 inputs.
Five video modes (Brilliant Cinema/Creative Cinema/Natural/Living/Dynamic) provide pre-calibration for various genres of video material.