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Blown away by Sanyo Z1

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by kbfern, May 9, 2003.

  1. kbfern

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    To Liverpool: just enjoy!

    I have probably for the last 3 Hrs, had the biggest grin on my face since the first time I had s*x and that was nearly 33yrs ago I think?.

    I have spent £1200 on what is probably the biggest bang for the buck I have ever had.Watching movies with a 120" diagonal around 12ft from the screen and with a sharp image,well saturated colours,and plenty of contrast( now the room has been darkened) and to me hardly any screen door.If there was any present I did not notice,my jaw was on the floor!

    Now I know what all you guys on the pj forum have been going on about.I wish I had taken the plunge before now.I was going to spend around £2.5k on a 42" plasma but after seeing a demo of the Z1 decided to go the pj route instead.Boy am I glad I did,why have a 42" image when you can get a 120" picture for half the dosh.

    First up in my innagural viewing was "The Ghost and The Darkness" great movie and with 10ft lions running past your face, wonderful! never enjoyed the movie so much before.

    Next up first half hour from "Saving Private Ryan" I was ducking and diving all round the room dodging those bullets.

    Last was The Bee Gees "One more Night" I was standing up singing and dancing along,just as if I was there at the show.

    I know this all sounds over the top, but for me the size of the screen just made everything so envolving.Maybe when the wife gets home I just might put on some porn maybe it will put a grin on her face too?

    Maybe in a few months the euphoria will wear off, but for now I am just enjoying the moment.Liverpool If you get half the enjoyment I have had today ,I am sure you will be over the moon too.Just don't spend to much time analising it all and tweaking here and there just switch it on, put on a movie ,relax and enjoy!

    Thanks to all on the forums who have helped in making my decission over the last few weeks.

    Anyone out there same as I was thinking shall I,shan't I,just do it,do it,do it you won't regret it (at least till the bulb blows or you get a dust blob or two)
     
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    kbfern,

    I Totally agree with you. I am also 100% happy with my Z1 which arrived last week. I cannot believe that I worried about non issues such as fan noise, screen door and contrast for so long.

    You are right about it being a far more invloving experience. Watching a movie at home on a screen just shy of six foot is BRILLIANT, and for me, it makes 5.1 sound make a lot more sense.

    By the way, epsiode 3 from Band of Brothers is my current demo disk.

    At this rate, the Z1 owners here will be stealing a march the Panasonic fans. Lets try and convert them...

    Glad you are happy.

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    I'm going to have a look at one tomorrow. Should be interesting.
     
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    HA HA HA :D

    I'm really glad you like it mate, like i said i'm only bothered about how sharp the picture is. that was the only thing i saw wrong but it was less than ideal the way i had it set up & had to use lots of lens shift & haven't had a go with the the sharpness setting.
    but if the sharpness was not too good i'm sure someone would have said something by now.
    i can't wait till sunday when i get it setup:)
     
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    Just got back from a demo of the Z1. What an incredible piece of kit for the money. I reckon this has to be the best value for money pj out there. Compared to my (now departed) TW100 I would say the image was equally as bright and colourful (subjective I know) and exhibited no more visble screen door. The big difference though was that the image is not as smooth or noise free as the TW100. Although the pj it self is less noisy in low lamp mode.

    Very tempting as a stop gap solution and yes, I would echo the comments above, that if anyone is sitting on the fence about entering the world of projectors I feel sure you would not be disappointed. After all, it is the same money as a large WS TV. Surely there is no comparison.

    Amazing bit of kit.
     
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    was that on your own or with someone else :D :rotfl:

    seriously though i have been swithering whether to buy a panny ae100 as a first step pj but after reading your post i think the z1 may well be the one for me my only question would be how good or bad is the pq when watching sky as this makes up 80% of my viewing??

    regards

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    Tombar:

    Sofar I have watched mainly dvd's and the quality is outstanding.I did not buy the projector to watch tv programmes, I have no tv feed into the room where I have my home cinema.

    Having said that yesterday I ran a cable from a room where there is a tv point and hooked it up to the Z1.I watched the Division 1 playoffs on Sky sport 1 and was pretty impressed.

    Whilst obviously not as detailed an image as dvd the picture was bright and offered an involving experience.I had the image blown up to around 120" across the diagonal and watch from a distance of 12ft so an image at this size/distance will show up any flaws.

    That said I was impressed and the image was better than I had expected.I also looked at a few other channels and found some channels were better and some were worse,so it really depends what channels you watch, as on sky, quality from channel to channel does vary.Terrestrial tv channels looked better than sky,but overall I can live with the quality delivered by sky.

    What size of image would you be looking to get and from what distance will you be viewing?
     
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    Well i got the Z1 up & running last night, all i can say is wow.
    First up was starwars 2 looked very good, nice colours & very sharp that was one of the things that i was worried about but all is fine.
    Then a few scenes from TFATF how good do the the cars look on this :eek:
    also had a look at ice age & this really did blow me away, i was sat there with my jaw planted on the floor.
    as kbfern said i can't belive i have a picture this good for £1200

    So thanks to all that helped me make my mind up:smashin:
     
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    I've beem watching quite a bit of sky freeview on my PJ and think the PQ is pretty good for films although obviously not as good as DVD. But it's a lot cheaper than watching DVD's all the time. You do see the flaws in the signal more easily than on a telly.

    Most channels are broadcast in anamorphic widescreen which makes it much better than terrestrial for a widesreen pj.

    BBC also show the football in widescreen (well the Scottish stuff anyway) which is so much more watchable and enjoyable than 4:3. I always feel like I'm blinkered when watching the latter. The football does show up the interlacing artifacts with jaggy lines on the pitch but then they're visible on my telly too. It also shows up mpeg artifacts too and I prefer to watch it zoomed down to about 5' wide (watching from about 12') to give it better clarity.

    Anyway, it's definitely good enough pq for me although I would prefer to use a decent de-interlacer (the built in one in the Z1 is crap) but I'm watching and waiting on that score.

    Cheers,
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