HCC Awards


Kevin Gilmour

So the Z2 gets best budget projector award

No mention of the AE500 - even as a runner up ?

Out of interest, anyone from HCC care to comment ?



It's one HCC article I agree with, but not to mention the AE500 as honorably defeated, a worthy opponent, does seem pretty strange. There's not all that much between them.

Kevin Gilmour

I'm a Z2 owner, but didn't raise this to gloat - honest !


Like you say, according to recent reviews there is hardly anything between them. Projector central even put the 500 slightly ahead.

I'm sure HCC recently reviewed the panny so it should have at least been mentioned as a runner up...


The Panny has a list price 400 - 500 pounds more expensive than the Z2. Does that put them in the same comparative class?


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According to HCC news index, they mentioned AE500 having a list price of 1850 including a 70inch screen.

And from searching on google a little bit, the list price of Z2 is 1600, so it's only 250 difference, and remove the value of the screen, its surely down to maybe 150 pounds.

Definitely, it should have been an honourable 2nd, if not winning.

AE500 is definitely in the same comparative class.

An US review from here - http://www.soundandvisionmag.com/article.asp?section_id=3&article_id=588&page_number=1

Although, avs members are wondering why no mention of VB, which many here and there are experiencing.

BTW, the new Hitachi Illumina PJ-TX100 looks really promising, 720p which means DVI?, vertical and horizontal lens shift, 1200lumen, 1000:1 contrast, 25db noise level, and a MRRP of 1799eur, which is 200 lower than AE500 and Z2's MRRP in Germany, which hopefully mean lower price than the cheapest AE500 price???




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What Video and Widescreen Tv places the panny ahead.

Horses for courses sounds to me.



to be honest, i would imagine that pro reviewers may not appreciate the Z2 fully, id imagine they have good ability to mount the projector exactly in the right place, so may not realise the absolutely invaluable lens shift. Anyone underestimating this feature is really missing out, keystoning just doesnt cut it in comparison


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