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How much for a Sanyo Z3?

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
have been offered a Sanyo Z3 (to replace a Panny AE100). It is 20 months old and 150 hours on the lamp. I have been asked how much would I pay. I don't want to rip the person off but I am thinking somewhere around £350.

Part of me thinks a DLP would be better such as the BenQ W100. I don't know if I suffer the rainbow effect though. The LCD would be safer in that respect plus it would be future proof in terms of HD when/if I get a HD DVD player.

How do SD DVD's look in which would be upscaled?
 

retrof

Active Member
I went from a Z1 to a Z3 last year (got great deal on the Z3). Given that there are promotions/lamp vouchers on the Z4 and Z5, I think £350 is an ok offer, given the age. 150 hours isn't much, but it depends on how it was treated in the 20 months - could be looking at a new lamp depending on that...

I would check on the warranty situation - I believe it's a 36 month warranty, but it's non-transferable, so the original owner would need to help you out if there were problems.

I use mine with a Oppo 971 upscaling player on HDMI (excellent, and a huge improvement from the HK DVD-25 I had been using). I also use it with a Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD player, and the quality is also excellent. I am considering moving to a 1080p projector in the next 12 to 24 months, but I am very happy with what the Z3 produces - it was a huge leap from the Z1...
 

kingo

Active Member
The Z3 is a very good PJ, persoanlly i think you may be lookin a little bit more perhaps £400 or a little more for a Z3 with this lamp usuage which is nothing at all, I have seen them go for more on fleabay.

I have the Z3 and use it most nights for films and have never been dissapointed with the pq, If you can get it for £350 thats a real good bargain, so lets hope you do but I would be suprised if you did.

let us know how you get on.

Trev
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
I would check on the warranty situation - I believe it's a 36 month warranty, but it's non-transferable, so the original owner would need to help you out if there were problems.

Oh, I didn't know that. The reason he is selling the PJ is he needs the money and therefore he wouldn't be able to help if a warranty situation occured.

Will I see a a really better picture over my AE100? I am using a Sony NS585 player via component.

I am torn between this and a new BenQ W100 DLP for about £380. I came up with this as I only really do HD from a computer playing quicktime trailers. I won't be getting into a HD format long after the formats have settled down.

However, I don't know how I will be with the rainbow effect which I am still thinking of LCD's.
 

retrof

Active Member
IIRC, the AE100 was slightly lower resolution than the Sanyo Z1. I saw a huge definite improvement in all aspects of the picture compare to the Z1 - colour, resolution, black levels, pixel structure visibility, so I would expect you should see the same moving from an AE100 - obviously a good upscaling player would also help or even better, HD-DVD....
Not familiar with the DLPs - I got headaches from some business ones over the years, so I steer clear completely. One thing to check would be that the Benq is actually 720p resolution, not something lower.
 

Adrenochrome

Well-known Member
I currently own a Z3 and previously owned an AE100, there is a world of difference between the two of them mate.

I am looking to upgrade to a Pearl very soon and i would be expecting no less than £500 for my Z3 which has way more hours than 150 on it. So if your mate wants £350 fill your boots mate:thumbsup:

Adrenochrome.
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
Thanks guys. I will be seeing him tomorrow night and will make him a offer.

I have seen pics of it on the net and like the look of it a lot. I noticed it has two component inputs which would be good to hook up both my XBox 1 and DVD Player at the same time.
 

fallwood

Active Member
Oh, I didn't know that. The reason he is selling the PJ is he needs the money and therefore he wouldn't be able to help if a warranty situation occured.

What retrof means is you would have to get your friend to make a warranty claim, not for him to pay for the repair.

I did this with my ae100 which I sold on ebay , I had paid for 2yrs extended warranty which still had 18m left. I told the guy who bought it that I would have to make the warranty claim if it broke as the warranty was in my name. When it did break (what a surprise) I just told panasonic that the pj was at a friends house and they collected it from there, no problems at all (apart from the 3 month wait whilst it was repaired.).

I thought that the non transferable warranty was a thing of the past , Im fairly sure that a manufacturers warranty now applies to the goods and not the person who purchased it.
 

martin purnell

Active Member
I bought a brand new Z3 last week for £895. Over here in Northern Ireland, it is very difficult to find any shops that stock PJs let alone demonstrate them. However, having seen the Z3 and the BenQ100 working, I agree with all the other postings in that the Z3 is better. Also, once you have witnessed rainbow effect, you won't want a budget DLP. The BenQ is an amazing machine for the price but is a Ford Ka to the Z3's VW Golf!
Martin
 

nwgarratt

Distinguished Member
I bought a brand new Z3 last week for £895. Over here in Northern Ireland, it is very difficult to find any shops that stock PJs let alone demonstrate them. However, having seen the Z3 and the BenQ100 working, I agree with all the other postings in that the Z3 is better. Also, once you have witnessed rainbow effect, you won't want a budget DLP. The BenQ is an amazing machine for the price but is a Ford Ka to the Z3's VW Golf!
Martin

Sounds like I would like the BenQ then. :) It has to be still better than the AE100. I have been told that if I bought the BenQ and for whatver reason I don't like it. Another friend will have it off me at the price I paid for it as his first projector.

As I said, HD is no conceren of me for a long time and I have tried HD material through my AE100 downscaled and I was still impressed.

A different friend has now offered £500 for the Z3 and I can't compete with that and it was accepted. I was going to offer £400.
 

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