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Sanyo PLV-Z3 - Quick query before I buy

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by dmjohnson123, Aug 6, 2005.

  1. dmjohnson123

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    I am almost ready to purchase the Sanyo Z3 as my first projector :thumbsup:

    Can someone please confirm I will be able to position the projector slightly off centre (20 or 30 degrees say) and still get a good rectangular image. Does the Z3 allow adjustment of this type ?

    Basically, to get the image size I'm looking for I'd need to position the Z3 on a coffee tabe to the left of the room beaming onto a pull down screen position centrally on the far wall. Hope this makes sense - would it work ?
     
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    The Z3 has excellent lens shift facilities. What you describe is certainly possible and the image can be shifted by a large amount. I should imagine the vast majority of cases would be satisfied by the Z3 lens shift.
     
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    What % of the screen width can it cope with?...PJ :)
     
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    One screen height up or down, and half a screen's width side to side.

    Regards

    Mark
     
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    Half a screen's width horizontally is good, the TX is 25% I think. Still not a license to put it anywhere in the room, but it may be OK for this poster's situation. I still view lens shift as no substitute for getting the PJ as central as possible, but it does solve a lot of height woes...PJ :)
     
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    I have a Z2 and shift my image down and to the left from its central position with no visable deterioration to it. One of the Z series big + points imo. :thumbsup:
     
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    Thanks for your quick replies guys. Looks like my flexible friend is going to take a hammering over the next day or 2 :smashin:

    I need to buy a cheap Progressive scan DVD Player to hook up to the Z3.

    I have other Pio DVD Players and a Pio DVD Recorder so would like to stick with Pioneer for disc compatibility etc.

    The 2 Pio models within my meagre budget are the dv-380 and the dv-585.
    Would I see any noticeable picture improvement with the 585 over the 380 when played through the Z3 or not ?
     
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    Yep, Z2 here as well and also slightly down and to the left (this is starting to sound like the JFK investigation !! :eek: :rotfl: ) without any noticable drop in quality.
     
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    Looks like the lens shift functionality on the Z3 is my answer too! I was on the verge of buying the panasonic 700, to utilise its long throw ability and shelf mount it on the back wall.

    However, with the Z3's lens shift ability, I should be able to keep it permanantly to the side of the room, and run the cables round the back...excellent.
     
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    The samsung hd850 is worth considering, it's only around £90 and has progressive scan and HDMI output with upscaling to 720p.
    I use it with my Z3 with great results.

    The scaler in the Z3 is not the best and having it upscaled to the native resolution by the samsung looks a lot better. IMHO.
     
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    The Pany 700's got lens shift too, you know.

    Regards

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    Received my Sanyo Z3 yesterday.

    Last night I watched a couple of episodes of 24 on DVD playing from my Pioneer DVD recorder, connected with the video cable which came with the Z3 just projecting onto my living room wall.

    My first impressions are - wow ! fantastic !

    Can't wait for the Samsung 850 DVD to arrive with HD connection to the Z3 and I should get my manual busybase screen fitted at the weeken also.
    Can't wait to get everything set up. I'll let you guys know what the results are like.

    Also, thanks to all the guys who have responded on here to my queries and to everyone else who's comments on the forums I have enjoyed and learned from during my many hours of research before taking the projector plunge :)
     
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    I think that video cable is composite or was it as high quality as s-video :)
     
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    jriihi. hi.

    i'm also thinking about buying a z3 (after a terrible experience with a benq pe5120) and am considering something like your setup - are you a happy bunny?
     
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    Well i am happy currently. No tweaking needed anymore. Image is now excellent. 3D looking and good colors.
     
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    Not sure - its the yellow coloured single phone type (usually comes as part of the yellow, red and white connectors if Left/Right audio is also carried).

    I know this is crap and am awaiting my Samsung 850 DVD so I can connect it up using at least component or possible HD connector.

    In order to use the scaling up on the Samsung do I need to use a HD connector or will the component cables carry all the data ? :confused:
     
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    The 850, if it's anything like the 745, will upscale over component if you apply the MR hack. Have a look on the DVD Forum for more details.

    I would strongly recommend using the HDMI link however, if it's anything like the 745 the 850's component won't be inspiring.

    Also, try all the resolution settings - the native res of the PJ (720) may be best but try them all - it may turn out that 576 is best...PJ :)
     
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    The 850 will upscale over component using the MR hack, I've done it myself. I'd recommend getting a cheap HDMI cable though.
     
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    Thanks Lads,

    I'll get an HDMI cable and also bear in mind your comments about trying different resolution settings.

    Thanks again :smashin:
     

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