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sanyo z1 good or bad choice

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by monty, Jan 23, 2003.

  1. monty

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    i've been thinking of buying a sanyo z1, does anyone own one at the moment ??? i've heard good and bad reports, how reliable are they ????

    (Is there anyone in Staffordshire that would be willing to give me a demo)

    thanks
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    Monty

    I bought a Z1 a week ago, from Acoustica in Stafford, they had a demonstrator, so you could give them a ring.

    Havn't had it long enough to know about reliability, but I would expect the reliability to be high as it is a modern electronic product. There are other people on this forum who have them who may have an opinion on that, but it is too recent a model for many faults to have arisen.

    So far I would recommend the projector highly, as long as you use RGB connection to it; the results from the composite i/p are very poor. Reading peoples posts to various forums some people have had problems with dead pixels, dust blobs on the panels, colour uniformity and slight panel convergence errors. The Acoustica demonstrator had a slight, but acceptable, mis-convergence; my sample is very good, it doesn't show any of these problems.

    The projector also does an excellent job of scaling computer signals, e.g. 1024x768 is perfectly usable.

    Hope this helps

    Bill
     
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    They are pretty new so it's hard to say how reliable they are. I bought mine before xmas. I love the thing to bits...and so does everyone that sees it. My only concern is that I've returned two now because of dirt on the LCD panels (shows as big smudges on the screen). I followed the cleaning instructions in the manual but you just can't get near enough without taking off the case. My third looks OK at the moment. SANYO believe it was just a dodgy batch..contamination at manufacture. Only time will tell.
     
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    severnsource how much did you pay for your machine as i did try Acoustica and they said it was £1,500 for the sanyo, i have seen it cheaper else where by £300.00 quid less ??? i will pop down there on saturday and have a look.
    thank guys for the info !!

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    I bought mine from www.nexnix.co.uk

    £1300 inc delivery and a DEAD PIXEL CHECK (which is essential imho).

    I've been running mine for 130 hours now, no problems, just a damn fine picture:D
     
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    I paid £1300 for the Sanyo from Acoustica. I could have got it cheaper by mail order, but they had given me a demo, which I found useful, and it's easier to take it back to a real shop in the unlikely event of it going wrong!

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    Sorry mate I've got to disagree with that. With a shop you have to find the time to go to the shop to exhange it (traffic, parking blah blah). av-sales organised for the replacement to be delivered to my work and then the faulty one was picked up, from my work again, a few days later. Absolutely NO hassle. The few days with two projectors gave me time to have a 5 player xbox linkup session using two 7ft screens! :D

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    Well that goes to show that everyones different!

    Where I live couriers' drivers seem to have great difficulty finding us; hence it can be a great hassle getting things delivered the first time, let alone collected again. I don't have the option of getting things delivered to work, even if the sellers agree; if you pay by credit card they should only deliver to the card holders address.

    I also have the advantage that I live in the sticks, and travel and parking is not usually as much of a problem as it is if you have the misfortune to live in the great SE ghetto.:)

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    They refused to deliver the original to work but didn't mind sending replacements there.

    Interesting. Didn't realise anyone outside the South East had electricity. You certainly do learn something new every day. :p You'll tell me next you don't have to pee in a bucket :clown:

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    Don't bother with a bucket, just go outside with a spade!
     
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    i did ask them about the £1,300 price and said it was just a one off that if the machine was to go wrong then forget taking it back to them !!!well they must be the most expensive shop i know to sell the sanyo z1 !! that they carn't even price match, i rang one shop in Birmingham who were willing to demo and do a price of £1,245.90 with pixel check and good after service, some of these shops want to buck up there ideas if they want any custom !! well i don't think i will shop at Acoustica if they carn't even drop a few hundred quid.
     
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    I got my Sanyo back in November from Germany, and it has provided a fantastic picture quality and I haven't had any problems with the fan speed increase as some has reported, although this unit is probably from one of the first batches. I rate it 9.5 out of 10, the only lacking is no DVI inputs and it gould have been a touch smaller like the panasonic ones.

    In the £1300-£1600 class, the only other pj that I would consider is the Panasonic PT-AE300 which is more futureproof with DVI input, but it is still only available from pricejapan.com at the moment, therefore more expensive to repair if something goes wrong.
     
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    If he really said that he was winding you up. They seemed intelligent people and they know as well as you and I that they do not have the power to repeal consumer protection legislation or to unilaterally abnegate it on any one occasion.
     
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    I think you'll find that Nexnix is at www.nexnix.co.uk. The link you gave is a porn site :p - and I suggest that you guys don't click on the link unless you have a firewall you trust because the site attempts to run a little program called "dialer.exe" which is no doubt one of those premium number diallers - fortunately ZoneAlarm intercepted it and I nuked it :D

    Might be worth you or the mods altering your original link...

    Michael.

    [original link "fixed" by Smurfin - "porn" link in quote now also altered - Kramer]
     
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    oops:eek: :eek:

    I'll go change it now....
     
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    I rang nexnix and the guy Russ was very helpful indeed, £1,260.00 plus £20.00 check great value or what !! going to order mine tomorrow.
     
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    Can the Z1 accept a proggresive scan signal? I also wonder if there is anyone in the Manchester area with one that would be willing to demo it to me;)
     
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    Yep - the Z1 does accept progressive scan input. I use mine with a Harman/Kardon DVD-25 (firmware upgraded using the triple-update method), and it produces an excellent progressive image on film-sourced PAL and NTSC DVDs - it really is eye-opening quality.

    -rf
     

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