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Z2 fan noise

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by Bert Coules, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. Bert Coules

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    This is probably pure paranoia on my part, but here goes anyway:

    Could some kind Z2 owner please give me an idea of how noisy the fan is? I ask, because I've just noticed that the fan on mine is pretty much inaudible: even in a quiet room and with my ear practically pressed against the casing, I can hardly hear it.

    There does seem to be hot air being expelled from the vent at the side, but after my AE100 this Z2 near-silence is positively spooky. The Sanyo also doesn't do what the Panasonic did when you switch it to standby - that's to say suddenly run the fan harder to quicken the cooling-down process.

    I know that the Z2 has an overheating warning light, and true, it's never come on on mine. But even so...

    I'm sorry if this has been mentioned here before, but a quick look through the forum didn't turn it up, and the search software won't accept "Z2" as a search term.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Bert
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    try Z2* as a search term (* means wildcard)
     
  3. Bert Coules

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    Thanks for the tip, but the results weren't impressive. Z2* fan noise didn't even succeed in finding this particular thread, which is called: Z2 fan noise...

    Bert
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    Bert, this being my first projector, the Z2... so can't really compare it with any other model, I was very surprised at the lack of fan noise especially in the lower setting mode. I expected it to be more pronounced

    I'm seated about 18 inches from the side of the projector and it's running as quiet as a mouse.

    I have around 200 hours on the clock and all is well.....touch wood.
     
  5. Bert Coules

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    William123,

    Thanks for the reply. Very reassuring! Obviously it's just my paranoia setting in.

    I hope you're as pleased with the Z2 as I am. A really superb bit of gear.

    Bert
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    Switch lamp on to full power and youll hear the fan, if you dont you have a busted fan!!!
     
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    A less elegant solution is to use a hot air gun on the intake and seeing what effect that would have :D
     
  9. Bert Coules

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    An interesting idea, but somehow I think I prefer your first suggestion.

    Bert
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    Yep, pretty quiet on low bulb mode although still audible during quiet bits of a film. I have noticed that fan noise increases, even in low bulb mode, if the room gets hotter – I presume the fan is able to respond to environmental temperature changes.
     
  11. Bert Coules

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    Switching briefly to high lamp mode produced a clearly audible fan noise. So I was worrying over nothing, and presumably either have a particularly quiet example, or dodgy hearing.

    Thanks to everyone for the comments and advice.

    Bert
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    The Z2 is probably the quietest projector I have played with.

    Not that I've played with that many!

    In my opinion that and the lens shift gives the Z2 an edge at it's price point. I nearly downgraded because of those two things, but then I discovered DLP...

    Cheers
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  13. Bert Coules

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    Thanks for the comment on the Z2 noise level. Yes, I agree about the lens shift feature. Invaluable.

    I looked at a few DLP machines, but my eyes don't get on wth them.

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    the luxury of being able to play with a projector at 9:25am on a weekday!!! If only it was available to all
     
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    I assure you, there are drawbacks to having AV toys at one's workplace. So many distractions...

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    Thanks for the reply Bert, I think the Z2 is an excellent machine for the money and one of the better purchases I've made overtime.

    Thus far I've not had the need to run the lamp at full steam, nor infact seriously tweaked any of the settings on the projector, I like watching films and the Z2 serves that purpose admirably.



    William
     
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    apparently the fan on the Z2 is just 26db, which really is quiet.

    Cap :)
     
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    It is very quiet, at the mo i sit with the fan about 12inch from my ear and can hardly hear it, only on quiet scenes. In fact when i have my xbox on that is louder than my z2 and further away from me.
     
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    When i first got my Z2 it coincided with various friends being about, so we watched Crouching Tiger, and at the end i asked for comments - they all said it was really good picture-wise, and very quiet. And this was before i realised there was a low power mode which made the fan even more stealthy!

    I now notice the fan noise on high mode, but i too think its pretty good when compared to a PC or console.
     
  20. Bert Coules

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    Thanks to everyone who's contributed. Obviously I was quite wrong to be concerned.

    Bert
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