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zanyo z3 real life use

Discussion in 'Projectors, Screens & Video Processors' started by mconn, Aug 9, 2005.

  1. mconn

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    Hi,
    Thinking of buying a projector(z3) as my sony 25" tv is giving up the ghost.
    Do you guys use your pj for everyday use or is only an odd time.
    Can they be viewed on a bright day with the curtains(normal) closed.
    I know the picture would be degraded but would the quality be as good as the 10 year old sony crt terrestrial picture.
    I cannot get a demo around here.
    Any thoughts guys,
    Regards,
    mconn
     
  2. Gary Lightfoot

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    Any ambient will degrade the contrast of the pj so a brighter pj might be needed to combat it, as well as a grey screen with gain. The tv will probably give a better image with ambient light so the pj may not look as good in comparison to a normal, reasonable quality tv.

    The ideal situation is to have both a tv and a projector, that way movies retain the big screen impact that they should and Coronation Street etc is visually less imposing. Imagine tv shows like the soaps having a bigger image than a Hollywood blockbuster for example.

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  3. DEANO-B

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    I have had my Panny 700 for 10 months now and have got 3500 hours on my 1st lamp :eek: :eek: . I use it everyday for tv/pc/games and films. Natural sunlight really does kill the PQ, but room lighting doesn't. Don't get me wrong with my lights on at 50% the black levels take a hit, but is perfectly watchable, and at around 25% and below the PQ is superb! My mate has the same setup too and is happy watching his PJ in 'not ideal condtions'.
     
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    The best thing to do is get a nice looking TV set doesnt have to be special and use it in unideal conditions and use PJ rest of the time.
     
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    Would probably recommend the same, get a reasonably cheap LCD or normal TV. LCD because you can site it to take advantage of your surround package and not interfere with the room layout too much.

    Only way I could realistically see you using a PJ for everyday use is if your image size is relatively small, about 50"-60" diagonal, any bigger and ambient light starts to play a big part.
     
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    From my personal experience i recommend:
    - LCD (or maybe plasma?) for TV etc
    - Z3 with filters and some good screen for movies
     
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    I've got an old phillips garbo, it's not great contrast etc... but I use it in broad daylight with the curtains open white walls etc... and it's fine.

    Of course it's not "stunning" when it's daylight but it's usable I can play X box games Tiger Woods, Splinter cell etc... fine. I would imagine a Z3 is better than this.

    No it's not black it's grey and white in the daytime but who cares it's still fun to have the huge screen.

    Just go for it and enjoy the size :)
     
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    Z3 is unwatchable on that condition :)
     
  9. mconn

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    Hi,
    Thanks for all the opinions guys.
    We have the curtains closed most of the time when watching tv so if I can get a decent picture as you guys get I might go for the z3.
    Would a crt pj be better or worse with ambient light.
    z3 is a good deal it seems.
    Regards,
    mconn
     
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    As I've stated above natural sunlight does kill the PQ but ambient room lighting doesn't. The Z3 is a real bargain! Buy! Buy! :clap:
     
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    Looks like I have some competition for the 'PJ excessive use' crown!

    June 03->present 9350 hours.

    My excuse is there are 5 other people in my house using the PJ too so its on all day. Whats your excuse??!! :D
     
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    I live by myself. No excuse - I have friends around a lot of the time though, just love the big screen :thumbsup: Can't see the point having a PJ for 2 years and only having 75 hours on the lamp like some people do! Just bought a replacment lamp for my Panny (another 1500 hours to go on this one) for £92 so can't complain about the cost.
     
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    DEANO-B,


    ... go on, tell us how you managed that !!


    Sean.
     
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    Ebay - I was sooo lucky. I was googling for Panny 700 lamps and ending up putting the lamp number in rather than 'Panasonic 700 lamp' into the search as a last resort and there was a link to Ebay. The Ebay description was not 'Panasonic' or 'PTAE700' and it was only when you went into the item description that you found out what is was! :clap: Got a 'Black and Decker' steamer from the same bloke for £0.99. Ha Ha!
     
  15. mconn

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    Hi,
    Sorry guys another question that should mabe be in crt pj forum.
    How would the Seleco SVP-400HT with an iscan pro on sale on the classified forum for 700 pounds compare to the z3.
    Regards,
    mconn
     

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