Sanyo 120Hz projector a fine bargain

The Sanyo PLV-Z3000 projector costs around $2,500 and offers 120Hz processing, making it a good deal in the 1080p projector space.

The PLV-Z3000 1080p projector costs just $2,500. Sanyo

When most people think of a big screen HDTV, they think of something like a 50-inch plasma set, but real home theater enthusiasts know front projectors are the real way to go big. Sanyo's PLV-Z3000 is a 1080p projector, and it has a nice feature package for fine tuning picture quality, good connectivity options, and is quite inexpensive. While it's performance didn't quite match up to the Sony VPL-HW10 we reviewed last November (mostly because of inaccurate primary colors), it does cost about $600 less. Overall, Sanyo's affordable 1080p front projector has its share of flaws, but still represents a good value in its category.

Read the full review of the Sanyo PLV-Z3000.

Here you'll find the best settings for the Sanyo PLV-Z3000 on an 80-inch wide Stewart Firehawk screen. Your ideal settings will very depending on screen material and size, room lighting conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Brightness: -6
Contrast +7
Color 0
Tint 0
Color Temp User (Low 2)
Red +8
Green 0
Blue -14
Gamma -2
Iris Mode Fixed
Iris Range -20

About the author

Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."

 

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