Panny PT-L300U vs. Sanyo PLV-Z1

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  1. Yucel

    Yucel Auditioning

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    These projectors are same price in my country.I'll use PJ with my computer,DVD Player and Sattellite.Which one is better for me?
     
  2. Andrew Pratt

    Andrew Pratt Producer

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    Given the same cost the smooth screen technology in the 300 would tip the favour to the panny.
     
  3. KenBo

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    And the DVI input doesn't hurt either. I found the Z1 at HALF the cost of the Panny in Toronto, and even $1000 less thatn the 200U, so that was a no-brainer. I love the Z1, I barely notice any screen door, MUCH better than I expected. You're not making a bad decision either way, that's for sure.
     
  4. Neil Joseph

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    This is a quote off the ProjectorCentral's comparison between the Z1 and the L300U...
     
  5. ChadLB

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    Almost sounds like for your situation the Panny 300 would be the best bet. Are you using your PC as the DVD player?
     
  6. Yucel

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    I'm using my PC as the DVD Player.
     
  7. Rick Guynn

    Rick Guynn Second Unit

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    Then you might want to look into the problems that people have had trying to get 1:1 pixel mapping with the 300.

    RG
     
  8. DaveLenhert

    DaveLenhert Stunt Coordinator

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    I have to disagree with most of the suggestions for the Panny and agree 100% with Rick for the Z1!!!

    I was under the same dilemma, The L300U with DVI & smooth screen or Z1 with 1:1 pixel mapping and about $500 cheaper. The problem is that the highest quality interface for the L300U is NOT the DVI, but actually the component (according to the manual). Secondly, I watch DVDs exclusively on my PC (TheaterTek, USB-IRT w/girder, PowerStrip) and the lack of 1:1 pixel mapping on the L300U bothered me slightly, so I ended up getting the Z1. Now that I have the Z1 (3 months or so), the lack of 1:1 pixel mapping would drive me INSANE, trying to do ANYTHING on the desktop with blurry type is just DAMN annoying. I really haven't noticed the difference between 1:1 and non-1:1 when playing a DVD, so IF you ONLY do DVDs then the no 1:1 might not be an issue. Also, if you keep your screen to a reasonable size and don't sit closer then 2x the screen width, then screen door shouldn't be a problem. I have mine at 68" wide image and sit about 12' back (2.1x) and I LOVE it. Plus, the Z1 has the manual image shift and since the projector sits in front of me on a table, the image shift works really well instead of the digital keystone correction.

    I think that you would probably be happier with either one, and the minor points of how well it will interface with your existing equipment and room dimensions would make more of a difference.

    best of luck.....
     
  9. Tom J. Davis

    Tom J. Davis Second Unit

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    Someone over at avs discovered what alot of people think is 1:1 on the 300u or at least as close as you can get. I dragged my computer into the home theater and surfed the web for a little bit with it. The desktop was extremely sharp and I didn't have any problems reading the forum on an 8ft wide screen at 12ft away.

    As Dave said though, their both outstanding projectors for the money. I do wish the 300u had the lens shift, that would be nice.
     

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