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Sanyo PLV-Z5

Sanyo PLV-Z5
alaScore 88

105 reviews

Apr, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 105 reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the reliability and noise. The price and image quality also get good feedback, but the design and size get mixed reviews.

usability, image quality, price, noise, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Sanyo PLV-Z5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo PLV-Z5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 4 user reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5 from The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on People are impressed by the price and noise. The image quality and usability are also mentioned favorably.

usability, image quality, noise, price

75% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo PLVZ5 - High Definition LCD TV Projector Sanyo PLVZ5 - High Definition LCD TV Projector

Apr, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Sanyo PLV-Z5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 13 user reviews of Sanyo PLV-Z5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.8/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Reviewers really like the price and image quality, but some have doubts about the size.

usability, image quality, price


77% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Sanyo PLV Z5 - LCD projector - 1100 ANSI lumens - 1280 x 720 - wSanyo PLV Z5 - LCD projector - 1100 ANSI lumens - 1280 x 720 - w

Apr, 2018

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector Review


The Sanyo PLV-Z5 makes a few improvements on the Z4 platform and keeps itself at the top of a very hot list of 720p projectors that are guaranteed to make any home theater enthusiast almost certain

Very detailed image with reduced screen door effect ; Excellent calibration out of the box ; Quiet cooling system ; 3000 hour bulb life (max) ; Excellent LCD panel adjustment and maintenance options

No 12VDC trigger ; Only a minor upgrade from the PLV-Z4

Jan, 2007

Expert review by : Projector US (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 Home Theater Video Projector Review


Stylish and modern, Quiet, Hugely adjustable picture settings, Best in class image quality, Adjustable if sloppy horizontal and vertical lens shift, Great connectivity

Can be prone to dust contamination with long use, Out of box image settings aren't impressive, Initial picture set up can be time consuming, Silver case can be distracting

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : Joe Lozito (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 Projector


Our resident projector-phile is bowled over by the PLV-Z5, the latest 3-chip high definition LCD home theater projector from Sanyo.

With an estimated "street price" of well under $2,000, the Z5 is a can't-miss for any home theater enthusiast, or really anyone who enjoys watching movies and high definition television in the comfort of their own home. The Sanyo gives you a winning...

Feb, 2007

Expert review by : 411Team Specialist (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 Projector Review


The external appearance of Z5 is not any different than the Z4's, its older counterpart, which was designed on the same guidelines. Many buyers who have seen Z4 may bypass Z5 simply because of the same looks. However, the internal machinery of Z5 is...

Sanyo, with its headquarters in Chatsworth, California, is one of the world's largest LCD projector manufacturers. Sanyo PLV-Z5™ is selling for $1,695.00 plus there is a cash rebate of $200.00 until 01/31/07 from Sanyo. This is a pretty good deal for...

Nov, 2006

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Sanyo PLV-Z5


Reviewing the PLV-Z5 home theater projector, has been an interesting experience. I say this because of expectations. In the LCD class, under $2000, we already reviewed the new Panasonic PT-AX100U, a major improvement (especially brightness and...

Extremely sharp image ; Very good black levels ; Excellent shadow detail ; Extensive control of image quality ; Excellent zoom lens with 2:1 (+) range ; Excellent lens shift range ; Very quiet ; Good manual (on disk) ; Excellent warranty ; Dual HDMI...

Out of the box color accuracy ; Could be brighter ; Remote is cluttered, buttons small and closely packed ; No 12 volt trigger for screen control ; Pixel visibility (more visible than DLP or the Panasonic with Smooth Screen) ; Reds have an orange caste...

The street price of the PLV-Z5 is excellent! Since the Z5 looks to be a bargain, spend a few bucks of your savings, on a calibration disk. Almost all home theater oriented online resellers carry them! You will see the difference

Nov, 2006

Highly Rated!

Expert review by : Bill Livolsi (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 Home Theater Video Projector Review


Last year, the Sanyo PLV-Z4 earned a very high rating for its image performance, feature set, and placement flexibility. At the time, it was hard to consider how Sanyo would improve upon such an excellent projector. Now, with the release of the PLV-Z5,...

The Z5 uses the same sleek gray casework as the Z4, complete with motorized lens cover. The cover opens automatically when you power the projector on, then closes up again when it's turned off. This will help to keep dust off of the lens without...

Oct, 2006

Expert review by : Dave Jansen (

Sanyo PLV-Z5


Back in 2005 we reviewed the Sanyo [[prodid:177]], an excellent LCD projector with very few flaws. In 2006, the [[prodid:1420]] didn't quite live up t...

Excellent image quality, quiet operation, wide array of ports, lens shifting, large maximum image size, extensive calibration options

Some banding in the PC mode resolution tests

If you're in the market for a top-notch home theatre projector, you can't go wrong with the Sanyo PLV-Z5.

Apr, 2007

Expert review by : staff (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 review


The fifth generation of Sanyo's impressive home collection

Clear picture performance

Black levels aren't very good ; Design doesn't impress

A good performer when it's really, really dark

Mar, 2007

Expert review by : John Archer (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 LCD Projector


Sanyo's PLV-Z5 LCD projector isn't brand new but its price is too good to ignore!

Other specs are very promising, as a high brightness rating of 1,100 ANSI Lumens rubs shoulders with a surprisingly hefty 10,000:1 contrast ratio. This latter figure in particular would again have looked like state-of-the-art stuff at the time of the...

Feb, 2011

Expert review by : (

Sanyo PLV-Z5 review


Don't be put off by the cheap and nasty looks – this HD-ready Sanyo projector may well be the company's best projector yet. Packed to the rafters with imaging tech and connections, the deal clincher is you can get your mitts on it for less than half...

Nov, 2007

Product Specifications

SANYO enjoys a well-deserved leadership position in the LCD projector industry. Over the past several years company's breakthroughs in LCD technology have helped lead a tremendous surge in the growth of this industry. Even so, SANYO is continuously striving to meet the challenges and demands of an ever-changing world. SANYO is at the forefront of expanding the possibilities of LCD projectors through the use of advance digital technology. Most SANYO projectors today employ digital technology in a variety of features including digital interfacing (Digital Visual Interface, High-Definition Serial Digital Interface), digital keystone correction, digital progressive scanning, and digital realized interpolation technology. SANYO offers the widest range of projector models in the industry, which means it's a virtual certainty that there will be a SANYO projector to fit the needs of any presenter in any situation. Each category of SANYO projectors contains models that rank at the top of their respective class in terms of brightness, features and versatility. PRODUCT FEATURES: Resolution: 1,280 x 720 (HDTV), Contrast ratio 10,000 : 1; 2 HDMI inputs; Adaptive and dynamic iris; 12-bit color processing (10.7 billion colors); Extremely quiet: 22 dB (Eco Mode); 2x wide angle zoom lens; Horizontal and vertical lens shift function; Automatic shutter.

Audio Output

Type: None

Dimensions & Weight



Display Diagonal:0.7
Display Resolution:1280 x 720

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Color Support:Up to 10.7 billion colors
Color Support:Up to 10.7 billion colors
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1100ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:10000:1
Max Image Size:33ft / 400in
Max Resolution:1280 x 720
Max Screen Distance:30ft
Min Image Size:3.3ft / 40.2in
Min Screen Distance:4ft
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:LCD projector

Energy Management

Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):185 / 210


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Sanyo PLV


Bulb power:145
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:2000 / 3000

Lens System

Digital Zoom:2
Focal length range (f-f):0.839 - 1.68

Operational Conditions

Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 60
Storage temperature range (T-T):-10 - 60

Other Features

Analogue video signal:PAL / SECAM / NTSC / NTSC4.43 / PAL-M/N
Dimensions (WxDxH):15 x 12 x 4.99 / 15 x 12 x 5 / 15 x 4.99 x 12
Lens system:3V - 2H
Power Requirements:100 - 240 V
Power supply type:100-240 V AC
Resolution:1280 x 720


Display scan frequency (horizontal):15 - 80
Dot clock scanning frequency:100
Horizontal scan range:15 - 80
Noise Level:22
Vertical scan range:50 - 100

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite video in:1
HDMI ports quantity:1 / 2
RS-232 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video in:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


Power consumption (standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):185 / 210


Digital gamma correction: Yes
Horizontal resolution:420
Keystone correction, horizontal:20 - -20
Keystone correction, vertical:± 20
Number of colors:1.073 billion colors
Projection technology:LCD
Projector brightness:1100
Projector native resolution:1280 x 720
Screen size compatibility:40 - 300
Zoom capability: Yes

Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)
Lamp Type:UHP


Full HD: Yes

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions