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Sanyo PLV-Z5

Sanyo PLV-Z5
alaScore 89

102 reviews

Jul, 2020

alaTest has collected and analyzed 102 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 products in the same category for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and noise. The price and image quality also get good feedback, but there are mixed views on the design and size.

usability, image quality, price, noise, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Sanyo PLV-Z5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 89/100 = 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 products in the same category on Reviews about the price and image quality are on the whole positive. The usability and noise are also appreciated.

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

Jul, 2020

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 products in the same category on People are impressed by the price. The image quality is also appreciated, whereas some have doubts about the size.

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

Jul, 2020

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 : 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

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Sanyo PLV-Z5


The PLV-Z5 has its benefits, but can't quite match the all-round ability of the best in its class

Versatile positioning ; simple set-up ; strong colours ; decent detail

Struggles to stay on top of fast movement ; depth of field could be better

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

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