The full list of specs for Sanyo's upcoming PLV-Z4000 3LCD projector are after the break, but there's not much to see if you're familiar with the PLV-Z3000 model from two years ago. An apparently upgraded "TopazReal HD" system promises to reproduce up to 216 billion color combinations, up from a mere 1.06 billion colors last time, but at its heart you'll find a 1080p24 capable, 120Hz, dual HDMI 1.3b, 1,200 lumen beamer just waiting to be dropped into a home theater. The good news is the MSRP has wound its way down significantly over the years, as it's due at the end of may for $2,495, which is about the price the Z3000 is listed for in most places these days. Those capabilities were a bit more impressive the first time around, if you're the projector type, does fit the bill for what you're looking to lay down two grand on in 2010?

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CHATSWORTH, CA.- April 28, 2010 – SANYO North America Corporation (SANYO), a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., one of the world's largest manufacturers of LCD and DLP projectors, announces the introduction of the PLV-Z4000, a high-performance 120 Hz Full HD 3 LCD front projector with 1080p24 capability for an exquisite home theater and HD video experience. With SANYO's exclusive TopazReal HD system, the projector produces superb image quality and has a 3D color management system that enables extraordinary color accuracy. Through dual HDMI 1.3b inputs, it is Deep Color and x.v.Color capable. Rated at 1,200 ANSI lumens, with a 65,000:1 contrast ratio, it produces superb black levels even in ambient light conditions. The addition of installer-friendly mounting and optical features allow it to be used in a wide variety of rooms and environments. Scheduled for release at the end of May 2010, the SANYO PLV-Z4000 will have an MSRP of $2,495.

With its exclusive 3D color management system, SANYO's TopazReal HD system melds several advanced technologies to create superb optical performance and a sharp and highly accurate image. The system uses 14-bit digital signal processing and a real-focus HD lens system that combines variable iris and lamp reactivity with a newly-developed high efficiency lens. The 3D color management system addresses changes in color phase and color level to produce near-perfect color reproduction, taking full advantage of the Deep Color and x.v.Color capabilities of the projector through its dual HDMI 1.3b inputs. Approximately 216 billion color combinations are possible.


With a 3LCD design that uses inorganic liquid crystal panels, motion blur and artifacts are virtually eliminated by doubling the input frame rate from 60 to 120 frames per second. Special interpolation frame generation technology determines the motion differences between frames, and through interpolation, generates new frames to fill the gaps between the original frames. The result is improved resolution and a smooth presentation, even with fast moving sports action. The projector is also capable of displaying an HD source from film material in its native 24 frame/second rate with full 1080p/24 resolution.

"The high performance achieved by our TopazReal technology makes this projector an extraordinary value in today's home theater projector market," says Sam Malik, Vice President and General Manager of the Presentation Technologies Group in the Consumer Solutions Division of SANYO North America Corporation. "The PLV-Z4000's ability to display very high resolution artifact-free images with superb color accuracy, while being easy to install in any home theater environment, make it a great choice from the standpoint of both consumers and installers."


Thanks to thoughtful design, the projector offers ultra flexibility to installers when using with a mount. With the industry's most advanced lens shifting capability, the PLV-Z4000 allows the projector to be placed or installed in a number of settings, as images can be shifted vertically up to three screen sizes, and horizontally up to two screen sizes. Its short throw capability and 2x zoom functions allow a large image in virtually any size room and from most any mounting location. Ideal for small to mid-sized home theater environments, it can project a 100-inch diagonal image from between 10 and 20 feet away.

Unwanted noise produced by the projector is kept to an extraordinarily low 19dB through its use of a large aperture, low noise Sirocco cooling fan, allowing it to be mounted near viewers without special baffling to reduce noise. Its eco-friendly design requires minimal power consumption, drawing just 0.3 watts in eco-standby mode. A three-year parts and labor warranty covers the projector, with 90 day coverage on the original lamp.


PLV-Z4000 SPECIFICATIONS

Brightness: 1,200 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 65,000:1
Input Terminals: HDMI 1.3b (x2), Component RCA (Y-Pb/Cb/Pr/Cr) (x2), D-sub 15 pin (RGB), S-video, Composite RCA
Control Ports: DIN 8pin (RS232C)
Dimensions: 15.7 (W) x 5.8 (H) x 13.6 (D) inches
Weight: 16.5lbs