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Sanyo Z-2 vs. Mitsubishi HC3

The Sanyo can be had for a few hundred more than the $999 HC3 price (which seems to be a great deal). I will shelf mount it with a distance of about 13 feet to the screen...with about 12 feet viewing distance from the screen. The two most important things for me are: 1. Enough light output where you don't have to be in a cave to enjoy a nice picture...though ambient life will be somewhat controlled, this will be set-up in the living room. I think both units would work there, but the HC3 definitely has a higher light output. 2. I don't want to see any visible pixelation while sitting 12 feet back. This is where the Sanyo appears to have the edge...though I haven't heard anyone say if the pixelation on the HC3 is very bad. Obviously you can sit a little closer with the Z-2...but all things considered, is the Z-2 worth the extra $400-500 or should I buy the HC3 and save the bucks for a replacement lamp in the future?
Main uses will be to watch HD sports and DVDs.
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either way you go if you watch somthing during the daytime your picture will be washed out. period. unless you have excellent blinds and allow no light whatsoever into the room.

now it will still be a decent picture, but unless you have seen these projectors .. running .. during the daytime I wouldnt run out and drop cash on them just yet if the washed out aspect was very important to you ... I have an epson that is 1200 lumens .. and Im not happy with its color during the daytime. just thought id throw that out there. and honestly after going cheap .. the next projector im getting into is going to be expensive .. but much higher quality .. its worth it .. why buy somthing twice and have frustation and maybe save a few dollars .. or just get somthing good once
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I've seen the Z-1 in a living room where there was some ambient light and it was still a good picture. Maybe not "optimal" but still a good picture...and both these projectors have a higher light output than the Z-1 I believe. A few months ago both of these projectors were $2,500-$3000 so I wouldn't exactly think of them as cheapos. The Z-2 got rave reviews...wish I could get some first hand thoughts on the HC3.
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J_Rock - Before you drop the big bucks on a new PJ, check out the SilverStar screen from Vutec. Evan Powell didn't give it a very good rating, but I think he missed the point. It is for using a low brightness projector in an ambient light situation. Having seen it at trade shows, it's pretty awesome. Improves the brightness and contrast, yet maintains good viewing angles.

Chad4Bama - Check out the Mitsubishi HC100. They just discontinued it, so you might be able to get a great deal if you shop hard and time it right.
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I would go with the HC3...Mits seems to back there product pretty well...We install them into small confrence rooms at schools in va and they've been rock solid. Mits also gives you alot of color options in there menu, I don't beleive you'll get as many options with the sanyo..take a look at Mits XD projectors...I bring them home from time to time and deffinlty look good for HD,DVD and games..
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Quote (Chad4Bama on Apr 16, 2005 11:37 PM):
Sanyo Z-2 vs. Mitsubishi HC3

The Sanyo can be had for a few hundred more than the $999 HC3 price (which seems to be a great deal). I will shelf mount it with a distance of about 13 feet to the screen...with about 12 feet viewing distance from the screen. The two most important things for me are: 1. Enough light output where you don't have to be in a cave to enjoy a nice picture...though ambient life will be somewhat controlled, this will be set-up in the living room. I think both units would work there, but the HC3 definitely has a higher light output. 2. I don't want to see any visible pixelation while sitting 12 feet back. This is where the Sanyo appears to have the edge...though I haven't heard anyone say if the pixelation on the HC3 is very bad. Obviously you can sit a little closer with the Z-2...but all things considered, is the Z-2 worth the extra $400-500 or should I buy the HC3 and save the bucks for a replacement lamp in the future?
Main uses will be to watch HD sports and DVDs.