Earlier this week, Sanyo announced a new front projector, the PLV-Z4000. The LCD projector has 1080p resolution and a 120 Hz refresh rate, interpolating the intermediate frames from a 60 Hz signal to produce smooth motion on moving images. It can also handle the film-based 1080p24 signal (24 frames per second) that can be produced by some Blu-ray players.
The projector is rated at 1,200 lumens, which should be sufficient for home theater installations, but may not hold up well in a brightly-lit room. The projector is scheduled to ship in May with a list price of $2,495.
Front projectors are still the best value if you want a really large HD image (such as if you’re seated 10 feet or more from the screen) and can exert some control over the ambient lighting conditions.