Consumer electronics company Sanyo has come up with two new 1080p (1920×1080-pixel) resolution home theatre projectors for the Australian market.

The new PLV-Z800 (pictured) and the PVL-Z4000 both provide HDMI input options, optical lens shifting and use 3LCD display technology.

The cheaper PLV-Z800 has a contrast ratio of 10,000:1 and a brightness of 1200 ANSI Lumens while the more expensive PLV-Z4000 ups the contrast to 65,000:1 by using a special polarising filter on the lens to reduce light dispersion, which is claimed to boost contrast.

The PLV-Z4000 also supports 120Hz display however, there’s no word from Sanyo about supporting 3D TV or 3D video playback. That said, the HDMI connection is only version 1.3b standard so that pretty much rules out 3D (version 1.4 is needed for Blu-ray 3D playback). Analog inputs include S-video, composite, VGA and component-video inputs.

Both units are effectively built into the same chassis with the Z4000 having a black tone and the Z800 a silver colour.

Sanyo claims the PLV-Z800 has a noise level of 21dB while the PLV-Z4000′s noise floor comes in at just 19dB, making it one of the quietest projectors available for home cinema use.

The PLV-Z800 will sell for $3299 and the PLV-Z4000 for $4499 with replacement lamps for both coming in at $446. Sanyo gives no information about the lamp life for either model.

Both models will be available this month.

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