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What super wife, buying a new projector.?.........hope this is contagious............
nothing personal, but your XVZ2000 wasn't any where near the top of Sharp's offerings in 2005. It was the lowest priced model featuring Texas Instruments latest HD2 DLP imaging. 1200 ANSI lumens, 2500:1 contrast, 1280x720 native resolution, capable of displaying 1080i. A good value, but nothing ground shaking.
The Epson 3020 : 2300 lumen, 40,000:1 contrast, 1920x1080 native resolution, 3 LCD imaging, 1080p, 3D, 2D to 3D conversion.
Panasonic AE7000: 2000 lumen, 300,000: contrast , 1920x1080 native resolution, 3 LCD imaging, 1080p, 3D, 2D to 3D conversion
Either of these is a big upgrade from what you have.
I leave it to you to research the other important issues:
does the lens zoom range fit my screen and mounting distance?
do I need lens shift? ( does the new projector have the same lens orientation: centered or off set?)
who does 3D better? (if you care)
who has longer bulb life in the real world? (personal experience with Panasonic commercial projectors with their UHM tech. lamps has been excellent, rarely fail before 4000 hours)
Which dealer will offer better service/ warranty coverage?