I received my unit 10 days ago. I hesitated to post this, but here goes. I've been studying the PJ market for a 1,5 year and my priorities were: good sharpness, good motion resolution, low input lag, decent contrast. My choice narrowed down to 2 projectors (topic
). But as I was looking for a universal projector and wanted to experience crosstalk-free 3D I pulled the trigger on Sharp XV-Z30000. My background is this. I came from Panasonic GT20 plasma, then I found an almost mint condition 24" CRT monitor - Sony GDM-FW900. I found the picture quality superior to everything I've seen before. So I got rid of the TV and began preparing for a projector.
So it arrived and when I first turned it on on a cheapo 84" screen I was thrilled to see such a large picture at my place. But my joy wasn't long. I immediately found out that the input lag on this projector was very large. I measure it against my CRT and in was 59-71 ms (I will post pictures later). Tried playing a game but it was a torture to play with such high input lag. Okay, maybe I was going to live with that.
Next, the colors. I noticed right away that they were wrong, very wrong. Green was yellowish (or salad-ish) and over-saturated. Red was off by a large amount too. But it wasn't until I've spent 5 hours calibrating this PJ until I completely lost faith in it. Here's the best result I could get
. I was able to get correct green and blue luminances, but red was very dim and lifeless:
White 21.696 ftL
Red 2.650 ftL (Rec.709 standard = 21% of white luminance = 4.55616)
Green 15.404 (Rec.709 standard = 71% of white luminance = 15.40416)
Blue 1.73568 (Rec.709 standard = 8% of white luminance = 1.735)
Huge disappointment. I wasn't aware that colors would be so important to me. But gotten used to the image on my CRT I just couldn't let that pass. This projector is too off from Rec.709 standard. Why would they use such horrid controls? What were they thinking?
Then motion resolution I was so looking forward to. Zombie was correct, it has only ~400 lines. Same as BenQ W7000 and Mitsubishi HC9000 I saw in the shop. So I'm beginning to doubt if there's really a DLP capable of 1080 lines of resolution.
Then my unit had some uniformity issues. On high contrast iris mode only left and right side of the image were red-tinted. And the very bottom of the screen had some green tinge. I didn't bother taking the pictures.
But there were some goods with the Sharp. Some of them are:
- excellent RBE performance (a non-issue with this projector);
- no cross-talk in 3D;
- plenty bright for 3D on my 1 gain 84" screen;
- decent sharpness;
- decent ANSI contrast;
- good shadow detail;
- very quiet in Eco mode;
- motorized lens shift, zoom, focus;
- that's about it.
Ah, yes, the dynamic iris. It wasn't such a big deal. It only worked on very low APL scenes. The improvement in black levels are only so-so. It is very discreet as has been reviewed. But I still managed to find one big flaw: if there were some bright objects (like torches in a cave) these objects became very dim and white details on that objects were crushed. On scenes like that I'd prefer the DI to be turned off.
I am very lucky I sold my unit so fast and now I'm going for Mitsubishi HC5.