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I received the Sharp XV-30K this past Friday. FWIW, I have owned many projectors, to numerous to mention. My primary viewing projector is currently a JVC RS4810. My intention in demoing the Sharp was to find out if it was suitable as a 3D projector that was better quality than the BenQ W7000.
After running a Lumagen auto-calibrate on it; these are my brief impressions:
Brightness - I have no measurements. Anecdotally, I watch in a makeshift basement theater where only the front wall is blacked out. I am projecting on to a 16X9 128" diagonal Seymour Centerstage XD; the room is light controlled, however the walls are off-white. Both the 2D and 3D had sufficient brightness to be pleasing to my eye. My recollection is that the W7000 is brighter, however.
Rainbows (I am very sensitive). Almost none. Best DLP I have ever seen in this regard. However, I did feel some eye strain after viewing 2D for a long period of time. It should be noted I have always had this problem with DLP technology.
3D - The 3D is outstanding; at least as good as the W7000, perhaps better. (It has been a while since I owned the w7000). The image is ghost and flicker free, and pleasing to the eye. It was rainbow free as well. A very nice easy image to watch image.
2D - The blacks and over all image do not come up to the level of the JVC; however the 2D did remind me of the Sony HW30. There is a hint of image noise that is not present in the JVC; perhaps I am spoiled by e-shift.
Build quality - this is built so much better than the BenQ. Quality is not even close. Motorized focus, lens shift, and zoom work well. Overall, this is a much better buy at 2K than the BenQ; the only caveat would be replacement lamp cost.
I have grown accustomed to the the added quality of e-shift. If that were not the case. I would consider keeping this as a single projector solution until the next generation of 4K projectors. As it stands now I may keep it as my 3D projector because its throw distance is quite similar to the JVC and works well in my setup.
As always, YMMV.