Originally Posted by CowboyCurtis
The Marantz is $500 more (50%). Does it have a DLP DarkChip3 like the Optoma HD7100? I didn't find it in the Marantz specs so I don't think it does.
You've brought up a very intersting point. That is, yes the Marantz vp4001 is a dc2, but: both projector central and projector reviews have said the image on the Sharp XV-Z3000 is superior to that of the hd7100--and the Sharp XV-Z3000 is the same as the Marantz vp4001, except that the marantz has better optics!
: "Of the projectors out there selling for under $3000 this Sharp is definitely one of my favorites. It's ability to produce black levels rivalling other DLP projectors that use the Darkchip3 processor instead of its Darkchip2, plus excellent color out of the box, and lots and lots of usable lumens, make it one of my two favorite projectors in the price range. The other, would be Optoma's HD7100, which uses the Darkchip3. I should note that I believe the Sharp outperforms the Optoma at both black levels and shadow detail. The Optoma, has, going for it, lens shift, so it is a far, far more flexible projector in terms of placement, but if that wasn't an issue, I would favor the Sharp. "
pc: "The Sharp Z3000 and Optoma HD7100 are close to the same resolution and in the same same price bracket of roughly $3000.
The HD7100 maxes out at 552 ANSI lumens when properly set up for home theater use. Contrast is rated at 5000:1, and the DarkChip3 makes for some truly impressive black levels and shadow detail. The Z3000 can reach 1143 ANSI lumens at its brightest setting. At more reasonable home theater settings (low lamp mode and medium iris), it still pumps out 506 ANSI lumens. It is also rated at 6500:1 contrast, in part due to the iris system. In head-to-head testing, it became clear that the Z3000 was capable of higher lumen output than the HD7100 as well as better contrast, though reaching those two levels simultaneously is nigh impossible. However, when we matched the lumen output of the Z3000 to that of the HD7100, the Z3000 showed definite higher contrast and deeper black level.
With the Z3000, you gain brightness and contrast, as well as image flexibility. The Z3000 can be a bright "Sunday afternoon" projector, or a high contrast home theater projector, depending on need. The HD7100 gives greater placement flexibility, at the expense of lumen output. Both offer excellent image quality around $3000 street, and certainly deliver the "wow" factor associated with high definition projection. "
Anyone have a take on this? What does this mean for the better optic marantz? Has anyone seen the xv-3000/vp4001 in action vs the 7100? Guitarman maybe?
p.s. the marantz refurb prices are 1k now...