Originally Posted by kaufmancd
Great review. I wish I had your knowledge on setup and calibration. I too have the 17000 (still in the box). I've had the projector for 3 weeks now, but due to work and other activity going on, I have not yet mounted it. I did get a ceiling mount with the projector (not mounted).
My screen size is 96" x 72" (4:3), such that the distance to the screen should be the same as yours. Can you tell me how far that is?
Also, is there a good calibration (info) site, as in - how to set up the colors properly?
Thanks again for the great review.
My throw distance (front of lens to screen) is exactly 14 feet. My screen size is 105" x 59" (16:9 aspect ratio). For my screen size, SHARP specifies a minimum throw distance of 12'4" and a maximum of 14'3" - I got "lucky".
You also have a 120" diagonal, but a 4:3 aspect ratio screen.
The minimum throw distance for your setup would be 15'2" and the maximum 17'5".
You may also want to consult page 18 of the operation manual.http://files.sharpusa.com/Downloads/...n_XVZ17000.pdf
In regards to calibration, I would recommend that you find an experienced ISF/THX calibrator in your area and pay his fee.
You may want to have a look at Spectracal's offerings:http://www.spectracal.com/newpurchas...Type=Home&Mx=3
Professional color calibration requires training and experience.
If you are in Southern California, I would certainly be happy to help you with your setup
To 'lovingdvd': The perceived black level (if calibrated correctly) in 'low lamp' mode will appear 'darker' on the RS20.
I am spending all day long setting up commercial Digital Cinema projectors in production and exhibition environments (Technicolor, EFILM, Fotokem, A.M.P.A.S., etc.).
These are the environments in which artistic decisons are made by colorists, cinematographers and directors. None of these setups have black levels that look like JVC's black levels. The pursuit of 'perfect abscence of light' black levels has become somewhat ridiculous among consumer display manufacturers lately. DLP technology will yield very good black levels (if calibrated correctly) and the SHARP XV-Z17000 has very good black levels.
For everyday viewing, I would still recommend activating IRIS 2 on the XV-Z17000, which is an auto-iris. JVC are using their own (non-mechanical) "cheating" mechanism - it's called a "wire-grid polarizer".
I regards to sharpness - it is really superb on the XV-Z17000. The chromatic aberration caused by the lens is very, very small.
Any time you buy a 3-chip projector (DLP, LCD, D-ILA, SXRD) you run the risk of slight (or sometimes not so slight) panel convergence misalignment. I was very fortunate with my RS-20 as the convergence of the three panels was very good out of the box. Still, the XV-Z17000 is SHARPer.
I will be able to post some numbers about light output, native colorimetry, etc. next week after I mount the unit permanently to the ceiling.
I have ordered the replacement mounting plate for my existing Chief ceiling count (SLB173 - if anyone cares to know). Right now the projector is attached to the existing mount with cable ties
A few more observations:
The projector seems to initially always power up in full lamp brightness mode (even if ECO mode was selected earlier) and switch to ECO mode after about one minute. This is probably required to start the lamp up properly.
The projector starts up very fast (it always took about one minute for the RS20 to show an image).
Just because I can, I have tried to use VIZIO 3D glasses (made by RealD) with the XV-Z17000.
VIZIO's glasses won't respond to SHARP's IR signal, so don't bother.
I ordered some DLP-Link active shutter glasses just to see how they work and how they compare to the SHARP glasses (which are actually very nice).
I am also controlling the unit via the serial port now.
To save those Crestron, Control4, RTI, etc. programmers among you the headache I went through: The 'Power On' command is not 'POWR___1\
' as stated in the manual, it is actually 'POWR 1\
' (with three spaces).
The default baudrate is 9600 - use a null-modem cable.
The Nvidia GeForce GT430 and TMT5 are still going strong (JVC seems to be having issues here) ...
Oh, and if anyone is interested in my "RS20", it is now listed on a well know auction website as Anthem LTX 500 (which is essentially completely identical to the RS20).
More to follow ...