After its official announcement at the CEDIA Expo a few months back, Sharp'sXV-Z17000 has generated a fair amount of interest. At the time, pricing and specific availability was not disclosed, but those important details were firmed up at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
As our own Rachel Cericola reported when the XV-Z17000 was first announced: the XV-Z17000 boasts 1080p resolution with a reported contrast ratio of 40,000:1 (an increase from the previously-expected 30,000:1). And As Rachel said with respect to the Sharp's 3D delivery, the XV-Z17000 "can deliver the 3D goods via IR Link and DLP Link technologies. Even better, Sharp wants to promote domestic tranquility so they're packing not one but two pairs of active shutter 3D glasses right inside the box."
Sharp has also included Consumer Electronic Control (CEC) functionality, Keystone Correction and Image Shift Function for maximum installation flexibility. The latter can vertically shift images in a 16:9 format, promising a big picture in a small space or simply more flexible installation options.
Other features include two HDMI 1.4 inputs, a computer/component (mini D-sub 15 pin), component (3 RCA), S-Video and video (RCA) inputs, as well as an RS-232C port. Sharp also says that the unit is whisper quiet, with about 23dB of fan noise. Packing a 250-watt projection lamp, the projector is expected to provide about 3,000 hours of entertainment, depending on usage, before a bulb change is necessary.
As aforementioned, portions of the above are taken from Rachel's initial report, but this week's big CES news is that the XV-Z17000 will become available in February at a List Price of $4,999.
We've said before that 3D in the home should be as big an experience as you can make it. With that in mind, we were excited to check out Sharp's new single-chip 3D DLP projector at the company's CES booth this week.
The XV-Z17000 is Sharp's first 3D projector. It uses the active shutter glasses method of resolving 3D. Control of the glasses is done via IR Link in which an IR signal is sent from the projector to the screen, and then bounced back to the viewer's glasses. The XV-Z17000 will ship with two 3D glasses.
Aside from 3D, the XV-Z17000 sports a 1080p resolution, 40,000:1 contrast ratio, 1,600 lumens light output (in high brightness mode) two HDMI 1.4d inputs, vertical lens shift and an RS-232 port.
At Sharp's demonstration theater, the XV-Z17000 was one of the best 3D demos in the convention hall. On the large projection screen, the image was incredibly bright, and showed no crosstalk or flickering artifacts. The 3D effect was much more pronounced than on 3D TVs due to the size of the screen (about 100 inches). I was able to move around the room to view the image from different angles as well as tilt my head from side to side, and still I didn't pick up any noticeable shift in the 3D image. The rainbow image effect that some people notice in DLP projectors also wasn't a problem.
At an MSRP of $4,999 (available in February), it's one of the more affordable ways to get an immersive 3D experience. We hope to check it out in more detail when it becomes available.