I love this projector.
The Sharp XV-Z30000 has performed much better than I ever expected it would, especially after getting it for a steal of a price on Woot. I had no reason to believe this PJ would be a poor performer; I simply did not realize how good the image would be. I know there are bigger, better and badder PJ's out there, but I couldn't be happier with this Sharp. It will hopefully keep purring along until I bump up to 4K some day.
A few months ago, I bought a brand new home with my wife (our first home!) and it so happened to have a finished basement room that screamed, "Home Theater"! Now granted, the room looked like a veritable pigsty, but I had a dream and nothing would stand in the way. We were on a tight budget with the new home purchase, but I somehow convinced my wife that setting aside a little bit of cash for a home theater would be the cherry on top of the new home purchase.
I bring this all up to mention the budget. Budgeting in the AV world is damn-near impossible. At least for me it is. I always have "budget creep". So, when I caught wind of the Woot deal on this PJ, I knew what had to be done. It simply was too good to be true: to get a PJ of this caliber for under $2K? Count me in.
I bought the PJ, the screen and a boat-load of paint, carpet and furniture and got crazy with the cheese wiz. Putting together this modest and warm, New England basement theater, was challenging, fun and oh-so rewarding. And at the center of it all lies the Sharp XV-Z30000.
Having stared at a Kuro for a few years leading up to buying the Sharp XV-Z30000, I won't lie: the blacks left me wanting. But I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the image, especially when paired with a Darbee and an HP screen. My picture is sharp, bright, and completely engaging. If the source is 16:9 or 1:85:1, then the blacks don't bother me nearly as much. I realize this is a very subjective and unprofessional stance, but it's how I see it. The blacks deliver enough
. The sheer size of the image coupled with the great colors and Darbee-infused sharpness, brings the wow factor. Add to all of 7.1 surround and some killer Blu-rays, and the fun begins.
I typically watch Blu-rays, Netflix, VUDU, appleTV and some Dish. My son and I play PS3 almost daily on the Sharp since we're both avid gamers. I was initially concerned about the PJ lag between the PS3 and Z30K. It's a non-issue for us and I'd like to think we're pretty competitive gamers. (I have more to say on this subject if anyone cares. Just holler.)
As for Blu-ray and other 1080p content, the results are stunning. For example, watching Game of Thrones on Blu-ray, with the Darbee in the chain on such a bright screen (I have a Da Lite HP 119"), results in some very compelling imagery.
3D on the PJ is wicked sharp. I simply cannot believe that a 3D image of this caliber is in my house and on my budget, and that is coming from someone who couldn't care less about 3D. I see a noticeable drop off in brightness, to be expected, but it doesn't bother me much given the fact that the HP screen is brighter than the sun. I am a brightness junky apparently (didn't realize that about myself before), and tend to run the Sharp at high-lamp, brightness boosted on an HP screen.
In the pictures below, you'll see some lamps and furniture lighting that I use in my Theater. I tend to keep these on during non-critical viewing like Red Sox games, Dark Souls gaming, or crappy TV. When the Blu-rays come out and the friends come over, my HT goes to the dark side of the moon and the images just hovers
right in front of us. It's unbelievable.
The only snag I have hit with this PJ probably isn't the PJ's fault to begin with: my Dish Hopper won't play nice with the Sharp via HDMI. I have used several different HDMI cables, long, short, powered, not, high-end, cheapies, you-name-it: and I'm left using component cables. This is a bummer because I have to bypass the Darbee for Dish content. No matter, I'm not much of a TV guy anyways.
To sum up: the Sharp XV-Z30000 is, as my son calls it, "The Bomb" ... as my Dad calls it, "Simply Incredible" ... and as I call it, "A Wise Investment".
Is your budget near $2K? Get this PJ and get a Darbee. And if you can spring for a HP screen, get that too.
Here are some craptastic, grainy iPhone pictures. I just ran downstairs and snapped these. This room is a work-in-progress. We've got a ways to go, but so far, I'm thrilled!