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post #1321 of 1581
Does the DI function while in 3D mode?
post #1322 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

Does the DI function while in 3D mode?

That's a question for Zombie.
However, every 3D movie we have seen has been "punchy" and zero crosstalk.

Seegs, do you have a Z30K? I thought you were a JVC guy...
post #1323 of 1581
Nope and nope. I am currently using a JVC but I wouldn't call myself a JVC guy. I may end up selling it too at any time. If I had a z30K I wouldn't he asking. biggrin.gif

I'm thinking about getting one for 3D use like zombie. I liked the Optoma HD25, but I found it's picture lacking in contrast even behind the glasses which led me to sell it.
post #1324 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

Does the DI function while in 3D mode?

Yes, but this is not a very bright projector. You may find yourself turning the DI off in 3D in order to preserve some brightness.
post #1325 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

I'm thinking about getting one for 3D use like zombie. I liked the Optoma HD25, but I found it's picture lacking in contrast even behind the glasses which led me to sell it.

Not sure how much noise the HD25 made in 3D but the Z30K I had was rather LOUD in 3D and with it right behind my seat would have been intolerable. In low eco 2D it was probably almost 2x louder than the PD8150 in low lamp.
post #1326 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post

Yes, but this is not a very bright projector. You may find yourself turning the DI off in 3D in order to preserve some brightness.
It's all relative. We have a HP screen and the brightness is a bit much on most high lamp settings.
There was one in the classified. IMO, for the $, it's worth checking out
There are no perfect projectors out there (yet). biggrin.gif
The Z30K with a Darbee is off the charts bang for the buck.
It would be good to get some new blood in this thread, Seegs give it a try...
post #1327 of 1581
post #1328 of 1581
Hi, that is the correct lamp at a great price. I would buy 2, who knows how long they will be available.

you *must* remove the sticker before installing... ask me how I know. smile.gif
post #1329 of 1581
Hello how is the 2d picure compared to a epson tw9000?

Best regards..
post #1330 of 1581
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Originally Posted by zombie10k View Post

Hi, that is the correct lamp at a great price. I would buy 2, who knows how long they will be available.

you *must* remove the sticker before installing... ask me how I know. smile.gif

Thanks Z. I'm going to buy a few and will definitely remove that sticker. smile.gif
post #1331 of 1581
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!








post #1332 of 1581
What did this pj sell for on woot?
post #1333 of 1581
They were selling for ~$1700 with 4 pairs of 3D glasses and the emitter.
post #1334 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

They were selling for ~$1700 with 4 pairs of 3D glasses and the emitter.

That's a great deal considering the 5k list price
post #1335 of 1581
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Originally Posted by analogBalrog View Post

I love this projector.

Nice write up! I couldn't agree with you more!

I too love a bright picture and almost always use stage mode w/ high brightness on my Da-Lite HCHP 116" wide scope screen, unless it's a dark/sci-fi movie then high contrast in movie mode. My eyes adjust over time so it'll be bright enough.

How tall are your ceilings in your basement? 7'? That makes the screen look much larger in the shots then just 119".

Oh and ditto w/ the Darbee, great addition!
post #1336 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Seegs108 View Post

They were selling for ~$1700 with 4 pairs of 3D glasses and the emitter.

I believe one of the first offerings was $1899 w/ 4 pairs of glasses and subsequent deals were $1799 w/ 2 pairs.
post #1337 of 1581

Nice find, thx!

Just bought two!

$180 total, or $90 a piece after the discount w/ free shipping!
post #1338 of 1581
Nice reviews,
Great to get some fresh viewpoints.
The Z30K shines at video, particularly HD sports. I find with bluray, it's much more variable...some transfers look terrific, others need adjustment. By playing around with the settings in the first 5 minutes, I can usually find a great pace to "set it and forget it". That is, I lose myself in the movie and forget the "picture".
If we had a totally dedicated theater and could get blackout conditions, I would be all over the $90 extra bulb. As it is, the plasma handles day duty and the Sharp has the night shift. I'm hoping that the original bulb (and one $130 spare) is enough ammo to get to 4K.
The other huge plus factor with the Z30K is powered lens controls. Not to mention superb 3D...
It seems that many here at AVS are impressed by the deepest blacks. To me, once you get to a certain black threshold, then other factors take over. I like sharpness and "pop". DLP has inherent advantages in these areas. The Z30K does not disappoint. Paired with the Darbee, it has the contrast and "pop" that really say $5K MSRP. I still pinch myself that we were able to get it for $1800, with a three year warranty. BTW, I have seen some for sale used, does anyone know if the warranty is transferable?

If I could have one improvement it would be a slightly better native sharpness. However with the Darbee, it's really not too noticeable. Consider if they had paired the Z30K with the Darbee when they first offered it. Sharp might still be in the projector business. It's a reminder of how tough the marketplace is. eek.gif also, how small the overall PJ market must be.... Sharp will be missed, at least they went out with a bang.
The sample size here is a bit small, but it seems as if the Z30K positive reviews have been paired with the HP screen. This may be a comment on the "only" average brightness. Particularly in an area where it shines, 3D. With the HP, it's a non-issue...

I want to give a shout out to Zombie for helping us fine tune the particulars of Z30K. With his "shootout", he is in a very informed position on the current "state of the art". The fact that he has the Z30K in his own set up, is a huge vote of confidence.
Thanks Jason. smile.gif
Edited by humbland - 10/23/13 at 6:23am
post #1339 of 1581
I noticed with my W1070 the glasses would flicker red now and again. Does this projector do this? or have any type of problems with 3D? smile.gif
post #1340 of 1581
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

Nice write up! I couldn't agree with you more!
...

How tall are your ceilings in your basement? 7'? That makes the screen look much larger in the shots then just 119".

Thanks! Yea, my ceilings are right around 7'. It presented quite a challenge, especially for the center channel, but I think it came out alright!
post #1341 of 1581
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post

I noticed with my W1070 the glasses would flicker red now and again. Does this projector do this? or have any type of problems with 3D? smile.gif

I haven't noticed any flicker or any type of problems with 3D. It has been rock solid.
post #1342 of 1581
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Originally Posted by jamieuk147 View Post

I noticed with my W1070 the glasses would flicker red now and again. Does this projector do this? or have any type of problems with 3D? smile.gif

Are you losing the 3D sync when this happens? DLP Link is prone to sync issues although the BQ D3 glasses are very good in this regard, I believe it has a buffer built in.
post #1343 of 1581
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Originally Posted by analogBalrog View Post

I haven't noticed any flicker or any type of problems with 3D. It has been rock solid.

+1 on 3D. It is solid and punchy. We watched Spiderman and the family complained of vertigo. biggrin.gif
post #1344 of 1581
Has anybody w/ equipment been tracking hours vs lumen output on their lamps?
post #1345 of 1581
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

Has anybody w/ equipment been tracking hours vs lumen output on their lamps?

+1.

I'd love to know this info too. I bought 2 replacement bulbs earlier this week, I'm at around 70% lamp life and it still looks great to me but I wonder how less-bright it is than at 100%.
post #1346 of 1581
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Originally Posted by biliam1982 View Post

Nice find, thx!

Just bought two!

$180 total, or $90 a piece after the discount w/ free shipping!

Can you confirm that these are indeed the genuine OEM version?
post #1347 of 1581
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Originally Posted by rgrele View Post

Can you confirm that these are indeed the genuine OEM version?

I received a lamp from this seller a couple of weeks ago. The package says it's an AN-D350LP, which is listed in the description as well as SHP-135. It looks identical to the SHP-135 except for the white heat insulation on the wires. I haven't disassembled my lamp housing to try it out yet. Hopefully I will get a chance to try it this week end. I suspect it will work. Is it OEM? Don't know if that can be answered definitively.
post #1348 of 1581
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Originally Posted by Walternate View Post

I received a lamp from this seller a couple of weeks ago. The package says it's an AN-D350LP, which is listed in the description as well as SHP-135. It looks identical to the SHP-135 except for the white heat insulation on the wires. I haven't disassembled my lamp housing to try it out yet. Hopefully I will get a chance to try it this week end. I suspect it will work. Is it OEM? Don't know if that can be answered definitively.

You might PM Zombie. He is up to speed on this stuff and has actually replaced his Z30K lamp(s). I think he he has a new PJ (Sony) so he may not be following this thread as carefully as before.
Any new Sharp users out there? We are still enjoying ours...
post #1349 of 1581
I bought 4 lamps from 2 different vendors, all had the black insulation and were identical to the factory lamp.

I guess the only way to know is to physically compare it to the original.
post #1350 of 1581
I went ahead and ordered 2 of the $95 ones from AliExpress. With the $5 discount for each, it came to $180. shipped.

Will report what I receive.
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