I received the Sharp XV-Z30000 projector and have a little over 20 hours viewing time on it over the last few days. My intial impressions are that I made the right choice based mainly on 2D HDTV (Charter Cable TV) viewing of sports. I watched plenty of golf, basketball, ice hockey and some baseball and did not see any motion judder whatsoever. I also watched a couple of blu-ray movies (James Bond Skyfall & Star Trek) and they looked absolutely fantastic on the Sharp. No doubt the Sharp is a great well-rounded projector. I have clearly made the right choice based on my viewing preferences because I have not seen one single episode of motion judder on the Sharp. With the Sony VPL-HW50ES (LCos) I saw frequent motion judder with 2D HDTV sports. With the Epson 5020 (3LCD) I also saw frequent motion judder and occasional screen door effect. Wth this Sharp there's no other motion artifacts (judder, blur, rainbows); the processing on the Sharp is obviously excellent and probably why the Sharp doesn't have or need creative frame interpolation (CFI). Clearly the dlp advantage of the Sharp is visually evident in my experience with these three projectors.
Regardless of all the specs, lines of resolution, testing numbers and reviews done by the so-called projector experts, the only real test that matters as far as I'm concerned is the one you see and experience with your own eyes and I can tell you without a doubt this Sharp projector handles motion flawlessly with no motion artifacts whatsoever. Conversely, both the Sony & Epson projectors I owned briefly are very poor with respect to motion judder on 2D HDTV sports content. Furthermore, the Epson exhibited some screen door effect occasionally but infrequently.
The Sharp has a 6-segment 5X color wheel and I did not see any rainbows, nor did I ever see any rainbows with my older Optoma HD7100 dlp, which I had for 6 years. Granted you will never see any rainbows with the Sony LCos or Epson 3LCD technologies since rainbows are only associated with dlp technology but the Sharp also appears to be rainbow-free as my old Optoma.
However, even if you are sensitive to rainbows or you are concerned about rainbows with dlp projectors, I would pose this question to prospective projector buyers:
Would you rather see an occasion rainbow one or two times during a 2-hour movie or see motion judder at least once every 5 to 10 minutes during a 2-hour sports event?
The answer is obvious but it also depends on the type of content you watch on your projector. Without a doubt the Sharp is the better overall projector because it performs significantly better than the Sony and Epson with motion on sports but is also a great home theater projector with blu-ray movies. I would imagine the Sharp is also better with gaming and 3D because of the dlp advantage in handling fast motion & ghosting inherent with 3D. The Sony is a great projector if you watch mainly movies & blu-ray, as is the Epson but it's not quite as good as the Sony in my opinion. The Sharp is just the better overall well-rounded projector of the three in my opinion.
My observations (2D only, no 3D) of these 3 projectors are as follows:
1a. Overall Picture Quality with Movies: Sony is the best, Sharp & Epson a close second and about equal but just slightly behind the Sony.
1b. Overall Picture Quality with Sports: No motion artifacts with the Sharp make it clearly superior to the Sony & Epson.
2. Image Sharpness/Clarity: Sharp & Sony tied with blu-ray movies but the Sharp is crisper/clearer on sports & other 2D HDTV content. The Epson is not as sharp/crisp as the Sony & Sharp.
3. Brightness: The Epson (1st) & Sony are about equal on best color movie settings; the Sharp is a close 2nd but not far behind at 1600 lumens. Brightness level adjustments are good on all three.
4. Color Quality: The Sony has the best color and the Sharp & Epson are tied for close second place behind the Sony. All three have very good extensive color adjustment settings w/menu options.
5. Black-Level & Contrast: The Sony, Epson & Sharp are all very good ultra-high contrast projectors (insignificant issue without a side-by-side comparison)
6. Audible Noise: Sony is best and almost dead silent, the Sharp is very quiet in eco-mode and not bad at full power either. The Epson is quiet in eco-mode but definately the loudest at full lamp power.
7. Dynamic Iris Action: Sony & Sharp tied as both are very smooth, quiet & visually unnoticeable. The Epson iris is poor, it's loud on the ears & noticeble visually.
8. Price: Sharp is best price/performance value; the Sharp can be currently purchased for under $2,500, the Epson about $2,600. The Sony is about $1,000 more expensive than the Sharp & Epson.
9. Warrantly: Sony is best with 3 years plus extra lamp; Sharp is 3 years but no extra lamp; Epson is 2 years w/replacement program. Sony appears best but all 3 have very good warranties.
I have owned all 3 and I believe the Sharp XV-Z30000 is the best overall projector, at least for me and my viewing content. The Sharp is definately the most well-rounded projector in terms of overall performance and currently the best value of the three. The Sharp is like the "jack-of-all trades" projector but I won't say "master-of-none" because it clearly masters the handling of motion artifacts. The Sharp is excellent on all 2D content including HDTV sports, movies and blu-ray movies with a clean crisp sharp image and very good color.... the dlp advantage I suppose. I also like the Sharp menu the best and it has many setting options. The Sharp also has electronic zoom & focus, which is a great feature the Sony & Epson do not have. You never have to touch the Sharp projector once mounted.
My second choice is the Sony VLP-HW50ES, which would be the best projector of the three if it only had better motion resolution but I simply could not live with the frequent motion judder being so prevalent on this Sony in 2D HDTV sports. The Sony is a spectacular projector with movies, particularly blu-ray. It also has a nice crisp image with excellent color. However, the Sony is $1,000 more than the Sharp & Epson.
The Epson Home Cinema 5020 is a good projector but the worse of the three projectors in my opinion because it has significant motion judder & some occasional screen door effect. The audible noise in full lamp power & dynamic iris are also big negatives but the Epson is still a fairly good projector with blu-ray movies and has very good color.
Keep in mind I watch about 75% sports on 2D HDTV (Charter Cable TV) & 25% movies on blu-ray. I have not viewed any 3D as I am more concerned about a great 2D image with a sharp crisp image, good contrast, brightness, color and smooth artifact-free motion handling. The Sharp excels in all these categories and does not have any motion judder. Unfortunately the Sony & Epson did have significant motion judder on 2D HDTV sports, which is why I ultimately returned both these projectors and purchased the Sharp. Also, I have a dark home theater cave with excellent lighting control and a 110" Carada (Brilliant White) 1.4 gain screen. Image brightness is not an issue in my theater with the Sharp (rated at 1600 lumens).
Based on my viewing experience with all 3 projector technologies, I feel dlp technology is still the superior technology when it comes to home theater projectors because of its well-rounded overall performance and much better handling of motion artifacts. Dlp just seems to have more pros than cons compared to LCos & LCD. Until LCos & 3LCD technolgies can solve the motion artifact problems that appear much more frequently than any possible rainbows one may or may not ever see on a dlp projector, as far as I'm concerned dlp is the way to go. The Sharp XV-Z30000 is a great dlp projector with excellent features & performance/value at current pricing. Since I have experienced all three technolgies I can now attest to the so-called dlp advantage... dlp all the way baby!
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