Originally Posted by humbland
I asked this question a while back, but now that there are many new Sharp owners, perhaps someone will have experimented more.
We're coming from a high end Benq and used to the razor
sharp image provided by the MSRP $7K optics.
A couple of "expert" reviews have commented that the Z30K image is good, but not "bleeding edge" sharp. With a lot of lower resolution source material, this might be a good thing...
I get it that the Sharp Z30K provides a relatively
sharp picture and has the DLP "pop", but the lens is probably the weak link in the chain...I'm sure that there is only so much you can do for <$2K.
For 3D, it's hard to imagine a cleaner image. In fact, much of the discussion here is related to the amazing 3D from the Z30K.
However, I still hope the 2D performance can be tweaked somehow. At least closer to our old 2006 Benq. Several people here use the two PJ solution. That's not practical for us.
Any thoughts or ideas along these lines?
Has anyone experimented more with an external processor (like the Darbee) on the Z30000?
There has been so much discussion about external "sharpening" for the JVCs and Sony's, in an effort to get closer to the DLP "pop".
I can recall very little said about adding it to the low cost DLP chain.
The reviewers usually only get 1 sample to base their review upon. Is it a lemon, average or golden sample? I've only seen 2 30k's, but already saw some sample variances in the lens between 2 copies. Each would have a slight different review depending on which one I was using.
it's easy to check focus uniformity / overall sharpness. Put the iris in high contrast mode to reduce lens flare and CA and put up the focus grid. Get the focus dead on in the center. Check out the rest of the screen going all the way to the corners. Can you see each pixel well defined and not bleeding into it's neighbor?
3 panels owners are staring at convergence and focus uniformity. If I get one that is excellent as both, I keep it.
The point of the above is to not generalize a specific model's capability since something as important as sharpness is going to vary from sample to sample. The original, uber-expensive projectors like the Marantz DLP's had very expensive lenses in them. They *better* be sharp for what these cost back in the day. Today it's a bit more pot luck since the projectors prices have dropped considerably and materials + QA isn't the same.
regarding the Darbee, I use it on all my projectors, regardless of which panel tech it has. My 'set it and forget it' # is the green HD mode @ 35%. It's a great addition to all of these models when used in moderation. It looks amazing combined with JVC's e-shift. Something unique happens with this combo.2 projector setup
- the difference for me between the 30k and the RS55 isn't sharpness, they both look great on the 142" HP. I watch a lot of dark-sci, it's all about the native contrast here. For all the DI's i've seen, none of the other models perform quite as convincing as the JVC with these movies.
For 3D, I've seen the best attempts at crosstalk free, flicker free 3D from SXRD, LCD and LCOS.They can't entirely match what DLP is capable of with 3D content. There is literally no chance of crosstalk or flicker with this technology. Some will argue it's close enough for most people and I agree. My large bright screen makes any crosstalk obvious and of course doing the 3D reviews has forced my eye to become a magnet for it. This projector just 'feels right' when watching 3D for the solid image (no flicker) and sharp, crosstalk free PQ.
Can you smell what The Rock is cooking? Journey to the Mysterious island is one of the Sharpest 3D blurays available.
This dark scene is relatively convincing on the Sharp in 3D, contrast looks good. Much better than the W7000.
of course it's not really this dark, but this is another scene that looks better on the Sharp vs. the W7000.
Step up 3D - great overall sharpness and the night club scenes are a good torture test for contrast, crosstalk, etc.