Originally Posted by Ranger
I don't see many people interested in this projector. Is this current deal still not good enough or is everyone staying away from Sharp ?
What follows is my opinion on this model from the many months of research I did on current projectors when looking to upgrade from 720p.
I think sharp initially priced themselves out of the market at $5000. That alone turned off many potential buyers and pushed this model to only a limited group. Where I see it really competing is at the 2k - $2500 range. If you look at the competition at that price range it offers some unique features.
It is the only 1080p DLP projector anywhere near its price to offer a fully motorized lens assembly, which makes its the only DLP below say $7k to have lens memory useful for anamorphic setups without using an anamorphic lens. The direct non DLP competiton for that feature would be the Panasonic AE8000 at around $2500(lacking motorized lens shift) or the new JVC X35 at closer to 3k to $3500 or Mitsubishi HC9000 / HC5 at $2500 - 3k
I am DLP guy as I love the sharp image from a single chip display, the competitors listed above can have convergence issues that some may not find acceptable. If you also factor in that DLP is the only truely crosstalk free 3D technology, the LCOS / LCD / DILA all offer a compromise in brightness vs the level of crosstalk. This is a major draw personally as I find crosstalk very distracting.
It also does 3D via IR not DLP link. My current 720p DLP uses DLP link and I have no complaint about the syncing of the glasses, but I do find that many brands of 3d glasses do not properly block the DLP link flash. So you may have white or red tint in the corners/ bottom of the image. IR is still a line of sight tech like dlp link (not as fool proof as RF) but there is no flashing to block, and the colors remain constant across the image. (can you tell I put 3D performance fairly high on my list of priorities lol)
Brightness is something to consider, it is not a light cannon like the benq1070 / panasonic ae8000 / Sony HW50ES but it is comparable to the JVC x35 and mitsubishi's offerings. I have a totally light controlled room so that is not a concern here, 3D brightness is said to be a bit dim, but that can depend on screen size / gain. The JVC x35 has even less lumens for 3d, and Sony / Panasonic while brighter in 3d have to deal with crosstalk in "bright mode" vs dimmer 3d if they want crosstalk reduced. I will see for myself how bright the 3d looks in my own room.
Black levels are competitive, if you look at reviews for the new JVC x35 / Sony hw50 / Panasonic AE8000 the sharp seems to fall inline closely. I would be thrilled to have similar contrast to the entry level JVC (albeit with a dynamic iris), also shadow detail is said to be very good. It was also noted the DI was very natural and all but undetectable by reviewers.
Color accuracy is said to be good out of the box not great, and professional calibration looks a bit complicated. Seems post calibration it would be "very good" but not perfect compared the rec709 standard (green was still a bit off, but you can get hung up on numbers and graphs and miss simply sitting back and enjoying the movie). Certainly no glaring flaws from what I have read regarding color.
Trying not to ramble too much here, One area I think the Sharp is weak / lacking are the video processing features. It does not have a CFI system, or any fancy super detail 4k enhancing ultra sharpness mode..... such as JVC e-shift, sony reality creation, or others. It also does not offer 2d-3d conversion. These type of features are not important to me, but some people must have video feature XYZ .... and there is a good chance the sharp does not offer it. It does however offer nice automation features like LAN network control (no need to use rs232) making it a good choice for home automation servers. And compared to its lower end DLP competiton it offers a 12v trigger and support for an anamorphic lens (some do but many dont in the $2k and under price)
DLP of course has to battle with RBE and color wheel speed, I am somewhat effected by RBE and its good to read the 5x color wheel produces very minor if any Rainbows. (my understanding is that 3D mode runs at 6x so even better).
Overall, I think most folks are not aware this projector even exists and if they know about it pricing is all over the map, from $2k to well over 3500 with quick google searching. At $1830 I cant find a more feature rich/ well performing 3D DLP projector to meet my needs. It even comes with the IR immitter and 2 pairs of glasses (no 8 week rebate deals ala panasonic, and JVC doesn't include any 3d parts despite their higher initial price).
I see no reason why this unit should not atleast be competitive at around the 2k price point. If sharp had not priced it out of the market last March it could have been a much more popular projector!
As I said just my opinion, sorry for such a long post!Edited by gonthorn - 3/9/13 at 7:16pm