Here is my poorly translated and paraphrased version of the French review above:
Here are my first impressions of the new DLP projector from SHARP, the XV-Z3000.
His predecessor having been one of my pets during long months, I was impatient
to see what this new PJ could do with its improveded contrast and its high
brightness. (At least according to the technical specifications).
First of all the test conditions: the projector was tested in my dedicated room,
on a on a 2.5 M (diagonal?) projection screen without profit (gain?). The projector
was positioned 3.50 m back from the screen. At this distance I could not fill the
screen completely. This is already a large difference compared to the sharp 2000
which filled the screen. The throw distance is thus not the same.
Two connections were tested, 720p HDMI and the progressive YUV from pioneer 989 avi
DLP projector equipped with a chip DMD 0,65 inches darkchip 2D
Resolution of 1280x768.
6 segment color wheel with the brillantcolor.
Contrast is given by the manufacturer to be 6500: 1 with a brightness of 1200 lumens.
Noise of operation is 30db in éco. mode
SHARP equipped its projector with a new white case that personally I do not find
very beautiful. The material employed really says “cheap”. Another concern, in
the passing of the 2000 to the 3000, the manufacturer gave up the adjustment of
x-ray and electric zoom (Power zoom and focus?) which was so practical when focussing
the image. Zoom and focus? are now done manually on the projector with two rings.
Still no lens shift, but that is common on entry level DLPs.
The user the accessible adjustment menu allows the adjustment of clearness, colour,
saturation, contrast and brightness but not of adjustment of gamma. A special
brilliant color menu is available. 6 presets of colors temperatures are offered, from
5500 to 10500 K).
Another innovation compared to the 2000, an overscan menu was added.
The 3000 keeps the following features from the 2000: a motorized iris with three levels
available, high brightness, medium, and high contrast. Contrary to the recent LCD PJs,
there is no adaptive iris.
With the Pioneer DVD player the best results were obtained in cinema 2 mode, with a color
temperature of 6500k, medium iris, lamp on éco using YUV in HDMI.
On the subjective impressions, I obtain the most pleasing image with the YUV. It is more
precise, the colors are more saturated than with HDMI connection. Nevertheless it is not
equal in my room to the quality of image of the ZV-2000, even though it has higher
contrast and more brightness. The image is hurt by a lack of definition, so I must
abound in the direction of the conclusions of smeagol????.
A clearly visible misalignment on test images seems to be at the origin of this defect,
I highlighted it as well in HDMI 720P as in YUV, the proof in image:
Strong points: Very bright, even with the closed iris
Superb image in component connection YUV
ANSI Contrast is excellent, the legibility of the night scenes is perfect
Weak points: Defect of convergence
Focal distance not short enough
Noise of operation are equivalent to the noise of my TT (Adui?)
No power zoom and focus as on its predecessor
Less precise image in HDMI 720p than with the YUV
No the user control of gamma
Plastic case seems really cheap
The usual disclaimers apply.