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Friday, 01 June 2007
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Sharp XV-Z20000U DLP Video Projector
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The Downside
The primary colors are not accurate and the CMS (Color Management System) doesn’t work well as a fix. At $10,000, I was a little disappointed that the zoom, focus and lens shift functions are still manual at the projector and not electronic, as with earlier Sharp 720p projector designs. It makes the job of sizing, focusing and shifting the picture so much easier when you can be right up on the top of the screen rather than way back at the projector.

My current reference projector is the Samsung SP-H710AE 720p one-chip, because it has nearly perfect primary and secondary colors, and otherwise produces the most CRT-like smooth picture of any fixed pixel projector I have yet worked with or seen. Even though it is 720p and not 1080p resolution, it still produces better images, because the overall color accuracy is near perfect and the gamma implementation emulates a CRT. Both of these attributes provide awesome contrast ratio and extremely realistic color reproduction.

With that said, compared to most of the competition in 1080p resolution projectors, whether 3LCD, LCS or DLP, the Sharp XV-Z20000U definitely stands out as one of the best. Relative to one-chip DLP projector designs, the Sharp 20000 has a large lamp (220 Watt SHP), which is rated at 1000 ANSI lumens, and is capable of lighting up larger screen sizes than most of the competition. The lens is also impressive, delivering crisp, sharp images with very few chromatic aberrations. I was pleased to find that both the component and HDMI inputs accept and display all the resolution from 1080p HD sources, which is something most other projectors can’t claim. There is no question that the Sharp is a top performer in the 1080p DLP front-projection category. At half the price, the Sharp XV-Z20000 bests the Marantz VP-11S1 in most areas of performance, including gamma, grayscale tracking and overall color accuracy. If you are in the market for a front-projection home theater, and want the best performance at around 10K, this Sharp should definitely be on your list to audition.

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