Posted on November 6, 2013 By Art Feierman
Congratulations to Sharp for the XV-Z30000 (click for full review)projector this year’s top award winner in the under $2000 price class. This is Sharp’s first category win in 6 years of this report.
I must note that the Sharp XV-Z30000 (click for specifications) really has made my life more difficult in terms of this report. Just three weeks before publication I was sorting out which projectors deserved which awards. I had the Sharp placed in low end of the $2000-$3500 price class. Then in the course of two weeks a pair of readers, asked how good the Sharp was, considering they were finding it for just under $2000. Two people recently purchased Sharps for under $1900. Sure enough, some web searching finds that while most are selling it for around $2100-$2200, lower could be found.
It was a tough call, but at the last minute I decided to move the Sharp to the under $2000 price category which really shook up awards selection, and cost me hours of re-writing.
In hindsight, should I have left the Sharp XV-Z30000 in the over $2000 price class, where most dealers sell it. Tough call. It reminds me of last year when I awarded the Panasonic AR100U a top award, but by the time my report published a promotion had ended and the projector jumped almost 20% in price. Things can be tricky out there.
Let me put it this way: If I don’t have a serious need for more brightness, no question I would personally own the XV-Z30000 projector over the Acer, the Epson 3020/3020e, and any other sub-$2000 priced projector I can think of, and that despite my senstivity to the rainbow effect.
The Sharp XV-Z30000 is a projector best suited for your dedicated home theater or cave, and performs great given the right environment. Congratulations. The XV-Z30000 winning is another case of how the pricing can really make a difference in the value proposition of a projector.
I cannot find this projector for sale anywhere! And when I do see it, it it well over 4K… am I missing something or has something changed since this review? Any help would be appreciated… thanks for all of the reviews you all do, very helpful!
Interesting. I’m not sure why. You are in the US? Sharp moves most of their units through local installing dealers, (but I have seen it online). Your best bet is to find the Z30000 on the Sharp site, and see what they offer up for dealers. -a
I have found it online at Amazon now but it is $3500 and I have seen it for much more. Maybe word got out about how good the value is/was! Haha..I have a glass balcony door in my dedicated media room and will have blackout shades. So I will have to deal with some ambient light. I want to stick around 2k to $2300 budget with screen and projector. Knowing this what projector make and model would you recommend? It seems like the Epson’s offer the best bang for the buck. Not sure which one to go with the 2030 or 3020…any suggestions would be helpful! Thanks!
Definitely the 3020 if you can swing it, but far better would be the Pro Cinema 4030 or the Home Cinema 5030 UB, if not too far out of your budget. All have significant brightness (but with less than perfect color) when you need to fight ambient light, and when things are dark, switch to a best mode for excellent color. Panasonic’s PT-AE8000 also fits the bill, but probably costs even more. Lower cost: Not quite as bright at is brightest, almost comparable blacks to the 3020, consider the BenQ W1070 up to the W1500. However, another excellent choice that might prove to be very affordable is the BenQ W7000, just discontinued and replaced by the W7500. A closeout price on that would be an excellent choice, and bright! The W7000 and the Sharp are my two favorite DLPs around $2000+ (in the US). Good hunting! -a
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