Sharp XV-Z3000U DLP Home Theater Projector Review

XV-Z3000 User Memory

There is one User Memory setting, on the Picture menu (as one of the presets). The User Memory is Input specific, so you can save different settings for each input of the projector (ie. HDMI and component). This isn’t as flexible as “Device dependent” where if you had two or more sources coming in through your HDMI (ie. Cable/satellite, DVD, and HD-DVD all being switched by your AV receiver, where the projector would still recognize each as a different device through the same input port. For example, Optoma projectors have User Memory which is device dependent. Many other manufacturers simply have multiple user savable settings.

XV-Z3000 Remote Control

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The Sharp XV-Z3000 remote left me with mixed feelings. It is a small remote, with very small buttons overall. Now, I don’t have large hands, and found it very workable, but I wonder about those with large hands.

On the plus side, the buttons were laid out in a fashion that allowed me to quickly learn where the most important buttons were, so that I didn’t have to use the backlite (red, not bad) very often at all.

OK, from the top separate power buttons for on and off (Standby). Press twice for off.

Right below, two rows of 3 buttons for selecting from the six inputs. They are labled 1 thru 6, with small icons on the buttons. It’s not intuitive, as to which, for example, are the component video inputs. But, again this is something you figure out rather quickly.

Moving down, left is a keystone adjust button, (of course you don’t want to use that, unless you have no choice, but many manufacturers insist on dedicating a button (it’s their business projector backgrounds in action).

More importantly, on the right, the Menu button, and below in the center a small disk pad. The disk pad was ok, it worked fine, but I found the lip gave it a difficult feel. Again, no big deal, I’m just being picky.

Below the disk pad for navigating menus, are the Return and Enter buttons. Moving down the left side, there is an Auto-sync, a toggle for selecting computer or component for the HD15 (computer input), and a handy Freeze frame button.

In the center bottom are an up and down for Image Shift which I mentioned in the menu section.

Moving down the right side are three IMPORTANT buttons. The first (below Enter) allows you choose aspect ratio, including one a Dot by dot for direct mapping without processing (a 720p signal would match source pixel to screen pixel, if you sent a DVD signal to it, you would get a small image in the center of the screen). Next button down, lets you toggle between the various preset modes (Movie 2, Dynamic, etc.), then the IRIS setting (choose between High Brightness, Medium Mode, and High Contrast. Note, most movie watchers, unless than have a smaller screen, will probably use the Medium Mode, which is very good, and significantly brighter than High Contrast

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