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.
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