Projector Reviews

Next Projector Reviews: Epson Home Cinema 710, Sharp XV-Z30000, SIM2

Greetings,

We’ve received this new 720p Epson projector, and Mike has it now, for measurements and calibration.  I’ll get it back on Monday and start running it through its paces.

Sharp XV-Z30000 - Cool

Sharp announced at CES in January, the XV-Z30000 to replace their XV-Z17000. That older Z was the first of the affordable 1080p 3D capable projectors to ship.  I’m looking forward to see what they’ve accomplished in the over two years since the first one launched.

I really like the look of the Sharp projector.  Of course it’s the performance we really care about.  I thought this projector would arrive this week, but there seems to be a delay.  Will keep you posted.  -art.  SIM2 is also promising a C3X one of their $40K projectors I believe.  That should arrive before the end of July.  It will be the most expensive projector I’ve ever reviewed, but I figure it’s going to be hard pressed to top the Sony VPL-VW1000ES projector.  On the other hand if it can, it should be pretty amazing.

The Sharp XV-Z30000  is rated 1600 lumens, claims a 50,000:1 contrast, and sports a 2:1 power zoom plus lens shift.   The MSRP is $4999.  The market could use a new DLP projector that can compete against the top of the line LCD, and a bunch of LCoS projectors.  Ah, the Z30000 is also 3D capable.

That’s about it.  I’m taking a wait and see attitude in terms of the SIM2.  Delays seem more common with the highest end projectors I get to work with.  -art