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