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SharpVision XV-Z12000U User Reviews

SharpVision XV-Z12000U Projector

SharpVision XV-Z12000U

HD 720 (1280x720), 900 ANSI Lumens,
20.7 lbs, $11,999 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.7 out of 5
12 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.7
Features 4.7
Construction 4.7
Ease of Use 4.7
Reliability 4.8
Value for Money 4.4

User Reviews

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Review by Warren

I've read that the screen door effect can be an issue with this projector. Can anyone give me some recomendations so I can set it up right? How far do I need to be from the screen? Do filters help?

Any Problems: My XV-Z12000U is set to arrive tomorrow. I will post a follow up review based on my experience.

Review by scott

The picture is unbelievable and everyone is blown away by it. I'm projecting onto a 119" stewart firehawk, wish the projector was a little bit brighter however.

Review by Dave

Installed 2/04 16' to a 100" Stewart Greyhawk and now have 1140 Hrs on bulb and still the best I've seen. Wouldn't change a thing, every one that sees it is blown away and two have bought the same after watching it.

Any Problems: The cooling fan can be a little noisy at times.

Review by rabberino

I have had mine for about two years with no problems whatsoever! The contrast is razor charp, and the lighting is great for a theater room or a large room. There are other marginally better units that are a little cheaper and offer less contrast and higher lumens for a large/longer throw. But for value and performance at a $6,500 price, makes it the best deal going, depending on your application.

Any Problems: None so far. They could have a better longer warranty and a light bulb warranty! They all are expensive, and for money spent, we should get a "program" that heavily discounts extra bulbs bought at the time of projector purchase! We also think more people should be offered a trade-up program when they want/need to upgrade for whatever reason! Just my opinion.

Review by Kiwi

I've used this projector with a 0.6ND filter and Wow it looks like a CRT projector. I have clocked up about 120 hours and it freaks me out how good this is. If you want the blackest of blacks use this combination.

Any Problems: I had the previous model XV-Z9000 and it blew a bulb early at 1000 hours. It has'nt stoped me purchasing this model.

Review by Craig from HTT Australia

We have sold 4 of these projectors and many of the preceding units Z10000 and Z9000 There is no doubt regards the image quality or the performance out of the box. Also apparent is the improvement over the last model although that was also a very good projector.

Any Problems: Z120000 no problems to date Z10000 one bulb failure but we sold over 30 units

Review by The Theater Wiz

I have installed three of these projectors since they came out and was unhappy with all of the installations results.

Any Problems: I was content with the image until I tried to ISF the image and was unable to achieve half of the black levels that were obtainable on other manufactures. The IR codes were weak and did not have many discrete codes, which made it hard to automate. Another thing is this is by far the loudest DLP I have installed in the past 3 years. It sounded like a jet plane taking off. I would discourage anyone looking to purchase this projector when there are much more viable options around the same price range.

Review by steverino

This is the absolute best value for an unbeatable combination that can be had for $7K or less! It has the best contrast and color wheel that is unbelieveable. Regular TV really looks as good if not better than on my Sony 42" Plasma TV!

Any Problems: None so far other than it is really hard to balence and perfectly center it with the ceiling mount system I used. Other than that it works right out of the box.

Review by Reddy

It was worth the wait for me. Gorgeous looking projector...awesome picture (5500:1). Love the remote settings particularly the three modes- High contrast, High brightness and Medium- at the push of a button on the remote. Also, like the FilmTone feature and others...You have to see the picture to believe how good it is, I wish I could post a screen shot here.

Any Problems: I a projecting onto a 122" screen so I had to place the projector 20 ft away. Not a short throw lens, if that is an issue for you. Depending on the ambient light in your projection room, check out the lumen spec on this (<1000). I have a dedicated theater room with no windows, so am ok.

Review by garfield

The colors/resolution/contrast on this unit are simply stunning, especially with HDTV/DVD material.Plus I am using a cheap white pull-down screen 100" displaying a 95" 16x9 image, my Stewart Firehawk 116" is on order, so things should only get Better, OH BOY!! Hats OFF To SHARP

Any Problems: None Thus Far

Review by Donnell

When I first saw the HDTV image on this projector I could not believe that it was coming from an under 8,000 dollar machine.I had all my friends and family over for the superbowl and almost two weeks later they are still talking about the TV. I have it projecting on to a Da-lite 119" high contrast cinema vision screen. The picture quality is incredible.

Any Problems: None

Review by Hoss

Absolutely amazing picture. I have it ceiling mounted from 17' onto a 119" Da-Lite Da-mat perm-wall. HDTV over air and via satellite is extremely detailed. Had friends over for the superbowl and they we're blown away also. A little pricey but if you do your research you can find in the low $7k.

Any Problems: None.