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Opinion of kballs - Nov 22, 2004

SharpVision XV-ZW99U Projector
SVGA (832x624), 400 ANSI Lumens,
32.0 lbs, $7,995 (MSRP)
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by kballs - Nov 22, 2004
Image Quality 3.0
Features 4.0
Construction 3.0
Ease of Use 3.0
Reliability 2.0
Value for Money 1.0

Personal Experience
Back in the day this was a decent projector, good color, vertical lense shift, native anamorphic widescreen, component AND RGB/VGA... even had front/back/ceiling/table projection modes.

Problems
Replaced bulb for about $340. Nobody will tell you how to reset the stupid lamp timer... if you don't reset it, it will power off permanently at 1500 hours. I ran the unit for about an hour on the new bulb, next time I went to power it on the fans spun up for 10-15 seconds but it will not light (lamp timer was only at 1410 hours).

DUST BLOBS! The optics are only partly sealed in this unit... areas between mirrors and prisms were open and collecting dust particles. You can blow them out with compressed air but it won't clean it entirely.

LOUD FAN! You have to turn up your receiver/decoder pretty loud to hear the quiet parts of movies and/or games over the fan noise.

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