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Features
Ease of Use
Value
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DIY Home Theater
SharpVision XV-Z15000 Projector SharpVision XV-Z15000
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:30,000:1
Lumens:1600
Weight: 12.8 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:5x speed
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.15x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$649.00
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI 1.3 (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1035i, 540p, 576i, 576p

Review: SharpVision XV-Z15000
1080p Home Theater Projector

Evan Powell, April 29, 2009

Overall Assessment

The SharpVision Z15000 can deliver a bright, smooth, and very compelling 1080p picture. Fans of DLP technology will love this projector, not only for its high contrast, but for other competitive advantages that DLP holds over LCD and LCOS. In particular, a single-chip DLP design never has any convergence problems to worry about, whereas all three-device imaging systems do. And there won't be any worries about dust particles landing on the DLP chip, creating a need to have the unit cleaned. There are no air filters to replace or clean, although Sharp does recommend periodic vacuuming of the intake and exhaust vents to minimize dust incursion into the unit.

In terms of picture quality, the Z15000 represents good value for the money. It is competitive, but not quite as high in contrast or color saturation as the current high contrast LCD models such as the Sanyo PLV-Z3000, the Epson 6500, or the Panasonic AE3000. Accordingly, it is typically not quite as three-dimensional. However, it matches or slightly exceeds the image sharpness of the LCD competition, and it has an edge in shadow detail as well.

The Z15000 lacks several features that are common on competing models. As discussed above, the zoom lens is of minimal range and there is no lens shift. There is no anamorphic stretch mode, and the remote has no backlighting. There is no frame interpolation. While it has some bright operating modes that exceed 1000 lumens, it does not have the extreme high brightness operating mode that is available on the Epson models in particular. The one-year warranty is minimal compared to the more common two or three year warranties on competing units. And the replacement lamp cost is much higher than the competition. So overall, in terms of features and extras, the Z15000 is rather sparse.

If portability is a factor in your buying decision, the Z15000 has a significant advantage. Most other 1080p models weigh 16 lbs or more, and are relatively cumbersome to carry. The Z15000 is 12.8 lbs. It has a handle, a built-in lens cover, and is designed to go. If you are frequently on the move with your projector, the Z15000 will be much easier to live with than any of its competitors.

The bottom line is that the SharpVision Z15000 will be an ideal solution for some users, and not so ideal for others. Whether it is right for you depends on the value you place on the things that the Z15000 excels in. In particular, if you've sworn off three-panel LCD products due to concerns about convergence or dust issues, or if you need to move your projector frequently, the Z15000 will be a uniquely attractive option that should be given your strongest consideration.

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Marco Posted Apr 30, 2009 5:05 AM PST
Thanks for the review, I was checking for it every day in the last week :) I d like some comments ( and shots ) on optic performance and, if there are, on chromatic aberrations. Optics is very important when talking about vpr.
Nate Posted Apr 30, 2009 8:45 AM PST
I just picked one of these up for a hair under $2K and installed it Tuesday evening.

The biggest issue is getting the the thing mounted in the right spot, as noted in this review. If you have high ceilings, this is really cool, since it sits so high. I will say that when I tested the auto keystone, it didn't work correctly, it still threw a very trapezoidal image. I'm a total maniac about things being aligned perfectly, so I wans't planning on using it anyway, but it was laughable.

I'm loving it for both movies and gaming, I dont' watch TV, so I can't comment on that. Wipeout HD on my PS3 is truly amazing and the blu rays I've watched looked as good (and smooth) as I had hoped.

One thing that I'm still scratching my head about is a bit of lens flare that occasionally shows up, but it's outside the boundries of the projected image. It's subtle and if I had a border around my screen ( I use 1.3 white screen applied directly to a white wall) I wouldn't notice it.

I bought this instead of the AE3000U because of the horror stories I kept reading about dust specs and it's VERY hard for me to get at my projector once it's in place. It helped that it was a few hundred bucks less too.
eli Posted May 7, 2009 3:59 AM PST
I would like to see the reviewer compare this pj against other dlp projectors. It may not be as high in contrast as the high contrast LCD, but what about against the mitsu hc6500 which goes for around the same price on the street??
BigJim Posted Jul 30, 2009 4:08 AM PST
Another review site (and this is the only one that allows users to comment, thank you for that) states "it doesn’t display 1080p/24 sources in their native frame rate or a direct multiple of that". Yet no other reviews mention this and simply parrot Sharp's statement that it accepts 24p.

My guess is its video processor does telecine on 24p sources (e.g all Blu-ray), and plays it at 60i, so that its color wheel can keep spinning at 60rpm. I thought this one might be fun, but this would queer the deal.
Corrado Posted Oct 3, 2009 7:43 AM PST
I have had this projector for 3 days i found the rainbow effect much less than many other dlp projectors so far. I also looked a a optoma which had a 6X speed wheel and 7 segment compared to the Sharp DLP which use a 5X speed colour wheel and a 6 segment which has much less rainbow effects. Any one any comments or info would be great.
greg Posted Dec 31, 2009 6:11 AM PST
I picked up one of this last week and am very pleased with it. Plays 1080p24 very smoothly, looks natively supported to me. Very good black level compared to previous generation DLPs at a similar price. Excellent colour accuracy and sharpness

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