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SharpVision XV-Z2000 Projector SharpVision XV-Z2000
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2500:1 Contrast Ratio
1200 Lumens
Street Price: n/a

SharpVision XV-Z2000

Bill Livolsi, March 16, 2005

The SharpVision XV-Z2000, the younger sibling of the Z12000, makes the performance of Texas Instruments' HD2+ DLP chip affordable for the average consumer. It is one of the least expensive of the HD2+ projectors, delivering excellent value at its street price which at the moment is comfortably under $4,000. From our perspective, the Z2000 is the most competitive home theater projector that Sharp has yet released.

Specifications. 1200 ANSI lumens, 2500:1 contrast, native 16:9 widescreen format, 1280x720 HD2+ DLP chip (WXGA) with a 5x six-segment color wheel.

Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 540p, 480p, 480i, and computer resolutions up to XGA. NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL60, PAL-M, PAL-N, SECAM.

Lens and Throw Distance. 1.50:1 powered zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 8'7"-13', depending on zoom.

Lamp Life. Up to 3,000 hours.

Connection Panel. One composite video, one S-Video, Two sets of YPbPr component inputs, One DVI-I port with HDCP and analog RGB compatibility, one 15-pin D-sub RS-232 port for an external control device.

Installation Options. Table mount, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.

Warranty. 1 year.

Performance

Straight out of the box the Z2000 projects a good image, but not as good as it is capable of. Before calibration, contrast was above average and color saturation was excellent, though biased toward green. A few calibration adjustments improved color balance and contrast, and elevated overall image quality to an impressive level. Colors appeared rich and lifelike while avoiding over-saturation, and flesh tones were realistic.

The Z2000 is among the brighter of the home theater projectors currently on the market. We measured the Z2000 at 950 ANSI lumens with all brightness-boosting features turned on. At settings ideal for theater use, the Z2000 still measured 470 ANSI lumens, which is more than enough for a darkened theater. With the combination of contrast and lumen output that you get from the Z2000, you can light up a 120" diagonal screen with no problem.

Lumen output will vary on this projector based upon the way you choose to operate it. There are several options to optimize either the contrast or lumen output, depending on your needs. Among them is an iris control that can be set to either "High Contrast" or "High Brightness." The "High Contrast" setting is the best option when you have no ambient light in your theater environment. You get the best video image quality, but lumen output is reduced by 42% in High Contrast mode. If on the other hand you are having a Super Bowl party and want some ambient light in the room, switch it to High Brightness mode for a more vibrant image.

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