PLAYBACK: Sharp XV-Z15000 1080p DLP Projector

Ready for the Big Screen

Color: The Sharp doesn’t offer a color gamut choice that conforms to the HDTV standard. So, at the default color setting, things are overly rich, especially evident on skin tones.

Blacks: Lots of nighttime outdoor and dark interior indoor scenes set the tone for the movie, and the Sharp does a good job, with no crushed blacks in evidence.

Shadow Detail: The many dimly-lit scenes in the film’s landmark locations are well defined, with shadowy details clearly visible.

Artifacts/Noise: None noted.


Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: NASCAR (ESPN2HD)

Detail: Nice and crisp, as you would expect from a 1080p projector. The on-screen HD graphics are suitably sharp all the way out to the screen sides.

Color: That somewhat extended color palette has a tad too much over-emphasis at the default setting. Dialing down the color control a few notches puts the color saturation at a more realistic, believable level.

Blacks: A nighttime NASCAR race is an ideal HD program for evaluating blacks, and with the Sharp on Eco (low lamp) and Iris 1 on High Brightness, the Sharp puts out good deep blacks with plenty of punch on bright scenes.

Shadow Detail: Close-up shots of the pit crews working their magic contain lots of shadowy details which the Sharp reproduces very well.

Artifacts/Noise: None noted.


Bottom Line:

Sharp was the first home theater projector maker to pair with Texas Instruments to market a 16:9 720p HD projector not quite 10 years ago (they were the developing partner with TI). Sharp’s DLP expertise is evident with the XV-Z15000, and while it is missing some features found on more expensive models such as lens shift, I suspect that for most users the projector’s feature set is sufficient, and that they will plan on ceiling mounting the unit anyway.

 I’m impressed with the range of picture tuning adjustability, especially with respect to the iris adjustments, which along with the high/low lamp modes should allow this projector to mate with just about any home theater-sized screen and screen material type. The remote is a disappointment, but backlit touchpad-type system remotes abound that will take care of that problem. All in all, the XV-Z15000 sensibly-designed projector that provides a most pleasing picture at a very affordable price.


Specs & Pricing

Sharp XV-Z15000 1080p DLP projector

Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Video inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 component, 1 S-video, 1 composite, 1 RGB PC
Other connections: 1 RS-232C serial port for external control
Dimensions (WxHxD): 15.8” x 4” x 13.8”
Weight: 12.8 lb.
Warranty: 1 year parts & labor (90 days on the bulb)
Price: $2,500


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