Color Temperature, RGB, Gamma, and Spectral Analysis
charts are shown below. Like more and more projectors these days, everything
is pretty reasonable, out of the box, from 30 IRE on up.
I quickly ran through some 1080i, 720p, and 480i
content. Sharp really came a long way from the abysmal de-interlacing of the
XV-Z12000 (forcing one to choose manually between de-interlacing modes).
Still, SDTV content will look better with an outboard scaler. I mostly
focused on the scaling engine, which was "ok" for 480/720, but nothing to
write home about. Bundled with a good scaler (Lumagen, Pixel Magic, DVDO),
SD content will look much better.
This is a 1080p projector, so I spent most of my time watching 1080 content.
We started with BBC's Classical Destinations, depicting a scene in
Italy. This is just amazing footage, full of life, detail, and character.
The image was so 3D, I felt I could just walk into the scene, feed the
pigeons, and enjoy the architecture. The Z21000 image is immersive and well
rounded, you can easily forget yourself within it.
We proceeded with a viewing of Pulp Fiction. The details in Uma's
eyes as she portrays the drugged-out Mia was just amazing. One thing that
did bother me was an excessive amount of what I thought was dithering.
Pausing the film showed that the problem was simply in the source, so this
projector is merciless and needs a good clean source to be realistic. A BD
or HD DVD player will work better than OTA content.
One scene I watched repeatedly was in Kill Bill,
with a group of Chinese assassins in the restaurant. This scene was so
bloody and over the top that the experience was really enhanced by this
projector. I remember watching it in the movie theater for the first time,
and I don't think it impacted me quite a much as it had this time.
At this point, the Rainbow Effect (REF) eye strain was getting a bit too
much for me. Of course, there are many consumers who are not sensitive to
REF. If that's your situation, this projector could be for you.
Next, I watched a small Bruce Willis scene from Tears of the Sun. The
scarred look on Bruce's face was enhanced by the rich colors and the deep
Then, I tried seeing how well an SD DVD version of Jurassic Park
stood up to the HDTV content I had just viewed. Well, the results were not
that great. Although I had a Denon 2910 player on hand (Faroudja scaling)
set to 1080i output, the results disappointed me. Without an outboard scaler,
I recommend just not watching SD content with this projector.
We also tried comparing the Z21000 with a Runco 720p projector that had a
Panamorph lens on it. Although I have seen the projector quite a few times,
I had no idea how much better full 1080p could look until I compared these
two options. Even with the Panamorph lens, the Runco projector was no match
for the Z21000. (The Runco with the Panamorph lens lets you utilize the full
dimensions of the 16:9 panel, but then expand the image out to 2.35:1 with
the special lens.)
The brightness of the projector, particularly when compared
with the capabilities of projectors like the Sony Pearl VW50, make me wish
the Z21000 had more brightness. An obvious solution is to use a higher gain
projector screen. Such a projector screen, while it could reduce the sweet
spot viewing range, would make the image punchier and brighter.
The Sharp XV-Z21000 has one of the best pictures I've seen in a consumer
projector. The projector is sharp, feature laden, robust, and quiet. It has
medium brightness (1,000 ANSI lumens), and should work well in most
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