The Good Solid color decoding, excellent black level performance; good shadow detail and accurate gamma, comprehensive feature package with numerous picture adjustments; great connectivity with two HDMI and one DVI input.
The Bad Primary and secondary colors are off; all lens adjustments are physical rather than electronic.
The Bottom Line Sharp's XV-Z20000 is a top performer among 1080p projectors, and delivers a solid feature package and sleek design to boot.
Editors' note, December 13, 2007 The rating on this review has been lowered from 8.8 to 8.3, and the Editors' Choice award removed, due to changes in the competitive marketplace, including the review of the Sony VPL-VW200.
Sharp, a major player in LCD front-projection since its inception, segued into the DLP category back in 2001 with its original 720p DLP projector, the XV-Z9000U. That unit made quite a splash as one of the first 720p DLP projectors on the market. Six years later, Sharp's latest flagship DLP projector, the XV-Z20000, has the same basic design, 1080p native resolution, and the potential to make an equally large splash. It definitely left a positive impression on me during its testing period in my home theater. Yes, that 1080p resolution does come at a premium price with DLP projectors--you can get 1080p LCD and LCoS units for a lot less--but in terms of pure performance the Sharp XV-Z20000 definitely delivers the goods.
Sharp's latest model looks virtually identical to the last several top-of-the-line Sharp 720p projectors, and its appearance is quite sleek and handsome. This is one of the few projectors out there with the lens perfectly centered on the chassis, which lends it a symmetrical look. More important, compared to projectors that have the lens off to one side of the chassis, the Sharp's center-aligned lens eases the task of ceiling-mounting the unit properly relative to the screen. The relatively large XV-Z20000 measures 11.7x6.8x16.2 inches (WHD) and weighs 20.7 lbs.
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