As LCD and plasma flat screens advance in leaps and bounds, video projectors progress in tandem. High-definition has become the new measuring point for picture quality, and it now takes something a bit special to stand out from the pack.
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The current clamour for 'Full HD' hasn't exactly worked in DLP's favour, as squeezing 1920 x 1080 pixels into a DLP DMD device seems tougher - and more expensive - than fitting the same resolution into an LCD or LCOS/DILA/SXRD device
Nowadays it's not enough to just be HD anymore. To be really embraced by the home cinema cognoscenti, you have to be Full HD 1080p, with 1920 x 1080 pixels of native resolution and offer compatibility with the 'higher definition' 1080p format
With some HD Ready DLP projectors now breaking the £2,000 barrier, the key question for Sharp's XV-Z3000 is simple: can it deliver enough of a performance step-up to justify its extra cost, or is it just overpriced?
The word 'Sharp' and the letters 'D, L and P' have never looked like they belong in the same sentence. The Japanese giant has nailed its fl atscreen colours so explicitly to LCD's mast that it would seem logical for it to have done the same with projectors
For a company probably best known for its LCD TVs, it's surprising that Sharp favours DLP over LCD for its projectors. But that's certainly not to say that Sharp doesn't know what makes a DLP projector tick...
No, we haven't just lumped two projectors into one review to save space. The simple fact is that there's just not enough difference between the Z200E and Z201E to justify treating them separately
Sharp's XV-Z201 appears to have a tough job on its hands. As a DLP model costing £2,700, it's not high-end, yet it has to convince us that it's worth the fairly considerable hike up from the latest ultra-budget blockbusters
Over recent months we've seen circular projectors, square projectors and rectangular projectors... so, in the interest of geometrical fairness, we thought we'd best take a look at a triangular projector. Cue Sharp's XV-Z91E.