Summary: Personal Experience I got this projector for about $450 used with a new lamp about 3 years ago and it was one of the best electronics buys I have ever made. Picture is absolutely wonderful, some of the best black levels and shadow detail on a digital display I have seen, colors are very good and if calibrated can match nearly any display. I have 3974 hours on the lamp and it still outputs a very nice picture with great colors.
Summary: Personal Experience Over 800 hours & One Year later, I am still pleased with the DT-500. I am running in eco-mode with the fan stting on "high". Fan noise at that speed does not present a problem for me and the benefits of the extra cooling far outweigh any drawbacks. Keep this unit well ventilated and it should give you the rated 3000 hour lamp life with no problem. Best dollar for dollar value on the market.
Summary: Personal Experience I've clocked in over 600 hours of HD viewing and I'm still just as pleased with this projector as I was when I first got it... I use a Sony PS3 for gaming and viewing blu-ray movies and also Toshiba HD-1a for HD-DVD movies and Comcast for HD cable viewing. Highly recommend it... Problems I can see rainbows on some scenes, but it's rare and not enough to affect my grading this projector.
Summary: Electronics-Expo is great to deal with. Fast shipping, great packing, great customer service. Best projector under $2,000 available...hands down. Get an HDMI switcher if you have more than one HDMI device.
Summary: Shipping is fast, packing is good, price is reasonable within our budget. Most of all, we are pretty satisfied with the quality of this Sharp projector after doing a lot of research. Image is very ideal even it is projected just on the wall instead of screen. Very recommended if you have home theatre.
Summary: The Sharp DT-500 has performed extremely well with great picture clarity and excellent reliability. I'm using it with a Goo paint on screen and the image is tremendous. The colors really come to life. For the price, I highly recommend this product.
Summary: I was not able to find a better projector with a short throw lense. I am able to get approx 125" image from about 12' distance. Awesome picture quality with HDMI. It does have limitations.. not much room to adjust the image vertically. And I was not able to find a way to adjust the image horizontally, but I worked around it by mounting the projector at the required location. I paid much more to buy this projector in Dec'06. I strongly recommend this product.
Summary: Personal Experience Great picture, great price, but I'm on my 2nd one in 3 months and need to get a 3rd. The first one's lamp went out in two months and the 2nd one has a power on/off problem. I am giving it one more shot because I heard they were good. Problems Lamp out in 2 months. Power on/off broken in 1 month.
Summary: Personal Experience Overall, the Sharp DT-500 is a great projector. My situation had the ceiling mounted pj 9â€™ from a 80â€� wide screen and with the zoom I could get a 2.34:1 image to fill the width of the screen. I used the THX calibrator to make minor adjustments to achieve an excellent image. Brightness and contrast were excellent with little ambient light and could take a much brighter room so long as light was not directly on the screen.