A wonderful projector in the right room, it is not for everyone
The fact that the X55 is built for home theater becomes clear as soon as you turn it on. For a few moments, there's nothing, just blackness, before a brilliant white JVC logo springs to life in the middle of the screen. That's when you realize that the projector is already warmed up, and black level is really just that good.
Awesome 2D picture quality, Good 3D picture quality
If you've read this whole review rather than just skipping straight to the verdict, you'll already know that we're just a bit in love with the JVC X55. On the other hand, if you have just skipped straight to the verdict, then let's swiftly sum things up like this: The X55 is - with its price taken into account - arguably the most all-round desirable projector JVC has ever produced. Which by default makes it one of the most desirable projectors we've ever seen, period.
Full HD 3D signal
The JVC DLA-X55R manages excellent performance in its own right, and if you want the supremely deep blacks without any annoying luminance shifting artefacts (which can and will happen even on the best "Dynamic Iris" implementations), D-ILA is the only way to go. With JVC's reputation for contrast in mind, we can't wait to go one notch higher and check out the DLA-X75 series!
Improved 3D performance
JVC has made some very worthwhile improvements this year to its already spectacular projector line. The refinements in 3D performance alone would make me want to upgrade from last yearâ?? s model. While it canâ?? t match the flawless 3D performance of some of the DLP projectors Iâ?? ve reviewed, it is a big step in the right direction. Couple that with 2D playback performance thatâ?? s second to none, and you have one of the most complete packages out there. Iâ??
Very respectable color post calibration
Overall color, post calibration, looks downright fine, even if not the most accurate. When it comes to accuracy, some less expensive competitors that have more extensive controls, will provide a final, more accurate image with slightly better skin tones. That doesn't mean that viewing this JVC isn't fully enjoyable. I have the advantage of side-by-side viewing.
Exceptional cinematic picture quality
While the Sony HW50's punchier, crisper images possibly make it a slightly better choice for people after a projector capable of functioning well in a relatively casual environment containing a bit of ambient light, when it comes to properly darkened cinema rooms black level remains king. And when it comes to black level, the X35 is still the one to beat.
Easy motorised set-up
There's much to like about the JVC DLA-X35BE. It's easy to set-up and use thanks to the motorised lens and good picture presets, so you'll have no trouble getting the best out of this projector.
And its best is undoubtedly a high standard: whether you're watching TV, DVD, HD or even 3D, you'll be treated to bright, sharp and colourful images.
Stunning native contrast
It may be something of a heavyweight, but this polished performer packs a high contrast punch for genuinely cinematic images. We love its velvet blacks, peak whites and superb colour fidelity. It may lack the 4K e-shift2 optical processing found further up the JVC range, but there's no obvious visual compromise.
If you're looking for a red-carpet star that won't break the bank, it represents remarkable value. Build quality is high, and operational noise low.
Great shadow detail and an impressive dynamic range
The JVC DLA-X35 is another great entry level projector from the Japanese manufacturer that builds on all their usual strengths like superb blacks and detailed film-like images and then adds an expanded feature set and improved 3D. If you're in the market for a budget projector you owe it to yourself to demo the DLA-X35; it delivers the best 2D images at this price point and also holds its own when it comes to 3D - Highly Recommended.
I recently purchased this projector from my home theater and I love it. The picture is bright, its quiet, and 3D is better than at the movie theater. It is a giant projector though, much bigger than I thought it would be but its worth it. I love the motorized zoom and focus adjustment. My only con is I think the glasses are a tad on the pricy side but other than that I would defiantly recommend this.
Effortless set-up, vivid colours, sharp edges
While the X30's 3D performance could be better, JVC has undoubtedly raised its own performance bar in the 2D arena - which is what saves the X30's five-star rating.
If you don't need or want to bother with 3D content, the JVC's 2D performance could make it your first choice.
Stunning 2D pictures, Great build quality
With other brands coming on so far with their projectors this year, we had genuine doubts whether JVC would be able to retain the edge that's served it so well for the past four or five projector generations. But thanks to its new e-Shift technology, the X70 once again delivers a class-leading 2D performance that's yet another step nearer to the experience of going to a real-life cinema.
Among the best picture quality available in 2D
Although overall this projector's 3D is quite adequate, if you are dead keen on the highest 3D performance, then you're going to have to look elsewhere (read: DLP).
But if you are primarily interested in the highest quality 2D front-projector performance, then take a very close look at the JVC DLA-X70.
Jawdropping contrast performance
All-in-all we guess the JVC DLA-X90's performance can still only be called an iterative evolution of the X70's performance. But the degree of evolution is actually greater than we'd expected, and as such there's ample excuse - provided your home cinema room is good enough - for finding the extra money you need to step up from the mighty X70 to the truly imperious X90.
Quite preposterously good
JVCâ??s D-ILA technology has done it again. As with almost every D-ILA Wire Grid projector before it, the HD550 sets new standards for its money. Thereâ??s still room for improvement, with JVC stubbornly refusing to give its entry-level models a couple of key features (a PC input and a colour management system) that would make them pretty much perfect for their money. But even so, if thereâ??s a better way to spend Â£3k right now, weâ??re struggling to think of it!.
True 1080P resolution
JVC has hit it out of the park with the DLA-HD550. It represents the best imaging technology flawlessly mated to an easy to use interface. Electronic processing is flawless. The JVC DLA HD550 is quick and easy to set up, and required minimal adjustments to get best possible picture. Easily surpasses lesser projectors from Optoma, Epson, and Sanyo, but at a higher price. If youâ??re serious about home cinema, take a good hard look at the DLA-HD550.
Excellent black level performance for a projector in its price range
The JVC HD250 is a great value, and for that we offer our Hot Product Award. This JVC is the first one ever, affordable enough to compete in our $2000 - $3500 Class, for Best In Class award. (Those will be out late August 2011.) The JVC will be one of the most expensive in that class, but also definitely one of the best.
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