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 good overall color
The Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e are the only 3D capable LCD home projectors on the market under $2500! That means they get to take on a whole bunch of DLP projectors as the competition. With one or two exceptions, the Epson has those DLP's beat. Not at everything, but at so many things, that it's really no contest. So far, the best of the DLP competition under $2000 are the Acer and the BenQ W7000.
Accurate picture in 2D and much improved 3D performance
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e is a great update to last year's Home Cinema 3010, correcting that projector's flaws and adding some new features all its own. With a bright, accurate picture in 2D and much improved 3D performance, the 3020e is a strong contender in the home video space that is both powerful and budget-friendly.
Very good projector, but consider saving $500 with the non-wireless version
This projector is lacking when compared to others on the market, but when you take its price into consideration, it is a great value. This is true whether you compare it to high-performance video projectors or to larger screen displays that are big enough to be a feasible replacement (70", 84", or larger). This projector is simple to use, looks great, does 3D very well, and costs considerably less than comparable displays or other projectors that perform as well.
Very good 3D Performance - minimal crosstalk or motion blur effects
If you do want something with the same performance capabilities at a lower price, for about $200 less, you can opt instead for the Epson 3020 (minus the "e") which is the same projector, but you have to give up the WirelessHD connection capability. The Epson 3020 is priced at $1,799.00 (Compare Prices).
Colors were grossly oversaturated, and skewed red
The Epson 3020e HD front projector at $1,899 represents a solid entry-level value that gives you more than enough bang for your buck, especially through authorized channels such as VisualApex, though it doesn't embarrass nor challenge the competition above its range. For what it is, it is good, and I believe that is the whole point, for your typical first-time buyer isn't going to be too consumed with matters of CMS or ultimate edge fidelity.
Best resolution and light output
I have seen dozens of the BenQ projectors from the SP890 series to this unit. They have a great Lumen output, and the resolution is outstanding for the price. I haven't found a better projector to date that is in the price range with the warranty provided. These are basicly the SP890 but the original SP890s had ballast issues that after several months would start blowing bulbs before they should. The firmware revision to this unit corrected the lockup issues seen on the SP890 as well.
Great color, high contrast, and excellent placement flexibility
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UBe is the newest addition to the Epson home theater line, and it continues their tradition of fully-featured, high-value home theater projectors. Its bright picture combines deep contrast and vibrant color to create a picture that pops off of the screen, while its 3D performance has received a significant boost thanks to new RF-sync glasses.
Great color, high contrast, and excellent placement flexibility make the Epson 5020 series easy to like.
A full suite of inputs and outputs making it capable of just about anything
We congratulate Epson on their W16SK Dual Projector concept. It may not be the only passive solution possible, but it is well executed. The W16SK serves up exceptionally bright 2D and 3D performance combined with the strong value proposition, earns the W16SK a Hot Product Award. There's more! In this year's Education Projector report, the W16SK wins our Best In Classroom: 3D Projector award.
Excellent pricing on lamps for Epson Brighter Future customers
Overall, Epson has produced a ultra short throw interactive projector that is easy to use, easy to set up, and is priced right. Street prices put this projector at $2199. If you're a university, or K-12, you will want to ask your dealer about the Epson Brighter Futures program. Discounts on pricing and lamps are available for the education market. One final note, Epson has a fleet of interactive projectors in different resolutions and brightness levels.
Good audio quality, Better than par video quality
The 485Wi offers more than enough in its core features to make it a strong contender, with a bright image, near excellent to excellent data image quality, better than par video for a data projector, 1280x800 native resolution, and a suitably short throw for an ultra short throw projector.
Excellent overall color, and especially skin tones
Overall, a very impressive projector. It's not the right one for my room, and my tastes (which include lots of sports with intentional ambient light present), but it might be a great projector for you, especially if movies are really your "focus".
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