By Steve May
JVC has built an enviable reputation for its D-ILA home cinema projector range. Scooping awards with almost tedious regularity, the brand has provided plenty of AV fans with a compelling reason to spend slightly more than they might otherwise have planned.
Crisp detail, deep dynamic blacks, super-fast response time – JVC’s proprietary tech ticks all the right boxes for a discerning cinephile. And now it’s added what it says is the killer app for projection: 3D.
JVC is the first to ship genuine home cinema grade models, in the shape of the £3,600 DLA-X3, £6,600 DLA-X7 and £9,600 DLA-X9 models.
To learn more, the Home Cinema Buyer team was invited to JVC’s London HQ for an exclusive hands-on session with the mid-placed model, the DLA-X7, and we can report that it’s a stunning product.
The JVC DLA-X7 is every inch an enthusiast’s projector. It offers ISF calibration, a one button THX preset and a host of picture parameter controls. One feature we particularly liked was the ability to tailor the projector to the type of screen it’s used with. If your screen is white, grey or one of a number of specific variations, you can optimize the projector to match.
For our test session, we reviewed the DLA-X7 with both 3D and 2D Blu-rays, plus a Sky 3D feed.
Pushing the projector to its limit was the Monaco track sequence from Iron Man 2. Proving that it can look great right out the box, we watched using the THX mode. Make no mistake, as a 2D HD projector this is one of the best you can buy.
But what really sets these models apart is 3D. Delivering a truly cinematic experience with Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs, the result was as convincing as anything you might experience at your local multiplex. Crosstalk effects were minimal to the point of irrelevant, and the image really popped off the screen.
Our only reservation about the new JVC models is that the 3D sync transmitter is separate from the projector itself. It’s designed to bounce off from the screen, so has to be mounted near the lens, which may create problems for installers.
JVC is bundling one pair of ExpanD Active shutter glasses with each projector, additional glasses are £160 each.
What to consider before you buy the JVC DLA-X7 3D Projector
If you want to enjoy an even higher contrast, the class leading ratio of 100,000:1 on the JVC DLA-X9 could be worth spending the extra on.
Why you should buy the JVC DLA-X7 3D Projector
“I really didn’t think we could improve on last years models,” JVC’s projection guru Steve Carter told us, “but this new range is a significant step forward. We think that 3D and home cinema projection is a natural fit. It’s so much more involving watching 3D on a giant screen, than a TV.” We’re inclined to agree. And then some. Rating: /5
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