JVC DLA-X500R Three-Chip D-ILA 3D Projector Review


JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector Review Highlights

Best of 2014 Awards

For the 2014 model year, JVC has introduced their third-generation e-shift technology that creates 4K images from a 2K light engine. They've also reduced the LCoS pixel gap by 40 percent and increased light output by 20 percent over last year. These projectors will accept 4K signals too making them fully compatible with future Ultra HD disc players and movie servers. Not only that, you get 3D, lens memories, and frame interpolation for improved motion resolution.

You can compare and contrast more of our Secrets' projector reviews here.

In the current review, I will be discussing the value-priced DLA-X500R. For $5,000 you get all of the above plus a full color management system with world-beating black levels and contrast.

JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector Review

JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector Highlights Summary

  • • Least expensive 4K-capable projector on the market
  • • Outclassed in contrast performance only by JVC's own X700R and X900R
  • • Greater light output than last year's models
  • • Improvements in e-shift technology mean fewer artifacts and greater clarity
  • • Reasonably accurate color without calibration
  • • Motorized lens controls with generous shift and zoom make for easy installation

Introduction to the JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector Review

As a journalist, I get to see the steady evolution of products as companies make incremental improvements to their model lines each year. I've chronicled that with annual reviews of Epson projectors but I have not had that opportunity with JVC's excellent D-ILA displays.


  • Design: D-ILA 3-chip LCoS Projector
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • e-shift Resolution: 3840 x 2160
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes, 2D & 3D
  • Lens Throw Ratio: 1.4 – 2.8:1
  • Lens Shift: 80% Vertical, 34% Horizontal
  • Brightness: 1,300 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 60,000:1
  • Image Size: 60" – 200"
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI 1.4a
  • Control: RS-232, RJ-45, 12v Trigger Out
  • Lamp Power: 230 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 4,000 Hours in Low Mode
  • Dimensions: 7" H x 17.9" W x 18.5" D
  • Weight: 32.3 Pounds
  • Warranty: 2 Years
  • MSRP: $5,000 USD
  • 3D Emitter: $100 USD
  • 3D Glasses: $180/pair USD
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When I was offered JVC's new DLA-X500R to review, I jumped at the chance to compare it to my long-time reference projector, Anthem's LTX-500, also known as a JVC DLA-RS20. I reviewed this in my Flagship Theater review back in 2009.

That projector is five years old now but in my opinion it's still superior to pretty much anything else I've seen. The X500R should, by all accounts, blow my venerable Anthem out of the water.

JVC has added quite a bit to their products in the last five years. First and foremost is 4K resolution. OK, it's not true native 4K. The imaging chips are still 1920 x 1080 resolution. But this year, JVC introduced the third iteration of its e-shift technology that simulates 4K through a sophisticated pixel-shift process. If you remember the wobulation technique used by Texas Instruments to turn a 960 x 1080 pixel image into a 1920 x 1080 one, it's a similar concept only in this case; the pixels shift diagonally to effectively quadruple the total pixel count.

What else has JVC added since 2009? Well, there's 3D of course, as well as frame interpolation and lens memories. These are all things I like to check out but probably won't tempt me into an upgrade. What I'm most interested in is e-shift and the deep blacks D-ILA projectors are famous for. Let's take a look.

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