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

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Conclusions about the JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector

JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA 3D Projector Review

Likes

  • • World-beating black levels and contrast
  • • Improved light output over previous models
  • • Superb clarity and sharpness
  • • Decent out-of-box accuracy
  • • Motorized lens controls enable precise image alignment

Dislikes

  • • CMS does not work properly
  • • No multi-point gamma control
  • • Slow HDMI handshake
  • • Dim 3D
  • • Glasses require pairing every time you watch 3D

So just how far has JVC come in the last five years? Well there's no doubt that the X500R beats my Anthem in the black level and contrast department; not by a ton but certainly enough that I could see a difference. I think that I was more impressed with e-shift though. The clarity and crispness of the image was something I had not seen in my theater before. Even the Runco and Samsung projectors I've reviewed with their high-end optics could not match the detail and depth of the picture I saw from the X500R.

I like to review products that offer a lot of value and this projector is a great example of that. Yes it does cost a bit more than the Epson 50-series models and it won't put out quite as much light but if you have the right room conditions, the image quality is truly worth the extra coin.

As you can see from the tests, accuracy is not quite perfect but it's pretty close. I encountered a few small errors in color and gamma which I could not fix. The CMS is there but it doesn't work well enough to achieve that last elusive one percent. None of this reduced my enjoyment of simply watching movies though. Even when I just wanted to view a few scenes, I found a lot more time passing by than planned.

The star of the show has to be the X500R's incredible black levels and contrast. I've always wished for a brighter JVC projector and this one improves upon its predecessors. You wouldn't want to hang it in a sports bar but if you have a room where all light can be eliminated, you'll be rewarded with the best image this side of a Pioneer Kuro. I've always maintained that dynamic range is the most important element of imaging science and JVC obviously agrees with me because they've managed to push the envelope beyond what most thought possible.

For a small to medium-large theater, I can think of no better choice than any of the 2014 X-model JVC D-ILA projectors. That you can get that incredible quality for $5000 is just icing on the cake. The X500R receives my absolute highest recommendation.