Projectors

JVC X70 Three-Chip D-ILA Projector

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Conclusions about the JVC X70 Projector

I was very intrigued by e-Shift after seeing the demo of it at CEDIA, and after having watched it in my home, I am a fan, but for different reasons than you might expect. Buying a three-chip projector is often a lottery, where some are perfectly aligned, and some are decently aligned, but you never know what you are going to draw. With the alignment options offered by e-Shift, you no longer have to worry about getting a good or bad X70 as you'll be able to make it incredibly sharp when you're done.

The pixel fill is nice, but only so much of a benefit. To really see the difference from a seated position you would need to have a much larger screen than the X70 can easily fill with its light output. Going right up to the screen I can see a difference, but no one watches a movie from there. There are also no 4K inputs to try to take advantage of this increased resolution, though how much of that 4K video could actually be resolved beyond a 1080p source is uncertain as well.

What the JVC X70 does better than virtually any projector out there is display film content. Blacks are deep, contrast is incredible, and details are clear and sharp. For watching a movie in my theater, there isn't a projector I'd recommend before it that falls into the same price class. Compared to the cheaper X30 you get the benefit of the better panel alignment and sharpness, as well as a full CMS for a far more accurate image than without it. It's not as bright as some projectors, and doesn't do 3D as well as some, but it does 2D films better than almost anything else and is what I'd pick for myself. Perhaps one day someone will figure out how to do blacks like JVC can, but until then for those that want truly deep blacks and a fantastic image, there is no better choice.