Broadcast HDTV Evaluation: The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell (MSBNC via Dish Network)
As tested with 2D 1080p single pixel test patterns, the JVC excels at delivering a super-sharp picture across the entire screen, even out to the screen corners. There’s no overscan in the default 16:9 mode, and Mr. O’Donnell’s suit is rendered with very fine detail, with no “screen door” aperture aberrations visible at all at a proper viewing distance.
Although the DLA-X3 doesn’t come with THX certification as the two step-up models in JVC’s line do, you’d never know it as the projector delivers very realistic flesh tones when set to the Standard color space.
The JVC includes multiple gamma adjustments, but the default Normal choice is the one to use, as it doesn’t crush blacks as do the other four choices (but they do so only mildly).
The set behind Mr. O’Donnell is clearly visible, especially on the right, where a flat screen TV is in the shadows and the set’s black bezel clearly shows some dim reflections.
JVC’s highly refined D-ILA imaging technology seems ideal for 3D, as this reasonably-priced entry level model delivers an enticing 3D image, along with excellent 2D high resolution imagery. The feature set isn’t as broad as the model’s two much more expensive siblings, but the projector still incorporates just about all most users will ever need.
The 3D image quality is comparable to that provided by the best 3D plasma HDTV flat panel sets out there (and better than what you’d experience in a commercial movie theater with typical passive polarized 3D glasses), and the automatic activation of the 3D glasses is a nice convenience. There’s plenty of light output in the dimmed Normal mode, and the multi-step aperture allows for further light output tweaking.
Practical Screen Size Upper Limit (10 Foot-Lamberts, 1.0 gain screen): 154” diagonal 16:9
Pixel resolution: 1920 x 1080
1:1 Mode: Yes
Has Mode 1 Scaling (vertical stretch for external anamorphic lens compatibility)? Yes
Has Mode 2 Scaling (horizontal squeeze for fixed external anamorphic lens compatibility)? Yes
Video inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 component
Other connections: 1 12V trigger output, 1 IR output, 1 RS-232C serial port, 1 USB port for firmware upgrade
Dimensions (W x H x D): 17.9” x 7.1” x 18.6”
Weight: 32.4 lbs
Warranty: 2 years parts & labor (90 days lamp)