Count JVC as a leading proponent of Liquid Crystal On Silicon technology, which the company has dubbed D-ILA (for Direct drive Imaging Light Amplifier) as used in the firm’s top-tier projectors, such as the DLA-HD350 reviewed here. This three-panel technology has, at its core, LCD-like panels, but instead of being transmissive, the D-ILA imaging system features a combination of transmissive and reflective technologies to provide better light control, especially with respect to deep black and dark gray performance.
Introduced at last September’s CEDIA show in Denver, the DLA-HD350 was slated to carry an SRP of $6,000—which seemed entirely appropriate and competitive. In the three months since the trade show introduction and actual product shipments, the SRP dropped by 25 percent, making this the most affordable 1080p LCOS-based projector yet.
Consider this Projector if: you’re looking for a high value, high performance 1080p projector with LCOS/D-ILA technology that’s loaded with step-up features. Given the dramatic price drop, this latest JVC projector is, at $4,500, an exceptional value compared to earlier offerings.
Look elsewhere if: you’d like to be able to see a projected image with the most accurate HDTV color gamut (palette) possible, as this JVC’s extended color gamut tends to over-embellish colors. For some (or perhaps many), this might be desirable, though.