A Great Performer
June 19th, 2009 -- by David Birch-Jones
- With two HDMI, one component, one S-video and one composite input, the JVC has enough inputs to be sufficient for most users. The lack of a dedicated RGB PC input might be a hindrance for some, however, but as more and more desktop and laptop computers feature digital video outputs, the JVC’s second HDMI input could save the day if you want to use the projector as a big-screen PC monitor.
- Do take note that the input and power connections are along one side of the JVC’s slender cabinet, instead of being around back as is almost always the case with other projectors. Side-mounted connections might be more convenient for some installations, but might also expose wiring that would otherwise be less visible with back panel connections.
On Screen Display
- Well-designed and logically laid out, the OSD features a raft of adjustments, including the ability to adjust on-screen timing; it also provides single pixel graphics to check for exact focus, as well as color bars to aid in color and tint adjustment.
- Slim, slender and black, the JVC’s remote is well-designed and features amber backlighting, the best choice for legibility in a darkened theater room. Discrete power on and off buttons are helpful for setting up macros with a system remote or external controller, and most of the important adjustments and options feature dedicated buttons, including the three user-defined picture memories. I would have preferred discrete input buttons as opposed to the single toggling source button provided here, but that’s my only gripe with the JVC’s remote. In all other respects, it’s one of the better-designed projector remote’s I’ve seen.
- Color: -3
- Tint: 0
- Sharpness: 0
- Picture Mode: Natural
- Color Temperature: 6500°
- HD size (1:1 pixel-to-pixel): 16:9
- Gamma: Custom 1 (2.2)
Blu-ray Evaluation: Iron Man
Detail: Even before the movie began, I could see the graphics in the disc’s menu featured some single pixel lines, which the JVC showed sharply and cleanly, with no color fringing, even toward the screen edges.