JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review
JVC provides a primary and secondary color management system on the JVC DLA-RS60 and the X9. The CMS needs to be calibrated (that would be calibrating the individual primary and secondary colors), for the JVC DLA-RS60 to produce its best results. Apparently the THX mode has its own CMS settings, independent from the settings you can control.
While there is no question that the RS60 is 3D capable, like most 3D systems I’ve seen so far, there are limitations. There are a number of 3D standards out there, for HDTV and Blu-ray. The JVC DLA-RS60 is definitely Blu-ray 3D compatible. I had no problems with any of my Blu-ray 3D discs, which now number more than a dozen.
HDTV was a bit more challenging. There are definitely compatibility issues with at least one of DirecTV’s 3 (part time) 3D channels. The set-top box tells me that the JVC is not compatible with the native 720p broadcast. Seems fine with 1080 content though. So, one channel is coming 720p, and the box won’t send 3D out because it is being told JVC isn’t supporting that particular mode.
VC seems to agree. They point out that DirecTV seems to be using one of the optional 3D methods, not one of the core ones, at least for that channel. Bottom line, a lot of good content that I’ve recorded and played on other 3D projectors (including the Sony, and the Sharp) won’t play on the JVC. I’m not overly concerned, I figure over time, JVC will logically support whatever modes DirecTV insists upon using. The risk of not supporting some DirecTV 3D channels would be shooting themselves in the foot. It would be just too annoying to JVC owners. Hopefully that will get corrected in a downloadable firmware upgrade. That, at the moment, almost half of my recorded 3D content wouldn’t run on the JVC.
The JVC uses active shutter glasses for 3D. If I recall correctly, their glasses were more comfortable than some of the other glasses. I say that as a glasses wearer. They didn’t press my glasses into my nose like some others did. Still, everyone’s brand needs to be lighter, and cross compatibility with other projectors would be a plus.
Unlike most other 3D projectors solutions using active glasses, JVC uses an external emitter to sync glasses and content. You place the small emitter box on or near the projector facing the screen, plug into the jack on the back panel, and life is good. Range definitely seemed better than the Sharp Z17000 using DLP-link. The Sony has its emitter internal I assume, since there’s no add on box. They can’t be using DLP-link, since it’s an LCoS (or so I believe).
The discussion of the JVC’s brightness relating to both 2D and 3D relative to both their claims, and practical performance will be discussed on the Performance page. The short version, is that this RS60 measured less bright, than the RS35 did when comparing the same modes, and yet its supposed to be 40% brighter (1300 vs 900). As you will see, JVC who normally uses the most conservative standard (D65) has “cheated” a bit, and specified 8500K for their measurement. That, however just makes their claim like that of most projectors with a dynamic mode. For those of us familiar with how JVC did things in the past – misleading, but for first timers, they are more like others who report their brightest, regardless of color temp.
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