JVC DLA-RS2 1080p Home Theater Projector Review: Overview and Physical Attributes

Projector Highlights

  • Outstanding picture quality
  • Best black levels and shadow detail of any of the projectors anywhere near its price (and possibly at any price)
  • $7995 MSRP, and worth it
  • Power zoom and focus, and a 2:1 zoom ratio
  • Manual vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • Excellent color performance, right out of the box
  • 2 HDMI 1.3 inputs, but no analog computer input
  • Brighter than most, in highest quality “best” cinema mode

I liked the RS1 enough to buy one for my home theater. Now I’m seriously considering replacing it in the next month or two, with the RS2. Believe me I can live with the RS1, but the RS2 is a bit better, and as a reviewer, I think it important that I have the best current model my budget will allow. This gives me a “reference” projector that’s always here, to compare the competition against.

Check out how the JVC DLA-RS2 fared in our comparison report.
View the JVC DLA-RS2 vs. Sony VPL-VW60 projector comparison.
View annual winners.

So similar to the JVC RS1, the JVC DLA-RS2 and its twin (with slightly different cosmetics – the HD100), looks to be the sub-$10,000 home theater projector to beat. Improving on the older version’s best in class black level and contrast, the RS2 looks to solidify JVC’s leadership in home theater projector performance.

The JVC uses 3 LCoS panels (a hybrid liquid crystal design). JVC calls it D-iLA. For reference, Sony’s VW60 is also LCoS (they call theirs SXRD).

To read about the new up-and-coming JVC projectors, check out our blog.

New for the RS2 and HD100, are power zoom and focus, increased contrast, HDMI 1.3 support, and a higher price. JVC has also lowered the list price of the RS1 and HD1 to $5495, while setting the RS2 and HD100 at $7995. Whether JVC will shortly be phasing out the RS1 and HD100, and then lower the price of the RS2 and HD100, I have no idea. However, the older models have only been shipping in quantity since late April 2007, only 7 months ago. My guess then, is that the RS1 and HD100 may well be around at least until April or May. Or JVC may want to have two projectors in the lineup, and keep the older ones around for a long time. We shall see.

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