JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review

I didn’t have an HC7000 here for the RS35 review, or for that matter, either of the two previous JVC reviews, so I have never gotten to do any side by side viewing.

The Mitsubishi, however stacks up this way. It costs roughly 1/3 of the JVC. Most folks wouldn’t compare the JVC to the HC7000, or if they did, they would first compare the Mits to the RS15, or the RS25. The HC7000 is quieter (Mitsubishi LCD home projectors are about the quietest on the market). The Mits image sharpness, is probably just a touch less sharp than the JVC RS35, though it can best the 25, and most other, non DLP competition.

The HC7000 is not anywhere near as bright in “best” mode, and, for that matter, it’s not as bright in “brightest” mode either. The HC7000 is a great projector for small screens (best for 100″ diagonal or less). Its black levels are in the league of, but not quite as good as the Epson 8500UB discussed above, so the JVC has the significant advantage there, but, like the Epson, the Mitsubishi does offer excellent black level performance.

Shadow detail is about comparable.

When it comes to “out of the box” image quality, the Mitsubishi is “respectable” but a calibration is needed for best results. Calibrating the HC7000 is pretty straight forward for those knowing what they are doing. This year, that’s also true for the RS25 and RS35, though not quite the case last year. While we also strongly urge a calibraton of the RS35, it should be noted that the RS35′s “out of the box” THX mode is definitely superior to the best mode the Mitsubishi can muster out of the box.

The Mitsubishi HC7000, unlike the RS35, lacks creative frame interpolation. The HC7000 takes a 24fps source up to 48fps, while the JVC goes to 96fps. I don’t consider this to be a significant advantage, except to some sensitive to one type of motion blur. More to the point, the RS35 has creative frame interpolation the Mitsubishi lacks.

The JVC has an advantage in placement flexibility.

Price is the biggest single difference. The Mitsubishi most likely is being sold by local dealers for 1/3 of the JVC’s price, making it more a competitor of the RS15, than the RS35. Also in Mitsubishi’s favor, is longer overall lamp life. Actually both are rated 2000 hours at full power, but the Mitsubishi claims 5000 hours in low lamp. Better ask yourself, though, considering the lower brightness of the Mitsubishi, if you will have the room/screen setup that really allows you to run in economy mode, due to the low lumens. Not likely unless you are running a smaller than 100″ diagonal screen, or unless your screen has some serious gain.

Bottom Line: The Mitsubishi is a nice projector in its class. The JVC, awesome in its higher class. The Mitsubishi isn’t without advantages though, being exceptionally quiet, and far more affordable.

JVC DLA-RS35 vs. BenQ W6000

Hmm, another $2500 vs. $10000. Another odd-ball comparison. Still like with the Epson UB’s, I consider the W6000 one of the really good low cost alternatives for the kind of folks that would love to have an RS35.

I’ll keep this one shorter, save some for the RS15 review.

The BenQ’s strengths:

  • Likely slightly sharper image
  • Brighter than the JVC in “best” mode by a significant, but not huge amount, yet, still a significant amount (Best Mode: BenQ: mid 800 lumens with Brilliant Color off or over 1000 with it on. JVC is mid 700 lumens).
  • In “brightest” modes, the BenQ can deliver over twice the brightness (when it does, its color accuracy is not very good), but it can do 50% brighter, no problem, with pretty good color
  • Lower cost, of course
  • Would be my choice for sports viewing
  • Rich colors combine with lots of lumens for more “pop and wow”!

The JVC’s strengths:

  • Better color accuracy
  • Drastically better on darker scenes, thanks to the best black levels around
  • Better placement flexibility
  • Overall picture is superb
  • A smooth, refined look, the W6000′s image, is by comparison, a little rough around the edges. Filmlike
  • If it was a car, the RS35 might well be a new 600 series BMW. You know, dripping in performance, yet luxurious (picture), at the same time.

That pretty much covers it in broad strokes. The W6000 is an excellent lower priced projector that is lumen and color rich. The RS35 is simply a better, if less punchy picture.

And for those with some money still rattling around, buy the RS35, put it on a rear shelf, mount the W6000 on the bottom of the shelf, for when you need maximum lumens… (Believe me, I’ve considered running two projectors in my main theater for that reason, a great one for movies, and a good extremely bright one for sports. Alas!

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