JVC DLA-RS4910, DLA-RS49, DLA-X500R Projector Review

DLA-RS4910 PROJECTOR – PICTURE QUALITY:  Out of the Box, Skin Tones, HDTV and Sports

Please note that I normally reduce the color saturation slightly before photo sessions, as my dSLR’s (Canon 60D) results tend to come out a bit more saturated than what’s on the screen.  The saturation came out just about right, although some images still look a touch over saturated on my Mac Book Pro.  Of course we all have computers that behave a bit differently in terms of reproducing any image.  Still its hard to get the JVC DLA-4910 to look anything less than really impressive.

Out of the Box Picture Quality

The DLA-RS4910 and its siblings look very good without any calibration.  Oh, there’s room for improvement, as the picture in the best modes – notably Cinema, tends to be a little on the warm side (just a touch too much red, relative to blue).  Most won’t notice on movies, but many of us prefer a slightly cooler image for things like sports viewing, especially with some ambient light present.

In most home theater projector reviews we really don’t roll out for you any uncalibrated images, but in the case of the RS4910, because Mike, our calibrator (a contractor) heads out of town for 4-5 weeks this time of year, the JVC didn’t get calibrated until the last 72 hours I had it.

Since the color was pretty good, I did shoot all the HDTV images without calibration.  Most were taken in Stage mode, which has a lot of pop, rather than the slightly more natural Cinema mode.  Darn, they all look good!  You’ll  note that even skin tones are pretty nice, considering no calibration!

So, for this JVC projector, here are some “out of the box” images to consider.   (One note, I did do basic contrast and brightness adjustments so as not to have crushed dark shadow detail or crushed near white highlights.)  Color controls went untouched for this batch of photos.

JVC DLA-RS4910 Skin Tones - Post Calibration

All of these photos above, were taken off of the projected image were shot after the projector was calibrated.  Above our photo player is serving up a “baker’s dozen” (13)  different images with skin tones shot in a variety of lighting.

For example the Harrison Ford image from Ender’s Game has a bluish caste, which well represents how most of the scenes on the space station looked.  As usual, four different Daniel Craig images as James Bond, under sunlight, fluorescent lighting, night lights and filtered sunlight, give you an idea of how much variation there might be and everything still being right!

Very nicely done.  Colors were well saturated.  E-shift3 was engaged for all images.

All considered the images with a variety of faces looked great.  More pop, but a touch less natural compared to the two Sony projectors that straddle it in price.   This is definitely time for me to toss in my “I can live with this” statement, when it comes to the JVC’s color, both for skin tones and in general.

 

JVC DLA-RS4910 Picture Quality on Sports, General HDTV Content

Note please that the last image in the player above – of a FIFA soccer game, was inputted as  true 4K source material, which the JVC can accept, and process, despite not being a true 4K projector.  Today’s mix of images includes some US football including the usual Game Mix which allows watching up to 8 NFL games simultaneously, some Sochi Olympic Skiing, photos from Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show (and their commercials), and a couple of concert images recorded off of DirecTV.

If sports and partying are your thing, you probably don’t want to watch the next game with 5 of your friends in a fully darkened room, so having some respectable lumen count is a real plus for sport, or any other material viewed with more than a little ambient light present.

The JVC’s 1200 lumens and change meets that requirement.  Over the years, we’ve typically referred to projectors that could top 1500 watchable lumens as “light canons” so this JVC comes up a little short in that regard. Still, it’s the brightest JVC we’ve ever measured.

For comparison purposes, the JVC is brighter than the less expensive Sony VPL-HW55ES by almost 300 lumens calibrated, but it’s not quite as bright uncalibrated – in other words, in its brightest good looking mode.  The popular lower cost Epson Pro Cinema 6030UB (and 5030UB), may be no match for calibrated brightness, but can put over 2000 lumens on the screen, and with good color is still about 25% brighter.

So, while there are some brighter quality projectors in the general price range, when it comes to a bright image for viewing with ambient light present, notably sports, this JVC RS4910 is at least very close in brightness to all but just a handful of other dedicated home theater projectors, and brighter than most!   In a dedicated theater or cave – where most of the RS49/RS4910/X55R’s will likely end up, there should be no problem!

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News And Comments

  • morton03

    I’m very interested in this projector, but worried about lumen output in comparison to the Sony VPL HW55es. In a light controlled media room, could the RS4910 light up a 136″ 2.35:1 screen using the zoom method? Thank you?

    • TWISM

      Morton03,

      As always there is always preference among viewers…Do you prefer a very bright picture or are you fine if your FL is a bit lower? The 4910 will light up either screen, but it’s not going to be as bright as the 55ES in it’s brightest mode… With a calibration of 1200 lumens in high lamp, it will be bright enough, but for how long? As the bulb dims you might be disappointed with the light output. I would say if you are going to be in the room in full light control and watch movies you would be fine with the 4910, but if you require going with a really bright picture with some lights on you might want the HW55ES. Also keep in mine, the JVC is louder fan wise than the Sony, that might be an issue…

      • ProjectorReviews.com

        Hi TWISM,

        A couple of things. First, I didn’t find the JVC to be noisier, or certainly not enough to matter (they weren’t hear at the same time). My impression, would be that the JVC was the slightly quieter of the two in full power. But again, that’s months apart.

        The room is the key. In my dedicated theater with dark surfaces, and controlled lighting (7 down facing LED lights in the rear 1/3 of the room, I’ve got plenty of brightness for either projector, with those lights on, filling 124″ diagonal, even for sports with friends. While there is a difference in brightness in brightest modes, it’s not really a huge one, still every lumen helps! -art