JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Review

JVC DLA-RS60 Physical Appearance

This DLA-RS60 projector is the first JVC we’re reviewing using the new, larger box. The projector is definitely a size larger than last year’s RS35, or, for that matter, all previous RS projectors which have shared the same case. We presume the larger box is there for the 3D design, and to provide a quieter, cooler solution than trying to stuff it all in the older design.

Everything is motorized, zoom, lens shift and focus. The lens, which seems to have especially good optics, is center mounted, and recessed, The otherwise shiny black piano finish of the projector is only interrupted by the gold trim ring around the lens, gold lettering, etc. Elegent looking, if large compared to most projectors that pass through here.

The JVC DLA-RS60′s indicator lights are on the top front to the left of the lens (if you are facing the projector). In addition to the lens, the front also houses the front Infra-red sensor for the remote control. (There’s a second one in the back.)

Four screw thread adjustable feet are located on the bottom.

This year, the input panel is on the back, not the left side (when looking from the back). Personally, I find back panels a “safer” place to put all the cabling, but in my last place, the side cabling worked great with the JVC (people entered from the other side of the room, seeing the side of the projector without the cables). In other words, which is best depends really, on your room.

There is, of course, a control panel on the projector. Here’s a twist, though, JVC has placed the control panel for the DLA-RS60 (and the other new RS and X series projectors) in the center of the back panel of the projector. For most, that’s just fine, but if you are shelf mounting with minimum rear space on your shelf, getting to the panel will be tough.

Of course, that’s why the projectors call come with remote controls.

Control Panel

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The RS60′s control panel is located on the back of the projector, in the center, just to the right of the inputs and connections area.

At the top, is the Power button, with the usual press once for On, press twice for Off. Note: The JVC also has a hard power switch by the power cord.

The Input – source selection is next, followed by the OK, the Enter key.

Then comes the four arrow buttons in a diamond shaped arrangement. It would have been nice to have the OK button in the center, instead of above.

 

Lastly, side by side, are the Menu, and (menu) Back button. Pretty standard stuff. Of course, we all primarily rely on the remote control, and probably only use the control panel during initial setup, if at all. Especially buried on the back.

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JVC DLA-RS60 and X9 Input/Output

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This new case design moves the RS projectors inputs back to the rear of the projector, from the left side (looking from the rear) that the smaller case used last year, and is still used for the JVC HD250 and HD250Pro projectors.

Next up, are three RCA connectors for the component video input, followed by another RCA connector for basic composite video. Next is the S-Video input, followed by the RS-232 connector for controlling the projector directly from a computer or room controller. Finally, there is a 12 volt screen trigger for controlling a motorized screen or masking system.

The RS60 pretty much offers a standard complement of inputs and outputs, with no surprises, other than the connector for the 3D emitter (to control the active shutter glasses). As I usually say, I’d still like to see three HDMI ports, (and two separate circuits) but I’ve only seen that on a couple of 1080p projectors so far, usually ones with external processor boxes.

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