JVC DLA-X95R Projector Review

JVC DLA-X95R Projector: Pros

There sure are a lot of Pros!

  • Excellent color post calibration
  • Best black level performance and dynamic range – no iris, none needed
  • Good CFI – while some CFI modes have some issues, plenty to choose from (3,4)
  • Optics seem particularly good, there’s a bit of extra “clarity”, or so it seems
  • Above average brightness in “best” movie mode (658 lumens) for movie viewing
  • Very good dark shadow detail, expecially considering the dark blacks
  • 2D->3D available – try it with some of your 2D videos from your camcorder, at least the kids should like
  • Lens Memory – allows movie fans to go with a widescreen – such as 2.35:1 cinemascope   (10 savable modes – a bit of overkill)
  • Zoom, Focus, Lens shift, are all motorized
  • Supports anamorphic lens
  • An iOS app is now available to control the DLA-X95R from your iPhone or iPad!
  • Wide variety of color presets
  • Extensive gamma and custom gamma controls
  • Very good menu layout
  • Excellent remote control
  • Reasonably good documentation
  • Excellent placement flexibility
  • Reasonably quiet projector – fairly quiet at full power, essentially silent at low power
  • Physically fairly large, but atttractive (if the “wife” let’s you hang a projector, this one should be OK)
  • Excellent warranty – 3 years parts and labor (1 year or 1000 hours on lamp)

JVC DLA-X95R Projector: Cons

  • Documentation, though not bad, needs better feature explanations
  • Below average in “brightest mode” (less than 800 lumens measured at mid-point on the zoom)
  • Needs to be a good deal brighter for 3D – stick to smaller screens or high gain ones
  • 2D-3D conversion needs work.
  • A 3rd HDMI input would be nice (always)
  • On the expensive side – $11,999 MSRP

But for 3D viewing, which I really enjoy, I could easily live with JVC’s DLA-X95R or its DLA-RS66U twin.  Fortunately I’ve got really good lighting control in my theater, otherwise, though I’d probably complain a bit more about “brightest mode” brightness, so I can watch HDTV and sports with others in a more social environment.  While there’s no questioin about the DLA-X95R’s roots, (the similarities to my old RS20 are obvious), JVC has certainly upped its game over the last few years.  A first class choice for the right person, right viewing preferences, right room.

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