JVC DLA-RS4910 Projector – First Look

Greetings projector fans –  I just want to say for now that I really am impressed with JVC’s DLA-RS4910.  This projector doesn’t exist in the consumer X series, only on the pro RS.  With a sticker price of about $5500 list.

JVC's DLA-RS4910 produces an impressive picture for a $5000 range projector
JVC’s DLA-RS4910 produces an impressive picture for a $5000 range projector


What I really wanted to say is that the picture is extremely saturated and rich looking, reminds me of a good DLP projector.  I found the iris to be about as invisible as one can hope for, and the blacks really good.

This JVC RS4910 projector isn’t yet calibrated but it has a couple of great looking modes to start with.  Mike will calibrate it when he gets back from his travels, this weekend.  I’ll shoot the movie photos then, do the HDTV in the meantime.

It’s been a few months since I’ve had the Sony HW55ES here, so I’m working from memory.  I figure the JVC has more pop, it may turn out that the Sony is more natural looking, but I sure do like watching this JVC projector.

The RS4910 proves to put up a well balanced sharp picture, right out of the box. 4K content fed to the JVC. Click for a 1000 pixel wide image.

I’ve also done some sharpness/detail experiments putting the DLA-RS4910 projector up against the $15,000, true 4K Sony VPL-VW600ES.  I’ll tell you that 4K shift 3 definitely does not look 4K compared to the Sony.  It looks nice try, but….  That is when I’m viewing 4K content on both.

1080p:  Watching the JVC using fairly high settings on 4K Eshift3 is interesting going up against low settings of Reality Creation on the VW600ES.  I’ve got some closeups for comparison that you’ll be able to check out in the review.  Hey, I can’t give away everything I’ve learned so far.

Of course the DLA-RS4910 has creative frame interpolation, 3D, and a number of other “dynamic” features.  The 2:1 power zoom lens offers up Lens Memory abilities, great if you want to go with a Cinemasope shaped wide screen.

Really nice, definitely abetter viewing experience than I anticipated, and I was expecting pretty good.  Stay tuned.

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  • Vaal


  • Vaal


    You wrote that you compared the Sony Reality Creation processing vs the JVC’s “4K Eshift 3” on “”fairly high settings.”

    I’m presuming for the JVC you are talking about the controls under the “MPC” settings. The problem is that this year it seems the MPC settings are not working properly on the JVC projectors. That is: not working at all. Certainly the E-shift works, in terms of re-scaling/shifting of pixels to the higher pixel density. But the additional MPC image enhancements many of us have used before on the JVC projectors are not working on this year’s models, from user reports (including my own). Whether full up or fully off, they do produce any effect on the image at all. (As opposed to to previous generations, e.g my RS55, in which the MPC effects were clearly visible).

    JVC is aware of the issue and looking into it.

    So my first question is: Are you absolutely sure that your JVC’s MPC settings are doing anything to the image (as opposed to placebo?). Hopefully this will be fixed soon, but if your JVC projector is like many of ours, you won’t really be comparing Reality Creation to JVC’s MPC image enhancements.

    Have you tried the new Clear Black yet on the JVC? A number of us quite like the additional option of that image enhancement this year. On “Low” it adds a nice bit of additional fine contrast/clarity or “pop” to the image.

    On a personal note: I was on the fence between the Sony 600ES and the new JVC’s, especially after seeing the Sony vw1000es in action. I ultimately went with the JVC RS57 this year and will watch how the 4K projector wars shake out next year between JVC and Sony. I’m happy with the RS57 because I’m a black level fiend, view in a “bat cave” like environment, and really wanted to see what JVC did this year in terms of black levels with the new Intelligent Lens Aperture. It’s been an appreciable step ahead of my RS55 in various ways, especially black level with the Auto Iris. I’m constantly in “wow” mode. Some careful, controlled side by side comparisons between the Sony 600ES vs the new JVCs on AVSforum have suggested the contrast advantage for the JVC is pretty substantial, so I think I made the right call for my personal criteria. If I wanted an even larger image (mine maxes out at about 125″ wide for scope, though I average smaller via 4 way masking and zooming), the brighter Sony would probably be the ticket for me (and it’s impressive reality creation would be even more welcome).

    Looking forward to your JVC review.


  • I’ve got a few closeups for correlation that you’ll have the capacity to weigh out in the survey. Hey, I can’t dole out all that I’ve taken in this way.
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    Vaal, The RS4910 was very late in arriving because it was apparently waiting for a firmware fix. Sorry, but I missed your comment above, or I would have answered sooner. And, worse, I only had the RS4910 for about two weeks, so I couldn’t double check. But, when I shake my brain trying to remember, my best take is that the RS4910’s MPC was working – that is the higher the setting, the more “perceived” sharpness, but also flattening, and hardening of close-ups of faces, as expected.