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JVC DLA-RS2 Home Theater Projector Preview

By Art Feierman

The first new projector I got to see live at CEDIA 2007, was the JVC DLA-RS2. JVC had a showing over at the Denver Performing Arts Center, just like last year.

This time they were showing the HD7100 - a cinema theater projector, which I won't go into, but had two small fully darkened rooms set up, with the RS1 in one room, and the RS2 in the second.

As a JVC RS-1 owner, I'm very familiar with its performance, and it, as expected looked great.

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The DLA-RS2, by comparison, looked even better. The blacks, if possible appeared even better than the RS1's. I would have liked to see both projectors, side by side, not in separate rooms, but there does seem to be a visible difference in black level and shadow detail performance. The room was dark enough that I couldn't tell if there were any cosmetic changes, so here is an old "stock" photo, of the RS1. We can pretend that it's an RS2:

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There seem to be five significant changes between the older RS1, and the JVC RS2

First: Contrast has been increased from a claimed: 15,000:1 to 30,000:1.

Although I couldn't compare them side by side, black levels appeared improved from the RS1, which already had, what most have considered to be, the best black level performance of any under $10,000 projector.

Second: The JVC DLA-RS2 directly supports an optional anamorphic lens for true Cinemascope 2.35:1. The RS1 did not, so to add their optional Panamorph anamorphic lens required a separate, outboard processor. Not so the RS2, all you need is the projector, and the lens.

Third: More control of the image has been added to the menus, although the JVC, in this regard is still no match for any number of other 1080p projectors, that have very sophisticated CMS (color management systems).

Fourth: The JVC DLA-RS2's HDMI inputs support HDMI 1.3b standards, including deep color. In the long run, that's a real plus, but it also means that you'll want the very best HDMI 1.3 cables if you are running more than, say 20 feet.

Fifth: The JVC RS2's zoom lens is now motorized for zoom and focus, whereas the RS1 had a manual zoom lens. Lens shift appears to still be manual, the literature doesn't specify, and I hadn't asked.

The JVC DLA-RS2 should ship as soon as November, but, as is usual, you can never predict which projectors will actually ship on time (most don't).

No final pricing, but it is expected to be about $6000 and change, similar to the original price of the RS1.

I should be about the first to get the JVC RS2 in for review, so I will update the site when I have a better idea of its arrival.

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