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JVC DLA-RS60 Projector Calibration and Settings

Posted on November 1, 2010 by Art Feierman

Mike performed his usual measurements and calibration, and for once we were truly surprised - by the brightness. Here's what we measured, and what Mike did to optimize the picture

JVC DLA-RS60 Color Temperature

Lumen Output and Color Temp at 100 IRE (white) at mid zoom
Film 351 @ 6024
Cinema 383 @ 6725
Animation 506 @ 8531
Natural 500 @ 6829
Stage 500 @ 7955
3D 507 @ 8997
THX 497 @ 6828
User 1 or 2 500 @ 6820

The core "best" modes Cinema and THX, both, out-of-the-box, were actually a bit further from the ideal 6500K than I would have expected from JVC, but then those numbers were still excellent for out-of-the-box.

A quick look from dark gray to white for the 6500K setting reveals this for the two best modes (remember, JVC doesn't give you access to adjust all the controls in THX mode):

Color Temp over IRE Range (Pre calibration)

Cinema THX
30 IRE 6238 6431
50 IRE 6544 6696
80 IRE 6805 6959
100 IRE 6725  6828

In both cases, the projector is shifting slightly from warm in the darker ranges to slightly cool by the time white is achieved. After calibration, it ends up about as close to dead on as one sees.

Post Calibration Color Temperature

Color Temp over IRE Range (Post calibration):
20 IRE 6494
30 IRE 6515
40 IRE 6472
50 IRE 6513
60 IRE 6565
70 IRE 6605
80 IRE 6633
90 IRE 6547
100 IRE 6490

Brightness for these measurements: 451 lumens (lamp on high, zoom at mid)
Gamma for these measurements: 2.10

The highest gamma I could achieve without getting into the custom gamma controls was 2.06, which is not real good. (2.2 considered optimum for today's projectors)

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