Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-NX7 4K Projector Review- Picture Quality 1

JVC DLA-NX7 4K Projector Review- Picture Quality 1: Out of the box Picture Quality, Skin Tones, Black Level and Shadow Detail.

Out-of-the-Box Picture Quality

I would rate the JVC DLA-NX7 picture quality out of the box as very good. No major issue with color accuracy leaped out at me. I definitely didn’t feel like I had to immediately start tweaking picture settings the second I turned the projector on. As with most JVCs projectors just a few grayscale adjustments were all that were needed to reproduce a reference-quality image from SDR material.

I like that JVC has reduced the amount of preset picture modes and increased the amount of user configurable modes. Of the four different preset SDR picture modes available, the Natural mode was the most accurate.

In addition to the Natural picture mode, the JVC also includes a Cinema and a Film mode. The Cinema mode image was a little cooler and brighter while the Film mode picture was warmer with boosted contrast.

There are also six User configurable modes which look identical to the Natural picture mode. These modes can be used to store picture settings after calibration such SDR brightest mode or SDR best mode.

To achieve the best out-of-the-box SDR picture choose Natural (any custom User mode) along with the REC709, D65, and 2.2 gamma preset options. The lamp power will be defaulted to low and increasing the lamp to high did affect color reproduction slightly but can be easily corrected with calibration.

Skin Tones

The above screen shots give a rough idea of the color accuracy for each picture mode. However, when viewed in person the skin tone will look better than shown in these photos.

The first are shots of a skin tone test image showing the different preset modes. Also included is a variety of screenshots showing skin tones under different scene lighting.

The Natural mode produced the most accurate skin tones. Switching to a brighter picture, color temp or lamp mode resulted in oversaturation, but in many situations, it is worth it to cut through a lot of ambient light.

Next are images of a variety of videos and photos in 4K and HD resolution. Like all our photos, they remain unadjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced. All the HD and 4K images were taken with the DLA-NX7 set to Natural (the best preset mode for non-4K) or the user mode we calibrated for SDR viewing.

BLACK LEVEL AND SHADOW DETAIL

JVC DILA projectors are renown for having great black level performance. JVC’s earlier 4K imagers delivered more resolution but there was a decrease in native contrast compared to JVC e-shifting models. The JVC DLA-DLA-RS4500 utilized its laser light engine to deliver great contrast. While a dynamic iris or a laser light can be used to increase the perceived contrast, neither solution is 100% transparent. Dynamic light modulation can sometimes be noticeable as the projector adjusts from scene to scene.

Since JVC’s newer 4K DILA Device used in the DLA-NX7 delivers higher native contrast less aggressive dynamic light modulation is needed to reproduce great blacks and shadow detail. In fact, I didn’t feel the need to engage the NX7’s dynamic iris during most of my viewing and I only engaged, it when I watched movies packed dark scenes in a completely black room.

When it comes to black level, I would wager that the DLA-NX7 would beat any 4K projector anywhere near its price point. No 4K DLP projector under $15K comes close. While Sony VPL-VW695ES can match the DLA-NX7 in resolution and brightness, the JVC delivers superior native contrast and blacks for $1k less.

While great black levels are important so is shadow detail. Not only did the DLA-NX7 handle the darkest scenes it also did a great job reproducing the darkest details.