Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-RS1 1080p Home Theater Projector Review – General Performance


The JVC RS1‘s menus are, well, typical. They are easy to navigate, easy to read, and only have a quirk or two in terms of layout. Upon hitting the Menu button on the remote or on the RS1’s control panel you get a fairly large menu. The six primary menus are listed across the top, and the Image menu (first) appears. Arrow keys, and the Enter and exit buttons control navigation.

I said some quirks – the one that comes to mind is that the Image menu lacks the selection of the primary presets. It does offer all the other related controls. The first sub-menu provides the usual Contrast, Brightness, Color (saturation) Tint (when available (NTSC), Sharpness and Dynamic Noise Reduction. (As a side note, the JVC’s noise levels are very good. I never found the need to engage the DNR. Other Sub-menus include Color Temp, which as three defined settings – Low, Middle, and High. We found, as mentioned before, Low to be too low – too warm, for movies, below the 6500K desired, however Middle was almost dead on the money.

There are too User settings – 1 and 2. Unfortunately, they both default to the High settings. It would have been nice if one started with the Medium settings, but for those of you adjusting the projector, it really isn’t a big deal.

JVC DLA-RS1 Menus Slideshow

The Gamma sub-menu provides Normal, plus A, B, and C. I found A to be generally the most pleasing overall. B is only slightly different, and C provides much brighter mid-tones, more suitable, in my opinion for TV/sports, than movies. There is no user programmable gamma curves, like on a few projectors including the Epson’s.

The Offset control again provides separate Red Green and Blue control of the image, and seems to work over the entire range of darkest to brightest.

Lastly, on the Image menu is the Pixel Adjust sub-menu, which allows you to correct for misalignment of the three LCOS panels.

In the unit I received, the red content was approximately 1 pixel to the right and below the Green and Blue (which were in almost perfect alignment). Adjusting using these controls was easy, and I ended up with just a tiny amount of mis-alignment – about 1/4 pixel both vertically and horizontally, between the Red and Blue.

From a practical standpoint, standing more than 3 feet from my 128″ screen, I could no longer see any color separation – the final alignment looked perfect.

Moving to the next main menu – labeled Setup, you will find the missing Preset choices, that most manufacturers put on the Image Menus. Shown here, there are three defined Presets – Cinema, Natural, and Dynamic.

Of particular note, is the Mask menu, which is interesting. Most projectors offer the user control of overscan. This allows you to expand the overall image slightly (cropping off the edges) to get rid of unwanted noise around the edge of the image, that is often found with standard definition TV sources. Not so the JVC RS1.

The drawback to the normal method of enlarging the image, is that it requires rescaling the image, and that adds a bit of softness, but fills the screen without those unwanted noisy edges. The RS1, instead, simply crops the image by 2.5 or 5%, maintaining the pixel to pixel mapping of 1080 signals, for no degradation, but instead you get a slightly smaller image, so you don’t fill the screen. It’s an interesting way of doing it. Those after maximum sharpness will apprecate it, while others will prefer to sacrifice a small amount of sharpness, to continue to fill the screen. Either way, I don’t see it as a significant issue. And the good news – the highest quality images, wouldn’t need overscan adjustment or masking anyway.

Not much on the Video menu, so I’ll skip showing you that, it has an Auto feature, or manual selection of some of the non-standard “pull-downs”.

The Installation menu allows you to position the menus where you prefer them, and other menu display options, plus the usual adjustments for rear/front, ceiling/table positioning. Also found here is the high altitude fan setting for those high above sea level.

The last menu shown here is the Function menu which, of greatest note, has the fan power choices of Normal and High (a 15% difference).

Also, there is access to the test patterns, and menu language. The JVC also offers a Sleep Timer to power down the projector if there is no source.

Again, menus are generally well organized, large enough to easily read, and my only objections, are that I would prefer to see the Presets on the Image Menu, and also the Lamp Power (although Lamp power is rarely found on projector’s image menus.

JVC DLA-RS1 User Memory Settings

Click enlarge. So close. The RS1 has 3 user programmable settings – User 1 through 3. This menu allows you to save all your current settings into either one of them, or clear them to start over. In addition, this screen has the Reset for the three primary presets – Cinema, Natural, and Dynamic, which will set all options and settings back to factory default.

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