JVC D-ILA projectors are renowned for having great black level performance and the highest native contrast in the industry.
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.
Even without the DLA-RS3000’s dynamic iris engaged, there are few projectors that can come close to this JVC’s performance on dark scenes. Since JVC’s newer 4K D-ILA device used in the DLA-RS3000 delivers higher native contrast, less aggressive dynamic light modulation is needed to reproduce great blacks and shadow detail.
When it comes to black level, no 4K DLP projector comes close. While Sony VPL-VW915ES can match the DLA-RS3000 in resolution and brightness, the JVC offers superior native contrast and blacks while costing $2K less.
While great black levels are important, so is shadow detail. Not only did the DLA-RS3000 handle the darkest scenes, it also did a great job reproducing the darkest details.
With the Iris engaged, you would have to spend a couple of grand more to find a competitor’s native 4K projector with comparable blacks like the Sony VW915. Even then, most competitor’s 4K projectors can’t match the DLA-RS3000’s native contrast and they would have to depend on dynamic light modulation (a dynamic iris and laser light dimming) to match its dynamic contrast. So, if you love deep blacks on very dark scenes, you can’t beat this JVC without spending a lot more.