Posted on October 9, 2018 By Nikki Zelinger
A rather exciting evolution of home theater projectors was revealed at CEDIA 2018, held last month in San Diego. We learned of the first home theater projector to support 8K resolution – something we’ve been waiting for ever since 4K became a thing. Always looking to the future here, the next best thing. When JVC announced the DLA-RS3000 – they announced the next best thing. In this First Look Review, we will explore the features of the JVC DLA-RS3000 and see what this addition to the world of home theater has in store for us!
Before we get into it – what is a First Look Review? Our First Look Reviews are one-page, simple reviews based on the projector’s specs, features, and our thoughts based on those aspects, before we get the projector in for review – these First Looks are a mixture of insight and common sense. We won’t know if the projector lives up to our expectations until we get it in for testing, but we can make assumptions from what we know about similar projectors from the manufacturers, in addition to those specs/features. Now, on with our First Look Review of the JVC DLA-RS3000!
The JVC DLA-RS3000 is a $1,7999 home theater projector with true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160). Wait, what about 8K? Though this JVC is not native 8K, it is 8K in the same sense that those lower-cost 4K UHD projectors are 4K. That is, it’s a pixel shifter that takes a true 4K image and shifts the pixels, overlapping them, to reach the new “standard” for 8K resolution (8192 x 4320). Guys, 8K is so new that there’s barely even a standard for it yet. JVC is calling their new pixel shifting technology “8K eShift.” This builds off the brand’s 4K eShift, which has been around for a while.
This new JVC claims 2,200 lumens, which is quite respectable. Lamp life is 4,500 hours in Low Mode, which will reduce lumen output, but in a dedicated home theater, this projector will be nicely bright. That’ll give you a couple years of heavy use, watching for several hours a night, every day of the year. It has a high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 – add to that JVC’s reputation of having the best black levels around, and you’ve got one heck of a home theater projector.
The DLA-RS3000 is a hefty projector, with the usual long, rectangular shape. It’s 19.6” wide, 20.4” long, and 9.3” high. In addition to its 8K capabilities, this JVC has a few other special features which make it even more useful in a home theater environment. We’ll get into that in the Special Features section on this page, after we talk about the Highlights of the JVC DLA-RS3000 projector.
As mentioned, the JVC DLA-RS3000 has native true 4K resolution, and pixel shifts to get up to 8K resolution. This is but one of the features that make it a truly high end projector for a dedicated home theater. Have one of those widescreens? No problem – this JVC is ready for your Anamorphic Lens, and has Lens Memory (with a motorized lens) so that you can easily shift from widescreen to a regular 16:9 aspect ratio, for when you want to venture back into watching your favorite TV shows.
JVC claims that this, and their other lower end models in the line, can reach up to 100% of the expanded P3/BT.2020 color space. This, for me, is one of those when-I-see-it-I’ll-believe-it claims. No home theater projector has come close to reaching 100% of P3/BT.2020, but there is always a first for everything. If it is true, prepare yourself for some of the best color you’ve ever seen in your home theater! I am hoping we do get one of these in for review so that we can find out if it does indeed hit that claim.
The DLA-RS3000 does HDR – I would hope so – for regular UHD Blu-ray disks. It also has support for HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) content adopted in broadcasting, so you can get that extra pop and wow factor on your regular streaming or TV content when it’s available. Auto Tone Mapping is a new feature to hit JVCs, which used the mastering information embedded in the HDR content to automatically adjust settings, so that you’re always getting the best possible picture.
Got game? This projector does. It has a specific mode for it, Low Latency Mode, which improves picture, speeds operation, and reduces gaming/PC frame delays. We won’t know how significantly it reduces input lag until we measure the lag. For those of you who don’t know, acceptable input lag speeds range from 16ms (very good) to 50ms, with most projectors falling halfway between that range. That 33ms to 40ms range translates to being just over 1 frame behind on a 30fps game, or two frames behind on a 60 fps game – not something that will be noticed by any but the most hard-core, competitive gamers.
The JVC DLA-RS3000 has 3D compatibility so you can watch your favorite 3D Blu-ray disks. It has CFI for sports viewing. Ten customizable color modes make it so you will always have the best color. If you’ve got Control4 in your home, you can use it for command and control of this JVC. The DLA-RS3000 has a 3-year Advanced Replacement Warranty – that’s quite excellent!
The JVC DLA-RS3000 features the new 0.69 inch native 4K D-ILA Devices (x3).
The JVC DLA-RS3000 (and its lower priced counterparts, the DLA-RS2000 and DLA RS1000) has a 100mm, all glass lens.
JVCs tend to have rather simple input and connector panels, and the DLA-RS3000 is no exception. It does have two 18Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 compatible inputs for accepting 4K content – many projectors only have one. Besides those, it has a 3D Sync input, a Remote Trigger connector, an RJ-45 LAN port, and an RS-232C connector for old school command and control.
The JVC DLA-RS3000, though not native 8K, is of the first home theater projectors that can produce an 8K image. It does so by pixel shifting, which is how those 4K UHD projectors get up to the 4K standard. This is the beginning of the evolution of 8K, and we’re ready for the ride! If it does, in fact, reach that 100% of P3/BT.2020 claim, it should have some of the best color available. Add to that fact that JVCs generally have the best black levels around, I am willing to bet that this will be one superb projector.
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