JVC DLA-RS6710 Projector Review – Hardware Tour

DLA-RS6710 PROJECTOR HARDWARE TOUR:  Overview and Lens, Control Panel, Inputs and Connections

DLA-RS6710 Projector - Hardware Overview

JVC’s DLA-RS6710 and its siblings are moderately large projectors.  They are about the same size as the competing Sony’s, slightly larger than Epson’s LS10000, and about a half size larger than the Epson 5030UB or the Panasonic PT-AE8000U projectors.  It dwarfs most single chip DLP home projectors.  The JVC is “heavy metal,” that is, it feels solid, as you would expect for a projector weighing in over 33 lbs.

The motorized 2:1 zoom lens is center mounted.  As with previous JVC projectors, lens functions are motorized – zoom, focus, and lens shift, and of course, Lens Memory. The exhaust vents are on the outside portion of the front.   You’ll also find the front IR sensor for the remote control just to the left of the lens if you are facing the projector.  Down below the JVC RS6710 has four screw thread adjustable feet – two front, two rear.  Also down below is one air intake.

Nothing on the sides, or the top (other than the logo on the top).  The rest of the action is in the back.

At the outer edges of the back are two more intake vents. Facing the back , the inputs and other connectors are on the left side of the projector’s back.  In the center of the rear of the JVC is the control panel, and the door for lamp access is to the right.



RS6710 Control Panel

JVC control panel is pretty standard stuff, unchanged for the last four years of projectors.  Interestingly, it is located in the center of the rear of the projector it’s a fairly standard affair.

The power switch (On/Standby) is  the top button.  Press once to power on, press twice to power down.  Next down is the Input – the source selector.  Right below that is the OK (aka Enter) button.  Most projectors put that button in the center of the arrow keys, but not JVC.

Well, those four navigation arrow keys are next, and they are set up in the popular diamond configuration.

The Menu button is on the bottom left, while the Back button is on the right (often called Escape on other projectors), which moves you back up a level in the menus when pressed.

All the standard features, nothing extra.  Plenty of spacing between the buttons.  Seems like less and less home projectors are putting control panels on the top, at least once we get above the lower price ranges.

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JVC DLA-RS6710 Inputs and Connections

This series of JVC projectors have the key inputs, but have fewer than most projectors.

From the top left of the rear of the RS6710, you’ll find two HDMI 1.4 inputs.  As noted in the Special Features page, this projector can input 4K compatible content.  The issue is that Blu-ray UHD (4K) requires HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2.   To the right of the HDMI inputs is the RJ45 ethernet jack  for networking. Now that’s not one you’ll find on most projectors, although it’s fairly common with fairly expensive ones.  Lower cost projectors would rely only on RS232 serial for “command and control”   Slightly further right and down a bit is the rear IR sensor for the remote control.


Back of JVC's RS4910 Projector (and RS49, X500R)
Back of JVC’s RS4910 Projector (and RS49, X500R)

Right below the two HDMI inputs, is a standard RS232 Serial port with the usual DB9 connector.

The DIN connector for the optional 3D RF emitter is below the HDMI inputs.  The device plugs in and “points” down.   To its right is a small jack for a 12 volt screen trigger.

That’s it.  What’s not here are some low res inputs – composite video, and S-video, but we’re definitely seeing more manufacturers no longer including one or both those, especially on higher end projector models.

It would have been nice if one of the HDMI inputs was configured to support MHL, which would have allowed some internet smarts to be added, such as a Roku stick, or directly interfacing some android based phones and tablets!

We are starting to see HDMI with MHL in some home projectors, although mostly on the lower end of things.  It’s catching on rather quickly, as MHL has many benefits.  My Roku stick, for example would have allowed me to do Netflix directly, as well as many other online services.  But to take full advantage of MHL, audio comes into play, and the JVC has no speakers, nor a way to pass on any audio signal to an outboard sound system.  Next generation?  We shall see.

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