On this page we take a look at the DLA-X35 projector's brightness, sharpness, and image noise. We'll discuss brightness in both 2D and 3D, as well. Also considered here are other issues including image noise, light leakage, and audible noise.
The DLA-X35 and the DLA-RS46U are rated 1300 lumens, one hundred lumens more than JVC's higher end projectors.
That extra 100 lumens does not give the DLA-X35 projector enough lumens to compete with other projectors "more suitable' for the family room, despite JVC offering both a white DLA-X35W, the one we have here, as well as an otherwise identical DLA-X35B black version of the projector.
Of course, everything depends on your room attributes, and the size of your screen. Let's just say that there are projectors out there that are easily twice as bright, with competitive pictures, that would be more suitable for many setups. Of course some family rooms are halfway or more to cave, and some of you aren't hunting for a large screen. Certainly the DLA-X35W can play in a white ceilinged "family room" with decent lighting control. I did it for years with my RS1 and later RS20, both just about the same brightness as this X35R. My trick was movies only at night. Sports viewing in the daytime was doable, not exceptional. But I had a large screen - 128" diagonal, Firehawk G3, which rejected most side ambient light. I wouldn't have wanted to try it with a typical white surfaced screen in that room.
Ed.Note: When measuring, we do not attempt to find every lumen, we only care about pictures that are very watchable. No doubt we could tweak settings and find at least 10% more lumens, but the only point would be to see how many we can find. We focus instead on "best" and "brightest" modes which are excellent and very watchable, respectively.
Here are samples of the DLA-X35 projector in different modes: User 1 is our calibrated Best. We offer up the other modes calibrated. Stage is our "Brightest", but User is so close in brightness that Mike didn't feel the need to tweek Stage, which mostly would have improved only slightly, but at the cost of its brightness advantage.
JVC DLA-X35 Mode Slideshow
This mode is amped up in terms of color and dynamics, but not actually brighter than Stage mode above.