Projector Reviews

JVC DLA-X55R and RS48 Projectors – Physical Tour 2

JVC DLA-X55R and DLA-RS48 Menus

As with most advanced projectors, the X55R has tons of sub-menus.  I’m going to show you a whole assortment of them, in part to let you know that they exist, and from there, the type of controls.  But, I will not get into all of them.  Let me note that the JVC manual is pretty detailed.  One of the better offerings these days.

Again JVC has reworked some of its menus, but primarily where new features are concerned.   These menus, however retain the same look and feel as generations of JVC projectors that have come before.

JVC DLA-X55R Remote Control

I love the feel (and operation) of the JVC remote control for the DLA-X55R – and DLA-RS48.

This one is a bit different than the remote from my own RS20, a remote design they had used for years. This one has a nicer case feel to grip, a “perfect” backlight, (when it comes to not being too dim, or too bright), good range, and a well thought out layout.


Two power buttons near the top. On on the right, and Off to the left.

Then come two rows of buttons, the first row of three, offers the primary inputs, your HDMI 1 and 2, and a Component video. That’s great, as few will be using other inputs, so not really a need, say, for S-video on the remote.

The next row has 3D Format and 3D Settings buttons, and on the far right, an Anamorphic button.

After a space, three more buttons all relating to the lens.  There’s the Lens Control Button, and next to it, Lens Memory.  On the right is Lens Aperature for the manual iris.

Next row – two small round buttons, one is a Hide feature, the other is the backlight button.  I love this remotes backlight.  It’s my favorite. Buttons are easily readable, without the light being too bright!

Then comes the arrow keys and navigation in a round configuration, with a center OK (Enter) button. Below the ring, are Menu and Back, two more small round buttons.

Further down, are nine more buttons in 3 rows, each sporting a different Picture preset such as Natural, Stage, User, or Cinema.  That’s seven of the nine, the last two being the MPC and CMD buttons

That leaves only the last four buttons at the bottom of the JVC DLA-X55R, and, from left to right, they provide direct access to controls for:

Gamma, Color Temperature, Color Profiles, and Picture Adjust, which toggles you through all the usual controls like brightness, contrast, sharpness…

Range of the remote is very good, easily exceeding the 7 meter (22 feet) claim.

Remotes don’t get much nicer than this. Looks good, feels good in your hand, great backlight, balances well… Love it!

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DLA-X55R Lens Throw

The JVC X55’s 2:1 aspect ratio zoom lens provides plenty of placement flexibility to either ceiling or shelf mount. To fill a 100 inch diagonal, 16:9 aspect ratio screen, the front of the projector can be as close as 9 feet, 11 inches, or as far back as 20 feet, 1 inches. Using these measurements for 100 inches, you can figure out the range for any other screen size. These are the same as with last year’s JVC projectors.

DLA-X55R Lens Shift

The X55R has lots of lens shift too, and it’s motorized. For that same 100 inch screen, the projector can be placed anywhere between 15 inches above the top of your screen surface, to 15 inches below the bottom of the screen surface. Those are approximates, JVC doesn’t have exact numbers in its manual, but likely it’s 14 inches and change above and below.

There are some projectors with a bit more lens shift, but that’s pretty good flexibility. The horizontal lens shift allows a maximum of about 30 inches to the left or right of the center point.

Remember, that the two “work together” the more vertical you use, the less horizontal is available, and vice versa. If you have maximum vertical, there is no horizontal lens shift, and so on.

Anamorphic Lens

The JVC DLA-X55R and DLA-RS48 support use of an anamorphic lens and motorized sled. JVC recommends a Panamorph lens, and sled, but does not directly sell them.

A motorized sled is optional as there is a second anamorphic mode designed to let you watch 16:9 and 4:3, with the anamorphic lens set permanently in front of the lens. This saves on the expense of the motorized sled.

Note, still another way to enjoy the benefits of a widescreen for movies, is with a lens memory feature. With this feature, you can own a 2.35:1 or 2.4:1 screen, and at a touch of a button, fill the screen with your movie, then, one more touch later, and the projector zooms in, and reshifts to fill the vertical of the screen with your 16:9 content, with the letterbox to the left and right. Three ways to choose, but with lens memory, no expensive extra accessories. (Actually, using an anamorphic lens does provide higher actual resolution).

Of particular note, the JVC supports use of an anamorphic lens in 3D mode. That’s a nice touch that most others have skipped. It’s not a really big advantage as it won’t come in handy very often. Seems very few 3D movies or other content come in 2.35:1 (or one of the other Cinemascope aspect ratios). Of my collection of perhaps 50 3D titles, most are 16:9.  Still more and more 3D movies are making it in widescreen.  As JVC points out, some of the more recent widescreen 3D releases include Cars 2, Final Destination 5, and the last Pirates of the Carribean, great for those using an anamorphic lense. What’s important here, is that some 3D capable projectors do not support 3D in widescreen formats, but this JVC does!