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JVC DLA-X55R Projector Review

Posted on December 21, 2012 by Art Feierman
Last year JVC offered three home theater projectors in their lineup, but this JVC DLA-X55R shares features from two of those JVC projectors.  The DLA-X55R is primarily built around last year's X30 (which has been improved as this year's X35). In addition though, JVC's e-Shift feature, previously found only on the top two models, has been integrated into the DLA-X55.  That puts it squarely between the X35 and X75 projectors. Let's get started with an overview of JVC's DLA-X55R.

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JVC DLA-X55R Specs
Price 4999
Technology D-ILA
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 1200
Contrast 50000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.00:1
Lens Shift Yes
Lamp Life 4000 hours in Normal mode, 3000 in High
Weight 33.3
Warranty 2 years

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Highlights

  • Excellent black-level performance and dynamic range
  • Good brightness in "best mode"
  • Capable of handling very large screens for movie viewing (in 2D)
  • Good warranty
  • Very good shadow detail
  • Sold by local installing dealers
  • Excellent remote control
  • 3D capable
  • Excellent placement flexibility
  • Lens Memory feature
  • Creative frame interpolation for smooth motion
  • "4K e-Shift2" JVC's detail enhancement

JVC DLA-X55R Projector Overview

This is a 3 panel LCoS projector.  JVC and Sony are the primary manufacturers of LCoS based home theater projectors.  With a $5000 price tag, you have to expect some serious performance from this X55 projector.  The projector is equipped with almost all the bells and whistles but is still about picture quality.

The X55 offers excellent placement flexibility, with a motorized zoom lens.  It offers features including CFI for smooth motion, their e-Shift for a sharper, more detailed image, Lens Memory for those who want to use a Cinemascope shaped wide screen, and more.

And of course, this JVC (like most projectors these days), offers 3D capability (just add emitter and glasses - not included in that $5 grand price tag.)

This JVC projector is designed for a dedicated theater, or at least a cave of sorts.


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