JVC DLA-X95 R Projector: Special Features
JVC Projector iOS app! Last week JVC announced their App for controlling JVC home theater projectors remotely from your iPhone, iPad...
How well does it work? I have no idea. But I will. I have downloaded it, and will start using it for my review of the JVC DLA-X35 which is already here and waiting to be reviewed. I will report on the app, in that review, which should be about 7-8 days behind this one's publishing.
DLA-X95R 3D Abilities
This JVC X95R is 3D capable. Just plug the RF 3D emitter into the back panel, find some 3D content, and turn on JVC's active shutter glasses. As we discovered reviewing the "mid-priced" X55R, 3D has been seriously improved this year. Last years' JVCs had more image problems in 3D than any other projectors I reviewed in the price range (and worse than some entry level projectors)! This year, the 3D is really very good. Last year I basically said: Skip JVC if you want to take 3D seriously. Not the case this year.
Everyone seems to be getting brighter 3D this year than last, out of the same number of 2D lumens, whether due to glasses improvements or firmware, Still, this JVC still isn't even close to being a 3D powerhouse.
I watched 3D in both 16:9 (just under 98" diagonal) and 2.35:1 content - out to about 120" diagonal. I found the 98" diagonal to be "almost bright enough." That is, watchable, but still a little dim, dim enough that twice friends asked for a different projector or 2D. At about 120" diagonal, the image was downright dim Daylight sunny scenes in The Hunger Games, that should have looked bright, and vibrant, had the "brightness" that seemed more like a heavily overcast day. Daytime scenes in the woods, seemed more like it was about dusk. I could watch at 120" but rarely left it there for a long period of time, typically bringing it down to less than 110" before I was well into whatever movie I was watching. I'm sure I'm not the only one who thinks the JVC should stick to small screens for 3D:
I originally reported that JVC was waiting for THX 3D certification. This is the first projector I've reviewed to receive this certification. Interesting tidbit:
The footnote in JVC's brochure, regarding THX-3D, recommends a 90" diagonal screen as the optimum size for this projector. That sounds just about right for me, to have a decently bright image, with 100" diagonal still likely to be acceptable for many of you, if not your friends.
Let's talk 3D active glasses
For 3D, of course, the X95R uses active glasses which means if you have a lot of friends, more money for glasses. JVC's glasses, however, are unusually expensive comparedwith many other projectors. (I also used SIM2's glasses with the JVC). Some others should work as well. The good news, is that you should be able to find some 3rd party glasses, that are well below $100. I have simply never found the time to do a 3D glasses comparison.
JVC X95R Creative Frame Interpolation
JVC's CFI modes are typical. The low setting should be tolerable to some (many?) for movie viewing, but I'm in the "purist" camp, when it comes to using CFI with movies. I can think of only two, maybe three projectors where I had watched part or most of a movie with CFI engaged on low, and really didn't notice. One, for example was a Runco, almost 3 times the price.
For sports I used the low setting. There is a slightly visible noise around the "fast moving objects" that may be a little more detectable than some other CFIs, but I wouldn't consider that an issue. I find CFI to be a fairly personal choice. Especially for movie viewing, where I'm definitely "old school".