Posted on November 13, 2013 By Art Feierman
If you are looking for a projector with lots of razzle-dazzle features, neither JVC qualifies. They have all the standard “stuff” and they take a 24fps signal up to 96fps with simple frame interpolation.
As noted, the JVC DLA-RS20 does have a more sophisticated set of image controls.
Both projectors have internal support for an anamorphic lens, for those looking to go with a Cinemascope shaped screen (2.35:1) to eliminate letterboxing on most movies. I should note, that because of the excellent black levels, the letterbox bars are virtually unnoticeable on the RS20, and only slightly more noticeable on the RS10. In other words, for viewing such movies, you can’t find any other projectors where letterboxing is less of an issue. Watching my RS20 on a 16:9 screen I just don’t feel a compelling need to go that route (anamorphic lens), but I can understand why some folks will.
When I encounter projectors that truly impress me, I tend to go over the top in terms of my enthusiam, as I write. In this case, both projectors, especially the RS20, I believe, are worthy of the accolades I have heaped upon them.
It really comes down to this – figuring out if the RS10 is all the projector you need, or whether paying half again as much for the RS20 is the way to go. The factors you should be considering are:
The RS10, in its own right has black level performance that’s near the best, and won’t disappoint most enthusiasts. Still, the RS20 is even better. So ask yourself this question if both projectors are within your budget: “Even if I’m pleased with the black level performance of the RS10, am I the kind of person, who, knowing the RS20 is better still (the best), will I be constantly be second guessing my decision?”
The RS20, properly calibrated, will also produce a slightly better picture in terms of color accuracy and natural skin tones. This is another slight difference, and for most, less significant than the black levels.
Lastly, is the lack of an analog computer input on the RS10 going to be a headache? As noted, there are work arounds, but the RS20 keeps things simple.
The truly wise, (and sufficiently wealthy) will find that the RS20 delivers a sufficiently more to justify its higher price, but (my last projector was the RS1), living with an RS10 is still a great way to go through life. Take your pick. Either way, you will have a great home theater!
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