Where to start Technology: 1080p resolution, powered by 3 JVC built LCoS panels (DILA). Large projector, available in either white, or black finish to match your room. JVC is known first and foremost, for their projectors black level performance. The DLA-X35, like the X55R, offers excellent black level performance, while JVC's two projectors at $7999 and $11,999 respectively, offer blacks that are even better, definitely \"best in class\" among the more expensive competiton. JVC has accomplished the excellent blacks with a native 50,000:1 claim for contrast, rather than using a dynamic iris like all of the serious competition.
Before we continue, I want to note that the direct equivalent projector in JVC's Pro lineup is the DLA-RS46, which is the same price, and seems to differ only in some of the trim, and model number. The match for the next step up, the X55R, is the RS48. The DLA-X75R translates to the RS56, and the flagship X95R equals the RS66. There, good, got that out of the way. Let us continue.
JVC's DLA-X35 offers truly excellent placement flexibility, with a motorized zoom lens. It offers features including CFI (Clear Motion Drive) for smooth motion, and Lens Memory for those who want to use a Cinemascope shaped wide screen, plus other features and benefits touched on below in more detail.
This is generation two for 3D in the JVC projector line-up. What a difference a year makes. As we will discuss later, JVC has gone from very questionable 3D image quality, to very good, in one generation. Good for JVC, although, I must comment that last year's 3D really did leave a lot to be desired when compared to last year's competiton. This year, JVC's 3D is very watchable, with minimal issue.
Technically the JVC X35 can be considered to be JVC's \"family room\" projector. Mind you, it's great in a dedicated home theater - which, as noted, is why JVC also offers the DLA-X35B in its black finished case. Still, white cases theoretically symbolize projectors for rooms with light colored ceilings (something not likely to be found in a dedicated home theater). We discuss how this JVC projector will do in such family/living/bonus room environments. Let me just say for now, that there are many projectors out there, that may serve you better in a less than great room because they are significantly brighter. It may be slightly brighter than the other, more expensive JVC's but it isn't a light canon.
Connections are on the back of the unit, and there are no dials because the lens focus, zoom and horizontal and vertical shifts are all performed using the remote (which is nice to see on an entry-level projector).
The remote is basic and functional, which again, is more than adequate for a projector. It has separate input selection buttons, shortcuts to some of the picture controls, and discrete selection of picture modes (although the various User modes are cycled through via one button).
Note: Our JVC DLA-X35 review sample was calibrated using Calman Professional, the industry-leading video calibration software. These measurements reflect the projector shooting into the lens of our colorimeter.
Saturation tracking was impressively linear, moreso than higher-end JVC projectors from a few years ago. There are some small deviations from ideal chromaticity, for example, the 50% and 75% reds that will play into the rendering of flesh-tones are very slightly tilted towards orange, and less saturated than would be ideal. However, like most small inaccuracies, these do almost no damage to the picture, and certainly no damage to our enjoyment of it.
One thing to note is that the picture modes are independent of whether or not 3D stereoscopic output is enabled. For example, you can enable 3D output, but still be in the picture mode calibrated for 2D. Having to switch modes manually is a little messy, but not too big a deal, since the remote control has discrete buttons for them anyway.
Unsurprisingly, the deepest blacks the DLA-X35 can manage are still behind that of higher-end JVC units, where the best contrast performance is to be found. We look forward to assessing midrange and high-end projectors to see what DILA technology can really do, but the X35 does a terrific job at the sub-3000 level.
Motion resolution on the JVC X35 is like many products either using or derived from LCD technology: acceptable for most 24fps film material, but a little blurred for high motion video content (the prime example we always give is sports games on TV, or fast video games that run at 60 frames per second).
The JVC DLA-X35 produced excellent HD performance, which we feel is roughly on equal footing with that of the Sony VPL-HW50ES, which has been another of our favourite projectors at this price point. Both have strengths and weaknesses that warrant a comparison.
The JVC X35 had no problem delivering fluid motion rendering from all three possible 3D frame rates: 24p extra-dimensional content from Blu-ray 3D was reproduced without any judder or stutter, 60hz content was too (no surprise), and even Euro-centric 50hz tri-dimensional content was handled correctly.
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