DLA-X500Rby JVC

  • DLA-X500R
  • DLA-X500R
  • DLA-X500R
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A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
94%
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PROS

  • This projector's stellar contrast is assisted by an impressive Dynamic Iris feature.
  • The DLA-X500R puts out an image that is bright enough for you to leave the room lights turned on.
  • The DLA-X500R's impressive light output, contrast and detail carries over to 3D, where images display minimal crosstalk.

CONS

  • Although it can accept a 4K input signal, the DLA-X500R's e-Shift feature displays psuedo-4K rather than the real thing.
  • Some reviewers found the Dynamic Iris feature tends to crush highlights.
  • High input lag on the JVC makes it a not-great option for gaming.
JVC's DLA-X500R is an impressive entry-level option in the company's projector lineup, beaming bright, high-contrast images with minimal crosstalk on 3D sources. While its e-Shift feature produces sharp and seamless images, what you're seeing is technically not 4K--which could be an issue when real 4K projectors are available for a few thousand dollars more. Still, the DLA-X500R continues JVC’s long-running streak of producing projectors that deliver highly satisfying big-screen images.
NameDLA-X500RPowerLite Pro Cinema LS1000HC1200VPL-VW350ESPowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
ManufacturerJVCEpsonBenQSonyEpson
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List Price$5000$7999$1299$9999$2599
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The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and super-de…

The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and super-deep black levels, it can produce deep shadows and sparkling highlights with ease.

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While e-shift 4K doesn’t deliver a picture to rival a native 4K one, it does frequently improve on the look of normal Full HD footage. There…

While e-shift 4K doesn’t deliver a picture to rival a native 4K one, it does frequently improve on the look of normal Full HD footage. There’s clearly – especially on very large screens of 100in and more – a greater sense of pixel density when watching Blu-rays.

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JVC sent along the optional 3D emitter and glasses so that I could evaluate the projector's 3D performance, which proved to be excellent. Th…

JVC sent along the optional 3D emitter and glasses so that I could evaluate the projector's 3D performance, which proved to be excellent. The increased light output, combined with that great image contrast and detail, made for beautiful 3D imagery, and I saw no ghosting or crosstalk.

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JVC D-ILA projectors have tended in the past to run a bit noisily, at least in 3D mode. But despite the X500 using a seemingly identical cha…

JVC D-ILA projectors have tended in the past to run a bit noisily, at least in 3D mode. But despite the X500 using a seemingly identical chassis design to its predecessor it actually runs impressively quietly, with the kick up in cooling noise for 3D now feeling minimal. Excellent.

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I can’t think of anything at this price point (and only a few projectors at higher prices) that I’d recommend more for overall performance.

I can’t think of anything at this price point (and only a few projectors at higher prices) that I’d recommend more for overall performance.

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After sampling a few of our oft-used reference Blu-rays on the JVC X500R, the first description that popped to mind was how rich everything …

After sampling a few of our oft-used reference Blu-rays on the JVC X500R, the first description that popped to mind was how rich everything on screen looked.

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Contrast is on another level from any other projector I’ve seen to date. And that’s without the excellent auto-iris. Even in its native stat…

Contrast is on another level from any other projector I’ve seen to date. And that’s without the excellent auto-iris. Even in its native state, it was like watching a giant plasma TV in my theater.

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