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Thursday, 01 September 2005
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JVC DLA-HX2U D-ILA Video Projector
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The Downside
In order to do better than the HX2U, you need to look at projectors that cost more than twice its $8,995 price tag. What you get for more money is better color resolution from an HD2K or better three-dimensionality from a Sony QUALIA 004. Is it worth the money? It depends on how much money you have to invest in your projector.

To me, all D-ILA sets and projectors look better on 1080i than 720p. I surmise this is because of the internal scaler and, compared to my old projector, the difference between 720p and 1080i is much less. It isn’t like you will turn off Monday Night Football in 720p. You might just like watching a game on CBS better.

The JVC HX2U isn’t an inexpensive projector, but it is a tremendous value when you consider that less than three years ago, you could buy a 42-inch plasma for more money than the HX2U costs you today. The HX2U should be considered as a viable cornerstone for any top home theater system, even ones with screens as large as nine feet across. It can reproduce a picture that will leave you and your guests breathless from both DVD and HDTV sources.

JVC has fixed many of the earlier problems of their D-ILA technologies and their early projectors with the HX2U. It is smaller, more affordable, brighter, has better contrast and is a better value than before. Its picture is better than any DLP I have ever seen in terms of color and it lacks many of the video maladies found with DLPs. The contrast is radically and measurably better. While you don’t absolutely need a William Phelps optimization to enjoy a HX2U, the $1,000 cost of his tweaks only makes something very good even better. I spent plenty of time watching the projector before and I sent it off to Phelps and there was no question the improvments were worth every penny. If you are going almost $9,000 on a top-notch video projector, what is another $1,000 and some FedEx fees to have him get you even closer to video nirvana?

Consider the JVC DLA-HX2U video projector among the absolute best of the best at any price and a dollar for dollar value for top home theaters. At under $9,000, you simply can not lose with the JVC HX2U.

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